UI PhD Alumni: Where They Are Now

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Friday, November 1, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:30pm | MERGE Downtown Iowa City

Join us for discussion panels by humanities PhD alumni who will share about their pathways to career diversity, both in the world of education and far, far beyond.

Are you curious about how to pursue meaningful work outside the university after you earn your PhD? Are you interested in learning about a range of career possibilities for humanists? Come join us and learn how other humanities PhDs have navigated their post-degree ambitions. This event features humanities PhD alumni who have carved career pathways in the business world and a broad range of education positions — including community colleges and K-12.

Our guests will discuss their career trajectories as part of two panels. Then, in small, rotating discussion sessions, they’ll advise current PhD students and their faculty and staff mentors about skills and best practices that their own employers seek and value.

This event is free, made possible by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UI Graduate College, and by generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Symposium Schedule

1:00 – 1:15: Welcome: Teresa Mangum, Professor and Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

1:15 – 2:30: Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars panel session 

Moderator: David Cunning, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Erica Damman (Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate College, UI), Ravenel New Media Consulting
  • Peter Bezanson (Philosophy, CLAS, UI), BASIS.ed
  • Dan Schulz (Philosophy, CLAS, UI), U.S. Department of Energy

2:30 – 2:45: Break

2:45 – 4:00: Diverse Careers Across Education panel session

Moderator: Amanda Haertling Thein, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs and Professor, Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education

  • Michael Ayers (Language, Literacy & Culture, College of Education, UI), City High School
  • Lenore Maybaum (Language, Literacy & Culture, College of Education, UI), Kirkwood Community College
  • Scott Samuelson (Philosophy, Emory University), Kirkwood Community College
  • Jama Stillwell (Musicology, School of Music, CLAS, UI), Cornell College
  • Elizabeth Sutton (Art History, School of Art & Art History, CLAS, UI), University of Northern Iowa

4:00 – 5:20: Mentoring Conversation break-out session

5:20 – 5:30: Close 

Co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate College