Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Workshops and Events

Portfolio Modules

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

Provides students with practical knowledge about research grant writing; basic aspects of grant writing will be discussed as well as the audience of a grant; preparation of CV and draft research proposal. 

  • Thursdays, September 8 - October 6; 2:00 to 5:00pm

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

Provides students with practical knowledge to understand the nature of scholarly conversations in their field and how they plan to participate in the discourse of their discipline; identify and use a variety of information discovery tools and techniques as they explore the most relevant and appropriate sources for their research.

  • Thursdays, October 20 - November 24; 2:00 to 5:00pm

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.

  • September 26, 3:00 to 4:00pm; Room: Arts 309-B
  • 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 Brent Epperson from the Student ObmudService. He will give a short presentation on this vital relationship, and open the floor to your questions and concerns.

  • October 7, 3:00 to 4:00pm; Room: HC 2-17
  • Mandatory for all first year students or anyone who has not completed this requirement in previous years

Townhall

Join Dr. Smith-Prei, 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.

  • October 21, 3:00 to 4:30; Room: HC 1-7
  • 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.

  • December 2, 3:00 to 4:00pm; Room: Arts 309-B
  • 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 Dr. Anne Malena 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.

  • January 16, 3:00 to 4:30 pm; Room: Arts 430
  • 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 Dr. Lynn Penrod.

  • February 27, 3:00 to 4:30 pm; Room: HC 2 33
  • 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.

  • March 16, 3:00 to 4:30 pm; Room: HC 2-26
  • Open to all students

Townhall

Join Dr. Smith-Prei, 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.

  • March 17, 3:00 to 4:30 pm; Room: HC 4-78
  • All students should attend if possible

MITACS Information Workshop

This session, run by Dr. Lauren Mercier, a Business Development Specialist with Mitacs and WCIO (TEC Edmonton), will address the value of these opportunities for growing your CV, your network, and broadening your employment options.
Mitacs is a national not-for-profit that builds partnerships between academia and industrial/community partners to drive Canadian innovation. Please join us to learn more about Mitacs programs, including Accelerate, Elevate, and Globalink, which support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on collaborative research projects in Canada and internationally.

  • March 31, 2:00 to 3:00 pm; Room: HC 2-14
  • 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.

  • April 18, 19, 20; 1:00 to 4:00pm; Room: HC 1-15
  • Open to all students

APRIL 18: Navigating the Academic Job Market and Postdocs
1:00-2:30: Job ads, components of an application, overview
2:30-3:15: Postdocs and other research opportunities. Guest: Dr. Zaira Zarza
3:15-4:00: Diverse paths to the academic job. Guest: Dr. Valerie Henitiuk (MacEwan University)

APRIL 19: Navigating Non-Academic Careers
1:00-2:00: Non-Academic market, discussion
2:00-3:00: Guest panel: Levi Bjork (Legislative Services, Alberta Transportation), Dr. Katelyn Petersen (German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research), Charity Slobod (UofA, FGSR)
3:00-4:00: CVs and Resumes Presentation: Sharon Sherman (CAPS)

APRIL 20: Hands-on Day
1:00-2:00: Rapid Fire CV/Resume Workshop: Sharon Sherman (CAPS) - Bring your CV or resume for rapid fire evaluation
2:00-4:00: Application materials redux: Creating job letters, teaching portfolios, etc.; discussion and peer work

May

Workshop: From Dissertation to Published Book

This workshop, run by Dr. Carrie Smith-Prei, is aimed at helping students re-work their dissertations into a publishable book. While it is open to all students, this workshop is geared towards students towards the end of their program as well as recent PhD graduates.

  • May 24, 2-4:00pm; Room: CAB 369