Student Colloquia, Professional Development, & Related Activities


Professional Development 

The university’s Career Services program offers many services, including a range of useful workshops for graduate students on topics such as professional networking, searching for academic jobs, project management, interviewing techniques, presentation skills, constructing effective CVs, and discovering career paths outside of academia.

For more information see the Career Services website

The University also provides training in teaching skills, including workshops for Teaching Assistants. Doctoral students are especially encouraged to take the Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) program, which is jointly offered by Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies (EPLS), the Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC), and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS).

For more information see the Learning & Teaching Centre’s website

Sociology Grad Student Spring Colloquium

The first annual Sociology Grad Student Spring Colloquium occurred Thursday, April 29, 2021 (2:00 - 4:30 p.m.) over Zoom.


  • Jason Miller (PhD student rep)
  • Shreyashi Ganguly (MA student co-rep)
  • Sarah Revilla Sanchez (MA student co-rep)


  • Finn Deschner - “The Erosion of Checks and Balances: Examining a New Dimension of Deregulatory Politics”
  • Victor Nascimento - “The Hegemony of the Neoliberal Narrative: Right Wing Discourses of ‘Common Sense’, the Weaponization of the Term 'Liberal’, and the Shifting of the Political Spectrum”
  • Kelsey Block - “LGBTQ2+ Experiences in Christian Communities”
  • Mark Shakespear - “Framing Empowerment in the “New Energy World”: Competing Energy Democracy and Just Transition Strategies”

Keynote Presenter:

  • Dr. Anelyse Weiler - “Research as a Web of Relationships: Reflections on the Value of Graduate Studies from the ‘Other Side’"