My presentation offers a ground-level look at how UM History has attempted to address the competing pressures around training PhD students in the 21st century. Specifically, smaller incoming cohorts and the moral imperative to expose students to multiple career paths have produced major changes in the ways faculty advise students at the University of Michigan. As the department’s most recent former DGS and now leader of its career diversity initiatives, I plan to discuss the changes we have made to advising. These include new student orientation, second-year review process, collaborative research courses, internship opportunities, and job hunting.
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