Transformation, Not Replication: Training the Next Generation of Doctoral Students

Is it possible to “unlearn” something? This was one of the main questions at the recent meeting of the “Living Humanities” Ph.D. for the 21st Century project, focusing on the planning theme “Inhabit the New Learning Ecosystem.”

This term comes from Cathy Davidson’s Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century, in which she draws from Alvin Toffler to suggest that “the key literacy skill of the twenty-first century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn” (12). Some participants scoffed at this description, seeing it as old hat. Don’t we do this in our classrooms every day? Isn’t this a skill that dates back to Plato? But perhaps this idea bears repeating – in adapting doctoral programs to suit a twenty-first century learning ecosystem, we need to let go of old assumptions.

 
One of these assumptions is that every Ph.D. graduate will go into a tenure-track academic faculty position (or that every student enters a Ph.D aspiring to this career). Today’s Ph.D. graduates are grappling with a much larger job market. While many candidates still make the tenure-track professorship their primary goal, others focus more on so-called “alternative academic” careers (alt-ac) or careers outside the academy altogether in non-profits, museums, government, or business, among others.

A second assumption is that incoming doctoral students will learn and conduct their scholarship in the same ways that their professors did. The constantly evolving digital and informational landscape means that students have new avenues to acquire knowledge, from the internet to MOOCs, as well as new systems of learning. One professor noted that he finds it harder and harder to find cultural parallels with his students, and feels that he is forcing them to use his systems of learning rather than the ones they have grown up with.

 
So how can we adapt doctoral programs in the humanities to accommodate more career outcomes? One suggestion is to talk to Ph.D. graduates who have gone to other careers. In “Graduate Education Reconsidered,” James Grossman and Emily Swafford of the American Historical Association (and members of the “Living Humanities” Ph.D. project) mention asking alumni from History Ph.D.s working outside the academy what they wished they had learned during their degrees. They found five areas to address that could easily benefit students going into academic careers as well: “communication beyond the scholarly and classroom modes, collaboration, quantitative literacy, intellectual self-confidence, and digital literacy/engagement.”

Among these five areas, communication stands out. At the meeting, several participants emphasized the need for Ph.D. students to address different publics both inside and outside academia. They saw this skill not only as a way for students to advocate for themselves and highlight their skills to employers, but also as a means of promoting Ph.D. study in the humanities more generally. Ph.D. alumni working outside the academy could become strong ambassadors for their disciplines, communicating what they achieved in their degrees to a much broader audience.

Participants had many suggestions about incorporating more career outcomes into Ph.D. programs, but they were less certain about how to engage students who were accustomed to learning through primarily digital means. So how can doctoral programs adapt to engage these students? Some participants were skeptical about making big changes at a time when digital tools are changing so frequently. What if we adopt something that turns out to be a passing trend? How do we maintain our traditions and standards of excellence while also staying current?

The general consensus seemed to be that we have to be willing to change, to unlearn outdated methods and try new ones (even if they might not last). But participants also highlighted elements of doctoral education that still remain constant. The key skills of mastery and manipulation are still key to learning, even if they are being done differently in our digital age. Moreover, some of the functions of studying the humanities still stay the same. They can still tell us how we got to where we are today, creating a “living archive” that makes the past current, and they still offer self-knowledge to those who study them.

 
Through the process of unlearning, perhaps we can let go of old assumptions about what Ph.D. students want to do and how they want to learn to create doctoral programs that will best serve new generations of students. As the MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature puts it in their 2014 report, we should encourage “a shift from a narrative of replication, in which students imitate their mentors, to one of transformation, since graduate programs should be centered on students’ diverse learning and career development needs.”

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For more about the “Inhabit the New Learning Ecosystem” planning theme and suggestions for further reading, see its description on the website for “The ‘Living Humanities’ Ph.D. for the 21st Century.” To learn more about the meeting itself, read the full discussion in the official minutes.

  • Samantha Sabalis, Graduate Assistant, NEH/GSAS Grant, The “Living Humanities” Ph.D. for the 21st Century

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UN Internship Opportunity

Deadline: ASAP

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The UN DPI- NGO Relations section is looking for interns for their office starting in August for 6 months full-time. The internship process at the UN requires that a student must be in his/her senior year of undergraduate studies or in a Master’s programme or above . This dept at the UN is specifically looking for someone who has strong writing, research and computer skills. They will consider specifically Fordham students for this opportunity- Fordham candidates will be forwarded to UN directly for consideration. If you want to be considered for this opportunity, please send an email to impactinitiativefordham@gmail.com and include resume and cover letter outlining why you are qualified.

For more info about Fordham/UN.

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ARL Distinguished Post Doctoral Fellowship

Fellowship opportunity for recent  graduates with a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences, or engineering.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Information and Application here. 

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The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) invites exceptional young researchers to apply for the ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship provides recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research while working alongside some of the nation’s best scientists and engineers. Applicants must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Successful candidates will have tackled a major scientific or engineering problem or will have provided a new approach or insight, a  s evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.

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Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences, or engineering and must be within three years from the date of their degree at the time of application.
Selected fellows must pass a Department of Defense clearance process, requiring a background security investigation.

Applicants must demonstrate exceptional qualifications with respect to academic and scholarly achievement, as evidenced by research and publication.

Fellowship Terms and Benefits

  • A stipend of $100,000 annually
  • Health insurance (including dental and vision)
  • Paid relocation and a professional travel allowance
  • Appointments are for one year renewable for up to three years based on performance.
  • Fellowship appointments require a full-time commitment to the research program at ARL, and
  • Fellows must be in residence at ARL during the entire period of the appointment.

 

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Job Opportunity! Spring/ Summer positions with UK Visas and Immigration

Attention- last minute job opportunity for any students needing work in the spring or summer!

Deadline: February 3, 2017

Apply here.
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Temporary Entry Clearance Assistant

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Applications are invited for temporary Entry Clearance Assistant positions at the British Consulate in New York. Successful applicants will work as part of a large team handling the efficient and secure delivery of UK immigration services in North America and the Caribbean. The New York visa hub handles about 110,000 visa applications a year under the supervision of the UK Visas and Immigration Director based in New York. There are currently openings for a 3, 4, 5 and 6 month temporary Entry Clearance Assistants. Roles will start anytime between April-June 2017.

The International department of UK Visas and Immigration has responsibility for handling applications submitted overseas for Entry Clearance into the United Kingdom. The International department has a strong history for cutting edge innovation. It has set the standard in the use of biometrics, commercial partners and excellent customer service.

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Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy Network may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.gov.uk/government/world/usa. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.

Learn more about this position and apply.

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Announcement!- ResearchMatch Registry Open

The Office of Research is pleased to announce a new tool available to researchers to assist in subject recruitment. Fordham University has joined ResearchMatch(RM), a national volunteer research registry that brings together researchers and willing volunteers who wish to get involved in research studies via a secure website.

This new tool allows researchers to conduct targeted searches for potential volunteers based on demographics. Once you have IRB approval for your study, including an approved Research Match contact message, researchers can contact registered volunteers. If they are interested in the study, they accept your invitation and release their information to you.

For more information on ResearchMatch and to register, please visit our ResearchMatch page on the IRB website.

Please contact Fordham University’s ResearchMatch liaison, Michele Kuchera with any questions.

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SciencesPro- Teaching Fellow Positions Open!

Post-doctoral and doctoral students close to dissertating look at these teaching fellow positions!

Deadline: February 15, 2017

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Sciences Po welcomes applications from post-doctoral and doctoral students close to their thesis submission for teaching positions on one of its three Anglophone undergraduate campuses in France: Reims, Menton or Le Havre. Each campus focuses on a world region and offers a 3-year Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology Law and Humanities. Courses are taught in English. The successful applicant’s area of expertise will be relevant to the disciplines taught at Sciences Po and to the campus’ world regional focus. Reims hosts two different programs, one focusing on North America and Europe, the other on Africa and Europe. Menton’s program concentrates on the Middle-East and Europe, and Le Havre is dedicated to Asia and Europe.

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1. Responsibilities. In addition to pursuing your research you will be asked to teach 3 courses per semester. Course content will be agreed upon with the program director and will fall into two categories: “Tutorial seminars”: 2 hours/week, groups of 20-25 students, these methodology seminars are provided in addition to a lecture given by a senior professor. “Electives”: 2 hours/week, up to 20-25 students, the topic can be defined according to your field of expertise. You will also be required to hold regular office hours.

2. Length of stay. Preferred start date: August 22nd, 2017. Priority is given to applicants able to commit to one full academic year, but applications for one semester will be considered. Each semester term runs for 12 weeks: the fall term begins in September and ends in December, the spring term begins in late January and ends in early May. See academic calendar for more details.

3. Compensation and benefits. Salary of € 1600 /month (net, approximately $1749) from
August 22nd 2017 to May 22nd 2018. Full health benefits through the French national
system. Access to resources and facilities on all Sciences Po campuses. The contract may be eligible for extension, subject to a performance review and depending on institutional need.

4. Requirements. Successful applicants will have completed their PhD – or will submit their doctoral thesis imminently – in one of Sciences Po’s core fields (History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology or Law). Their research and teaching interests should be relevant to the regional focus of the chosen campus. Previous teaching experience is strongly preferred, and English proficiency is mandatory. The ability to speak French or other non-English languages for purposes of student advising, research, and teaching will be considered a plus.

5. Application Process. Please send the following application documents by February 15th, 2017 to: teaching.fellow@sciencespo.fr:

  • Cover letter/ statement of interest. In addition to research interests, please include a brief statement of teaching experience and philosophy.
  • Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications)
  • Course proposal(s). Brief summary of at least one elective course (or up to 3) with
    sample of major readings/resources you could incorporate into this class.
  • References. One letter of reference and contact information for two additional
    referees, ideally professors who know your research and teaching.

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Key Sciences Po contacts for questions and expressions of intent:

Caroline Gueny-Mentre
Center for the Americas, International Division
caroline.guenymentre@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 1 45 49 83 14

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Amy Greene
Assistant Dean for International Affairs, Undergraduate College
amy.greene@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 1 45 49 50 23

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Nathalie Jacquet, Director
Reims Europe-North America &
Europe-Africa Campus
nathalie.jacquet@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 3 26 05 94 61

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Florent Bonaventure, Director
Le Havre Euro-Asian Campus
florent.bonaventure@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 2 32 92 10 04

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Bernard El Ghoul, Director
Menton Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Campus
bernard.elghoul@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 4 97 14 83 50

 

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Internship Opportunity with IAAP at the UN!

Students in Psychology, Computer Science, Communications, or IPED check out this opportunity to work as a social media intern with IAAP.

Deadline: ASAP

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Overview: The International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) is seeking an interested graduate students or early career professionals to serve as an interns with IAAP at the United Nations. IAAP is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) accredited to the United Nations by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and associated with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). Also see activities of the IAAP UN team in the IAAP Bulletin.

IAAP representatives address issues related to topics of concern at the United Nations (specifically, the new Sustainable Development Goals) and to IAAP divisions (see website). These include health and mental health, sustainable development, climate change, disaster relief, human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, families, gender equality, ageing, assessment, and poverty, among other areas. Special projects have taken place in Haiti, China, Japan and Africa, related to issues like psychological first aid in disaster recovery, poverty, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship.

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Qualifications:
Personal Qualities:

  • strong interest in and commitment to the ideals and principles of the UN and the mission of IAAP
  • high level of motivation and energy
  • ability to be proactive and take initiative
  • good teamwork; ability to work collaboratively with others

Specific Skills:

  • website content and social media development, generating multi-media presentations (e.g., tweeting, Facebook postings, website postings, power points, videos)
  • good writing skills (e.g., emails, advocacy)
  • effective oral communication skills, specifically diplomatic
  • editing and re-writing skills

Education: Preferable (others may be considered)

  • enrollment in graduate studies in a relevant field (e.g., psychology, computer science, communications, international studies)
  • master’s or doctoral candidacy or recent graduate

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Position Description: Voluntary, commences immediately. Days and hours vary, but monthly Thursday meeting attendance is essential. Students are encouraged to seek independent course credit. Website training and support will be provided by IAAP’s IT Coordinator. Sample activities:

  • editing and posting to the IAAP website articles drafted by others that are related to IAAP’s participation in roundtables, workshops and advocacy at the UN Commissions, and participation in youth assemblies, liaison with committees, and Psychology Day at the UN
  • attending Briefings, usually on Thursdays, as well as committee and UN Commission meetings as determined
  • summarizing briefings and meetings assigned, for distribution to IAAP Board Members and for publication in the IAAP Bulletin, on the IAAP website, and other outlets
  • preparing publication materials for print and website
  • postings on social media sites (twitter, Facebook, others)
  • taping (at events), associate producing and editing videos
  • other related media projects as assigned

SUBMIT: (1) letter outlining interests, experience and skills, related to the above; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) writing and/or video samples, other samples of work related to the internship position; and (4) two references (name, phone, email)

Contact: DrJudyK@aol.com

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Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

M.A.s and Ph.D.s who are about to graduate and interested in Data Science should look into this program from The Data Incubator!

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Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2017-03-27 to 2017-05-19.

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Apply here!

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Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

 

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Orthodox Christian Studies Center NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship Opportunity

Advanced PhD students who will be in the final year of dissertation working in 17-18, look into this fellowship from a Fordham Center!
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Deadline: February 1, 2017
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The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University invites applications for its first Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, for the 2017-2018 academic year (September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018). The Center actively desires the most compelling, exciting, and rigorous academic projects to join its efforts in fostering Orthodox Christian Studies as a field of scholarly inquiry in its own right. The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is intended to enable an advanced PhD student to devote full-time work to the final year of dissertation research and writing. The Fellow must be prepared to complete her or his dissertation within the period of the Fellowship.

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Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, or theology), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry. Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period or geographical region so long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christian Studies broadly conceived.

The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a stipend of $30,000 (which includes the costs incurred for the residency requirement) and will be expected to be absolved of any service or teaching responsibilities at his or her home institution. The Fellow will not be required to reside full-time in New York City, but she or he will be required to spend two weeks in residence in New York City over the course of the Fellowship year, with one week in the fall and one week in the spring. When in residency, the Fellow will be expected to participate in occasional Center activities and will be offered the opportunity to deliver a public lecture related to his or her research. The recipient of the Fellowship, by policy of Fordham University, must provide proof of health insurance. If health insurance is needed, the Fellow may buy in to the Fordham University health plan at a discounted rate.

During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will have access to all of the resources of Fordham University. Through existing relationships with other New York City institutions, the Fellow will be able to take advantage of neighboring universities (Columbia University, New York University, and others), seminaries (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and General Theological Seminary), and the many cultural institutions that New York City offers.

Application Requirements

The following five (5) required items must be collated together, in the following sequence, as one (1) PDF file and saved as: 2017_NEH_DCF_APPLICANTLASTNAME_APPLICANTFIRSTNAME and submitted electronically as an attachment via email to fellowships_orthodoxy.edu.

  • Personal Statement (500 words or less) addressing the dissertation’s contribution to the field of Orthodox Christian Studies broadly conceived as well as to the specific field of the applicant’s specialization; including a proposal of how the Fellowship year will be conducted in terms of research and writing.
  • Timeline (1 page) outlining expected completion of dissertation writing during Fellowship year.
  • Sample Completed Chapter of Dissertation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Verification Statement from the dissertation mentor assessing the status of the dissertation research and providing an honest appraisal of the probability of dissertation completion during the Fellowship year.

In addition, three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation mentor, should be emailed separately by the recommenders directly to fellowships_orthodoxy@fordham.edu. Emails from recommenders should include applicant’s name in the email subject header. All recommendation letters must be received for an application to be considered complete. *Note: directions for submission of letters of recommendation are amended from first issuance of the call.

Application language: English. *If dissertation is in a language other than English, the Sample Completed Chapter of Dissertation submitted must be translated into English.

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Deadline for applications received: February 1, 2017. Notification of award: by March 15, 2017.

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The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded with support from a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, please see www.fordham.edu/orthodoxy.

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UN Internship Opportunity

All current GSAS student look at this opportunity from the UN.

Deadline: ASAP  |  Start Date: January 2017

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The UN DPI- NGO Relations section is looking for interns for their office starting in January for 6 months full-time. The internship process at the UN requires that a student must be in his/her senior year of undergraduate studies or in a Master’s programme or above.

This dept at the UN is specifically looking for someone who has strong writing, research and computer skills. They will consider specifically Fordham students for this opportunity- Fordham candidates will be forwarded to UN directly for consideration.

If you want to be considered for this opportunity, please send an email to: impactinitiativefordham@gmail.com as soon as possible and include your cover letter saying why you are qualified and resume.

For more info about Fordham/UN:
http://www.fordham.edu/info/21334/programs_and_events/5158/united_nations

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