Historians association and four doctoral programs start new effort to broaden Ph.D. education

20 Mar

Today the AHA is announcing a $1.6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for association and four doctoral departments to start on the kinds of reforms that could change Ph.D. education in the field. The departments — at Columbia University, and the Universities of California at Los Angeles, Chicago and New Mexico — are using the funds to try specific changes in their programs, while the AHA will continue to encourage reform nationally.

James Grossman, executive director of the AHA, said that the effort has multiple goals. One is to relieve the extreme pressure on those competing for a limited number of faculty jobs. But another is to see the placement of Ph.D.s in business, government and the nonprofit world as an achievement in and of itself, “widening the presence and influence of humanistic thinking” outside of academe. To achieve both of those goals, he said, programs need to change. And the experiments starting in the four departments may offer models.

Inside Higher Ed goes on to discuss this encouraging initiative:

Historians association and four doctoral programs start new effort to broaden Ph.D. education | Inside Higher Ed.

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