Background Readings and Pitt Resources

The goal of Humanities Engage is to foster a culture change in how arts and humanities departments, faculty, and doctoral students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences envisage the broader importance of humanities Ph.D.s and the societal impact of humanistic training. 

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Learn more about the national conversation around humanities PhD professional development.

Brief Readings

A.W. Mellon Foundation, What Can You Do With a PhD?  (June 2016)

Balleisen, E. and M. Lamonaca Wisdom, Reimagining the Humanities PhD: A Guide for Phd Programs and Faculty (2019)

Chuvileva, Yulia and Sarah Lyon, "Doctoral Training Should Meet the Equity Moment," Inside HigherEd  (July 2021)

Grossman, James, “Career Diversity Is Not New, But Let’s Get It Right This Time,” Perspectives on History  (April 2015)

Kim, Joshua, "Defining Alt-Ac Before We Systematize Alternative Academic Career Guidance," Inside HigherEd  (November 2018)

Larson, Zeb, "We Need to Systematize Alt-Ac Career Guidance," Inside HigherEd  (November 2018)

Mallik, Tithi Basu, "Graduate Students Should Seek Multiple Mentors," Inside HigherEd  (Nov 2021)

Mintz, Steven, "The Humanities: A Status Report," Inside HigherEd  (May 2020)

Patel, Vimal, "Rebranding the Ph.D,Chronicle of Higher Education  (March 2018)

Parry, Marc, "The New Ph.D.: Momentum grows to rewrite the rules of graduate training," Chronicle of Higher Education  (February 2020)

Pszczolkowski, Amy, "Advice and Encouragement to Humanities PhDs in Pursuing Diverse Career Paths," Inside HigherEd  (November 2016)

Rogers, Katina, "10 Steps to Reform Graduate Education in the Humanities," Chronicle of Higher Education  (December 2020)

Wood, L. Maren and Beatrice Gurwitz, “Who Prepares Humanities PhDs for a Nonacademic Search?” Chronicle of Higher Education  (July 2013)

National Reports

Allum, Jeffrey R., Julia D. Kent, and Maureen Terese McCarthy, "Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement," Council of Graduate Schools (2014)

Bell, Nathan, Brent Bridgeman, Fred Cline, Julia Kent, Ross Markle, Patricia McAllister, and Cathy Wendler, "Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers," Council of Graduate Schools (2012)

Cassuto, Leonard and Robert Weisbuch, "Reforming Doctoral Education, 1990 to 2015 Recent Initiatives and Future Prospects," A Report Submitted to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2016)

Loss, Christopher P., "Future of the Dissertation," Council of Graduate Schools (2015)

Mitic, Radomir Ray, and Hironao Okahana, "PhD Professional Development: Value, Timing, and Participation," Council of Graduate Schools (2021)

McCarthy, Maureen Terese, "Promising Practices in Humanities PhD Professional Development: Lessons Learned from the 2016-2017 Next Generation Humanities PhD Consortium," Council of Graduate Schools (2017)

McCarthy, Maureen Terese, "Summary of Prior Work in Humanities PhD Professional Development," Council of Graduate Schools (2017)

MLA Task Force, "Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature," Executive Summary (2014)

MLA Task Force, "Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature," Report (2014)

Okahana, Hironao, "Closing Gaps in our Knowledge of PhD Career Pathways: How Well Did a Humanities PhD Prepare Them?" Council of Graduate Schools (2018) 

Staff of the Humanities Indicators, "The State of the Humanities In Four-Year Colleges and Universities (2017)," American Academy of Arts and Sciences 

Wood, L. Maren and Robert B. Townsend, "The Many Careers of History PhDs: A Study of Job Outcomes, Spring 2013," A Report to the American Historical Association 

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