The Humanities PhD Project supports doctoral students and faculty in the humanities as they imagine, plan for, and pursue multiple career paths as humanists in the world, in the academy and beyond.

Funded by the Andrew S. Mellon Foundation and the Rackham Graduate School, this project broadens the career paths of humanities doctoral students and considers new ways doctoral programs can support these efforts.

This website provides:

  • Graduate students with career resources linked to different stages in their careers
  • Faculty with resources to mentor students, innovate courses, and re-examine doctoral curricula
  • A blog featuring the experiences of doctoral students who participated in Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships and short-term immersives
  • Alumni voices showcasing the work of Michigan PhDs outside the tenure track
  • A calendar for humanities professionalization events and a form to submit new events to the calendar

Featured Content

A Classical Studies PhD follows her love of teaching

By Matthew Woodbury Dr. Jacqui Stimson received her PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan in 2017. She is a Postdoctoral Teaching Consultant at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Education Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Stimson doesn’t have a typical day at the office. After just one year consulting at Carnegie Mellon University’s Eberly Center, she already manages a diverse portfolio of tasks. Her responsibilities fall into several broad areas: individual consultations with faculty and graduate students, developing teaching seminars and workshops, shouldering a share of […]

Teaching Career Diversity Through Informational Interviews

  The content and format of career diversity within humanities departments follows no single model. As curriculum committees and graduate program chairs consider whether or not to make coursework or training mandatory, where to situate it within the arc of the program, and how to connect students with resources beyond the unit or department, it can be helpful to identify models implemented at other institutions. One approach – by Dr. Purnima Dhavan, Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Washington’s history department – featured in the July 2018 issue of […]

Humanities for All

A project of the National Humanities Alliance, the Humanities for All database showcases “higher ed-based publicly engaged humanities initiatives, presenting a cross-section of over 1400 undertaken over the past decade from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.” Projects are organized by discipline, theme, geography, and type of institutional and community partners. There’s plenty of material for students investigating a range of humanities options, for scholars interested in models of how to add a public facet to their research, or anybody who wants to learn more about the […]

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Upcoming Events

all-day Reimagining Public Engagement: A...
Reimagining Public Engagement: A...
Sep 4 all-day
Reimagining Public Engagement: A Public Humanities Mini-course:
Reimagining Public Engagement How can scholarship and other intellectual activities more effectively contribute to, enlist, and shape public discourses? This one-credit seminar for graduate students in the Humanities examines the non-scholarly applications of academic knowledge, both theoretically and practically. We will begin by assessing the very notion of the academy as a separate sphere for contemplation. We will then consider a) the predominant forms of academic contribution to public discourse and how they answer fundamental questions about the public role of scholarship, and b) the potential uses of activities unevenly[...]
12:00 pm Rackham Professional Development... @ Rackham Building Assembly Hall
Rackham Professional Development... @ Rackham Building Assembly Hall
Sep 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Rackham Professional Development DEI Certificate Info Session @ Rackham Building Assembly Hall | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States
Did you know Rackham offers a DEI Professional Development Certificate designed to prepare graduate students to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusivity? Attend this introduction session to learn about the requirements of the program and discover how this certificate can prepare you to enter a diverse and global job market. Find out more about the program here. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to ask about attendance. Pre-registration is required at https://secure.rackham.umich.edu/wsEvents/wsreg.php?ws_id=622
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