Each year, CAHI offers one or more events focused on our professional lives as researchers and teachers in the university: we have had visits and workshops on grant-writing (with program officers from NEH, ACLS, and Mellon), discussions of changes in graduate education and the future of the PhD, and workshops focused on writing for the public.
Open Knowledge: Expanding Our Definition of Scholarship
Suzanne Ortega, Hironao Okahana, and Jim Grossman
4:00pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Now more than ever, knowledge workers in the university must confront the value system that legitimates what they do and ascribes professional significance to their creative endeavors. In short, what constitutes scholarship in today’s social and academic environment? Do the scholarly article and/or monograph remain the coin of the realm? Should they? If not, what other forms of scholarship might begin to supplement or even displace them?
Join us (virtually) for a professional development workshop for both faculty and graduate students designed to discuss the nature of humanities scholarship. What constitutes “scholarship” today? How can universities, colleagues, and tenure committees evaluate new forms of scholarship? What should the relationship between this scholarship and the wider public look like? And how can we better train graduate students in the humanities to navigate this new world of knowledge production?
This workshop brings together three people working at the front lines of these pressing questions. Suzanne Ortega, President of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), has steered that organization toward new thinking about the nature of graduate education. Hironao Okahana is Vice President for Research and Knowledge Development at CGS. Jim Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association (AHA), initiated that professional association’s program in career diversity for historians, which seeks to align graduate education in history with a changing academic job market.
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