October 12, 2016

Upcoming Events, Grant Deadlines and Sick Distinguished Professor Info

Hello and Welcome back! Leaves are falling and by now we have all settled in to the bustle of SAIC. I am excited to be working with our new Dean of Graduate Studies, Arnold Kemp. I encourage you to make sure to introduce yourself and check out his bio., found on our Grad Div. website (www.saic.edu/grad). I am also thrilled to welcome Joanne Kim as our Fourth editor of the Grad Journal — she can be reached at gradjournal@saic.edu if you have comments, requests, feedback, or would like to learn how you can contribute to the Journal. I am taking up a bit of space in this edition to make sure you didn’t miss a few upcoming events, grant deadlines, featured courses, and new opportunities. 



Due to popular demand, the Graduate Division will be hosting several “TA Cafés.” The sessions are designed for current TAs to bring their questions and receive mentoring on relevant classroom issues, and strategies for being an effective TA. The next Café will be Tuesday, October 18 from 4:30-6pm in Sharp 327. It will be a redux of the very well-attended “Diversity in the Classroom” lunch session held a few weeks ago. Christina Gomez, Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion and Professor of Liberal Studies, will lead a conversation on classroom strategies around Trigger Warnings, Macroaggressions, and managing diverse perspectives in the classroom. The final TA Café of the fall semester will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 12-1pm in MacLean 517 and will be an open forum for TAs to bring their questions and receive peer to peer mentoring from experienced TAs. Sign up for either or both by emailing me today (ltomas@artic.edu).



We are thrilled that SAIC is continuing its collaborations with the University of Chicago’s Art, Science and Culture initiative again this year. Graduate Students interested in submitting a collaborative proposal with a scientist from the University of Chicago should visit their website (http://arts.uchicago.edu/artsscience/graduate-collaboration-grants) for more information. The deadline to submit a collaborative proposal is October 21.

The SAIC Travel Grants and World Less Traveled Grants share an application process and are available to fund student travel for both Graduate and Undergraduate Students to do thesis research, attend conferences, travel for exhibitions, and self-initiated study trips (not SAIC Study Trips). Deadline to apply is MIDNIGHT, Monday, October 31.



Graduate students who have been invited by recognized organizations or conferences to present their work may apply for partial travel assistance from the Graduate Dean. There are four deadlines annually: October 1‌, December 1‌, February 1‌, and April 1. No retroactive awards will be made for travel or other expenses. Application can be found here: http://www.saic.edu/media/saic/gfx/academics/graduatedepartment/Grad_Travel_App_Dec15.pdf



This year’s Sick Professor is Ann Hamilton. Ann will be giving the opening lecture for our VAP program on Feb. 7, 2017 and she will be co-teaching a course in Spring semester with Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish titled The Spaces of Reading – object, image, word, event (PERF 3038/WRIT 5500). The course will be Wednesdays from 9-12pm. Students interested in enrolling should apply here: https://saicscholarships.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/32503 by October 21, 2016.


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