• Bringing the territory into the discussion: how to work towards a situated university?

    “We advance towards the struggle secure in the reality of our land (with our feet planted on the ground).” Amilcar Cabral Why do I think it is important to bring territory to the discussion around the role of the university and the debates around its transformation? I consider the effort to build a situated university […]

  • Creating Space within Constraints: A Reflection on Conference Planning in a Pandemic

    Creating Space within Constraints: A Reflection on Conference Planning in a Pandemic

    Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash. There is nothing like a pandemic to make one question what an academic conference is for. Especially if you are one of the conference organizers. When CUNY went remote a year ago, I was in the final stretch of planning Graduate Education at Work in the World, as part […]

  • A guide for academics to become culture change agents for open research

          “I believe that by focussing our attention on communites [sic], groups, clubs and the incentives that they work within we will make more progress, because at some level the incentives for the group are the culture” (Neylon 2015; Accessed June 25, 2019). Open science needs you to become a culture change agent. Almost everybody you […]

  • Introduction: Putting the PhD to Work—for the Public Good

    Introduction: Putting the PhD to Work—for the Public Good

    In the introduction to Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, Katina L. Rogers notes the broad remit of her book. Its intended audience includes not only PhD students, but also anyone who might consider getting a PhD, as well as, of course, those responsible for shaping the futures of graduate programs and graduate students. I’m […]

  • Appendix: Ten Ways to Begin

    Appendix: Ten Ways to Begin

    In the afterword, Dr. Rogers lays out ten ways forward for academics looking to not only restructure academia, but also for students on how to use their graduate degrees to find meaningful employment. The afterword and its ten ways forward, offers clear and succinct steps on how graduate education can be restructured, such that graduate […]

  • Chapter 3 – Expanding Definitions of Scholarly Success

    Chapter 3 – Expanding Definitions of Scholarly Success

    In earlier chapters, particularly in Chapter 2, Rogers stresses the importance of admitting graduate students with diverse backgrounds and of valuing those backgrounds in the application process. Hand in hand with that idea is the point that forms the basis of Rogers’ argument in Chapter 3: once those students are admitted into PhD programs, we […]

  • Chapter 3 – Expanding Definitions of Scholarly Success

    Chapter 3 – Expanding Definitions of Scholarly Success

      Katina Rogers begins chapter three of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work by considering what it means to be “successful” in terms of research and career outcomes in humanities fields. Particularly in our current moment, where the values of the humanities are constantly being redefined and renegotiated, this chapter comes as a necessary remark […]

  • Conclusion: Building a University Worth Fighting For

    Conclusion: Building a University Worth Fighting For

    The conclusion and afterword of Dr. Katina Rogers’ Putting the Humanities To Work fundamentally challenges the pessimistic notion that the academy as we know it is unchangeable, or that those involved with universities by employment or education are unable to change them.  The notion that “a university worth fighting for” is not an impossible dream […]

  • Chapter 1 – The Academic Workforce: Expectations and Realities

    Book title: Putting the Humanities PhD to Work Toward the end of my first year as a PhD student, I unexpectedly had the opportunity to step in as the lecturer for a course partway into the semester. The week that my role switched from TA to instructor, several students stopped beginning their emails to me […]

  • Conclusion: Building a University Worth Fighting For

    Conclusion: Building a University Worth Fighting For

    Throughout Putting the Humanities Ph.D. To Work, Katina Rogers considers two organizing questions which form the backbone of her book: How might a broader understanding of postgraduate success improve the humanities as interconnected fields, and how can we think beyond existing institutional structures in challenging “default” careers for postgraduate humanities PhD students? (14-15). Rogers embarks […]