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Event #1221

Reimagining the PhD at UBC


Saturday, June 1, 2019

15:30 - 17:00
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AMS Nest - NEST 2306
Career Corner
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The purpose of the PhD has changed since its inception as a vocational credential for the professoriate. The primary response to this change has been the introduction of ‘add on’, non-assessed activities to the degree, leaving the core components of the doctoral program largely unchanged. We argue that these core components – the research and dissertation - require re-examining in light of changing modes of knowledge creation and mobilization in the 21st century, the need for adaptability in graduates, changing career pathways, and the pedagogical importance of integration. At UBC, the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI), launched in 2015, is one of several programs and activities implemented to further this goal of broadening the concept of doctoral research and the dissertation. The PSI supports and encourages doctoral students from all disciplines to ‘reimagine’ their research and dissertations in ways that engage and benefit those beyond the academy, that help them develop broadened perspectives and abilities, and that model the ways in which the world’s complex problems are addressed.
Join us for a panel of students, faculty and administrators to learn more about this highly successful and ‘revolutionary’ program. 
  • Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, UBC