Welcome

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

Upcoming Events

Apr
22
Mon
12:00 pm Professional Development Diversi... @ Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building
Professional Development Diversi... @ Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Professional Development Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program is proud to announce this year’s certificate recipients. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of program participants. The ceremony will feature the Dean of Rackham Graduate School and student keynote speakers. A reception will immediately follow in the Assembly Hall. Friends, faculty, and staff are all welcome to join our celebration ceremony! Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be made available in August for interested graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across all University of Michigan schools and departments. For[...]
May
10
Fri
10:30 am MORE Mentoring Plan Workshop @ Johnson Room, Lurie Engineering Center, North Campus
MORE Mentoring Plan Workshop @ Johnson Room, Lurie Engineering Center, North Campus
May 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
This workshop helps to enhance the mentoring relationship between the student and research faculty mentor/advisor. During the workshop, students and faculty will have the opportunity to develop a Mentoring Plan, a two-way agreement about goals, needs, and expectations; it is co-written by the student and research faculty mentor/advisor. It is an excellent way to establish and support mentor-mentee relationships. Because this program aims to enhance the mentoring relationship, mentors and students are expected to attend the workshop together. If a faculty member has attended a MORE workshop for faculty in[...]
May
14
Tue
10:30 am MORE Mentoring Plan Workshop @ Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building
MORE Mentoring Plan Workshop @ Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building
May 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
This workshop helps to enhance the mentoring relationship between the student and research faculty mentor/advisor. During the workshop, students and faculty will have the opportunity to develop a Mentoring Plan, a two-way agreement about goals, needs, and expectations; it is co-written by the student and research faculty mentor/advisor. It is an excellent way to establish and support mentor-mentee relationships. Because this program aims to enhance the mentoring relationship, mentors and students are expected to attend the workshop together. If a faculty member has attended a MORE workshop for faculty in[...]

Featured Content

Diplomatic Approaches: A Romance Languages PhD purses a path in Italy’s consular service

By Matthew Woodbury Dr. Pierluigi Erbaggio received his PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Michigan in 2016. He is an Administrative Assistant at the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, MI. He spoke as part of U-M’s PhD Connections: A Career Conference in April 2018 and agreed to share some more perspectives about his own trajectory. Italy’s diplomatic presence in Michigan began over a century ago with the appointment of a consular agent in 1899. Today, Dr. Pierluigi Erbaggio works alongside eight other staff at the Consulate of Italy’s offices […]

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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