University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Press Release

UW-Milwaukee receives grant to help PhD students prepare for careers outside academia

UWM was one of 28 schools nationwide to receive a Next Generation PhD grant.

By - Aug 24th, 2016 01:53 pm
UWM Union. Photo by Dave Reid.

UWM Union. Photo by Dave Reid.

MILWAUKEE _ A career in academia has long been the expected track after completing a doctoral degree in the humanities, but the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is challenging that wisdom with help from a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

UWM was one of 28 schools nationwide to receive a Next Generation PhD grant as part of the NEH’s efforts to prepare humanities doctoral students for careers beyond academia. UWM will use the grant to develop new curriculum, bolster faculty mentorship and advising programs, and foster alumni and community support for doctoral programs and students.

“Humanities PhDs are highly trained specialists whose expertise translates well into many kinds of roles that require critical analysis and creative thinking,” said David Clark, the associate dean of the humanities in UWM’s College of Letters & Science. “As a result, for many years they have found employment outside of academia, often in really interesting roles we hadn’t even imagined. This grant will work with faculty, past and current students, and partners in the local business and non-profit communities to make training for non-academic roles a more central and deliberate part of what we do.”

The award is a planning grant that will allow UWM to pinpoint changes to programs over the course of the 2016-17 school year. Specific measures include evaluating the addition of courses in scientific and technical communication, exploring new field placements that give practical experience, and creating faculty guides for advising students about non-academic career paths.

UWM has 33 doctoral programs. Its humanities PhD programs include communication, history, and English. It was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top 115 research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, in part on the strength of its doctoral programs.

Follow the national conversation about this topic on Twitter at #NextGenPhD.

About UWM

Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to more than 27,000 students from 81 countries. Its 14 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. With a budget of $667 million, UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2016 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews.

Press Releases by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UWM researcher helps discover new genetic links for disease risk

Paul Auer worked with scientists from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, England, and other collaborators.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UWM’s Basting wins MacArthur genius grant

Basting is the first UWM faculty member to earn the MacArthur Foundation’s highest honor.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UWM hosts Wisconsin Science Festival in Milwaukee Oct. 21-23

The programs are not strictly limited to science topics.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UWM Arts Alumna Gives $1 Million Lead Gift to Renovate Studio Space

The gift will fund initial renovations to the top floor of the Kenilworth building, and construction is set to begin in 2017.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ride and Film Screening Aimed at Raising Awareness of Veteran Suicides

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Military and Veterans Resource Center is sponsoring an event at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Friday, Sept. 16, to promote awareness of the suicide rate among veterans and showcase prevention resources.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UWM Research Foundation Announces New Catalyst Grants

The Catalyst Grant Program invests in promising early-stage research at UWM, fostering commercialization of new technology.

See More Releases
People:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>