American Higher Ed: History, Culture, and Challenges : Join our Mailing List For three years, this joint venture of the Humanities Council and the Graduate School has sparked conversations about the past, present, and future of American Higher Ed. Join our Mailing List Join us for an engaging dinner workshop series that works as a discussion community. Graduate students are at the heart of that community, but we extend it to the whole university. The gatherings offer you a chance to talk to people from parts of the university you may not often see (junior and senior faculty members from different fields, and administrators ranging from deans to university press editors), in a setting that emphasizes common cause, not hierarchy. We meet every few weeks from October through early December, with two site visits (to a state college and a community college to meet with Presidents, Faculty, and Students) after the winter break, followed by a final social gathering early in the Spring semester. A full list of sessions (dates, subject matter) is below. While the conversations are wide-ranging, the reading load is minimal; we know that everyone is busy. Designed for graduate students pursuing tenure track careers, as well as those considering a range of careers in higher education, session topics range from the rise of the PhD as the central academic credential, to graduate education’s role in the research university, to the role of faculty in university governance. As you know, these are challenging times for our institutions and our profession. This workshop focuses on subjects we all need to think about—and discuss—together. Read more about the series. The cohort will be limited to approximately 15 eligible graduate students, and preference will be given to Ph.D. students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This series is a joint venture between the Humanities Council and GradFUTURES. Questions? Contact James M. Van Wyck, [email protected]. Sample Schedule Session 1: Overview of higher education in America Session 2: The history and growth of graduate education in America, and elsewhere Session 3: International Perspectives (Europe, Asia) Session 4: Data Science and Higher Education Session 5: Professionalization Session 6: Tenure: Past, Present, Future? Site visits to local higher education institutions. Learning Objectives This GLC takes a long view of American higher education, framing its problems and prospects in historical terms. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the academic landscape: How did we get here? Where are we headed and why? Where should we be headed? "Graduate education in the humanities is changing. Most humanities PhDs will not secure tenure-track jobs. Discussions about how to respond to this state of affairs are vital. The Higher Ed workshop is where those discussions are taking place. The workshop is an important forum for exploring graduate student professional development in the twenty-first century." –Josh Kotin, Associate Professor, Department of English Participants Yuzhou Bai *23, EAS Professional Development Associate 2019-21 Social Impact Fellow Clio Hall Award Recipient Sarah Carson *20, HOS Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant Leonard Cassuto American Higher Education Learning Cohort Convener Inaugural GRADitude Award for Advancing Graduate Professional Development Recipient Rebecca Giblon, GS, HIS GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant William A. Gleason Hughes-Rogers Professor of English and American Studies GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant Stanley N. Katz Professor of Public and International Affairs; Director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies; GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant Josh Kotin Associate Professor, Department of English GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant Future Faculty Workshop Speaker Lucy Partman *21, ART Founder, Partman Strategies LLC UAF Alum & GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant Clio Hall Award Recipient Dylan Principi, GS, MUS University Administrative Fellow James M. Van Wyck Assistant Dean for Professional Development James Watson-Krips, GS, EAS University Administrative Fellow Shengyu Yang, GS, EAS Community College Teaching Fellow Participant, American Higher Ed GradFUTURES Learning Cohort “The American Higher Education series was a great opportunity to develop a cross-disciplinary and multi-stage academic community, in a setting where it was safe and encouraged to talk frankly about the structures of the university and career paths leading from the Ph.D. I benefited from a window into the administration at Princeton and deeply appreciated learning about the different kinds of higher education settings across the US landscape (beyond the R1 and Ivy League) where many Princeton PhDs may eventually find themselves. The small-group seminar setting was fruitful for refreshing conversations that demystified how 'the university' works and keyed me into current debates and challenges for its future.” –Sarah Carson *20, HOS Get Learning Cohort Alerts! Watch the GradFUTURES newsletter for upcoming learning cohort and event announcements, or complete the form below. GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Interest Form About GradFUTURES Learning Cohorts GradFUTURES’ interdisciplinary learning cohorts build community among and between graduate students and reinforce each student’s graduate training while drawing on their content knowledge to inform the cohort’s investigation of the topic. As part of the cohort, students will read and discuss books, articles, and case studies. Learning cohorts typically also include at least one experiential component such as an immersive project, a site visit, conference presentation, or fellowship/internship opportunities. Interdisciplinary discussions, reflection, synthesis, community building, and immersive experiences are integral components of each learning cohort experience.