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GSA’s First General Meeting

September 7, 2014

On Tuesday September 9th, GSA is having its first general meeting.  Any A&H grad student is welcome to attend.

Graduate Student Mixer!

August 19, 2014

GSA is hosting a graduate student mixer

Thursday August 28th 6-8:30 pm

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

1101 N. Central Expressway

Plano, Tx. 75075


Appetizers will be provided by GSA



RAW 2015 CFP coming Soon!

August 12, 2014

Be sure to keep checking GSA’s website for the new CFP!

Election Results

August 12, 2014

GSA Officers 2014:

President: Jacob Crawford

Vice-President: Poe Johnson

Secretary: Jessica Braccio

Membership: Teri Campbell


Member-At-Large: Elizabeth Ranieri

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charissa Terranova

How to Present at a Conference

March 7, 2013

If you want to improve your conference presentations, or if the upcoming RAW conference is your first opportunity to present your work to your colleagues, you may want to check out the links below.

The Art of the Conference Paper at Inside Higher Ed

Preparing for Conference Presentations: advice from Fernando Delgado, 2003 program planner for NCA’s Critical and Cultural Studies Division.

Presenting Conference Papers in the Humanities by Claremont Graduate University

In addition, if you have a copy of Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Chicago Style/Turabian Manual), the 7th edition has, in addition to a wealth of other materials, a spectacular chapter on presenting your ideas (chapter 13). This chapter is one of the best I’ve read on presenting at a conference.

Even if you normally use another citation style, the Turabian 7th edition is truly an excellent resource for writing academic papers. The UT Dallas McDermott Library has two copies of this book available at the reference desk. You can also buy used copies very inexpensively, or a Kindle edition (currently less than $5).

-Sara Keeth

Writing the CV and other job search materials

March 6, 2013

The University of Pennsylvania has a free website offering detailed advice on writing the CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy, and other job search materials.

The same site has a section on job search techniques:

as well as career planning resources:

This is a deep site, with a lot of updated resources, and it is currently free for anyone to access (many similar sites are behind paywalls). Recommended.


CFP- St. Paul University in Minnesota

March 5, 2013

CFP- St. Paul University in Minnesota


The UST English Graduate Program will hold its annual conference on FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013. While papers addressing any aspect of literature and culture will be considered, the graduate program particularly welcomes proposals for papers exploring the topic of “Shifting Emphases and Changes in the Discipline.”

Twenty years ago when the program began, its focus was on British and American literature in historical context. Although new historicism is still a vibrant field, literary studies has expanded in many different directions, creating room for hybrid genres (e.g. historical fiction, creative non-fiction), new applications of theory, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic literatures, cultural studies, world literature, and film.
How have new approaches affected studying, teaching, and writing about literature? What effects, intended and otherwise, has expansion of the canon produced? What contributions have been made to the discipline by evolving subspecialties like rhetoric and writing pedagogy? How have theoretical approaches changed(from “feminism” to “feminisms,” for example)? What has been the impact of interdisciplinary study?What role has the increased use of technology played in research and teaching? This conference will call for papers that deal with aspects of the dynamic field of English studies and new approaches to literary artistry.

We invite writers to submit papers that focus on these themes in their broad contexts. We encourage analyses of literary, cultural, cinematic, or other texts that explore themes concerning “changes in the discipline” in its political, pedagogical, psychological, social, economic, or philosophical contexts.

E-mail two-page (maximum) proposals for individual presentations or for panels of three to Catherine Craft-Fairchild ( by Friday, 22 March 2013. Final papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) to present.


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