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

Details for 2018-19 coming soon

Sociology Department Colloquia Series

Samuel Singer – "Trans Rights are (not just) Human Rights"
Lansdowne Lecture presented by the Chair in Transgender Studies
Friday 28th September at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Fraser 158
More info:


Bill Carroll – "Organizing the 1% How Corporate Power Works"
Talk and Book Launch
Wednesday 17th October (12 noon – 1:30 p.m.) in COR B344
NB: There will be a lunch that department members are invited to at 12 noon.  Others on campus are invited for the Talk and Book Launch at 12:30 p.m.

Edwin Hodge – "Grievance:  Anger, Resentment, and the Politics of Entitlement in the Men's Rights Movement" 
Wednesday 7th November (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.) in COR A317 (Sociology Boardroom)
Brown-bag lunch colloquium featuring a talk by Edwin Hodge on his recently completed dissertation research.

End of classes potluck lunch, featuring a talk by Nick Graham on his dissertation research – "Forces of Production, Climate Change and Canadian Fossil Capitalism".
Wednesday December 5th (12 noon – 1:30pm ) in COR B344
Further details to follow on the lunch.        

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, October 4, 2018
  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in UVC A207 (FGS Boardroom)
  • Facilitator:   Dr. Patricia MacKenzie
  • NSERC - Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in MAC D114
  • Facilitator:   Dr. Steve Perlman
  • SSHRC - Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in CLE A211
  • Facilitators:   Dr. Steve Garlick and Dr. Alison Chapman
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.