Fall 2021 - EDUC 927 G001

Doctoral Seminar A (3)

Class Number: 1441

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    1:30 PM – 5:50 PM
    HCC 2290, Vancouver

    1:30 PM – 5:50 PM
    HCC 2290, Vancouver

    1:30 PM – 5:50 PM
    HCC 2290, Vancouver

    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    HCC 2290, Vancouver



The Doctoral Seminar A initiates students in the development of an ongoing writing portfolio, writing SSHRC applications, ethics protocols and theses proposals. This provides a forum for second year students to present their theses proposals. Portfolios will be presented during the term. This course is graded on an in progress/complete basis.


The LCL Doctoral Seminar provides a scholarly home for students enrolled in the Languages, Cultures and Literacies Ph.D. program. We address topics and issues of interest to students, with the goals to support your academic growth and progress in your doctoral studies, create a scholarly community and navigate academic cultures. Activities are oriented to developing the academic CV and typically includes guest speakers, strategies for scholarships and grant writing, tips for writing conference proposals and participation, navigating research ethics and approaches to doing research on unceded territories, cultivating a reading-writing practice, and other issues according to student need and interest.  The seminar is also a setting for students to present their comprehensive exam orals and benefit from feedback from colleagues.

*This is a 3-credit required course graded on a PASS/FAIL format that meets in both Fall and Spring terms; students must attend in both terms, and students enrolled in LCL must enroll in both 927 and 928 during their Doctoral studies.

Meeting Dates: Fall 2021

Thursdays, 1 pm – 5:50 PST [online in Fall 2021, status in Spring 2022 still to be decided]

Location: Remote with options for F2F meetings in an outdoor venue

Office hours: Please email me to arrange a convenient time.


  • To provide a scholarly community during students’ doctoral studies;
  • To provide a context for and orientation to the response-abilities of researchers living on unceded territories;
  • To support and mentor students in academic cultures in the Faculty and University;
  • To provide a scholarly venue for the development of academic writing oriented to academic progress and advancement, including grant writing, conference proposals, the preparation of scholarship applications and so on;
  • To encourage and mentor participation in academic activities.

Note: Pro-tem supervisors are primarily responsible for supporting grant applications and ethical protocols and the goals of this course are to support and not supplant this role.


  • Participation 10%
  • Academic activity/event participation:Oral Presentation: December 2021 and March 2022; Written presentation: April 2022 30%
  • Portfolio of academic writing: Due December 14, 2021 30%
  • Portfolio of academic writing 2: Due April 2022 (date to be determined closer to the time) 30%



Access to a computer with an Internet connection configured for Zoom conference streaming.


There are no required textbooks for this course. Articles and course resources will be posted on the course Canvas site at least a week before the course start.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.