Institutional Structures and Budgets: A Primer

Ever wonder why teaching assignments are made as they are? Confused about the what and how of funding decisions and funding sources? Do you want to know more about how the graduate program functions within the university? Led by the Graduate Advisor, this workshop will provide an overview of how the university, the Faculty of Humanities, and the Department of English manage graduate studies (both MA and PhD), with transparent attention to budgets and funding models. Bring your questions: straightforward answers promised! Snacks provided.

Monday 27 January 2020

12:30–2pm

Clearihue Building, room C344

 


Preparing for the MA Essay or Project (ENGL 598)

Led by the Graduate Advisor and Dr. Misao Dean, this workshop is aimed at first-year MA students (who must submit their MA Essay/Project Proposal Form by 30 April 2020) and second-year MA students who are currently writing and need some updates or pointers. We will discuss the proposal, as well as the goals, expectations, planning requirements, and oral defence of the MA Essay or Project. Snacks provided. 

Friday, 14 February 2020

2:30–3:30pm

Clearihue Building, room C344


Publication Workshop for English Graduate Students

Offered by Dr. Leighton and Dr. Surridge, this writing workshop focuses on how to prepare an essay for publication—but it also doubles as a strategy for writing an excellent seminar/research essay whose argument readers can follow and appreciate. It includes advice on titles, introductions, roadmaps, transitions, structure, framing other critics, clarity, plain vs specialized language, and conclusions. 

Monday, 24 February 2020

11.30 am- 1.00 pm

Clearihue Building, room C344


Academic Conferences

Led by PhD candidates Denae Dyck and Amy Tang, both experienced presenters at academic conferences, this seminar will discuss the process of applying to and attending academic conferences, with a focus on delivering successful presentations. There will be time set aside for a casual conference proposal draft workshop. Snacks provided.

Friday, 28 February 2020

2.00 – 3.30 pm

Clearihue Building, room C344


UVic Career Services Workshop

Joy Andrews, Career Educator with UVic's Co-op Education Programs and Career Services, will provide information on the resources and supports UVic offers for graduate students seeking post-degree employment. This workshop will include activities to help you translate your academic skills into career opportunities and is aimed especially at MA students who may not pursue doctoral degrees, or anyone interested in pursuing non-academic humanities careers. Snacks provided.

Friday, 6 March 2020

2.30-3.30 pm

Clearihue Building, room C344


PhD Candidacy Exams (Part I) and the Dissertation Prospectus (Part II) 

This two-part session is intended for doctoral students in their first years of the PhD program: those preparing for or writing candidacy exams, and those preparing for or writing a dissertation prospectus. Both parts will be run by Dr. Williams Boyarin, at least one other faculty member with significant doctoral-supervision experience, and at least one advanced PhD student. Students should expect information on exam and prospectus processes (logistics), along with discussion of related expectations and time management strategies. Part I: Candidacy Exams will run from 10:30–11:30, followed by a 30-minute break (with opportunity for continued casual Q&A); Part II: Dissertation Prospectus will run from 12:00–1:00. Snacks will be provided.

Wednesday 8 April 2020

10.30 am–1.00 pm

Clearihue Building, room C344

 


 Academic CV Workshop

Celebrate the end of the term by putting your accomplishments on the record! All graduate students must submit an updated Curriculum vitae (CV) to the Graduate Secretary by 30 April of each year. Why not work on (or create) yours with some light catering and peer support? This workshop, run by the Graduate Advisor, will begin with a 30-minute discussion of academic CVs, their uses, typical formats, and variations—with samples provided—and then proceed to quiet work on CV updates with coffee, danishes, fruit, and help from a few old pros. 

Thursday 9 April 2020

12.00–2.00 pm

Clearihue Building, room C344

Read the new article by PhD Candidate Stephanie J. Lahey, “On the Origin and Provenance of Victoria, McPherson Library, Doc.Brown.4: Sir Thomas Mowbray’s Care of Newnham Priory,” in a special issue on medieval manuscripts in Canada for the journal _Florilegium_ 33 (2019): 63–91. James Kendrick and Lynnea Ness (MAs, 2016) have co-authored a piece with Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin in the same issue, featuring work developed through their courses in Special Collections and Archives.


PhD Candidate Tracey El Hajj has won an inaugural President's Fellowship in Research-Enriched Teaching. As a President's Fellow, Tracey will teach ENGL 395 (Special Topics in Cultural Studies) in Spring 2020 on the topic of "Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Life." 

 More information about the fellowship can be read here.


PhD Candidate Yan Tang had her article, "Atmospheric Violence: Samuel Beckett's Aesthetics of Respiration," featured in journal LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 30.2 (2019): 103-119. 

The article can be read here.


UVic Libraries' exhibit "Volatile Attractions: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and Managing a Music Legend," curated by recent PhD graduate Dr. Samantha MacFarlane, wins the prestigious 2019 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award. 

Read more about the RBMS Leab Awards here.

The exhibit can be found here


Dr. David Oswald, recent PhD graduate, happy to be featured in The Matter of Disability: Materiality, Biopolitics, Crip Affect (U of Michigan P, 2019).

A blurb from the article can be found here

Graduate Welcome Back Party.

Please join us for our annual Graduate Welcome Back Party. This will provide a chance for current students and faculty to catch up and meet our new cohort.  We will be serving cake, coffee, and tea.

When: Tuesday, 17 September

Time: 2:45-4pm

Location: CLE C344 (meeting room) and C351 (faculty and staff lunchroom)

PhD SSHRC Workshop

Led by the Graduate Advisor, this workshop is for all PhD students and prospective PhD students who are preparing SSHRC scholarship applications (due October 2nd). Come for help, answers, and guidance on polishing your application. Bring questions and drafts! Snacks provided.

Please read the FGS Doctoral SSHRC Information Slides if you were unable to attend the workshop on Wednesday 4 September.

Friday 20 September 2019

1.30 – 3pm

Clearihue Building, room C344


PhD Job Market Workshop

Led by the Graduate Advisor and at least one other faculty member with knowledge of current job market conditions, this workshop is especially important for advanced PhD students and recent PhDs who are beginning to navigate job markets and preparing job applications (emphasis on academic jobs). All students interested in learning about post-degree job markets are welcome to attend. Snacks provided.

Tuesday 24 September 2019

2.15 – 3.30pm

Clearihue Building, room C344


Candidacy Exam help/question session

Update: Doctoral Candidates Amy Tang and Natalie Boldt will be leading this discussion. New students are encouraged to read section 5.4 of the Graduate Handbook.

Led by the Graduate Advisor, one other member of the Graduate Committee, and at least one post-exam student, this workshop makes space for casual discussion and Q&A about PhD Candidacy Examinations in the Department of English. It is aimed at students currently preparing for Candidacy Examinations, though new PhD students who want to get a sense of the second-year candidacy process are also welcome to attend. Snacks provided.

Tuesday 8 October 2019

2.15 – 3.30pm

Clearihue Building, room C344


Academic Conferences

Led by PhD candidates Denae Dyck and Amy Tang, both experienced presenters at academic conferences, this seminar will discuss the process of applying to and attending academic conferences, with a focus on delivering successful presentations. Snacks provided.

Tuesday 29 October 2019

1.30 – 3pm

Clearihue Building, room C344


MA SSHRC Workshop

Led by the Graduate Advisor, this workshop is for all MA students and prospective MA students who are preparing SSHRC scholarship applications (due December 1st). Come for help, answers, and guidance on polishing your application. Bring questions and drafts! Snacks provided.

Tuesday 5 November 2019

1.30 – 3pm

Clearihue Building, room C344

Please read the FGS MA SSHRC information slides if you were unable to attend this ProD session. 


UVic's Sexualized Violence Prevention Workshop

The Office of Student Life will facilitate the Tools for Change workshop. This workshop will teach attendees about what sexualized violence is and how to challenge the attitudes and beliefs that lead to it.

Students that attend will still earn a certificate of completion, co-curricular record through Co-op and Career, and are entered to win $250 of tuition credit, drawn at the semester.

Tuesday 19 November 2019

 2.30-5.30pm

Clearihue Building, room A307