Addressing the broken job track for humanities PhDs: Opinion

September 16, 2021
The lack of full-time, tenure-track jobs for humanities PhD is difficult to fix, writes Steven Mintz, who says that most of the burden of finding academic or alt-ac jobs falls on the student. The author encourages departments to address the issue by familiarizing students with job options both inside and outside of the academy, encouraging students to take internships, and integrating professional development throughout the graduate school experience. Mintz also encourages departments to allow students to prepare for a broader range of jobs by introducing more flexible program requirements and building bridges with potential employers. Finally, the author encourages faculty to push back against increased student-faculty ratios, as this increase has led to fewer faculty positions for PhD graduates. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)