Articles

Leonard Cassuto, "What If We Made Fewer Ph.D.'s?"

Leonard Cassuto follows the logic of cutting Ph.D. programs in response to increasingly limited tenure track jobs to its logical conclusion in this article for The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:30pm

Maureen McCarthy, "Laying Your Own Track: Making Your Way Off the Academic Track"

Maureen McCarthy addresses the paradoxical elitism of a narrow focus on the tenure track as the only acceptable path to take after earning a Ph.D. in the humanities, and outlines a path to broader career horizons for humanities Ph.D.s. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

Kenna Barrett Ph.D., "The Alt-Ac World of Fundraising"

Kenna Barrett Ph.D. outlines a path from graduate work to university fundraising in this article for Alt-Ac Advisor

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:30pm

Leonard Cassuto, “Yes Alt-Ac and Activism can coexist”

Leonard Cassuto offers a response to Marc Bosquet's criticism of Cassuto's position in his book The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:30pm

Meredith Beck Sayre, Marta Brunner, Brian Croxall, and Emily McGinn, "Toward a Trackless Future: Moving Beyond Alt-Ac and Post-Ac"

From the recently published, The Process of Discovery: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy, this essay discusses The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program as a path to matching up the individual skill sets of doctorally trained individuals, many of whom will not obtain tenure-track jobs, with the needs of academic libraries. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 9:45pm

Colleen Flaherty, "New Career Path?"

Flaherty offers a review and discussion of recently published The Humanities, Higher Education and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments, by Michael Bérubé, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, and Jennifer Ruth, associate professor of English at Portland State University. Bérubé and Ruth argue that the crisis in humanities is not the result of falling numbers in humanities majors (whose percentages have remained relatively steady over the past several years) but the result of the mass employment of non-tenure track faculty. They outline a plan to implement a teaching intensive tenure track wherein an M.F.A or Ph.D. would be a requirement for teaching at college or university, but certain long-term adjuncts would be grandfathered into the new tenure track. Flaherty includes criticism of this proposal from Marc Bousquet, associate professor at Emory University, who has written extensively on the topic.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 9:30pm

Ashley Sanders, "Going Alt-ac: How to Begin"

Ashely Sanders Ph.D. suggests that graduate students interested in starting an alt-ac career search begin to build up profiles on sites like LinkedIn and Alternative PhD. She also points to MLA and AAA as helpful resources for launching a career outside of academia. She provides links to several different alt-ac career guide websites as well as national job postings in the United States and Canada. She also links to a guide for transforming a CV into a resume. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:45pm

Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, "The Repurposed Ph.D.: Finding Life After Academia and Not Feeling Bad About It"

Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow attends a 2013 New York meeting of Versatile Ph.D. members, gives short profiles of several of the members, and provides a general outline of "alt-ac," "post-ac," and faculty responses to the contemporary state of graduate education and tenure-track job markets. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:30pm

Marc Bousquet, "Moving the Goal Posts in Graduate Education"

Marc Bousquet Ph.D., Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Emory University, argues that the real problem is not providing institutional support for "alt-ac" employment, but restoring teaching intensive positions at colleges and universities across the United States to the tenure-stream. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:30pm

Elizabeth Segran, "What Can You Do With a Humanities PhD Anyway?"

Elizabeth Segran of The Atlantic cites data that finds over twenty percent of recent humanities Ph.D. graduates working in media, corporate, and government jobs. She also discusses recent initiatives within academia to track the professional trajectories of humanities Ph.D.s.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:30pm