Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Workshops and Events

Portfolio Modules

Grant Writing Module (mandatory for all first year students; open to all current students)

Run by Dr. Astrid Ensslin, this module provides students with practical knowledge about grant writing (including research, nonprofit, and project management). Students will be trained in identifying funding sources, developing grant-writing skills, addressing the appropriate audience, preparing a CV or resume, and drafting a proposal. Through individual and collaborative work, students will learn how to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, provide and integrate constructive feedback, and confidently advocate for themselves and their projects. 

  • 3h/week for 5 weeks; Day/Time/Room TBA

Information Literacy Module (mandatory for all first year students; open to all current students)

Run by Denis Lacroix, this module provides students with a practical understanding of the nature of professional conversations in their field and how to participate. Students will learn to identify and use a variety of information discovery tools and techniques as they explore the most relevant and appropriate sources of information. Students will complete a variety of tasks tailored to help develop a research inquiry (questions) and acquire strategies that address a broader worldview and recognize information gaps and new investigative methods. Questions might address copyright, open access, public domain, and the economics of information;  proper attribution and citation; ethical management, dissemination, and preservation of information. 

  • 3h/week for 5 weeks; Day/Time/Room TBA

General Workshops and Events

September

Portfolio/New Program Orientation Day

Join us for a special departmental orientation concerning the launch of our new graduate program and a discussion of the portfolio.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • Mandatory for all first year students; open to all current students interested in the portfolio

October

Ethics Training: Student-Supervisor Relationship

This session is part one of your ethics training requirement and will be led by TBA. He will give a short presentation on this vital relationship, and open the floor to your questions and concerns.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • Mandatory for all first year students or anyone who has not completed this requirement in previous years

Townhall

Join Dr. Micah True, our Associate Chair, for this important information session. Here you will receive updates on campus initiatives, changes to the graduate programs, and general reminders. Please bring your questions! This is an open format town hall. We will also have a short presentation from Dr. Kost concerning the Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) program.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • All students should attend if possible

December

Workshop: MLCS 299 Competition

MLCS is proud to host a graduate level course design competition. The competition is open to students in the PhD program who have completed candidacy. This informational session will provide you with tools to assist you in course design and build a competitive course offering. We will also have presentations and tips from past winners.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • Open to all PhD students post-candidacy or those preparing for next year

January

Workshop: Conference Preparation

Planning to participate in our graduate student conference? Hoping to have a paper accepted elsewhere? This session will be led by TBA and will speak to two key elements: preparation of an abstract and successful delivery of a conference paper. Participation at conferences is important for CV-building, and this workshop will give you the tools to approach these events with confidence.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • Open to all students

February

Research Ethics Workshop presentation

This session is part two of your required ethics training courses and will be hosted by TBA.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • Mandatory for all first year students or anyone who has not completed this requirement in previous years

March

Workshop: Publishing

Most PhD students feel an enormous pressure to publish throughout their degree, and publications are often the basis for major scholarships and awards. Not sure where to start? This workshop will help you understand where to publish, how to be successful in approaching publishers, and how to make time for publishing during your degree.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • Open to all students

Townhall

Join Dr. True, our Associate Chair, for this important information session. Here you will receive updates on campus initiatives, changes to the graduate programs, and general reminders. Please bring your questions! This is an open format town hall.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • All students should attend if possible

April

Workshop: Job Market

We are hosting a huge three day event to tackle all aspects of the job market and job preparation. We'll be offering the traditional academic stream, including the CV, job letter, teaching portfolio, and where to look for jobs. We'll also be taking a closer look at alt-ac options and careers in other industries, with resume/industry CV preparation, and presentations from community members. Alumni stories will also be highlighted. Do not miss this important session! It's never too early to think about your career.

  • Day/Time/Room TBA
  • Open to all students