CANCELLED: Career Diversity into the Curriculum: Faculty Workshop with Jason Puskar

Department: History

Date and Time: April 24, 2020 | Time TBA

Event Location: TBD

Event Details

In an abundance of caution and to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, we're sorry to announce the cancellation of this event.

Currently, many programs still approach career diversity as something to be funded with soft money for ancillary and temporary side-projects. Mellon and NEH have done a lot to move this conversation to the forefront, but more transformational change is needed, including curricular change. This workshop (exclusively for faculty) will provide a framework for discussing why and what kinds of curricular changes are necessary to support students in their diverse career goals, the obstacles to implementing those changes, and strategies for doing so.

Jason Puskar is an Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He works on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture, and has written widely on the literary, intellectual, and cultural histories of chance and risk. The Principle Investigator for a Next Generation Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016-17, he has continued that work with a broad-based faculty committee at UWM to create publicly engaged concentrations in PhDs spanning the humanities, social sciences, and professions. In 2019 he co-organized a one-day pre-seminar workshop on curriculum and career diversity at the Summer Seminar of the Association of Departments of English. Previously, as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in English for four years, he revised the department’s job market preparation to address a wider range of possible careers. Employed by a state university system that has sometimes expresses a narrowly instrumental and vocational view of higher education, he has come to believe that PhD programs that train students for only one vocation—the professoriate—are the most narrowly instrumentalizing of all.