Goddard’s New PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies

After many years of dreaming up, planning for, and exploring all the possibilities for a PhD program in Goddard, the College has now approved the first PhD program — a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Goddard Graduate Institute. The College’s Board of Trustees approved of the proposal in September of 2017, and since then, staff and faculty have been putting together a proposal for accreditation from NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). We hope to be able to begin accepting applications in the spring for the Fall 2018 semester.

Overview: The Goddard Graduate Institute’s (GGI) PhD program serves as a platform for change agents, researchers, and practitioners, to conduct advanced study and original research toward innovative solutions for social and ecological challenges of our time. Building on GGI’s Master of Arts programs (Social Innovation and Sustainability, Health Arts and Sciences, and Individualized Studies), the PhD program educates students to work as scholar-practitioners, global citizens, and local change agents. Graduates of the GGI PhD program will be prepared to teach at a college level, as well as lead, mentor, facilitate, and organize within their communities, bringing in-depth knowledge into effective practice to make social institutions more just, build community capacity, strengthen democracy in action, and enhance individual community, and ecological health.

The 60-credit low-residency PhD program includes 48 hours of coursework (from online classes) and packet work, and 12 hours of dissertation-writing. We also hope to be able to offer a combined MA-PhD program that enables students to earn both an MA and PhD degree. The PhD program, as part of the Goddard Graduate Institute, will meet as part of the GGI residency schedules, hopefully starting in August of 2018 with an 8-day residency and leading into a 17-week semester. Like all Goddard programs, students will design their own curricula with faculty and peer input and according to degree criteria to ensure relevant and meaningful studies that advance students’ passions, interests, communities, and livelihoods.

Special thanks to our PhD committee, which includes alumni Kris Hege, Claudia Guerra, Mike Alvarez, Robin Stone, Cynthia Obrero, Hillary S. Webb; faculty Sarah Van Hoy; GGI director Ruth Farmer, and to the Dean of Academic Affairs’ office.

Listen to Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, GGI faculty member, and chair of the PhD committee on “Ethereal,” the Goddard WGDR radio show hosted by Karla Moskowitz and Tonio Epstein. You can hear that here.

If you would like to receive more detailed information, please email Caryn at Caryn.MirriamGoldberg@goddard.edu.

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