New MLA Report on Doctoral Study

In a newly released report, the MLA’s Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature confronts challenges to the future of humanistic study and issues recommendations to help doctoral programs meet these challenges. Supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the task force drew on conversations with students, faculty members, administrators, and employers outside the academy to issue its ten recommendations for strengthening programs, from the admissions stage to the dissertation to career preparation. Learn more about how you can continue the conversation about the report and share your comments with the Executive Council on the executive director’s blog.


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A magnificent report. As department chair and faculty member of graduate programs I was frustrated for years by the ossification of the Ph.D. programs in languages and literatures in the face of changing conditions. I hope that these recommendations can be worked out and implimented.

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