From the Annual Meeting 2006 column of the October 2005 Perspectives
AHA Workshop: Directors of Graduate Studies and Other Interested Parties
AHA Staff, October 2005
Thursday, January 5, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Marriott, Grand Ballroom Salon I
Co-sponsored by the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century, a report of the AHA Committee on Graduate Education, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, recommended workshops for directors of graduate studies. The American Historical Association first sponsored such a workshop for department chairs and directors of graduate studies at the 2005 annual meeting in Seattle. Another was held in August 2005. This is the third workshop.
Note: Participation in this free interactive workshop is open to everyone but particularly to DGS's and chairs of history departments. This workshop is for networking and problem solving. Workshop speakers will be posted on the AHA's annual meeting web page. Please check for an updated program and list of presenters. Although there is no charge for the workshop, advance registration is required no later than December 9, 2005. To register contact Noralee Frankel.
1:30–2:30 p.m. Problems and Solutions
- Chris M. Golde, research director, Carnegie Foundation Initiative on the Doctorate
- Noralee Frankel, American Historical Association
Participants who attend should bring with them one challenge they face as DGS and one piece of advice for other DGS's. The group will discuss solutions to pressing problems faced by DGS's. The emphasis in this session is on practical problem-solving and strategic advice.
2:30–2:45 p.m. Break
2:45–3:30 p.m. Tools for Planning Graduate Programs
Discussion of a survey of Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out funded by the Ford Foundation. History PhDs represent 2,200 or 25% of the total survey population. Includes data on the career paths and doctoral program evaluation for history PhD's.
- Lori Homer, survey director, Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education, University of Washington
Discussion of data collection and use for DGS's, including AHA data and publicly available national data.
- Chris Golde, research director, Carnegie Foundation Initiative on the Doctorate
3:30–4:30 p.m. What Is the Role of the DGS in Proposing and Implementing Change in Graduate Studies
Departmental leaders from history departments participating in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate will discuss lessons learned, such as when and how to propose change, promising practices, enlisting graduate students as agents of change, the role of data and evidence in supporting change, and what strategies do graduate programs have for collecting, maintaining, and using data about their students and programs.