PhD Unlimited

Year: 2015-2016

Friday February 19, 2016 – Bob Reinhardt

Time: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Andrews Conference Room – 2203 Social Sciences and Humanities
Bob Reinhardt, a UCD history Ph.D. (2012), will give a talk titled, “From Environmental History to Public History, By Way of Smallpox Eradication.” This talk is directed primarily at graduate students who would like to hear more about how Bob got his dissertation published with a top press just three years after his Ph.D., and his decision to become a public historian and take a job as executive director of the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon.

Thursday April 21, 2016 – Jennifer Stevens

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: 228 Voorhies
Dr. Jennifer Stevens, Principal and President of Stevens Historical Research Associates, will speak about her career as a history consultant and entrepreneur. She has worked as a professionally trained historian in environmental litigation and urban planning since 1993.
Dr. Stevens, who completed her Ph.D. in 2008 at UC Davis, has served as an Expert Witness in multiple environmental lawsuits, writing expert reports and testifying on behalf of her clients. Her expertise is in 19th and 20th century land use and water history. Through extensive archival research, Dr. Stevens has uncovered many original documents that have helped clients prove:

  • Historic access rights on federal lands;
  • Historic mining rights;
  • Historic character of watercourses;
  • Historic water use, such as crop types or acreage watered;
  • Culpability in CERCLA negotiations; and
  • Original intent behind contracts and legislation.

Year: 2014-2015

April 28, 2014: Expanding the Horizon of Non-Academic Careers

When deciding to earn a PhD it is often thought that Doctoral students will make the world of Academia their central pursuit.  Research institutions promote this endeavor, and looks of puzzlement and confusion are visible when one discloses that this is not the ultimate goal.  The question is: What is the value of having a PhD when research is not the target career objective?  This workshop helps graduate students understand their skill set and specialties through thinking more precisely about translating skills into alternate career paths.

January 15, 2015: How to Find an Interesting Job While Getting Your Ph.D.

Handout: Resources for Graduate Student Employment

February 3, 2015: Stories from the Field

Stories From the Field features UCD alumni who chose to work outside of the academy.  The alumni are all in agreement: experiences are the foundation of the work that we do today.  It is how we use our training that ultimately determines our strength not only in the field but in how we build a sense of community through our work and foresight.  “Stories From the Field” exemplifies what it is to be a working professional in today’s job market.

March 14, 2015: Non-Academic Career Panel

Non-academic career panel during Internship and Career Center Graduate Career Symposium, Wellman Hall. This was one of many great panels offered at the ICC’s annual symposium. The H/SS panel featured panelists who discussed their paths toward rewarding non-academic careers in the humanities and social sciences and how their graduate training has remained essential to the work that they do. Panelists included a public historian/consultant, a Spanish teacher at Oakland Tech, and a library research specialist.

May 18, 2015: Creating a Digital Identity

How discoverable are you right now?  How can web presence expedite the interview and hiring process in the field or otherwise?  Having digital identity is a lucrative tool in today’s media-driven age.  “Creating a Digital Identity” focuses on our need to be more intentional about the identities that we build online. This workshop helps to teach graduate students about social networking and their digital identity.

May 18, 2015: Mentoring for the Unlimited PHD

Where can we market our skills after the PhD?  Mentoring can be a rewarding, amusing, and exciting experience.  What issues can you speak to?  How can you communicate with a potential employer about your skill set?  Where can you ask questions and participate in informational interviews?  “Mentoring for the Unlimited PhD” will help you activate a network of people that understand you and your skill set.  The way that you get a job is through connections, and the key is figuring out where the jobs that you are interested in are.  Explore your interests, this will help you to figure out what you want to pursue as a career.