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New Paradigms at the 2013 Conference

Posted By Shaun Franklin-Sewell, Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Roundtable: The Applied PhD; Friday, 6 -9 p.m.

Conveners: Valleri Hohman (University of Illinois) and Jen Schlueter (Ohio State University)

In their recent book, So What are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia, authors Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius use the term "post-academic” to refer to jobs and careers outside of the traditional scope of academia. They write about the continuity, rather than a rupture, that exists between academic work and careers outside of academia. In keeping with the post-thematic conference, this roundtable hopes to encourage expansive thinking about our work and its potential impact beyond traditional boundaries of "academic” and "non-academic.” This Working Session, sponsored by the New Paradigms in Graduate Education Committee, focuses on reconsidering applications of the doctoral degree in Theatre and Performance Studies. While traditional scholarship and academic positions may be one aim of students earning doctoral degrees in theatre and performance studies, graduates are increasingly applying their skills and knowledge outside academia. This roundtable features 6 panelists working in exciting arenas beyond academe in conversation with a current university administrator assisting students navigate the diverse post-doctoral marketplace. The discussion focuses on various strategies participants engage to find and/or make appealing opportunities, build networks, and apply for positions in government, arts administration, and industry. The roundtable additionally points to the ways our colleagues use experiences, skills, and methods ascertained through their doctoral programs for teaching, researching, writing, and creative problem-solving in their new careers.  Invited Panelists are:

  • Dr. Carolyn Bain, President, Bain Pugh and Associates, Inc. Strategic Communication/Creative Media
  • Dr. Heather Barfield, CFO/ Business Director, Austin Creative Alliance
  • Dr. Rebecca Hewett, Fellow, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Dr. Wendy Meier, New media artist, interviewer, researcher and archivist
  • Dr. Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Chair of  the Department of Theatre, Miami University
  • Dr. Judith Sebesta, Director of Distance Learning, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Dr. Richard Tharp, Director, Educational Theatre Programs and Workforce Development at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

This working session is open to all ASTR attendees.


Career Session: Avoiding the A.B.D Cliff; Saturday, 7:30-8:45 a.m.

The time to degree for graduate students in the Humanities currently stands at a stunning 9.5 years with the majority of these years spent A.B.D.  Attrition without completion is a growing concern for many doctoral programs in Theatre and Performance Studies.  As an outreach of the Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education, this session provides resources and strategies for completing the dissertation in a timely manner to help graduate students avoid the "A.B.D Cliff.”

Facilitator: Michael Morris, Graduate Student, Tufts University

Valleri Hohman, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Elizabeth Son, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

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