Doctoral education opens doors to engaging and often unexpected pathways, with opportunities for significant public impact—an essential element of reinvesting in higher education as a public good. In this talk, Katina Rogers will discuss how building a university that is truly worth fighting for means thinking more expansively about what constitutes scholarly success—not only to support individual career pathways, but also to work toward greater equity and inclusion in the academy. Dr. Rogers will talk about her pathway as well as her work at CUNY, including how the Futures Initiative aims to design new structures for higher education. The talk will draw on Dr. Rogers’ new book, Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom, and offer a broad set of strategies to translate and reframe the skills and outcomes of a graduate degree into terms that resonate with a wider range of potential employers.
Katina Rogers is co-director of the Futures Initiative and the CUNY Humanities Alliance at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and director of programs and administration for HASTAC, the online scholarly network. She researches and writes about higher education reform, including scholarly communication practices, professionalization and career development, public scholarship, and advocacy for fair labor policies. Rogers is the author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom (Duke University Press, 2020). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.