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Professional Development Resources at Stanford for PhD Students in the Humanities

General Resources

BEAM, Stanford Career Education
Career coaching appointments, workshops, and networking events for both academic and non-academic job searches
• Career coach for PhD students in the humanities: Chris Golde, PhD 
PhD and Postdoc Career Guide (one of the best, most concise guides available)
PhD Pathways (annual PhD career exploration conference in March)

Haas Center for Public Service
Opportunities for service and community-engaged scholarship

Pathways for Humanities PhDs
Workshop series exploring diverse career possibilities for humanists

PhD Minors and Certificates
• Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
• PhD Minor in Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts

Stanford Humanities Center
Central hub for the humanities research community at Stanford

Stanford PhD Alumni Employment Project
Learn about the career outcomes of past Stanford PhD graduates

Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE)
Central hub for graduate professional development programs across all disciplines
• Key Programs for Humanities Students
• Graduate Professional Development Framework

Teaching Opportunities and Careers

Collaborative Teaching Project in the Humanities
Design and co-teach humanities courses with Stanford faculty

Education 405: Teaching the Humanities
3-unit winter course. Learn strategies for teaching the humanities effectively in a variety of settings, including universities, high schools, and community colleges. 

English Department Conferences on Teaching Careers
Watch videos of past conferences on high school and community college careers

Find Grad Teaching Opportunities
Comprehensive list of grad teaching opportunities on and off campus

Humanities Education Focal Group (HEFG)
Workshop series on professional issues in humanities teaching

Placement Agencies for Independent Schools
Private high schools often recruit teachers through national placement agencies: 
CalWest Educators Placement
Carney, Sandoe & Associates

Preparing Future Professors (PFP)
Learn what it is like to be a professor at a large public university, liberal arts college, or community college by shadowing faculty at local schools. Apply in early spring or fall.

Stanford-CCNY Graduate Teaching Exchange
Teach your own fall-quarter lecture course at the City College of New York, one of the most diverse schools in the country. Apply in March.

Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP)
Renowned certification program for public high school teachers. Special funding may be available for PhD graduates in the humanities. Apply in January.

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL)
Offers programs and resources to enhance teaching
Teaching Commons (articles on teaching topics, including resources for TAs)

Careers in Higher Education Administration

PhD Pathways in Higher Education
Explore non-faculty careers in academic administration
Stanford PhD Staff Database (connect with over 150 Stanford staff members with PhDs)

Careers in Business, Government, and Nonprofit Organizations

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program
External fellowship that places recent humanities PhD graduates in two-year staff positions in government and nonprofit organizations. Apply in spring.

Stanford Ignite
Subsidized summer program at the GSB in business fundamentals. Apply in March.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)
Entrepreneurship education center at the School of Engineering. Open to all disciplines.
• Key programs for humanities students

Discipline-Specific Resources

American Historical Association
Career Diversity for Historians

American Philosophical Association
Beyond Academia: Professional Opportunities for Philosophers

Modern Language Association
Connected Academics (non-faculty career resources for language and literature PhDs)

The Paideia Institute
The Legion Project (non-faculty career resources for Classics PhDs)