Our Programs

ACLS Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative

Funding from the American Council of Learned Societies to support two postdoctoral fellows in the humanities. The fellows will begin two-year appointments in the fall of 2016, working and studying within Ohio State's rich interdisciplinary environment. The fellows will benefit from interaction with postdoctoral peers from across the university and faculty mentors in the areas of teaching, professionalization, and research.

On October 27, 2015 The American Council of Learned Societies' Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative awarded a grant to The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme in coordination with the College of Arts and Sciences' Division of Arts and Humanities.

Funds from the grant and a match from the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme will go toward supporting two postdoctoral fellows in the humanities. The fellows will begin their two-year appointments in the fall of 2016, working and studying within the rich interdisciplinary environment that an institution like Ohio State can offer. A group of faculty will mentor the postdoctoral fellows in the areas of teaching, professionalization, and research. The fellows will also join and engage with a cohort of other postdoctoral fellows from across Ohio State.

This program prepares postdoctoral fellows for their roles as tenure-track faculty, strengthens hosting departments and/or centers, and places Ohio State at the center of a broader national dialogue about postdoctoral positions in the humanities. The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme and the College of Arts and Sciences' Division of Arts and Humanities will continue to collaborate with the American Council of Learned Societies to strengthen postdoctoral opportunities for humanities PhDs across the country.

The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme and a group of committed faculty are currently engaged in the process of identifying potential host departments and/or centers.

For more information on the American Council of Learned Society's Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative, visit: www.acls.org/programs/ppi/.

Next Generation PhD

The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme initiative has provided a $50,000 grant to a planning group committed to re-articulating the importance to institutions and to society of humanities PhDs, while making changes that will prepare those PhDs for careers beyond the academy. The planning group, listed below, expects to identify one or two specific initiatives to build on by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Members of the Next Generation PhD Planning Group are:

  • Barry Shank — Comparative Studies (Convener)
  • Lindsay Bernhagen — UCAT
  • Angela Brintlinger — Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
  • Shelly Casto — Wexner Center
  • Simone Drake — AAAS
  • Stephanie Ford — ASC Advising
  • Danielle Fosler-Lussier — Music
  • Jill Galvan — English
  • Aman Garcha — English
  • Robert Holub — Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Mark Hubbe — Anthropology
  • David Huron — Music
  • Karen Hutzel — Arts Administration
  • Alan Kalish — UCAT
  • Zeb Larson — History
  • Rick Livingston — Comparative Studies
  • Sonia Manjon — Barnett Center
  • Louis Maraj — English
  • Melinda Nelson — Academic Affairs
  • Dorothy Noyes — English
  • Nathan Richards — English
  • Jessica Riviere — UCAT
  • Tony Sanfilippo — University Press
  • Joanna Spanos — ASC Advising
  • Shari Speer — Linguistics
  • David Staley — History
  • Maurice Stevens — Comparative Studies
  • Shannon Thomas — Ohio History Connection
  • Mary Tschirhart — Public Affairs
  • Chloe Tull — History
  • Kathy Wallace — Graduate School
  • Susan Williams — Arts and Sciences