Student Webinar Series

Students have expressed a need for more guidance about how to navigate both academic and non-academic career paths. To help address this need, the Canadian Sociological Association’s Student Concerns Subcommittee has organized a professional development webinar series for students.  Each webinar will feature a guest speaker, either an academic or practitioner, and will focus on a different aspect of professional development.

Professional development is integral to strengthening students’ transferable skills and their understanding of how the core competencies of the discipline can be used in both academic and non-academic settings.  Students enter graduate programs with varying levels of information and awareness of the importance of such knowledge, and access to professional development resources also varies by institution, department, and individual supervisors.  Discipline-specific information and perspectives from sociologists at different institutions/in different settings may provide new and valuable insights for all students.

At the beginning of the academic year, the SCS surveyed student members about their interest in a professional development webinar series and the topics they would like to see addressed.  Based on the survey results (and the availability of guest speakers), we have organized five webinars that will run through Winter 2020.  Each webinar will focus on a different aspect of professional development, as determined by host specialty/availability and student interest.  Details about our winter lineup can be found below.  These webinars are meant to be interactive, so they will feature both a presentation from the guest speaker as well as an open Q&A period.

Registration for the webinar series NOW OPEN

Please contact the Student Concerns Subcommittee for more information.

Webinar Series Tentative Schedule

Additional details will be posted once finalized.

Webinar #1: Click for details

Date: January 15, 2020 at 2:00pm ET
Topic: Writing a Successful Conference Abstract: Practical Tips to Getting Your Abstract Accepted
Guest: Dr. Kate Butler, Child Rights & Child Protection Advisor at Save the Children Canada
Access Recording: Pending

Webinar #2: Click for details

Date: February 12, 2020 at 2:00pm ET
Topic: From draft to article: The process of publishing in an academic journal
Guest: Dr. Patrick Denice, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario

Webinar #3: Click for details

Date: March 11, 2020 at 2:00pm ET
Topic: Casting the Net Wide: Exploring Careers other than Faculty Positions
Guest: Dr. Laura Bisaillon, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough

Webinar #4: Click for details

Date: April 8, 2020 at 2:00pm ET
Topic: Converting Your CV to a Resume
Guest: Brittany Etmanski, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo

Webinar #5: Click for details

Date: May 6, 2020 at 2:00pm ET
Topic: Conference Preparation and Presentations
Guest: Dr. Mervyn Horgan, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Guelph