The results of CIRGE’s national study of doctoral education and careers, Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out (SS5) are being widely disseminated. Posted on the new CIRGE website are reports on anthropology, geography, and time-to-degree and the SS5 Highlights Report, which discusses 3 key findings on careers, work-family tension, and PhD-program evaluation: (1) Social science PhDs use their PhD education in all employment sectors. (2) A smooth, linear career path is a myth. (3) Social science PhDs need writing, publishing, communication, and teamwork skills for 21st century jobs. The career path study was covered by the Chronicle of Higher Education on December 3, 2007 and by KPLU on January 2, 2008.
CIRGE researchers Dr. Elizabeth Rudd and Professor Emory Morrison presented two papers using SS5 data at the 2007 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference: “The More Things Change: Gender inequality in careers of recent social science PhDs” and “Variation in the Value of Prestige: An investigation into the prestige value system.” Former CIRGE research assistant Tami Blumenfield used SS5 data on anthropologists’ mobility for an article in Anthropology News January 2008. Invited to present findings of SS5, CIRGE director Maresi Nerad was a featured speaker at the 2008 American Political Science Association Conference for Chairs in San Jose, CA and conducted a workshop on the implications of SS5 findings with political science department chairs.
CIRGE is planning the third Forces and Forms of Doctoral Education Worldwide network meeting to convene in Germany in 2009. Professors William Zumeta (Education and Public Policy) and Angela Ginorio (Women’s Studies) bring to this effort their expertise, respectively, in policy and in gender and racial inequality in science. CIRGE director Maresi Nerad (who is also Associate Dean of the Graduate School) organized a series of events highlighting global dimensions of graduate education at the UW, including a graduate student research symposium on April 4 and on May 7 there will be a panel on “Brain Drain, Brain Gain or Brain Circulation: Doctoral Education and the Gobal Divide.” This event will bring to the UW campus international experts on this topic from the the perspectives of India, Africa and Europe, including a representative of the World Bank. (See the graduate school website for details.) The book launching for Towards a Global PhD? Forces and Forms in Doctoral Education Worldwide (eds. Maresi Nerad and Mimi Heggelund, UW Press), which contains articles resulting from the first CIRGE international conference, will take place at a reception on May 7 from 6-7 at Kane Hall.
Maresi Nerad spoke at the Western Association of Graduate Deans on internationalizing graduate education and will give the keynote address on Sunday June 1 at the 2008 annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Recent articles by CIRGE researchers include Professor Emory Morrison’s “Marriage as an Intermediate Variable in Macro-Level Models of Non-marital Fertility: The Need for an Alternative Specification of Models and Measures” in Demography India 36:2 and “Equality and Illusion: Gender and Tenure in Art History Careers,” by Elizabeth Rudd, Emory Morrison, Renate Sadrozinski, Maresi Nerad, and Joseph Cerny, in the February 2008 Journal of Marriage and Family, the leading journal in family sociology.
CIRGE is proud to announce the publication of senior researcher Dr. Elizabeth Rudd’s book The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field (with Lara Descartes of the University of Connecticut, Lexington Books).
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