I consult with educational institutions to design and implement creative, sustainable, equitable structures. My work enables partner institutions to support students holistically; to foster high-impact, publicly engaged scholarship; and to develop policies that support sustainable and supportive working conditions at all levels of the academy.
I’m available for consulting projects of any size. If your program is working on curricular changes, developing new supports for grad students, or working through structural questions that could use an outside perspective, please reach out!
My work is tailored to your needs. Project possibilities include:
- Developing new systems that work for your institution, including graduate fellowship structure, dissertation evaluation criteria, and innovative mentorship models;
- Reviewing existing structures (such as curriculum, exam structures, tenure procedures, etc.) and proposing changes that align with your goals;
- Working with faculty, staff, and students in a one-off or an ongoing capacity to advise on matters related to reform and equity in higher education;
- Evaluating grant-supported programs;
- Supporting grant development; and more.
Contact me to see if working together would support your goals. In our initial consultation, we will discuss your goals, timing, and budget. If you decide to work with me, you can expect clear communication, timely work, and high-impact results that lead to institutional change.
Talks and Workshops
I am also available for select talks and workshops. In recent years I have given over 80 talks on topics such as:
- Graduate education reform
- Career pathways for humanities graduate students
- Labor practices in higher education
- Equity in the academy
- Public scholarship
- Scholarly communication
- The importance of humanities scholarship
I would be delighted to talk with students, faculty, and staff at your institution.
A Note About Individual Support
I do not typically offer one-on-one support for career seekers. There are many excellent people who do this work, so if this is something you’re looking for, I can help put you in touch with other resources.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
—Danica Savonick (@DanicaSavonick), September 10, 2021
WHY HIRE ME?
As a humanities PhD and a higher education expert with over a decade of experience, I have a deep understanding of the importance of continually working to improve and update program structures—as well as the challenges and political sensitivities inherent in the task. In developing new programs, I have worked with stakeholders at all levels of the university, from students to faculty and staff to senior leadership. My roles have included administration, research, and teaching at institutions including the Futures Initiative at the City University of New York, the Modern Language Association, the Scholarly Communication Institute, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Within each of those programs, I have created frameworks that are supportive, sustainable, research-driven, and community-oriented.
My work is grounded in research as well as experience. I am the author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom (Duke University Press, 2020), a highly regarded book that examines the value and possibility of humanities graduate education both within and beyond the academy.
Equity, sustainability, engagement, and community are my focal points in all aspects of my work. I help institutions to develop policies and practices that support retention and wellbeing of faculty, students, and staff, while also fostering creative and high-impact scholarship that goes beyond the walls of the university.
I have a proven track record with fundraising, and have co-written and co-directed successful grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Teagle Foundation totaling over $3 million, along with many other collaborations. Having also worked at a grantmaking organization, I have insight into the priorities and processes of funders and apply that knowledge to developing new sponsored projects.