A Message from the CSS Grad Student Cacus

With our 2019 conference just around the corner, I wanted to reach out to introduce myself, announce some of our GSC programming at Ryerson, and take care of some administrative tasks in advance of our Annual General Meeting on Friday, July 26th at 1pm.

First things first: My name is Biz Nijdam, and I recently stepped into the role of GSC President. I’ve been on the GSC Executive Committee since 2014 and am honored to follow in the footsteps of former president Joshua Abraham Kopin in leading the GSC as we continue to establish our long-term goals. In particular, I am excited to collaborate with the other officers on GSC’s Executive Committee, Adrienne ReshaSafiyya HoseinHanah StiversonAlex Lampp Berglund and Jeremy M. Carnes, to continue our work supporting graduate students, contingent faculty and postdoctoral fellows in professional development and job market preparation over the course of the next academic year.

To this end, the GSC has organized several events to take place at CSS 2019:

On Thursday, July 25th (8:30am to 9:45am), we will host our second Job Market Clinic, which will take the form of an open conversation between GSC members and tenure-track and tenured faculty. This event is intended to give graduate students, contingent faculty and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to ask questions about the job market process and discuss their job market documents (CVs, Cover Letters, Teaching and Research Statements) with faculty with search committee experience. Anyone contemplating the job market is encouraged to participate. Please see the flier below for more details.

Also on Thursday, July 25th (11:30am to 12:45pm), Hanah Stiverson will moderate the GSC-sponsored roundtable “Best Practices in Comics Scholarly Publishing”. With publishing being such an important part of securing a tenure-track position in today’s academic job market, the GSC is dedicated to helping foster the skills necessary for graduate students and contingent faculty to attain publishing success. This roundtable will feature comics scholars with specific expertise in different types of academic publishing in the field of comics studies and beyond. Each presenter will speak to one topic for 6 minutes, offering best practices and an informational handout, before we open the floor for questions.

In conjunction with this roundtable, the GSC is organizing an Academic Mentorship Program. This program will create opportunities for motivated graduate students, postdocs and contingent faculty to connect with established scholars in the field of comics studies. After sharing one piece of writing with their mentor, mentor and mentee will meet once over the course of the conference to discuss turning the project into a journal article or book chapter. Please see the flier below for more information.

Lastly, below you will find the recently redrafted Constitution of the Graduate Student Caucus, which we will be voting on in Toronto in July. Please review this document in advance of our Annual General Meeting on Friday, July 26th at 1pm in order to prepare for any discussion that may occur.

On behalf of all of us on the GSC Executive Committee, I would like to wish those of you who can make it safe travels to Canada! We look forward to seeing you all in Toronto! And please keep an eye on the GSC Website over the next 6 weeks, as we will be posting more event information, introductions to our new officers, and helpful tips on exploring the city of Toronto!

Sincerely,

Biz
GSC President

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