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Nancy Marcus of Florida State University to Serve as Chair of CGS Board

marcus03portrait.jpgWashington, DC – The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Board of Directors has announced its officers for the 2017 term. CGS is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors drawn from member institutions. Board members serve for set terms.

Dr. Nancy Marcus, dean of the Graduate School at Florida State University, was announced the 2017 Board Chair at the conclusion of the 2016 CGS Annual Meeting. Appointed graduate dean in 2005, Marcus’ responsibilities include oversight of the education of approximately 8,500 graduate and professional students. During her tenure as Dean, Marcus has sought to enhance and complement the experience graduate students gain in their individual academic units by establishing programs such as the Office of Graduate Fellowship and Awards, The Fellows Society to promote interdisciplinary engagement, fellowships for international study, and an online tracking system to monitor graduate student progress.

“CGS is honored to have Dr. Marcus’ expertise during this important time in graduate education. She has provided exceptional leadership to The Graduate School at Florida State University and will help advance CGS’ mission to meet the evolving needs of our member institutions,” said CGS President Suzanne T. Ortega.

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FSU Humanities Scholar Brings New Perspective to Nonprofit Media

Victoria Farmer, FSU English Doctoral Student

It’s easy to poke fun at someone with an advanced humanities degree — especially an English degree — amid an economy that places a premium on STEM education.

“We’re kind of the punchline, the biggest of punchlines,” said Victoria Reynolds Farmer, who has a doctorate in English. She’s been asked, “Are you going to be a Starbucks barista your entire life?”

That negativity can be difficult to deal with, Farmer said. Naysayers tend to see her work as limited when they don’t know the value of her skills. “We actually learn how to think critically and synthesize information, which is something that a lot of people don’t know how to do anymore.”

Public and nonprofit organizations can tap into such skills to boost engagement and reach new audiences as they work with academics like Farmer through a two-year fellowship program.

Since 2011, the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows program has placed humanities scholars within the government and at nonprofits, including arts, digital media, public policy and international relations organizations. The wide range of opportunities is important for demonstrating the broad utility of a humanities degree, said John Paul Christy, director of public programs for the ACLS in New York City. ACLS named its 100th Public Fellow in May.

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