Articles

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

Fatimah Williams Castro, "Quitting While Black"

Fatimah Williams Castro Ph.D., founder of Beyond the Tenure Track, points to some of the particular challenges that graduate students of color face in their decisions to leave the academy. She offers advice to students looking to make that change, as well as to the institutions that support them. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:15pm

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, "Freelance Academics as Public Intellectuals"

Katie Rose Guest Pryal Ph.D., columnist at Chronicle Vitae, makes a case for freelance, former, and/or non-tenure track academics as public intellectuals, and outlines a plan to tailor one's research and writing to engagement with the public. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:15pm

K. Sabeel Rahman, "Why City Governments Need Alt-ac PhDs"

K. Sabeel Rahman Ph.D., discusses how the academic skill set can translate into a very valuable resource for jobs in public policy and urban planning.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:15pm

Paul Hartley, "What I Look For When I Hire Alt-ac PhDs"

Paul Hartley Ph.D., head of human futures at Idea Couture, discusses the importance of "cultural fit" in the hiring process.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:15pm

Rebecca Shuman, “'Alt-Ac' to the Rescue?”

An interesting article that outlines the conversation around 'Alt-ac’ and contains links to recent symposia held on the subject. Also mentions an internship program that Penn State has started for their PhD candidates.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 3:15pm

Brenda Betham and C. Shaun Longstreet, "Defining Terms" in the alt-ac world

As the title of this article from 2013 suggests, it is about defining terms and outlining the parameters of a field/movement that got its name, if not its start, in 2010 on twitter. Important to these authors is maintaining the title of “academic” and the “life of the mind” lifestyle as part of the careers that this movement looks for. Three years since this particular article was published, things continue to change, but this is an interesting and informational read.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 3:00pm