|Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Public Workshop
An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a two day workshop on Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences to help identify educational changes that may be needed in order to better prepare PhD students in the social and behavioral sciences for the job market and scientific challenges of the future. The workshop will cover the following themes:
• Current production and employment of PhD’s in the social and behavioral sciences, including different pathways
for training and where individuals holding PhD’s in SBS are currently employed.
• How changes in science, academia, government, and business are creating new demands and challenges for the
future SBS workforce.
• How employers perceive their future needs.
• How training and career pathways for graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences will need to be
transformed in order to respond to changing data resources, research practices, and career opportunities.
• How the issues above might vary across the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.
• Data needs and the potential research areas to inform reshaping graduate training and to identify best practices.
The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussion on the identified themes and will produce a proceedings that will be published in 2017.
Sponsors: National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation
Robert M. Kaplan (Chair), Stanford University
Amanda Bayer, Swarthmore College
Jean Comaroff, Harvard University
Rachel Dwyer, The Ohio State University
James S. Jackson (NAM), University of Michigan
Ellen Konar, Mindset Works
Brent Roberts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Peter Zandan, Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Amy Stephens, Program Officer
Leticia Garcilazo Green, Senior Program Assistant
June 8-9, 2017
NAS Building, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC 20418
June 8, 2017
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
June 9, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tentative Agenda | Register for this event
The Board on Science Education in collaboration with the Board on Higher Education and the Workforce will convene a two-day workshop to bring together distinguished experts to explore the landscape of doctoral training for the social and behavioral sciences to identify educational changes that may be needed to better prepare PhD students to confront the job demands and scientific challenges they will face in the future.
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this workshop will examine such topics as current production and employment of social and behavioral science PhDs, including the different pathways for training and competencies needed for the changing workforce. It will also consider how changes in science, academia, government, and business are creating new demands and challenges and the role that big data plays. A summary of the workshop will be released later this year.
The webcast will commence on June 8, 2017 at 9:00 am.