2019-2020 Professional Development Workshop

Your formal training as a historian takes place in classes and seminars, writing a cognate paper, taking comprehensive exams, and producing a doctoral dissertation.  There are other facets to an academic career, including public speaking, networking, effective writing, publishing, applying for grants, and teaching.  These are not always addressed directly or explicitly in your formal studies.  The purpose of the PDW is to help prepare you for the 'other' many and varied parts of an academic career (as well as careers outside academe). 

The PDS will take up questions of immediate relevance to you, including applying for grants.  The sessions will be led by students and faculty, followed by discussion.

All workshops will be held on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.  in Lawson 2270C (unless noted)

September 5 –  Robert MacDougall and Nancy Rhoden - Grant-writing for SSHRC, OGS, and beyond: bring your draft!

September 26 – Nancy Rhoden, James Flath, Michelle Hamilton, Frank Schumacher, Rob Wardhaugh, Sara Poulin, Heather Ellis. Performance in graduate seminars, on written work for the graduate program, and on exams; reflections and suggestions.

October 24 – Rob MacDougall, Carl Young, and Eli Nathans - Giving meaningful feedback on undergraduate essays and a few thoughts on grades.

November 21Francine McKenzie - Visit to Student Success Centre. Meet at Lawson Hall 2201 at 12:20pm to walk over together.

January 9 – Nancy Rhoden and Heather Ellis (PhD Candidate and Wellness Ambassador) – On finding balance and wellness as a graduate student.

January 30 – Discussions with alumni of the PhD and MA Programs in History, American Studies, and Public History – Part 1: Pursuing a career outside of academia.  Moderated by Eli Nathans. Guests:Lindsay Hall, M.A., Department Head of History, Indigenous Studies, Business, and Computer Studies at Clarke Road Secondary School. Dr. Dean Ruffilli, PhD., Assistant Director, Settlement and Integration Policy, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, for the Government of Canada. 

February 27 -  Public speaking for historians. Speakers will include: Mike Dove, Marta Dyczok, Monda Halpern, Shelley McKellar, and Jonathan Vance, moderated by Eli Nathans.

Cancelled March 19 – Discussions with alumni of the PhD and MA Programs in History, American Studies, and Public History – Part 2: Pursuing a career in academia.  Moderated by Eli Nathans