Jeffrey Pannekoek, a PhD student in philosophy, was chosen to represent UT as a predoctoral fellow at a summer workshop organized by Humanities Without Walls, an association of humanities centers at 15 major research universities throughout the United States.
Pannekoek is the first student from UT to be chosen for the organization’s career diversity workshops since the program was launched in 2015. He was nominated to represent the university by the UT Humanities Center.
“I’m really honored to represent UT at the workshop,” Pannekoek said. “I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the UT Humanities Center and the philosophy department.”
As a predoctoral fellow, Pannekoek will spend July 15 to August 2 in Chicago at a workshop to learn about alternative career opportunities for humanities PhD graduates outside academia.
Humanities skills such as those related to communication, argumentation, organization, and adaptability mean that students can fit into many different professional environments.
“Career opportunities for humanities students range from law, health care, and information technology to many other industries,” Pannekoek said.
Pannekoek is interested in pursuing a career in clinical ethics and hopes to work in health care.