Alexandra describes herself as “a Master of Science Graduate with a passion for advanced topics in anatomical education, and a keen interest in cancer care and quality improvement.” After having perused Alexandra’s LinkedIn profile, I can confidently say that these passions are evident in everything she pursues.
Graduate students go through a transformative teaching experience with the blanket exercise
HLTH 101 Social Determinants of Health is a course with more than 700 undergrads enrolled, 17 graduate students who serve as teaching assistants, and Professor Elaine Power, the course instructor. This year, the blanket exercise is proving an important technique in an arsenal of teaching tools to demonstrate how colonialism and racism affect the health of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. As for graduate teaching assistants, facilitating the exercise was a transformative teaching experience.
Prof. Wayne Snedden has been the Graduate Chair for the Biology Department since December 2013. He took this position both because he knows how crucial administrative work is to the functionality of a department and because he wanted to continue the process of improving Biology’s graduate programs. In his role Prof. Snedden works with his team of colleagues on the Biology Department Graduate Committee to develop new cutting-edge programs and courses. Prof. Snedden also shows sensitivity for the learning environment and welfare of graduate students. It is this combination of program development and attention for students that has made Prof. Snedden so successful.
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.
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.
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 Twitterverse. Dalia 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.
“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.
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.
Congratulations to 874 SGS graduates who will receive their Graduate Diplomas, Master’s and PhD degrees at convocation ceremonies!
In November 2015 we introduce our six new Vanier Scholars. Next in this series is Ognen Vangelov, a student in Political Studies whose doctoral research focuses on the problem of “un-democratization.”