February 5, 2016

An update from the Graduate Division

Hello and welcome back! Spring semester always promises to be chock full of interesting events and I wanted to make sure you were aware of a few of them.

First, SAIC has a search for the permanent Dean of Graduate Studies well underway. The candidates will be coming to campus in March, and each candidate will give a presentation to the community as part of their visit. Please mark your calendars and try to attend as many of these presentations as you can. All talks will happen at 4:15 in MacLean 1307 on the following dates: March 10, 11, and 17. If you do attend, I would love to hear your thoughts and perspectives on the candidates.

New this semester for TAs will be two “TA Cafés.” Together with the Career + Co-op Office, the Graduate Deans office will be hosting these noon-time sessions—lunch included! The sessions are designed for current TAs to bring their questions and receive mentoring on issues of interest, challenges in the classroom, and strategies for being an effective TA. One session will host Christina Gomez, Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion and Professor of Liberal Studies, and will focus on classroom strategies and diversity. The other will be an open forum for TAs to bring their questions and receive peer-to-peer mentoring. Look out for more information from Career + Co-op on how to sign up.

Ongoing initiatives include SAIC’s collaborations with the University of Chicago’s Art, Science and Culture initiative. This year, three SAIC grads received grants to collaborate with scientists from U of C. (More information can be found here: http://arts.uchicago.edu/artsscience/graduate-collaboration-grants). SAIC’s Shapiro Center is also participating in a collaboration with the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago titled “Field Trip/Field Notes/Field Guide.” This program brings together alumni from all three institutions to organize interdisciplinary trips around the city of Chicago. These trips will be later used as impetus for a publication. (More information about this can be found here: http://arts.uchicago.edu/arts-science-culture-initiative/field-trip-field-notes-field-guide).

As always, I welcome your thoughts any of the above and I would love to see what you’re up to in the studio or in your practice – invite me to your studio or to share your research over coffee.

Have a great semester!

Lynn Tomaszewski

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies