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On (Not Quite) Leaving Academia: Navigating a Post-PhD Professional Life

October 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Dr. Colesworthy will speak to graduate students in the humanities about how she navigated her career beyond the PhD.  She will describe her employment history and work experiences in the nonprofit sector to help students envision the non-linear career path PhDs often follow.  In addition to sharing her career trajectory, Dr. Colesworthy will:

  • speak about the challenges of pursuing research while not affiliated with an academic institution
  • give insights about the writing and publication process from the point of view of an acquisitions editor at an academic press 
  • advise students about how to develop skills and seek professional experiences that will enable them to pursue multiple career paths beyond the PhD
  • be available to students for advising after the event

About the speaker:

Rebecca Colesworthy received her PhD in English from Cornell in 2009, and is currently an Acquisitions Editor at SUNY Press where she oversees c19-c21 studies, gender and queer studies, Latin American and Latinx studies, and education. Dr. Colesworthy is also the author of Returning the Gift: Modernism and the Thought of Exchange (Oxford UP 2018), and co-editor, with Peter Nicholls, of How Abstract Is It? Thinking Capital Now, published (Routledge 2015). Her work has also appeared in Modernist Cultures, Angelaki, Journal of Modern Literature, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. She has taught at New York University, SUNY Albany, and Skidmore College, as well as worked in nonprofit fundraising and communications in New York City.

Dr. Colesworthy is a prominent graduate of the PhD program in English, who commands a large social media platform.  Her public engagement focuses on raising awareness of the working conditions and career development of PhDs who forge careers beyond academia.

Target audience:

Graduate students and postdocs in the humanities, including English, Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, History, German Studies, Performing and Media Arts, and Africana Studies

Supported by:

Careers Beyond Academia/BEST faculty mini-grant
Cost-sharing with the program in Latino/a Studies, which is bringing Dr. Colesworthy to campus to conduct a Latinx-focused publishing event at Cornell on Saturday, October 5th


October 4, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Careers - Non-Academic
Focus Area
Prepare For Your Career
Careers Beyond Academia


Goldwin Smith Hall – English Lounge
232 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States