Faculty Resources for Developing Collaboration Skills

Collaboration is often simplified as the ability to work in teams or play well with others. It is widely accepted as a valuable educational approach in secondary and higher education and is even the norm in the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Yet, in the training and work of academics, both of which privilege individual accomplishments, collaboration is a somewhat contentious idea. Inside and outside the academy, collaboration takes many forms, but there are three essential elements that remain consistent. Collaboration is a series of activities, not simply a one-time task; undertaken with others, not alone; and for a shared, mutually understood and valued objective, not for exclusive or singular benefit.

For more on the skill of Collaboration and resources for graduate students, see the corresponding Five Skills page on Collaboration.


  • Writing as a Historian (Univ. of New Mexico)

    This syllabus is designed to provide faculty with a framework for developing a nonfiction writing workshop or course.

  • University of New Mexico Internship Program

    This internship program guide and the attached application packet are designed for history graduate directors and university student career officers who are interested in developing an internship program for PhD history students. While initially designed for PhD students, the guidelines can be modified for undergraduate or masters level students.

  • Connected Academics Proseminar Syllabus (Modern Language Association)

    This syllabus is a useful framework for organizing and selecting topics for a large- or small-scale workshop on prospective career paths. While this example is geared towards literature and language PhDs, the themes address humanities-wide issues.

  • University of Washington History Gradline

    When asked the question, “what do you wish you had learned in graduate school,” alumni often report that their programs lacked a venue beyond the classroom to discuss employment horizons and find professionalization opportunities. This website and blog is a great model for departments who want to build a one-stop, user-friendly resource to fulfill these needs.

  • Professional Lives of Historians Syllabus (UNC Chapel Hill)

    This syllabus, developed for a course offered at UNC-Chapel Hill in Spring 2016, provides sample texts, discussion questions. and practical assignments that can be utilized in similar classes or seminars.

  • The Many Professions of History

    This syllabus outlines course readings, in-class activities, and project assignments that can be useful in constructing a professional development seminar