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Teaching RCR Certificate Program at the University of Illinois

Are you passionate about teaching? Are you engaged in thinking about research ethics? Would you like to create a course that teaches the responsible conduct of research at the U-M?

The Rackham Graduate School is seeking two Ph.D. students to participate in a graduate certification program in Teaching the Responsible Conduct of Research hosted by the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE; see at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon completion students will receive a TRCR certificate. The first on-campus meeting at UIUC will be January 17-19, 2013.

Meet the Deans: Peter Hitchcock

Hello! I am one of four Associate Deans, and my role at Rackham is to provide administrative oversight for graduate programs in the biological, biomedical and health sciences. In addition, I help coordinate campus-wide resources for training in the responsible conduct of research and scholarship, and I help provide support and resources for the 1400 postdoctoral research fellows working at the University of Michigan.

What Is the Purpose of Studying History?

In thinking about my own work as an historian, I cannot help but think of the profession as a whole. Traditionally, a “successful” practitioner of history with a Ph.D. was supposed to find a tenure-track job at a university, where he or she would teach undergraduate students and complete research. While this myth of “success” was never the case for every Ph.D., only in the past few years have professional historians really thought about the state of the profession and what it means to be an historian.