October 16, 2008
SECOND SPOTLIGHT REPORT PLUS DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC REPORT FOR SOCIOLOGY NOW PUBLISHED
CIRGE has recently completed two reports from the findings of the Social Science PhDs – Five + Years Out survey. The second is our series of reports spotlighting the main issues is on “Professional Development for PhD Students: Do They Really Need It?” This analysis distinguishes between the PhD completion skills normally acquired in completing PhD research (critical thinking, data analysis and synthesis, writing and publishing, and research design) and the professional skills (working with diverse groups, working in interdisciplinary contexts, teamwork, presenting, grant writing, and managing people and budgets) that more and more PhD recipients are finding crucial to success in their employment.
Additionally, the fifth discipline specific report is complete, assessing the program quality, career paths and gender stratification of sociology PhD recipents. Sociology, the field in this study with the most women, is also the only field with clear evidence of gender inequalities in careers.