Now available: Report and data from SCI’s survey on career prep and graduate education

[Cross-posted at my personal website]

I am delighted to announce the release of a report, executive summary, data, and slides from the Scholarly Communication Institute’s recent study investigating perceptions of career preparation provided by humanities graduate programs. The study focused on people with advanced degrees in the humanities who have pursued alternative academic careers. Everything is CC-BY, so please read, remix, and share. I’d especially welcome additional analysis on the datasets.

All of the materials are openly accessible through the University of Virginia’s institutional repository:

(Note that the files available for download are listed in the top left-hand corner of each Libra listing.)

Having worked on this for over a year, I’m more convinced than ever about the importance of incorporating public engagement and collaboration into humanities doctoral education—not only to help equip emerging scholars for a variety of career outcomes, but also to maintain a healthy, vibrant, and rigorous field. It has been fascinating to connect with scholars working in such a diverse range of stimulating careers, and to see some of the patterns in their experiences.

Many, many thanks to everyone who has contributed time and energy to this project—from completing the survey, to reading (or listening to) the preliminary reports, to providing feedback and critique.

Katina is the Scholarly Communication Institute's Senior Research Specialist. She works to support and share outcomes from conversations SCI is convening on emerging models for authoring and publication and on graduate education reform. She is also planning and conducting a survey of of humanities-trained respondents who self-identify as working in alternative academic careers, and will play a role in the planned expansion of the Praxis Program to a multi-institutional and international effort.

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