During the last round of bargaining, the TSSU fought for (and won!) some major improvements which have helped to enforce the priority system used to hire TAs and TMs. This has ultimately lead to an increase in the number of… Read moreContract Wins: $1.4 million/year now going towards graduate students
This post is the first in a mini-blog series that I’ll be writing, which will focus on some of the great things that are happening because of new contract language won during the last round of bargaining in 2015. The… Read moreContract Wins: Sessional Instructors Gain More Job Security
In university classrooms, it is easy for instructors of authority to focus on performing teacher-centred roles. The consequence of this is that the instructors will lose many opportunities to support the students to develop knowledge and skills required by the… Read moreStudent-Centred Teaching Practice
Language Training Institute, which is a department that offers language courses at Simon Fraser University, requires the Japanese TAs to integrate Canvas technology into Japanese teaching practices. One of the foci of the Japanese class is fostering a socially interactive… Read moreTechnology Use in the Classroom
By Christine Pan In university classrooms, it is easy for instructors of authority to focus on performing teacher-centred roles. The consequence of this is that the instructors will lose many opportunities to support the students to develop knowledge and skills… Read moreStudent-Centred Teaching Practices
As a good number of us would have discovered, grad school is not a place where one makes money. Add the rising cost of living in the Lower Mainland to stagnating income and you will arrive at the perfect fusion… Read moreMoney Talk: Financial lessons to master while in grad school
Today’s post about a topic that is not talked about very much in academia- how we deal with grief and the stigma that surrounds taking time off for personal reasons. I want to preface this post saying that I will… Read moreDealing with Grief in Academia
I am hoping to spark questions and help avoid common pitfalls by offering a glimpse into the graduate school experience through the perspectives of one student and of course providing some unsolicited advice in the guise of anecdotes for your… Read moreWhy Do You Want to Go To Graduate School?
From my interaction with those outside of academia and even undergraduates, it is clear that the prevailing view regarding graduate studies is somewhat romanticized. This image is a byproduct of hearsay from acquaintances and things seen through popular media outlets/television…. Read moreWhat Are Your Expectations For Graduate School?
Many grad students at SFU are often interested in getting teaching experience during or after their degree. But how do you get ahead of all the other grad students looking for teaching opportunities, when we have all had essentially the… Read moreTraining Opportunity: The Instructional Skills Workshop