The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 15th, 2014
In the 1990s, efforts at Georgetown University to start a doctorate
in English fell apart because of concerns about the dim employment
prospects for graduates. Today those job worries have only worsened, but
the English department is now set to offer a new Ph.D., one that it
says has career preparation at its core.
Faculty members who have backed the proposal call it the first
English Ph.D. in the nation created specifically to train students for
employment both inside and outside academe.
With academic jobs drying up or shifting away from the tenure track,
Georgetown and other universities are looking for ways to help doctoral
graduates expand their career opportunities, as well as to ensure that
Ph.D. programs are relevant in today’s economy.