Humanities Engage

February 1, 2021

Upcoming Events

Humanists and Social Justice

Humanists and Social Justice

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 12-1pm

Many of our summer 2020 and current Humanities Engage immersive Ph.D. fellows pursued collaborative projects with non-profit institutions aiming to foster social justice. In this workshop, immersive fellows will reflect on their experiences and lead a discussion on how their doctoral training as Humanists contributed to and benefited from those collaborative experiences focused on the mission of their host organization.

Target audience: Ph.D. students and graduate faculty in the Humanities


Zoom Registration

Humanists of Impact

Humanists of Impact: Exploring a Non-Profit Career

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:00-1:00pm

In recent years, Dietrich School Ph.D. students across the arts and humanities have consistently indicated a strong interest in careers in the non-profit sector, often linked to their passion for advancing diversity, equity, and social justice. Many alums of our Humanities Ph.D. programs pursue impactful careers in the non-profit sector while indicating that they wish graduate school had exposed them sooner to such possibilities and prepared them more rigorously for careers beyond the classroom and the academy. Humanities Engage partners with an expanding universe of non-profit organizations both locally and nationally to enable doctoral students to gain funded immersive experiences that leverage their skills as researchers and writers in mission-focused, collaborative projects and develop their professional networks. This workshop will help doctoral students strategize about how to potentially move into the non-profit world.

Target audience: Ph.D. students and graduate faculty in the Humanities


Zoom Registration

Additional Events of Interest


Taylor Waits

Student Spotlight

Activist, organizer, and 2nd year English Writing and Composition Ph.D. student Taylor Waits sought out skills transferrable to a wide spectrum of postdoctoral careers when she planned her 2020 summer immersive with Radical Monarchs. As she reflected at the conclusion of her internship with the non-profit that serves as an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, Taylor gained more than just granting writing and prospecting skills:

"Working with Radical Monarchs helped me discover new frameworks that I will explore in my dissertation prospectus and gave me ideas for several journal articles. As planned, I learned how methods of counter-storytelling can be used to promote sisterhood, collective power, and radical change amongst youth organizers."

Learn more about her experience in “Black Joy as a Liberation and Healing Praxis.”

Funding Opportunities

Pitch Your Own Immersive Fellowship (AY 2020-2021)

Funding for Ph.D. students to devise immersives with host organizations of their choice. Immersives must start no later than March 1, 2021.

Summer Stipends for Curricular Innovation for Graduate Faculty

Summer stipends are available for DSAS Humanities graduate faculty to design a new graduate course with significant public and/or digital humanities scholarship components. Due March 1, 2021.

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 all types of interviews and job searches

Email to schedule.

Director's Tip of the Month

One resource that I hope you all will discover this month if you have not already is AURORA, an eLearning Career Exploration Platform from Beyond the Professoriate.  You can find it by searching "AURORA" using the search bar. This resource contains webinars to help you launch your job search; on-demand videos with 170+ interviews with PhDs who have successful careers in industry, non-profits, government, and higher education; professional development for PhDs; and job search support, including resume writing, interview techniques, and networking strategies.

Under the “Professional Careers” tab, there is a link called “Know Your Options.”  I would strongly recommend that you go through the five lessons there, which will help you lay the groundwork for the various pathways your career might take and learn how to leverage the knowledge, skills, and abilities you are gaining from your doctoral training.  There is a workbook you can download from the site and mini-exercises to complete.  If you would like to review any of the material there with someone, please email me at, and we can make an appointment. 

All the best, Marques

University of Pittsburgh