Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Next Fri 8 Nov - “Tenure is broken. Please give me tenure.” Exploring alt-ac careers in the humanities

PhD candidates and early career researchers in the humanities are often advised that few will secure tenure-track positions. Given the realities of the competitive  academic job market - why aren't more of us discussing hybrid and alternative career options? Join us next Friday to investigate a growing movement towards alternative academic (alt-ac) careers.

When: Friday 8 November, 2-3pm
Where: Arts room 1.33 (CHE meeting room).

Questions we'll be asking include:
  • What does an alt-ac career look like?
  • What are the most effective alt-ac career building strategies?
  • What are the main challenges associated with hybrid careers and how might they be overcome?
  • What is the relationship between Digital Humanities and alt-ac?
  • How could UWA better prepare early career researchers in the humanities for non-academic careers?


Bethany Nowviskie, The #alt-ac Track: Negotiating Your ‘Alternative Academic’ Appointment, Chronicle of Higher Ed, August 31, 2010.

Brian Croxhall, Five Questions and Three Answers about Alt-Ac,  7 January 2012.

Lisa Spiro, What Is *She* Doing Here? Crafting a Professional Identity as a Digital Humanist/Librarian, #Alt-academy, 7 May 2011.

Tom Scheinfeldt, Toward a Third Way: Rethinking Academic Employment, 6 May 2011.

Source: HASTAC

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