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 Department Colloquia Series

"The Political Economy of Fossil Capitalism:  Three Current Research Initiatives"

Wednesday, September 25 (10:00 a.m. - 12 noon) in COR B344 (Refreshments will be served)
Join us for three presentations by, in partnership with The Corporate Mapping Project:
  • Emiliano Castillo - Doctoral researcher, Governance & Sustainability Lab, Universitat Trier
  • Nicolas Graham - Post-doctoral researcher, Corporate Mapping Project, University of Victoria - Sociology Department
  • Bob Neubauer - Post-doctoral researcher, Corporate Mapping Project, University of Victoria - Sociology Department

Open discussion will follow the presentations.

"Urbanity and Insurrection"

Friday, October 4, 2019 (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) in COR B344

Join us for a talk led by Dr. Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, Catherine & Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The revolts of the 2010's in the Middle East (from the Green rebellion in Iran, the Arab uprisings, the Gezy protests in Turkey) took place mostly in the cities.   What does this urban locus of the uprisings in the Middle East (where over 40 percent of the people inhabit in the "rural" areas) tell us about the relationship between urbanity and insurrection?  What aspects of urbanity make cities the spaces of contention?  And why certain urban sites, streets or squares, are more than others conducive for mobilization?

Scholarship Workshops:

For those who are interested in applying for a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters, you are encouraged to attend a CGSM workshop: 

  • CIHR - Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • 4:00  - 5:30 p.m. in UVC A207 (FGS Boardroom)
  • Facilitator:   Dr. Patricia MacKenzie (
  • NSERC - Friday, October 4, 2019
  • 10:30 a.m. -  12 noon in Henderson Room, Cadboro Commons
  • Facilitator:   Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi (
  • SSHRC - Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in University Centre, Room A180
  • Facilitators:   Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin ( and Dr. James Rowe (
If you are unable to attend a workshop, the PowerPoint slides will be available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website, on the day of the workshop.   Or, you can contact the Faculty coach for help with the research proposal.