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Graduate/Professional Development


Students will each be assigned a mentor at the beginning of her/his first year of coursework. By the end of that first year, in consultation with the Director, each student should select an advisor (which may be someone else than the first-year mentor) with the expectation that the advisor will become at least a member of the student's comprehensive examination committee and perhaps also a member of the student's dissertation committee.

Pedagogical Training

Prior to the first term of a GSIship, students will participate in the New GSI Teaching Orientation organized by CRLT. They also will participate in two workshops organized by the Department of Film, Television, and Media: one to be held shortly after the CRLT Orientation and the other at the midpoint of the term that they first act as GSIs. The first workshop will consider pedagogical issues specific to the Department of Film, Television, and Media and involve a variety of informative exercises. The second will have the new GSIs meet with several faculty and experienced GSIs to address issues and questions that have arisen in their courses.

Additional Information

In addition to completing FTVM and cognate coursework, students are required to devote substantial time to professional development activities and research projects. The program requires each student to present independent research at either department colloquia or national conferences. Students are also expected to teach for at least four [six/] terms at the college level (as a GSI ).