From Rumors to Facts: Career Outcomes of English PhDs

The cohorts of English doctorates sampled for this study have been called “the lost generation of humanists.” But were they really lost? This article traces the often difficult transition from receiving the PhD to stable employment, examines the level of satisfaction or dissatisfaction English PhDs have with their current employment, and discusses the value they place on their doctoral education.

Nerad, M. & Cerny, J., (1999). Communicator, Vol XXXII (7). Reprinted in ADE Bulletin no 124, winter 2000. Association of Departments of English, New York: the Modern Language Association.

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