Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Realities in History Preparation

Jobs, News and Views for All of Higher Education - Inside Higher Ed :: Can You Rank Crotchetiness?: "Panelists also discussed the extent to which comprehensive exams are a poor reflection of whether graduate students are actually likely to succeed as professors. For example, Burke suggested much more training in graduate school on “everyday business” — how to apply for a grant, how to give a short paper, how to write a syllabus, how to bring scholarly background to public debates. Such information isn’t taken seriously in many a graduate program, yet has much to do with whether people advance in the faculty ranks."


Some of these same concepts apply to helping prepare undergraduates and master's level candidates who will teach history at various levels. "The Book" is no longer the ultimate goal but rather a career of continually contribuing in a variety of ways to one's profession and to the people with which they interact."

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