Humanities Engage

March 1, 2021

Upcoming Events

Strategies to Develop Professional Relationships

Strategies to Develop Professional Relationships that Every Humanities Ph.D. Student Should Know

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 12:00-1:00pm

Building professional relationships is a strategic competency equally critical to success in the 21st-century academy and to postdoctoral Humanists’ careers in the non-profit sector, government, and industry and business. This workshop will explore some steps all students can take throughout their graduate career – integrated with their core academic and disciplinary pursuits – to develop this strategic competency. Topics for discussion will include networking, informational interviewing, developing a mentoring community, collaboration, and the value of immersive experiences. The strategies and tools shared here will help you be intentional about your professional development and career exploration.

Target audience: Ph.D. students in the Humanities


  • Marques Redd, Senior Director of Graduate Advising and Engagement for the Humanities, Humanities Engage
  • Abdesalam Soudi, Lecturer and Linguistic Internship and Consulting Advisor, Department of Linguistics
  • Darlene Zellers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Career Development and Director of the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD), Health Sciences

Zoom Registration

Libraries and Museums as Sites of Public Scholarship and Education

Humanists of Impact: Libraries and Museums as Sites of Public Scholarship and Education

Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 12:00-1:00pm

Libraries and museums are important cultural institutions within which Humanities Ph.D.s build impactful careers. As major sites of public scholarship and education, libraries and museums provide an opportunity to leverage the deep knowledge, intellectual creativity, and research and communication skills gained from doctoral training. Humanities Engage partners with our University Library System and with local museums in designing and implementing mutually beneficial projects that enable doctoral students to flourish in immersive experiences and build their portfolios and professional networks. This workshop will help doctoral students across the arts and humanities think broadly about the critical role of museums and libraries in a flourishing Humanistic ecosystem and to envisage potential careers in library and museum settings.

Target audience: Ph.D. students in the Humanities


  • Jessica Landau, Lecturer in Curatorial Studies, History of Art and Architecture and Assistant Curator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Ph.D. in Art History with a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kornelia Tancheva, Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System; Ph.D. in American Drama and Theater, Cornell University
  • Alex Taylor, Assistant Professor and Academic Curator, History of Art and Architecture; D.Phil University of Oxford

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Additional Events of Interest


Patoimbasba Nikiema

Student Spotlight

“In retrospect, I would have loved to have had an immersive opportunity before writing my dissertation. As I have learned, contact with people from fields that are indirectly related to one’s domain of research can provide inspiration for new approaches to analyzing certain topics and open one to ideas not perceived before.”

Read Patoimbasba Nikiema (French)’s reflections on the summer he spent providing individual and small group support to students at ARYSE, a student-centered organization that empowers immigrant and refugee youth to become engaged, confident, and celebrated members of the community.

Funding Opportunities

Summer immersives provide Ph.D. students with the opportunity to gain experiences with host organizations in mission-focused work that draws on their high-level skills as researchers and writers and helps deepen their academic and professional development in preparation for high-impact careers within and beyond the academy. Applications are due March 26, 2021.

Curated Summer Immersive Fellowships

In this strand, eligible students can apply to opportunities at the following host organizations:

Pitch Your Own Summer Immersive

Students can create an immersive fellowship with a host organization of their choice that cannot pay, or cannot fully pay, for a graduate fellow (e.g., not-for-profits, public sector institutions, small start-ups, etc.).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marques Redd, Senior Director for Graduate Advising and Engagement for the Humanities ( to discuss the viability of their prospective project. Additionally, applicants considering projects with organizations in the Pittsburgh region are requested to contact Dr. Redd first, so that he can help orient you to pre-existing contacts and liaise appropriately. 

Advising, Mentoring, & Coaching

Make a one-on-one appointment today with Dr. Marques Redd, Senior Director of Graduate Advising and Engagement, to discuss:

  • Succeeding in doctoral study (productivity, time management, etc.)
  • Setting professional development goals and marshaling resources
  • Honing strategic competencies
  • Establishing and maintaining strong mentoring networks
  • Preparing for interviews and job searches in all sectors

Email or schedule directly.

Director's Tip of the Month

resource that I hope you all will discover this month, if you have not already, is Imagine PhD, a free, confidential career planning site, which can help you to

  • assess your career-related skills, interests, and values
  • explore careers paths appropriate to your discipline
  • create self-defined goals and an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • map out next steps for career and professional development success

Once you’ve completed the Interests, Skills, or Values assessments you can compare the results with the Job Families that are of interest to you. Each Job Family contains a description of the types of careers and job titles associated with it, as well as resources for career exploration, building job skills, networking, and applying. If you would like to review your IDP or any of the material there with someone, please email me at or schedule directly, and we can make an appointment. 

All the best,


University of Pittsburgh