“Pathways to Non-Traditional Careers for PhD Students,” with Dr. Christine Whelan

Date(s) - 02/03/2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

School Of Human Ecology


On track for a PhD but not headed for tenure-track academic life? In the first of three virtual workshops in the OneSoHE Advanced Professional Development series, Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of SoHE’s Money, Relationships and Equality (MORE) Initiative and Clinical Professor of Consumer Science, will describe her journey from an interdisciplinary doctoral degree to a non-traditional career that blends teaching with consulting, media, writing and community outreach, and open the floor to your career questions.

In their new book dedicated to this very topic, The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education, Fordham University English Professor Leonard Cassuto and former Drew University President Robert Weisbuch argue that graduate school needs to be rethought in terms of variety of outcomes and sectors in need of the intelligence, teaching abilities and communication skills taught in these programs. How can SoHE meet these needs? This workshop will be a mix of presentation, Q&A, and suggestions for future opportunities to meet the non-traditional career needs of the SoHE graduate community, so bring your ideas, too, and join in this important conversation.

These workshops are intended for SoHE PhD students in an advanced stage of their studies, but are open to others by request. For more information, please see graduate student emails from SoHE Chief of Staff Sue Bruns or contact her directly.