UC Humanists@Work

Apr 22, 2019
UC Irvine

A colloquium to explore the initial humanities data from the Council of Graduate Schools surveys, present information about qualitative interviews with UC Humanities PhDs at work, and think forward about graduate education. Join humanities and graduate deans, faculty, graduate students, staff, and UC PhDs as we discuss professionalization in the humanities.

Working Agenda

9:30 AM Registration (coffee and light breakfast available)

10:00 AM Welcome and Introductions

Kelly Anne Brown


Carol Genetti

UC Santa Barbara

10:30 AM–12:30 PM Working with the Data: What We Know—and Don’t—from the CGS Alumni and Student Surveys

The morning session will focus on what we’ve learned from the past two years of alumni and student surveys. All attendees will receive a dashboard of the data in advance of the workshop, and will spend some significant portion of this morning session analyzing the results for their campus with campus colleagues. To place the survey data within a broader statewide and national perspective, colleagues from the Council of Graduate Schools (Suzanne Ortega, President), the Modern Language Association (David Laurence, Director, Retired, Office of Research), and the Office of the President (Pamela Brown, Vice President and Tongshan Chang, Director, Institutional Research and Academic Planning) will join us for presentations.

12:30–1:30 PM Lunch

1:30–2:30 PM Humanists@Work Alumni Focus Groups

UCHRI will present on what we’ve learned from alumni by way of the six focus groups conducted across the state and with UC PhD alumni from a variety of humanities disciplines working in government, industry, and the nonprofit sectors. Click here to read about the focus group project. 

Kelly Anne Brown


Jacob Heim, PhD Candidate in Philosophy

UC Irvine

2:30–3:00 PM Coffee, Tea, and Dessert

3:00–4:30 PM Stories from the Field

Three UC PhD alumni will join us for an interactive discussion regarding post-PhD work trajectories, alumni relations, reflections on departmental and university culture, and more.

Zia Isola, Director of Diversity Programs, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute

(UC Santa Barbara, English Literature & Writing, 2004)

Aileen Liu, Academic Policy Coordinator, Academic Services, UC Los Angeles Graduate Division

(UC Berkeley, English, 2018)

Michael Ursell, Manager of Development & Strategic Partnerships, Black Mountain Institute, UN Las Vegas

(UC Santa Cruz, Literature, 2011)

4:30–5:00 PM Final Reflections

For more information, or to express interest in attending the limited-capacity event, email Kelly Brown at kbrown@hri.uci.edu.