What do you (temporarily) do with an MA in History?
February 8, 2014 8:00 AM Subscribe
I'm currently enrolled in a History Ph.D. program and will be eligible to leave with an MA in a couple of months. I've applied to finish my doctorate elsewhere, but, given some recent developments in my department, have decided that I would really rather leave after my MA regardless of whether I get in elsewhere this cycle. Help me brainstorm options.
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I had already decided that I'd rather complete my graduate work elsewhere and had applied to other programs, but over the past month and a half or so, my program has taken a sharp turn downwards -- one esteemed faculty member left at the beginning of the year, another left suddenly in January, my advisor is probably going on the job market soon, et cetera. There are also some funding-related issues I'm not going to go into here. But all of this together means that I'm looking for backup plans in case none of the other schools I apply for work out. I experience teaching as a vocation and am also passionate about research; I have every intention of returning to the academy.
I'm already applying to NYC Teaching Fellows and am probably applying to the AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps, but would appreciate suggestions for other places to look. I'm generally looking for 1-2 year full-time volunteer commitments. (Of course, I wouldn't be opposed to an actual job, as long as planning on leaving in a year or two from the outset wouldn't be a problem.) I'm very geographically flexible, although staying in the NYC metro area would be nice. History-related would be a perk, but I'm up for basically anything. Fluent in German, have some French and Spanish. Openly queer and a member of a religious tradition without a related volunteer corps, so nothing too conservative.