Infographic: Graduate School Professional Development Resources

The Duke Graduate School has an enormous number of resources available to students seeking professional development resources. The problem is that they’re not always obvious or easy to find! The Graduate School heard our concerns and produced a handy infographic and explanation of resources available for Duke PhDs.

Download the PDF of Duke’s Professional Development Resources here.

Graduate Student Internship at Duke University Press

Are you interested in an internship in Duke University Press’s editorial department? We are seeking graduate student interns to work on our World and Latin America Reader projects.

The World Readers and Latin America Readers are unique books that include journalism, primary source documents, literature, academic writing, art, cartoons, songs, and even recipes from various countries, cities, and regions. This series includes The Peru Reader, The Indonesia Reader, The Alaska Native Reader, The Mexico Reader and many others. We recently published The Dominican Republic Reader and The South Africa Reader and are working on Readers for Brazil, Colombia, Rio de Janeiro, and Haiti, now; Tibet, Bolivia, and Jamaica are due to arrive soon. (more…)

The Transferable PhD: Entrepreneurship Session with Margy Thomas Horton

At the Duke History Professional Development Committee’s conference, “The Transferable PhD,” Margy Thomas Horton discusses the process of starting her own business, ScholarShape, after completing a Ph.D. in English in 2012. The event took place March 28, 2015 at Duke University.

Margy also provided a followup to one of the audience questions, “Are Academic Businesses Low-hanging Fruit? at TheProfessorIsIn.

Thanks to Will Goldsmith for producing this video for us.

Margy Thomas Horton, “Are Academic Businesses Low-hanging Fruit?”

Every Q & A needs one audacious question, so I was grateful recently when, after I’d given a starry-eyed talk to some humanities PhDs about entrepreneurship as a partial solution to the academic jobs crisis, one audience member put her hand up and said (I’m paraphrasing), “No offense, but I see what you and The Professor Is In and some other academic entrepreneurs are doing, and I think, how many businesses like that can there be–businesses that academics create to support other academics? Didn’t you guys already pick all the low-hanging fruit?” (more…)

Will Goldsmith, “Lessons from ‘The Transferable Ph.D.’ Conference”

A few prominent themes stood out at the conference—most prominently, that there’s a lot you can do (and enjoy doing) with a humanities Ph.D. We heard from humanities Ph.D.s who started businesses, administered multimillion dollar projects, produced amazing scholarly work, and taught brilliant classes in high schools and community colleges. (more…)

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot—And How to Stop

Dr. Benjamin Filene, director of public history at UNC Greensboro, delivers the keynote address, “Shooting ourselves in the foot—and how to stop,” at the Duke History Professional Development Committee’s half-day conference, “The Transferable Ph.D.: Converting Academic Skills to Broader Career Paths.” The conference took place at Duke University, March 28, 2015.

Thanks to Will Goldsmith for producing this video for us.

Dorie Clark, “Networking for Introverts”

It was my realization that I’ve always hated socializing in noisy environments where you have to scream to be heard. As an introvert, I find it overwhelming — and that means I’m not at my best when connecting. In fact, many people find networking in general to be stressful or distasteful. But I’ve come to realize that networking is downright enjoyable when you match it to your strengths and interests, rather than forcing yourself to attend what the business world presents as archetypal “networking events.” Here’s how I’ve embraced networking in my own way.

Read Dorie Clark’s full article, “Networking for Introverts” at

Liz Ryan, “You Don’t Need Permission to Change Careers”

It’s a process. It doesn’t happen all at once. Bit by bit we realize that whatever we’re trying to do for the first time in our career change is actually something we’ve been doing for years, only wearing a different hat and in a different setting. Those are the details. When we are driven by our passion for the new career we’ve chosen and our firm knowledge that we’re more than qualified for the new role we’re after, the mechanics of job search get a lot easier.

Read the full article at Forbes

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Information Session

Friday, May 1, 2015, 2:30pm-4pm. Perkins 217.
Panel of current PFF Fellows, moderated by Dr. Hugh Crumley, PFF Director.

The Preparing Future Faculty program at Duke provides a yearlong experience for PhD students and postdocs to prepare them for the multiple roles they may be asked to assume as future faculty members in a variety of academic institutions. PFF fellows learn about the broad range of faculty roles and responsibilities by visiting nearby cluster campuses, working closely with a mentor at one of six partner institutions, and attending colloquia at Duke on critical issues in academia. Typically about 25 to 30 PFF fellows are selected annually, including up to five postdoctoral fellows.The program follows the academic calendar, and we expect those selected as fellows to participate fully during the entire academic year. Applications for AY 15-16 will be due June 1, 2015.

Registration Required!

Preparing Future Faculty: Broad Teaching Opportunities

First launched in 1993, the Preparing Future Faculty program at Duke provides a yearlong experience for PhD students and postdocs to prepare them for the multiple roles they may be asked to assume as future faculty members in a variety of academic institutions. The program provides a wider range of educational experiences than are generally available to students in their Duke departments, including teaching at community colleges. Applications are typically due in the early summer.