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290. Reforming the Literature PhD

Friday, 10 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Chicago X, Sheraton Chicago

Program arranged by the MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature

Presiding: Russell A. Berman, Stanford Univ.

Speakers: Rachel Arteaga, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Don H. Bialostosky, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Julia Brookins, American Historical Association; Juliette Cherbuliez, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities; John Allen Stevenson, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Bill VanPatten, Michigan State Univ.; Karin Anneliese Wurst, Michigan State Univ.

Session Description:

A contracted academic job market; disruptions created by new and still emerging models for scholarly publishing and expression; and problems of cost, debt, and outcomes at every level of postsecondary education have combined to prompt a reconsideration of graduate education and doctoral training. This roundtable discusses current efforts to develop alternatives to the traditional PhD program.


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