Humanities for the Public Good Working Group

This Working Group will serve as the backbone for the grant, working with the P.I. and a small advisory committee, conducting research about diverse career initiatives at other universities, studying critiques of humanities graduate education, envisioning possible structures and collaborative partnerships for a cross-disciplinary humanities, and consulting with UI alumni and other graduates of PhD programs in a range of careers. The group will also be a sounding board for plans and proposals each year. The Working Group will have regularly scheduled bi-weekly meetings during the academic year and will begin and end each semester by collectively setting semester and long-term goals and end each semester with a review of progress made, discoveries, and reflections on progress and next steps. We hope to include instructional and tenure track faculty members, graduate students, and staff and administrative members from the Library, the Graduate College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and other units who play important roles in humanities graduate education. The Working Group has funding to invite alumni and potential employers for Skype interviews and/or visits to campus.  


What will participation entail?
The first Working Group members will meet bi-weekly from August 2019-May 2020, and the second group will meet bi-weekly from August 2020-My 2021. In addition, we will ask the first group to meet several times in spring semester of 2019 to map out plans for the fall, and we will ask the second group to join the first group several times in spring 2020 to create a smooth transition going into the second year. Members from year one may reapply for year two.


Check back soon for eligibility and application details!