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Featured Graduate Coordinator - Dr Allison Sherman, Art History

Dr. Allison Sherman, Art History, is one of two 2015 Featured Graduate Coordinators at Queen’s. The Featured Graduate Coordinator is an initiative to provide support and encourage good practices, especially for those faculty members new to the role of Graduate Coordinator. I sat down with Dr. Sherman to discuss her tips for excelling as a Graduate Coordinator.

Dr. Sherman tells me that as a relatively new PhD and adjunct professor, she was initially daunted by the role, but she quickly found that her recent experience as a graduate student was actually an asset in understanding the challenges and anxieties students face, before and after graduation.

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Allan English and Hossam Hassanein receive Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Two professors are being recognized by the School of Graduate Studies for their excellence in supervision and mentorship. Hossam Hassanein and Allan English are the 2015 recipients of the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. The award recognizes outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising and mentoring graduate students through their training.

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Dalia Thamin - A Journalist-Researcher Takes on #Activism

Like anything that’s global and just about ubiquitous, social media is a mixed bag; yes, there are a lot of cat pictures and hashtags about caffeine (who among us doesn’t sometimes #NeedMyVenti?), but it’s undeniable that there’s also an energetic, ongoing, and public conversation about civic issues in the TwitterverseDalia Thamin, a Cultural Studies MA student, is studying just that. Thamin, who worked in radio and TV journalism in Canada and the Middle East for 14 years, is applying her experience in broadcast to examine how marginalized groups are using Twitter activism to talk back to mainstream media. 

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: SGPS Career Event

“I’ve spent plenty of time compiling my digital portfolio with CVs and references,” says Nicole, MSc student in Health Science, “but it is a photo that will be the first thing my potential boss will see when they download my profile, right? That is why I am here.”

I met Nicole in a line for free professional headshots, which had been organized by the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) in their SGPS Professional Makeover Week. This October SGPS offered three special events to help students prepare for conferences, networking events, and job interviews. In addition to headshot session, students could take part in special women’s and men’s tailoring events to find out how to look sharp and professional. For that purpose, SGPS invited business partners Chris James Kingston and Eph Apparel to provide one-on-one services with rack professional items.

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Dr. Sana Tibi - A second PhD to research dyslexia

Dr. Sana Tibi wants to help students with dyslexia have a better educational experience. As soon as I sit down with her, she tells me about UNESCO-partner Dyslexia International’s free, on-demand course that is “designed specifically to address dyslexia in the classroom, and is recognized by experts as a leading program for teaching literacy to learners of all abilities.” Dr. Tibi wants every Education student at Queen’s to know about dyslexia and the tools for teaching students with dyslexia. 

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