Harvard is known for its excellence in graduate education, but it is impacted by local, national, and global pressures, including changes in the academic job market (particularly in some fields), changes to the costs and funding sources of graduate stipends, and more. The recent Faculty Study Group report also signaled concerns about graduate education, which require evaluation to arrive at actionable recommendations. Given these pressures, now is the time to reflect on what alterations should be made to graduate education to ensure our students graduate with the potential to serve as intellectual leaders for the 21st century.

In response, GSAS has launched the GSAS Admissions and Graduate Education (GAGE) Working Group, tasked with recommending enhancements to the admissions and educational processes. Over the course of 2022, the GAGE Working Group will first consider advising, teaching, employment outcomes, and institutional finances. The information gathered from these conversations will be used to develop actionable steps in how admissions slots are allocated and to outline what the PhD means in the 21st century.

GAGE Working Group Members

Emma Dench, Chair, Dean of GSAS, McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

Allen Aloise, Dean for Administration and Finance, GSAS

Valerie Beilenson, Project Manager, FAS

Noël Bisson, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, GSAS

Verena Conley, Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literatures

Victoria D’Souza, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Ryan Enos, Professor of Government

Ann Hall, Director of Communications, GSAS

Elizabeth Lunbeck, Professor of the History of Science in Residence

Catherine McKenna, Margaret Brooks Robinson Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures; Chair of the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies

Peter Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Matthew Liebmann, Peabody Professor of American Archeology and Ethnology

Charlie Otero, Executive Assistant to the Dean, GSAS

Sheila Thomas, Dean for Academic Programs and Diversity, GSAS