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Next Generation Humanities PhD - What's Next?

The School of Humanities' NEH-funded planning process yielded resources and recommendations for graduate education

During the 2016-17 academic year, the School of Humanities, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, explored the future of graduate education through the Next Generation Humanities Ph.D. project. University administrators, faculty, graduate students and the national educational system have observed for decades that increasingly fewer Ph.D.’s find stable careers on the tenure track. A 35 member planning committee considered our own strengths and weaknesses in the following areas of graduate education:
  • The nature of the mentor relationship between faculty and graduate students
  • Graduate curriculum
  • Partnerships with community institutions and potential industry employers outside of academia
  • Documenting alumni career experiences and integrating them back into the campus community
At the end of this exploratory period, the Humanities Commons, with input and support from a diverse community of faculty, grads, administrators and alumni, produced a white paper that outlines the take-aways from the project and proposes steps for future development.

Read the white paper here.

Find faculty resources and graduate student resources on the UCI Next Generation Humanities PhD website.