Grad Connections

 


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Grad Connections supports graduate students’

academic success  •  sense of community  •  professionalization

 


Our Next Event 

On-Campus Academic Job Interviews

Friday, February 24
12-1 pm
212 Ross

Back by popular demand, Part IV of a four-panel series on the academic job search focuses on the on-campus portion of the process. Hear a panel of faculty and graduate students talk about preparing for not only the job talk, the teaching demonstration, and meetings with administration but also those other, less scripted moments such as meals with members of the department, walks around campus, etc. Coffee and snacks will be provided—please bring your own mug for coffee!

(more events this semester)


Ongoing Resources

Mock Interviews

Contact Assoc DOGE Linda (shenk@iastate.edu) if you have a job interview and would like to schedule a mock interview.

Lending Library

Grad Connections maintains a small library of both sample documents and books related to research, teaching, and job searches. These materials are available in 203 Ross for 3-week check out. <<Click here to see list of books>>


Past Events

Event TitleAdditional Details
PhD Students Annual Review: Open ForumGC is partnering with the TESL Brown Bag series to host this open forum on the new annual review process for Ph.D. students. Faculty members Carol Chapelle and David Russell, DOGE John Levis, and Grad Studies Staff Teresa Smiley will describe the annual review process and requirements before opening the floor to questions from attendees. Responses on the recent survey indicate an interest in learning more about departmental and graduate college policies; since annual reviews will be required for all Ph.D. students from this year forward, we thought this policy-related panel would be especially useful! Coffee and snacks will be provided—please bring your own mug for coffee!
Inclusion WorkshopPart II of a two-part workshop on fostering the climate of inclusion in our department. This workshop provides opportunities to quickly review the last workshop before diving into a discussion of how to address microaggressions when we encounter them. GC is partnering with Phorum, GPSS, Multicultural Student Affairs, Sloss Women’s Center, and the Graduate College. Coffee and snacks will be provided for this panel—please bring your mug for coffee!
Department Social HourTo begin the semester, snacks and appetizers will be provided at Torrent Brewing.
Insiders' Advice: Success in the First Few Years of Grad SchoolAdvanced graduate students will share advice they wish they would have been given (or the best advice they did get) early in their degree programs. This session will cover such topics as how to: choose a major professor and committee, adjust to the dual roles of being both a teacher and grad student, find even a semblance of work-life balance, and use coursework to develop topics for the thesis/dissertation/creative component. Coffee and snacks provided!
The Academic Job SearchPart I of a three-panel series on the academic job market, GC is partnering with the TESL Brown Bag series to offer a panel of faculty members, graduate students, and alumni who will talk about these topics related to the academic job search: finding job listings, writing the cover letter, assembling the dossier, and establishing a professional digital presence.
Coffee and snacks will be provided for this panel in Ross 212!
Departmental Welcome Social "Hour"A bounty of snacks and appetizers will be provided!
The Academic Job Search: CVs, Research Statements, & Teaching PhilosophiesPart II of a three-panel series on the academic job market, GC is partnering with the TESL Brown Bag series to offer a panel of faculty members, graduate students, and alumni who will talk about how to generate these crucial job documents. Coffee and snacks will be provided for this panel in Ross
Workshop on InclusionPart I of a two-part workshop on fostering the climate of inclusion in our department: This workshop provides opportunities to discuss both the issue of microaggressions and scenarios that have occurred on campus as ways to help identify concrete steps for fostering inclusive departmental culture and interactions. GC is partnering with Phorum, GPSS, Multicultural Student Affairs, Sloss Women’s Center, and the Graduate College. Coffee and snacks will be provided for this panel in Ross 406—please bring your mug for coffee!! [Please note this event is in 406, rather than 212!]
The Academic Job Search: Negotiating and InterviewingPart III of a three-panel series on the academic job market, GC is partnering with the TESL Brown Bag series to offer a panel of faculty members, graduate students, and alumni who will talk about what questions are typically asked at interviews; special strategies for Skype and telephone interviews; useful tips for answering questions well; preparing a teaching demonstration and research talk; and professional conduct with the department pre-, during, and post-interview. Coffee and snacks will be provided for this panel in Ross 212!

 

Our Partner Student Organizations

Phorum (RPC PhD and RCPC MA students)

Phorum is the student organization for students of Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC—our PhD program) and Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication (RCPC—our MA program). We host a variety of events throughout the year, including our Speaker Series where we hear from scholars in the field, and fun social activities. Check out our News page to see what’s been happening recently!

ALT Brown Bag Sessions (ALT PhD and MA students)

Each semester, the ALT program hosts a series of informative brown bag sessions on a variety of topics related to applied linguistics and technology. Presentations may be works-in-progress or completed projects by students, faculty, and special guests. This is an opportunity for ALT researchers to present their ideas and get helpful suggestions for moving ahead.

PART (All Grad Students)

The English department’s peer advising resource team (PART) is a group of graduate students at various levels in each program within the department. These students are available to give advice to new and prospective students on a variety of topics, from getting started at the university to living in Ames. Feel free to contact PART if you have questions about student life in ISU’s English Department.


 

Representatives to ISU’s Larger Graduate Student Community

GPSS English Senators 2016-17

Senator 1 Name: Ananda Muhammad, ALT PhD
E-mail: nanda@iastate.edu
Senator 2 Name: Claire Kortyna, CWE MFA
E-mail: kortyna@iastate.edu