- Resources for an Expansive Job Search: Humanities & Social Sciences February 8, 2016
- Infographic: Graduate School Professional Development Resources June 11, 2015
- Preparing Future Faculty: Broad Teaching Opportunities March 30, 2015
- Entrepreneurship for Humanities PhDs: Resources March 30, 2015
- AHA Career Contacts February 25, 2015
- AHA Career Contacts
AHA Career Contacts is a new service that matches history PhDs employed beyond the professoriate with graduate students and recent PhDs who are interested in broadening their career horizons. Since the conversation around this issue began at the AHA in the fall of 2011, historians employed across a wide spectrum of professions and contexts have asked us how they can help the AHA normalize career paths that for them had to be exceptional. They want to help graduate students and recent PhDs appreciate and articulate how their training as historians qualifies them for careers other than as members of college and university faculty.
- Duke News Office for OpEd Placement
The Duke News Office offers support–including editing and placement–for anyone involved with Duke seeking to get their Opinion Pieces or articles picked up by local newspapers or other outlets.
- Durham History Hub
The Durham History Hub is a public history organization designed to create a place of engagement and conversation, a place that invites people to explore multiple perspectives from Durham’s past. Historians are encouraged to contact them about blog posts involving historical events, public history ideas, and community involvement with local historical events, preservation, and attractions in Durham. It’s also a great website to get to know the city you live in!
- Entrepreneurship for Humanities PhDs: Resources
Margy Thomas Horton of ScholarShape, who participated in our 2015 Conference, “The Transferable PhD,” shares with us a host of guides, resources, books, and a lean business plan for those thinking of leveraging their PhD training into a small business.
Margy’s Blog Posts on The Professor Is In
- From Academia to Small Business Ownership (Part 1): Making Peace with Capitalism
- Small Business Ownership II: Take What You Love, Leave What You Don’t
- How to Create Your Own Post-ac Job
- The 4 Terrors of the Academic Entrepreneur
- Editing is Not Grading (and Clients Aren’t Students)
Lean Business Model
Recommended Books and Links
- Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
- An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice, by Bruce L. Katcher and Adam Snyder
- Consulting For Dummies, by Bob Nelson and Peter Economy
- U.S. Small Business Administration Website
- Internal Revenue Service Website
- From PhD to Life
From PhD to Life is a blog by Jennifer Polk, a PhD and academic and career coach who works with graduate students and PhDs. Her website includes a blog series about her experience being coached by academic coaches, entries about what she hopes to provide those who she coaches, and information about her particular career path.
- History News Network
The History News Network is perhaps the most active, widely-used resource and community for historians. There are groups of community discussion forums and listservs, venues for publishing book reviews, public history articles, and other short pieces, and actively-maintained job announcements, prize and award information, and fellowship announcements. If other publishers are waffling about your book reviews or short-form articles, HNN will often take them with short turn-around, and distribute it to a broad audience. It is increasingly becoming a serious publication venue for young scholars.
- 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.
- National Humanities Center TeacherServe
The National Humanities Center TeacherServ is a curriculum enrichment service offering teachers practical help in planning courses and presenting rigorous subject matter to students. It is designed to deepen course content by providing convenient access to scholarship tailored to classroom use. Scholars are encouraged to contact them with ideas about building K-12 curricula or individual lesson plans.
- PhD Career Guide
PhD Career Guide endeavors to bring to light the many career options available to PhDs, and more importantly, the information necessary to decide which career path would be most rewarding given their particular set of professional interests and career goals. It’s not always obvious how the specific skill sets developed throughout the PhD process can directly translate to career skills, so we hope you will peruse the website, learn something new, and build confidence in your ability to pursue your interests.
- 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.
- Resources for an Expansive Job Search: Humanities & Social Sciences
Compiled by Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Resources for an Expansive Job Search: Humanities & Social Sciences includes a mix of sites that discuss larger issues involved in converting graduate training in the humanities or social sciences to a nonacademic career, and sites that include job listings. Because individuals’ career trajectories can be so varied, a big part of successfully transitioning from graduate school to satisfying employment involves plugging into the broader conversation about the wide range of careers actually pursued by those with this training. While many of these resources are specifically geared to some of the problems faced by those with Ph.D.s, much of their advance is relevant and valuable to those with master’s degrees who either seek employment, or who are considering continuing to the Ph.D.
- Versatile PhD
Versatile PhD is an online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM. It boasts over 40,000 members across hundreds of institutions nation-wide. Duke University was a founding institution, and has a website dedicated to Versatile PhDs at Duke.