Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Steven Volk - "Where to go with my Latin American Studies PhD: Thinking beyond the Tenure Track"

April 5th, 2013
2:30-4 pm

Location
Jones 100

In light of what seems to be the accelerating contractions of the academic job market, graduate students would be wise to consider the dreaded “plan B” as an aspect of more versatile and creative plan A that may privilege but not be limited to tenure-track teaching positions. Students in the liberal arts often overlook the broad spectrum of career possibilities a PhD prepares them for, narrowly considering their education as training to do exactly what they did as a grad student. Dr. Volk will discuss the pro’s and con’s of the tenure track and share his own experiences outside academia. While this discussion was requested for Latin American Studies graduate students working on an interdisciplinary PhD, it has value to PhD candidates from a variety of disciplines. This event is in conjunction with LAST 7950—Pedagogy and Professional Development: Teaching Latin American Studies. For more information contact ewolfe@tulane.edu

Steven Volk is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE) at Oberlin College. Professor Volk has had a long career in education and research. Prior to joining the faculty at Oberlin, he served as Editor of NACLA Report on the Americas, where he remains on the Board of Directors. While continuing to teach in History, Professor Volk has also served as Director of CTIE since 2008. His extraordinary record of teaching and mentorship has been nationally recognized. In 2003 he received both Oberlin College’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the American Historical Association’s Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award. Most recently, in 2011, he was named the U.S. Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for the Support and Advancement of Education.

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