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Doctoral Education in the United States of America

An overview of the history of graduate education in the United States, the current structure of graduate education at most US universities, recent challenges and changes within doctoral education and national responses to those challenges and changes.  Nerad, Maresi. (2008). Doctoral Education in the United States of America. In Maresi Nerad, Toward a Global PhD? Forces and Forms in Doctoral …

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Social Sciences PhDs – Five+ Years out survey

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The Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out survey is CIRGE’s latest contribution to the PhD career path and retrospective program evaluation research. Funded by the Ford Foundation, Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out, surveyed PhD recipients who received their degrees between 1995 and 1999 from 65 U.S. universities in six disciplines—anthropology, communications, geography, history, political science, and sociology. Investigators: Maresi Nerad, Elizabeth Rudd, …

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Finally Equal Footing for Women in Social Science Careers?

This CIRGE Spotlight 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 national study of recent graduates in six fields. We find surprising equality in early careers of men and women: men and women are equally likely to begin careers in a tenure-track position and equally …

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Equality and Illusion: Gender and Tenure in Art History Careers

Using a national survey of 508 art history PhDs including data on graduate school performance and careers 10-15 years post-PhD, this study investigates gender, family, and academic tenure in art history, the humanities field with the highest proportion of women. Alternative hypotheses derived from three perspectives–termed here clockwork, two-body, and synergy–are evaluated with multivariate logistic regression. Analysis finds that marriage …

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Doctoral Education in the USA

Presents an overview of the state of doctoral education in the US and discusses the changes that will need to be made in response to external forces.  Nerad, M.  (2007).  Doctoral Education in the USA.  In Stuart Powell and Howard Green eds.,  The Doctoral Worldwide, pp.133-140, Berkshire, England: Open University Press. Download:   Doctoral Education in the USA  

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Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Survey Methods

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This working paper documents the methods used in the study, Social Science PhDs— Five+ Years Out. It describes the survey purpose and administration, sampling methods, and types of data collected. It details items that were collected irregularly.  Finally, it provides information helpful for evaluating the generalizability of results. Picciano, J., Rudd, E., Morrison, E., & Nerad, M. (2007). Social Science PhDs—Five+ …

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Astrobiology IGERT Student Survey Report

The surveys were designed as components of the multi-year evaluation of the University of Washington Astrobiology (AB) IGERT conducted by CIRGE in accordance with the National Science Foundation grant requirements. The results are intended to provide anonymous student feedback to the program faculty and to increase understandings of interdisciplinary graduate programs and student experiences of those programs. Students had mostly …

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Widening the Lens on Gender and Tenure

Asks the question, if women are now receiving doctoral degrees in relatively equal numbers to men, can we anticipate nearly equal tenure achievement in the next decade?  Uses data from the PhDs – Ten Years Later national survey to show that in fields where there are strong non-academic labor markets, women have equal chances of getting tenure to their male counterparts.  …

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Astrobiology Student Focus Group Report

Two focus groups were held with Astrobiology graduate students in order to gain feedback on components of the AB program, including coursework, research rotations, international collaborations, interdisciplinarity, teamwork, interactions with faculty; and student recommendations for the AB program. In general, students offered positive feedback about the structure of the Astrobiology Program. They especially like the workshops, the seminar series and …

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