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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: History Report

Respondents give high marks to their history programs for “academic rigor,” and training in “critical thinking” and “data analysis and synthesis.” They also identified areas to target for improvement, including training in writing and publishing reports and articles and in how to teach, as well as providing concrete feedback to students on their progress, socializing students into the academic community …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Communications Report

Communication PhDs find faculty positions more readily than doctorate holders in other social science fields. Whether in faculty positions or working in business, government, or non-profit sectors, the majority are satisfied with their jobs and career paths. When assessing careers from the perspective of balancing work and family, both men and women report problems combining work and family, but women …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Spotlight on Doctoral Education #2: Professional Development for PhD Students: Do They Really Need It?

This analysis distinguishes between the PhD completion skills normally acquired in completing PhD research (critical thinking, data analysis and synthesis, writing and publishing, and research design) and the professional skills (working with diverse groups, working in interdisciplinary contexts, teamwork, presenting, grant writing, and managing people and budgets) that more and more PhD recipients are finding crucial to success in their …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Spotlight on Doctoral Education #1: Finally Equal Footing for Women?

The first in a series of spotlights on hot issues in doctoral education, this report focuses on the potential for gender equality in careers of social science doctorate holders using findings from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out, CIRGE’s most recent national survey. Rudd, E., Morrison, E. Picciano, J., & Nerad, M. (2008). Finally equal footing for women in social science …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Sociology Report

Presents key findings from the Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out based on sociology graduates’ views of the quality of training and on their career paths. The sociologists in this study, like respondents in other fields, reported positive evaluations of their graduate training programs.  They rated their programs highly with respect to academic rigor and training in thinking critically. However, ratings …

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Sociology Report

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Presents key findings from the Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out based on sociology graduates’ views of the quality of training and on their career paths. The sociologists in this study, like respondents in other fields, reported positive evaluations of their graduate training programs.  They rated their programs highly with respect to academic rigor and training in thinking critically. However, ratings were substantially …

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CIRGE Report on Gender Equality Reviewed in Inside Higher Education

The recent CIRGE report:  “Finally Equal Footing for Women in Social Science Careers” has received national attention.  Inside Higher Education ran a feature-length overview of this important work which holds great potential for informing decision-making and speaks about progress for women that is still needed. To read, click here: socsci

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Best Practices for IGERT Sustainability

The National Science Foundation funds IGERT programs in order to incubate new practices, not to provide long-term program funding. Once initial funding peters out, program directors and graduate school administrators face the challenge of maintaining the generous funding levels that fostered excellence. CIRGE explored ways to meet this challenge and sustain the programming initiated with IGERT funds by collecting the …

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CIRGE's latest book reviewed by Nature Magazine

Toward a Global PhD? Forces and Forms of Change in Doctoral Education Worldwide, has been reviewed in the latest issue of Nature Magazine – “Doctorate Gets a Lesson in Management.” To download this review, click here: Book Review.  To read it in context, click on Nature Magazine

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The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field

“In this beautifully rendered collection, we peer through so many different windows of American family life. Rural North Dakota parents reverently passing on farm values, if not the farm itself, to their children. Silicon Valley hi-tech family workers share long hours and high hopes in their electronic cottage. Affluent corporate executives and their stay-at-home wives still can’t control influences beyond …

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