[Rackham] What's Next: Career Paths for Ph.D.s in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Rackham is sponsoring a virtual event  for doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences to engage in career exploration, reflect on their skills, and gain insight into a variety of career paths. The event includes:

  1. A morning (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) career exploration workshop with Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development at University of Illinois, Derek Attig. Attig has their Ph.D. in history and will facilitate a workshop designed to help participants understand their skills and imagine how they want to make an impact in their careers.
  2. Afternoon (1:00 to 2:30 p.m.) disciplinary career panels and breakout group speed mentoring conversations with our panelists working in a range of career fields.

Please find fuller session descriptions below.




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Derek Attig, Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development in the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Understanding your skills is a crucial part of exploring careers and figuring out your next steps. But what do we actually mean when we talk about “skills”? This workshop will introduce a critical, contextual, and creative approach to skills that draws on your doctoral training and experiences. You will leave with a personalized strategy for understanding what you’re good at—not just a generic list of skills. You will also have a chance to imagine how you can use your skills to make a positive impact on the world.

The session will be highly interactive, with significant individual reflection as well as discussion (in breakout rooms and as a large group). To allow for an open dialogue, this session will not be recorded.

Derek Attig (they/them) is Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development in the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to their work at Illinois, Attig was part of the team that built the ImaginePhD career planning tool for humanists and social scientists and writes regularly for Inside Higher Ed’s Carpe Careers column. Before working in career development, Attig advised graduate students at a teaching center and worked in nonprofit marketing. They earned a Ph.D. in history with a dissertation on the cultural history of bookmobiles in the United States.

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Ethriam Brammer, Catalina Esguerra, Chris Gerben, and Briann Greenfield

Panelists include:

  1. Ethriam Brammer, Assistant Dean at Rackham Graduate School (Ph.D., English)
  2. Catalina Esguerra, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Programs Manager at University of Virginia (Ph.D., Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics)
  3. Chris Gerben, Vice President of Marketing at Third Party Trust (Ph.D., English)
  4. Briann Greenfield, Director of the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (Ph.D., American Studies)
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Ashley Reid Brown, Jeremy Welland, and Mary Wright

Panelists include:

  1. LaShonda Brenson, Senior Fellow of Diversity and Inclusion at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Ph.D., Political Science)
  2. Ashley Reid Brown, Principal Consultant at ghSMART (Ph.D., Political Science and Public Policy)
  3. Jeremy Welland, Global Head of Data Science and Analytics at Google (Ph.D., Economics)
  4. Mary Wright, Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning and Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University (Ph.D., Sociology)
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