Imagined Futures Initiative

Imagined Futures Initiative

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Mission

Imagined Futures leverages the integrated arts and humanities to empower graduate students and their mentors to imagine and pursue diverse career paths. 


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Imagined Futures seeks to enact transformative change in the career-development support that Ohio State offers graduate students.

Graduate programs have long cultivated cross-disciplinary methods and practices to build skills like creative and critical thinking; the ability to analyze complex data and use evidence-based practices; and enhanced communication and collaboration. Historically, many graduate programs focused on preparing students to enter research and teaching careers within the professoriate. Today, our students are finding application for these skills in many lines of work. Our graduate programs should adapt to serve our students’ changing professional needs.

Imagined Futures aims to build a culture of support for diverse careers in which graduate students understand how their transferable skills can serve communities and employers, and their advisors support their ambitions through informed planning. The Imagined Futures Community of Practice encourages faculty and staff to look anew at the great variety of professional pathways Ohio State’s graduate alumni are pursuing; find sustainable ways to integrate practical training that supports these pathways into existing graduate curricula; and develop mentorship strategies that support our students as they discern their professional directions.

This project builds on GAHDT’s prior investments in research that addresses critical societal challenges. When researchers commit to understanding challenges of this kind, they build capacities for empathetic and data-driven problem-solving that can be applied in many sectors of society. Training our graduate students to engage with community partners and ensuring that they develop practical skills helps to close the gaps between study and practice, between campus and community, while also helping students find work that matters to them.

Ohio State offers many career development support programs housed in its various colleges, the Office of Student Life, the Graduate School and elsewhere. By sustaining conversations that cross institutional boundaries and encouraging these programs to take full account of the advanced skills and integrative thinking our graduate students achieve, Imagined Futures seeks to increase their collaboration and effectiveness in the service of our students.  


2022-23 Goals

Imagined Futures begins its work in autumn 2022 by enhancing capacity for graduate career support by: 

  • Establishing a community of practice that will align graduate curricula and mentoring with preparation for diverse careers in and beyond the academy.
  • Developing opportunities for practical training in the application of arts and humanities methods to critical societal challenges.
  • Connecting and promoting Ohio State’s career development resources.

Community of Practice
Accepting applications (Deadline: October 10, 2022)

Imagined Futures seeks faculty and staff participants for a community of practice (CoP) to achieve collective impact in graduate professional development and diversifying career pathways. This group will follow a Community of Practice model that relies on shared domains of expertise and practice to integrate skills into graduate curricula and develop capacity for flexible graduate advising that focuses on each student’s interests and ambitions. 

Imagined Futures leverages the integrated arts and humanities to empower graduate students and their mentors to imagine and pursue diverse career paths. The integrated arts and humanities provide indispensable methods and practices for understanding our place in the world. These cross-disciplinary methods and practices build skills like creative and critical thinking; the ability to analyze complex data and use evidence-based practices; and enhanced communication and collaboration. Crucially, the arts and humanities cultivate ethical judgment and reasoning, encouraging thoughtful and empathetic leadership. Imagined Futures will be the conduit: translating the skills cultivated in our graduate programs to the world of work.

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Affiliated Events

HUMANITIES WITHOUT WALLS | Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop
(Application deadline: November 1, 2022)

Humanities Without Walls seeks applications from doctoral students pursuing degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the HWW Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop, to be held from July 17 to July 28, 2023, in Minneapolis, MN. This event is an intensive, student-centered career exploration program of values discernment and practical preparation for jobs in a variety of sectors, both beyond and within the academy. HWW's cohort-based approach emphasizes student agency while giving attendees space to reflect on their professional journey. Workshop sessions intentionally lay foundations for the fellows as they do the real-time work of discerning personal career values, building community within their cohort, making professional contacts, and researching potential career paths. Participants will learn how to leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields.

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Contact

Director Danielle Fosler-Lussier (Music)
Email: Lussier.2@osu.edu

Danielle Fosler-Lussier is a professor in the School of Music, where she has taught since 2003. She is serving as vice president of the American Musicological Society through November 2022. Fosler-Lussier's principal interests include music in international contact and exchange; the role of women in the creation of concert life, state support for the arts and educational institutions; and music history pedagogy.