CFC: Guide to Graduate Humanities Education

CFC: Guide to Graduate Humanities Education

AAR-SW Friends,

Another publishing opportunity. Jordan Reed and Leanne Horinko of Drew University are editing a volume on the student experience in graduate school in the humanities, and need a few more essays to round out the volume. Since we have a number of all-star graduate students and faculty who work with graduate students this could be  a great opportunity for some of you in our region to impart your wisdom and insight to a broader audience. Below is the originally posted call for chapters.

We seek submissions from graduate faculty, students, and administrators for an edited volume of essays on the student experience in graduate school in the humanities. Accepted chapter proposals will join contributions from  Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess: What Caused it and How We Can Fix It and Robert Townsend of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

This book project aims to be a comprehensive guide to graduate school for graduate students in all areas of the humanities. Drawing on the experience of current graduate students, as well as established professionals inside and outside of academia, this volume will provide insight into the current realities of graduate humanities education.

All submissions are welcome, especially those which include a dialogue between faculty and students. Submit a 300 word abstract with chapter title and CV to Jordan M. Reed ( and Leanne M. Horinko ( by September 30, 2016.

Suggested topics include:

Maximizing your graduate education:

  • How to find an institution to support your research?
  • How can you prepare for the adjustment from undergraduate to graduate education?
  • Where can you find institutional support for your project ideas?
  • How does a student foster a relationship with faculty and administrators?
  • What are best practices for presenting and networking at confrences?
  • How can you leverage collaboration with other graduate students to support your research?
  • How can you find outside funding for your education and research?
  • What is the role of internships in graduate study?

Experiences of master’s students:

  • How has your program clarified the purpose of the master’s degree in recent years?
  • What is the purpose of the MA? How can a terminal MA serve students?
  • How can master’s students best leverage their degree for their career goals?
  • What is the best way to leverage the MA into a PhD program?
  • How can you use an MA to practice the humanities in the public sphere?

Graduate seminars, exams, dissertations, and theses:

  • What should you keep in mind during your coursework and seminars?
  • How can you maintain sanity and reasonable expectations during your exam year?
  • What are best practices in time management?
  • How do you find support during your dissertation years?

The digital humanities:

  • How can a novice become acquainted with digital methods?
  • How can you integrate the digital humanities into traditional humanities research?
  • What digital skills are useful for careers inside and outside of academia?
  • How can you use digital humanities tools to manage your graduate school workload?

Career preparation:

  • How is your program integrating student career preparation into the curriculum?
  • How can you use your professional website and social media presence in graduate study?
  • What skills do you need before going onto the job market?
  • How can you pursue academic and nonacademic careers?
  • What are best practices in preparing a resume/CV and cover letter?
  •  What is the best way to prepare and participate in informational and formal interviews?
Contact Info:

Jordan M. Reed –

Leanne M. Horinko –