FALL 2017

Expanding Career Opportunities for PhDs in the Humanities:
Teaching at Community Colleges

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 12:30pm

Shalala Student Activities Center, Third Floor, Iron Arrow Room
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

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Kristin Borgwald, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus

Lara Cahill-Booth, Assistant Professor of English, Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus

Stephanie Skenyon, PhD candidate in History and Dissertation Fellow at the Center for the Humanities, UM

This workshop, led by two UM PhDs in Philosophy and English and a PhD candidate in History, explores teaching careers at community colleges. The panelists will discuss the application process as well as share their expectations and experiences teaching at community colleges. Following brief presentations by the panelists, the workshop will shift to Q&A and group discussion.

Kristin Borgwald
is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus where she has taught since 2010. Passionate about civic engagement, she has served on MDC grant teams for the AAC&U/NEH initiatives: Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation (2012-2014) and Citizenship Under Siege (2015-2016). She is also part of the Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Learning Community at MDC and all of her courses are designated as such. She earned her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Miami in 2011.


Lara Cahill-Booth is Assistant Professor of English at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus where she teaches courses in World Literature, Creative Writing, and Composition. She earned her PhD in English, with a specialization in Hemispheric Caribbean Cultural Studies, from the University of Miami in 2010. Her scholarship on cultural geography and Caribbean literature and performing arts has been published in TDR: The Drama Review, e-misférica, and Journal of Postcolonial Literature.


Stephanie Skenyon, Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellow 2017-2018
Stephanie Skenyon
is a PhD candidate in History and a Dissertation Fellow at the Center for the Humanities, writing on the topic, “Local Boundaries, Cloistered Communities, and Inner Selves: Monastic Identities in Twelfth-Century England.” For six years she was an adjunct professor in the Community College System of New Hampshire, teaching in-class history survey courses and offering online courses through Manchester Community College to students across the United States.


William Germano

Professor of English, The Cooper Union

The Professional Scholarly Writer:
A writing and publishing seminar for academic authors

Tuesday, May 1st 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm in Ashe 427


This seminar focuses on the academic as publishing scholar: stressing an identity founded on three components – professional scholarly writer – this seminar is a faculty development initiative designed to increase the young scholar’s critical knowledge of academic publishing in relation to her or his own specific writing project.

The seminar explores strategies for strengthening skills in professional writing and project design as well as scholarly publishing best practice in the print + digital environment. While one focus of the session is the recent Ph.D. and his or her dissertation manuscript, the issues explored extend beyond that horizon: many of the skills required for revising a dissertation are, in fact, the same skills necessary for a productive scholarly writing life. 

The session will cover such topics as the dissertation/book problem, the range of options facing the author, the role of self-presentation, the writing trajectory of the academic career, current practice in submission, print and non-print publication options, and the  role of new media in the individual scholar’s writing and research program. 

Who it’s for 

The session is conceived to be of interest to any faculty member working in a discipline where “the book” – and its commitment to the narratability of scholarly research -- remains the primary unit of scholarly dissemination.

The ideal seminar will include scholars from a range of disciplines, both those in the humanities and those in the social sciences (and occasionally further afield). The crucial common bond is a dependence on narrative – and book publication – as the means by which research given usable shape and disseminated to its audience. A mix of disciplines around the table increases an awareness of disciplinary idiolects and of the writer’s obligation to an audience wide enough to sustain a publisher’s investment. 

What we’ll do  

Each participant is expected to submit a book proposal  (no more than 10 pages) and  a current c.v.  The proposal should include:

  • ·       a narrative description of the intended project

  • ·       a guide to structure (chapters and some indication of their scope and contents)

  • ·       notes  on readership  (market, competition, comparable titles of interest).

Please send materials by email in Word (not as PDFs) to germano@cooper.edu 

Feedback is an important component of this seminar. Each proposal submitted by that date will receive written comments at the beginning of our session.  Auditors are welcome. Unfortunately, written comments cannot be made available for auditors’ proposals. When we meet we’ll work through the conceptual and mechanical challenges of preparing scholarship usable by other scholars. It’s harder than it looks, but easier than it sounds. Maximum enrollment: twenty participants (plus auditors). 

Workshop leader

Seminar leader:  William Germano  is author of  Getting It Published: a Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (University of Chicago Press, 3/e 2016) and From Dissertation to Book (University of Chicago Press, 2/e 2013). He writes a biweekly blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca blog; he has also published essays on writing and publishing in the Chronicle and elsewhere.  Other books: The Tales of Hoffmann (BFI Film Classics, 2013), on Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 opera-film, and  Eye Chart (Bloomsbury, 2017), a short cultural history of visual measurement. 

During a first career as a scholarly publisher, he worked as editor-in-chief of Columbia University Press and as vice-president and publishing director at Routledge, a position he held for nineteen years.  

Among the authors he has published: Theodor Adorno, Gloria Anzaldúa, Sacvan Bercovitch, Kate Bornstein, Edward Branigan, Judith Butler, Terry Castle, Michel de Certeau, Jonathan Culler, Arthur Danto, Paul de Man, Gilles Deleuze, Vine Deloria, Jr., Jacques Derrida, Denis Donoghue, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, James Elkins, Emory Elliott, Dario Fo, Diana Fuss, Peter Galison, Marjorie Garber, Sander Gilman, Stephen Greenblatt, Antonio Gramsci, Jerzy Grotowski, David Halperin, Donna Haraway, bell hooks, Linda Hutcheon, Fredric Jameson, Martin Jay, E. Ann Kaplan, David Kastan, Evelyn Fox Keller, Julia Kristeva, Amitava Kumar, Biddy Martin, Tania Modleski, Antonio Negri, Stephen Orgel, Andrew Parker, Constance Penley, Edward Said, Mark Seltzer, Kaja Silverman, Kenneth Silverman, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Peter Stallybrass, Konstantin  Stanislavski, Michael Taussig, Gary Taylor, Cornel West, Raymond Williams, Paul Willis, John Winkler, Jack Zipes, and Slavoj Žižek.