The Connected Academics Summer Institute at ASU


Welcome to the second Connected Academics Summer Institute (CASI 2017) hosted by partners at Arizona State University!

As part of the Connected Academics initiative, the partner institutions and MLA meet annually to engage with innovative leaders who want to address tough questions about doctoral education in the humanities and suggest sustainable models for change and advancement in professional development. The second institute, hosted by Arizona State University (ASU), takes place on September 13 - 15, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The institute includes partner presentations and afternoon workshops dedicated to the collaborative revision of the MLA toolkit and transitional career advisement best practices that can lead to sustainable applications for supporting doctoral students.

ASU recognizes the excellent work done by the UCHRI at the first Summer Institute, and as a team we look forward to rekindling the collective enthusiasm experienced at Irvine. ASU also wishes to recognize the excellent work done by the Connected Academics project team during the planning and implementation of the Institute. A special thanks to the staff at the Graduate College, the 2017-18 Fellow, the Department of English, and The School of International Letters and Cultures for all your support, hard work, and dedication to make CASI2017 a success. Our effort is to host a stimulating two-day institute that will effectively give us guidelines to approach the penultimate grant-year of the Connected Academics initiative.


Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers is the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) response to a national concern about the career crisis for PhDs in the humanities. Through generous support by the Mellon Foundation, the MLA and three partner institutions, Arizona State University, Georgetown University, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute are implementing recommendations from a 2014 report from an MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature. The task force posed challenges to doctoral programs in language and literature to restructure themselves to mirror realities of the job market and recently employed humanities PhDs. Connected Academics aims to assess, test, and develop systemic change in humanities doctoral education by re-envisioning how doctoral training leads to career diversity.