Summer Institute Schedule and Speakers

Day 1: What it Means to Reconfigure PhD Education in the Humanities

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Welcome Remarks

Jim Grossman, American Historical Association
Emily Swafford, American Historical Association
Dylan Ruediger, American Historical Association

10:00 – 12:00 a.m. | You're Part of Something Big: The Landscape of Change in Doctoral Education

AHAHistorians · AHA Career Diversity Faculty Institute: You're Part Of Something Big (2017)

Katja Zelljadt, National Endowment for the Humanities
Steve Wheatley, American Council of Learned Societies
Len Cassuto, Fordham University
Lynn Pasquerella, American Association of Colleges and Universities
Chair: Jim Grossman, American Historical Association

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Working Lunch: Small group discussions about the purpose of the PhD

1:45 - 3:15 p.m. | Building the Bridge: Career Diversity and Teaching

Kevin Gannon, Grand View University
Natalie Mendoza, University of California, Berkeley
Lendol Calder, Augustana College
Chair: Emily Swafford, American Historical Association

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Institutional Models Across the Humanities

John Paul Christy, American Council of Learned Societies
Tim Watson, University of Miami
Stacy Hartman, Modern Language Association
Chair: Dylan Ruediger, American Historical Association

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Dinner

Day 2: The Nuts and Bolts of Change

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast

9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | The Challenges of Change

Melissa Bokovoy, University of New Mexico
Ken Pomeranz, University of Chicago
Adam Kosto, Columbia University
Steve Aron, University of California, Los Angeles
Chair: Jim Grossman, American Historical Association

11:30 - 12:00 p.m. | Why Data Matters

Emily Swafford, American Historical Association
Maureen McCarthy, Council of Graduate Schools

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Working Lunch: Conversations with Pilot Programs and the AHA

1:45 - 3:45 p.m. | Strategies for Using the Whole University

Kevin Gannon, Grand View University
Jennifer Furlong, City University of New York
Dylan Ruediger, American Historical Association
Melissa Bokovoy, University of New Mexico
Ken Pomeranz, University of Chicago
Adam Kosto, Columbia University
Chair: Steve Aron, University of California, Los Angeles

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Round-Up Session


Stephen Aron is a professor of history and Robert N. Burr Department Chair at UCLA. He is currently also the president of the Western History Association. Long interested in bridging the divide between "academic" and "public" history, he spent twelve years splitting his appointment between UCLA and the Autry Museum, dual positions that enabled him to employ numerous history graduate students at the museum. As chair of the UCLA History Department, he has stewarded the department's career diversity initiative, including co-teaching a graduate seminar on "The Many Professions of History" and securing the gift to endow and establish the department's new Luskin Center for History and Policy.

Melissa Bokovoy is a Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, where she serves as department chair. She holds a PhD from Indiana University. She is the author of Peasants and Communists: Politics and Ideology in the Yugoslav Countryside, 1941-1953, which won the Barbara Jelavich Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. She was named UNM Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2011 and is Co-PI of the AHA/Mellon Career Diversity Pilot program at the University of New Mexico.

Lendol Calder is a social and cultural historian of the United States teaching at Augustana College. He began his academic career in the customary way as a historian of consumer capitalism and as the author of Financing the American Dream: A Cultural History of Consumer Credit, but segued into research on history teaching and learning after being selected as a Fellow at the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Calder’s work on pedagogies of “uncoverage” aims to demystify historical thinking for students in “gateway” history courses. A CASE/Carnegie Foundation laureate, he was honored in 2010 as the Illinois College Professor of the Year.

Leonard Cassuto, professor of English and American Studies at Fordham University, writes “The Graduate Adviser,” a monthly column on graduate study in the arts and sciences, for The Chronicle of Higher Education. His recent book, The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It (Harvard, 2015), grew out of that work, and is informed by a strong sense of the origins and history of doctoral study, and of how it must change to fit the needs of the present day.

John Paul Christy is Director of Public Programs at the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), where he helps maintain and enhance the Council’s peer-review processes and develops and implements new fellowship and grant programs, with special focus on initiatives that highlight the public dimensions of humanities scholarship. This includes the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, which places recent humanities PhDs in two-year, practical fellowships in public policy, media, and cultural organizations. Before joining ACLS in 2012, Christy was a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, DC, where his portfolio included projects related to US public diplomacy, Internet anti-censorship programs, and the public humanities. He received his PhD in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jenny Furlong is the Director of the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development at Columbia University’ s Center for Career Education, and as Associate Director for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the Career Services office of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the co-author of the Career Talk column in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Academic Job Search Handbook, 5th ed. (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). She earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Gannon is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He coordinates Grand View’s faculty development programs, and works with faculty at all career stages to improve teaching and learning. He is also responsible for training and instructional support for blended, online, and digital pedagogies. As a former department chair, he has participated in several faculty searches. In his current role he also works with every faculty search committee on his campus to serve as a resource for teaching and learning-related criteria.

James Grossman is Executive Director of the American Historical Association. Formerly Vice President for Research and Education at the Newberry Library, he has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration and A Chance to Make Good: African-Americans, 1900-1929, and project director and coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2005; online edition, 2006). Jim has served as an elected officer of the American Historical Association and Organization of American Historians, and on advisory boards for the National Park Service, Center for New Deal Studies at Roosevelt University, Illinois Historical Society, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and Chicago Public Library. He serves on the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Center for Research Libraries, and as Vice-President of the National Humanities Alliance.

Stacy Hartman received her PhD in German Studies from Stanford University in 2015. While at Stanford she wore many hats as she tried to figure out what kind of career she wanted after graduation: language instructor, writing tutor, program coordinator, academic advisor, and academic coach, to name a few. Now, as project manager of the Modern Language Association's Mellon-funded initiative Connected Academics, she helps early career PhDs in language and literature fields as they undergo the same process of career exploration. She also works with faculty and departments on how to support their PhD students in a variety of career ambitions and spends a great deal of time thinking about what it means to be a professional humanist outside the university.

Adam Kosto is Professor of History at Columbia University, where he teaches and studies the legal and institutional history of medieval Europe. He has served since 2014 as Program Director of History in Action, Columbia's incarnation of the AHA Career Diversity Initiative pilot program. In that capacity, he coordinates a wide range of student and faculty activities connected to skills-building, professional development, and engagement of historians in the public sphere.

Maureen Terese McCarthy is Assistant Director of Advancement and Best Practices at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). She serves as co-PI of the Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement project and as project liaison for the NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD Consortium. The CGS Career Pathways project is a multi-institution effort to help graduate schools collect data on the career aspirations and pathways of PhD students and alumni in order to improve programs. Maureen earned her PhD in English from Emory University in 2013.

Natalie Mendoza is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History at UC Berkeley, where she also earned her PhD in US history. In addition to studying the past, Natalie's research interests include history and the practice of pedagogy, which led her to co-organize two international K-16 teaching history conferences. In her pedagogy course at UC Berkeley, Natalie aims to prepare doctoral students for the teaching responsibilities they will assume as faculty at all institutions of higher education and elsewhere by encouraging them to view their roles as teacher and researcher as equally important to what it means to be a historian.

Lynn Pasquerella is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Brown University, before teaching at the University of Rhode Island, where she also served as vice provost for research, vice provost for academic affairs, and dean of the graduate school. In 2008, she was named provost of the University of Hartford. In 2010, she was appointed the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. She has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. She serves as senator and vice president of Phi Beta Kappa, as a Trustee of the Lingnan Foundation, and as host of Northeast Public Radio's The Academic Minute.

Kenneth Pomeranz is University Professor in History and the College at the University of Chicago, and was President of the American Historical Association in 2013-14. His publications include The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also the PI/Faculty Director for Making History Work, the University of Chicago pilot site for the AHA/Mellon “Career Diversity for Historians” initiative.

Dylan Ruediger is coordinator for the Career Diversity for Historians initiative at the American Historical Association. He completed his PhD in Early American History at Georgia State University in the spring of 2017. During graduate school, he developed an interest in career diversity issues and high education administration, serving as co-director of an NEH Next Generation Planning Grant, an AHA Career Diversity for Historians Departmental Grant, and as president of GSU’s first university-wide graduate student organization, the Graduate Student Alliance. His current book project focuses on tributary relationships between Indians and the English in Colonial North America.

Emily Swafford is manager of academic affairs at the American Historical Association. She coordinates the AHA's work on graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 education, including directing the AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative on careers for historians with PhDs. She publishes articles regularly in Perspectives on History and represents the work of the AHA at conferences and events. She earned her PhD in 20th-century US history at the University of Chicago and is currently working on a book about the origins of US military family policy in the early Cold War.

Tim Watson is the founder and director of UGrow (Graduate Opportunities at Work), a program providing professional development in non-teaching careers for humanities and social science PhD students at the University of Miami. He is associate professor and the incoming chair of English at UM. He is the author of Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Atlantic World, 1945-1965 (Oxford, forthcoming, 2018) and of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (Cambridge, 2008).

Steven C. Wheatley is the Vice President of the American Council of Learned Societies. Before joining ACLS thirty-one years ago as Director of the American Studies Program, he taught history at the University of Chicago where he was also Dean of Students in the Public Policy Committee and, before that, Assistant to the Dean of the (Graduate) Social Sciences Division. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago. He has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Lilly Endowment, Inc., a member of the Doctoral Fellows Advisory Committee of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and as a member of the Task Force on the Artifact of the Council on Library and Information Resources. He has served on the Governing Council of the Rockefeller Archive Center of Rockefeller University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Research Libraries.

Katja Zelljadt directs the Office of Challenge Grants at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Previously, she was Vice President for Education at the National Building Museum, Associate Director of the Stanford Humanities Center, and Head of the Getty Research Institute’s Scholars Program. She has also worked at the Harvard University Art Museums, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin. She received her doctorate in History from Harvard University. Her writings have appeared in the Journal of Visual Culture, the Journal of Urban History, and elsewhere.