Schedule of Profession-Related Events
Ph.D. Program in Theatre
12 September----Demyttifying the Handbook 1: Program Milestones
Even though the road to your Ph.D. in Theatre from coursework to dissertation defense can seem daunting, the program has set certain milestones. These can help students focus on short-term goals toward achieving their degree. This year’s first professionalization event will discuss the different program milestones and chart the overall trajectory of the program. Whether you are in the beginning, middle, or end of the program, this event aims to help you successfully navigate your path from Level I to graduation. Professionalization Representative Kate Sidley hosts, with Profs. Judith Milhous and David Savran.
26 September----Presentations by recent recipients of program travel grants
Students receiving program grants for research and travel will share their experiences both within and outside the archives. Additional topics will include ideas for funding as related to one’s scholarship as well as advice on applying for grants. Kate Sidley hosts.
10 October----Workshop 1; Creating and building your CV
Whether you are getting ready to go on the job market or just beginning the Ph.D. program, you won't want to miss this interactive workshop on crafting, revising, and refining the academic CV. Examining sample documents, we will discuss the elements of highly effective CVs, and there will be opportunities to workshop your own document. In addition, a special topic of this workshop will be on highlighting conference presentations and panels, and we will discuss the process for submitting a conference proposal. Organized and led by the program's Placement Officer, Prof. James Wilson.
24 October----Workshop 2: Developing your philosophy of teaching statement
More and more search committees are requesting teaching portfolios from prospective candidates on the academic job market. This workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, re-examine, and articulate your individual approaches to pedagogy. Focusing on the development and refinement of your philosophy of teaching statement, discussion will concentrate on student engagement, syllabus design, and classroom management. Participants will have an opportu¬nity to begin crafting their own teaching statements and receive feedback from their peers. Organized and led by the program's Placement Officer, Prof. James Wilson.
31 October----Demystifying the Handbook 2: First and Second Exams
This session will include a formal breakdown of the written and oral sections of the first and second exams, insight from professors about what is expected of a student taking the exam, and recommen¬dations from students about how to prepare. The first hour of the event will be devoted to the first exam, and the second hour will be devoted to the second exam. Kate Sidley hosts, with Profs. Marvin Carlson and Judith Milhous.
15 November----Mock-Interview Marathon
This one-day marathon of twenty-minute mock interviews is intended to prepare level-three students as they enter the job market. Specific information will be provided in the early fall. Please note: the marathon takes place on Friday, 15 November. Anyone may attend open interviews and the post-marathon debriefing session.
21 November----Applied Pedagogy: Reflections from the field
CUNY offers a range of teaching opportunities for graduate students in the Theatre Program. This panel presentation and discussion will focus on the cutting-edge methodology and resources used by professors, adjuncts, and graduate teaching fellows in speech, theatre appreciation, acting, and directing classes. Workshop leader to be announced.
8 December----Surviving Graduate School
This session, including a discussion with a representative from the Wellness Center, will be concerned with strategies for dealing with the social and psychological stresses of graduate study, including exam tensions, time management and organizational hurdles, the setting of priorities, and the challenges of thesis preparation and writing. Advanced students and/or recent alumni may be invited to share their experiences and strategies. Kate Sidley hosts.
NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, all events will take place 4:15pm-6:15 p.m., in the Green Room of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre (Room 3111).