Grad Connections supports graduate students’
academic success • sense of community • professionalization
Departmental Social Hour
Friday, October 13
Torrent Brewing Company
Our Next Events
Surviving the First Few Years: A Round-Table Discussion: As part of this semester’s theme of surviving and thriving in graduate school, Grad Connections is partnering with the TESL/ALT Brown Bag Colloquium series to offer a roundtable discussion where advanced graduate students across area groups and members of PART (the Peer Advisory Resource Team) will be available to ask those burning questions you may have about topics such as but certainly not limited to: courses to take, how to approach faculty members for advice or to be on your committee, and teaching questions and strategies. September 29th 12-1pm Ross 212. Snacks will be provided.
Making Difficult Decisions: Choosing Industry vs. Academia: October 27th, 12-1pm Ross 212. GC is partnering with the TESL/ALT Brown Bag Colloquium series to offer a panel of faculty members and former graduate students who chose different career paths. Graduate students commonly question if they should choose a path in industry or academia. This session is designed to provide insight into this question to help graduate students choose the path that is right for them. Internships will also be discussed. Snacks will be provided.
Surviving the Academic Hiring Process: In this session recently hired faculty members in a variety of areas will share tips and advice for navigating the academic job market. In addition, presenters will field questions from the audience. We will discuss the entire process from developing your job materials to interviewing and everything in between. Please join us for this interactive session. November 8th from 3:45-5:00pm, Ross, 212. Snacks will be provided.
Too Stressed to Stress? Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School. December 1st, 12-1pm Ross 212. GC is partnering with the TESL/ALT Colloquium Brown Bag series to offer a panel focused on tips to help manage the stressful nature of being a graduate student. Faculty members and graduate students will discuss strategies to help reduce stress and anxiety during this most wonderful time of the year and beyond! Snacks will be provided.
Contact Assoc DOGE Stacy Tye-Williams (email@example.com) if you have a job interview and would like to schedule a mock interview.
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>>
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|PhD Students Annual Review: Open Forum||GC 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 Workshop||Part 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 Hour||To begin the semester, snacks and appetizers will be provided at Torrent Brewing.|
|Insiders' Advice: Success in the First Few Years of Grad School||Advanced 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 Search||Part 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 Philosophies||Part 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 Inclusion||Part 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 Interviewing||Part 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!|
|Part IV of a four-panel series on the academic job search focuses on the on-campus portion of the process.||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!|
|The Non-Academic Job Search||GC is partnering with the TESL Brown Bag series and Phorum to host this panel discussion about how a graduate degree in English can translate to jobs in industry. Survey responses show an interest in discussions on getting jobs and hearing from alumni, so we’ll first hear from recent alumni about their work in non-academic fields and then take time for attendees to ask questions. Coffee and snacks will be provided—please bring your own mug for coffee!On-Campus Academic Job Interviews.|
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 the English Department Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) 2017-18
Representatives to ISU’s Larger Graduate Student Community
Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)
Caleb Evers (MA RCPC); firstname.lastname@example.org