Graduate College

The Graduate College recently hosted the second Connected Academics Summer Institute (CASI2017) September 13 – 15, 2017 in downtown Phoenix for the Modern Language Association (MLA). The Connected Academics initiative, “Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers” is sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Foundation. Grant partners attending the Institute included the MLA, Arizona State University, Georgetown University, and the University California Humanities Research Institute, Irvine, along with invited guests interested in re-envisioning humanities training in a variety of careers for doctoral students.

As part of the Connected Academics initiative, the partner institutions and MLA meet annually to engage with innovative leaders who want to address tough questions and suggest sustainable models for change and advancement in doctoral education. The institute included partner presentations, such as “Rethinking the Dissertation” and “Internships for Humanists: Reimagining Career Pathways through Transferable Skills,” as well as workshops dedicated to brainstorming effective ways to revise and use the MLA Doctoral Student Career Planning Toolkit.