Rachel Arteaga, writing in insidehighered.com, discusses the University of Washington’s Mellon Foundation-funded program to link six humanities doctoral students with faculty mentors at community colleges. It’s a tiny program, but it’s significant in that a research university is devoting resources to preparing its doctoral students for careers serving the majority of the nation’s college students where they are — at teaching-intensive institutions.
The Mellon Foundation funds only humanities-related programs, so there is still much to do, at Washington and everywhere else, to get science, social science, and other doctoral programs to step up to their responsibilities to educate doctoral students about their career opportunities as teachers. At the spring meeting of the northeast regional Council of Graduate Schools, NSF reps expressed enthusiasm for in such support. Let’s find ways to make programs like UW’s the norm, rather than the exception, in all doctoral fields.