The Connected PhD, Part One


Why do PhD programs assume students will become professors, when most people find careers outside academia? How can we better prepare graduate students for the post-grad career path? This episode explores:

  • What a “Connected PhD” program is, and why it’s necessary.
  • The negative impact on students when they feel "less than" or as if they have failed when they can't land a tenure-track job.
  • How to change the PhD so students graduate with multiple career options.
  • Why faculty need to approach graduate programs differently.
  • How students can build their mentoring and support network outside of their program, and outside of academia
  • The Connected PhD program's impact on the culture of doctoral pedagogy.

Our guest is: Dr. Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli, who is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Brandeis.

Our co-guest is: Dr. Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria, who is the Faculty Director of Professional Development at GSAS, and associate professor in the Anthropology department at Brandeis.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender.

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Christina Gessler

Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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