History Department
History Department

Graduate Program Receives AHA Career Diversity Implementation Grant

Tue, March 27, 2018
Graduate Program Receives AHA Career Diversity Implementation Grant
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Story by Shery Chanis, Ph.D. Candidate, UT History Dept.

The American Historical Association (AHA) has awarded the UT History graduate program a 2018-20 Career Diversity Implementation Grant. This grant is a part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative that “supports an exploration of the culture and practice of doctoral education in history” and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Our department is one of twenty graduate programs nationwide that receive the grant. The AHA selected the recipients from 36 departments that took part in the Career Diversity Faculty Institutes in 2017-2018. The selection process included an evaluation of how departments would “integrate broad-based professional development into their department’s culture and doctoral curriculum.” The grant will provide funding for initiatives such as workshops, lectures, networking events, and internships that will help prepare graduate students for multiple career paths both in the academy and outside of it.

Professor Alison Frazier, Graduate Advisor, is delighted: "The award of an AHA Career Diversity Grant is exciting news for our graduate students.” While the grant benefits graduate students, Professor Frazier recognizes members in the department who contributed to the grant application and who will implement the grant. She extends "many thanks to Professor Jackie Jones, our clear-sighted chair, to Marilyn Lehman, the best graduate coordinator ever, and to the hard-working staff who will administer the grant: without their support this big step forward could not happen."

Looking ahead to the next two years, she expects that “we'll work closely with the AHA, and in the company of other grant winners, to extend our career development programming in new ways. Soon we'll be issuing a call for applications for a GRA position as Career Development Fellow.”

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