Workshops and Events at Research Hub

Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (IRS)

Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (IRS) support the sharing and exploration of all kinds of research among graduate students and faculty in the Faculty of Education. It is a safe, informal, collaborative space for graduate students and faculty across programs to share their work in progress or newly finished and receive feedback from peers and colleagues. To situate discussions, students and faculty are encouraged to sign up for a time slot to present throughout a semester. If you are interested in sharing your research, please contact us via email with a brief description and a suggested date when you would like to present. Each presenter will have up to 20 minutes to share their work and then a group will have 40 minutes to discuss and provide feedback. Participants meet twice a month via Zoom platform. Please consider yourself invited to join these informal research conversations. When you register you will be added to our contact list and notified of upcoming sessions.

In addition, we invite graduate students and faculty to join the “Research Matters” on Canvas, a community online space to share resources, questions, and answers. Please contact us if you would like to be invited to this online community. 

IRS Fall 2021 Schedule
Date: Wednesday, September 29      Time: 5 - 6 pm             Virtual space: Zoom
Date: Friday, October 15                     Time: 1 - 2 pm             Virtual space: Zoom
Date: Friday, October 29                     Time: 1 - 2 pm              Virtual space: Zoom
Date: Friday, November 12                Time: 1 - 2 pm              Location: TBD (considering in-person)
Date: Friday, November 26                Time: 1 - 2 pm               Virtual space: Zoom
Date: Friday, December 10                Time: 1 - 2 pm               Virtual space: Zoom
                                                                  * Pacific Time

Upcoming IRS Webinar
Date: Friday, October 29                     Time: 1 - 2 pm               Virtual space: Zoom

Dr. Inna Stepaniuk (Faculty of Education) and Michael Maser (PhD Candidate)
Contact us via email to Dr. Inna Stepaniuk ( or Michael Maser (

Please RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting link and password, which will be emailed to participants before the event.

Writing Retreats 

Come write with us! The Research Hub’s Signature Writing Retreats are a dedicated space for writing and learning for grads at different stages of their research journey. For Fall 2021, the focus of the retreats will be Making Research Visible, and we will offer two types of workshops at different sessions.

Targeted Writing Workshops are where you will learn a variety of writing strategies, have the opportunity to practice writing, and get feedback from your peers.

Faculty Writing Talks are where you can ask questions and learn from invited current and retired faculty members, who will share their experience and insights about academic writing and publishing.

To accomodate different life and work of students, we offer three writing retreats every month: one Wednesday afternoon, one Wednesday evening, and one Saturday.

Upcoming Virtual Writing Retreat
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, PT
Targeted Writing Workshop: Introduction to Library Resources
Presenter: Melissa Smith
Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm    Social Check-In
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm  Workshop: Introduction to Library Resources
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm    Goal Setting
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm    Dedicated Writing Time
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm    (Optional) Break Time (Breakout Room)
7:45 pm - 8:45 pm    Dedicated Writing Time
8:45 pm - 9:00 pm    Goal Check-in and Wrap Up

Virtual Space: ZOOM
Please RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting link and password, which will be emailed to you one day prior to the event. You can use the registration link to indicate which session(s) you plan to participate. All the retreats in this term are listed below under the heading "Fall 2021 Virtual Writing Retreat Schedule".

We hope to see you at upcoming writing retreats!

Retreat Schedule

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm   Social Check-In
An opportunity to meet, mingle (virtually) and catch up with fellow graduate students and faculty.

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm   Writing Workshop with Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith from the library will give an introduction to the SFU Library resources.

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm  Goal Setting
Participants have a chance to set a goal for the next few hours of writing time. This helps us focus and keep each other accountable so that we can make the most of our writing time together!

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm  Dedicated Writing Time
Quiet time to focus on individual work – we all stay on zoom (muted) while working on our respective research projects and reconnect for a check-in at 7:30 pm.

7:30 pm - 7:45 pm  (Optional) Break Time (Breakout Room)
Need a stretch/coffee break, a few minutes to take a breather and connect with your workshop mates? We open a breakout room for folks to join and take a little break. But if you’re on a roll and want to keep working, that’s great too!

7:45 pm - 8:45 pm  Dedicated Writing Time
Back to the grind – individual writing time.

8:45 pm - 9:00 pm  Goal Check-in and Wrap Up
Good work! We all reconvene and do a quick check-in to see how everyone’s work went and wrap up the session until next time.

Fall 2021 Virtual Writing Retreat Schedule

* Fall 2021 Writing Retreat Schedule.pdf
Please download the Fall 2021 Virtual Writing Retreat Schedule below.

Past Retreats

  • Faculty Talk with Dr. Cher Hill and Q&A
    Presenter: Dr. Cher Hill
    Interviewer: Kari Gustafson & Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz
    October 2, 2021
  • Workshop: Well-being for Grad Students
    Presenter: Eleonora Joensuu
    September 22, 2021
  • Workshop: Dedicated Writing (optional peer-to-peer feedback)
    Facilitators: Kari Gustafson & Daniel Ferraz
    July 28, 2021
  • APA Community Knowledge Share
    Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz
    July 10, 2021
  • Introduction to the SFU Thesis Template
    Presenters: Catherine Louie & Anise Ladha
    June 16, 2021
  • Communicating your research: The 5Ws (Recording)
    Presenter: Lee Beavington
    June 12, 2021
  • Database searching & using keywords
    Presenter: Melissa Smith
    May 26, 2021
  • Introduction to Zotero citation management tool
    Presenter: Melissa Smith
    May 12, 2021
  • Knowledge mobilization: Getting your research out there
    Presenter: Dr. Lupin Battersby
    April 14, 2021
  • Research ethics: A brief introduction
    Presenter: Samantha Roper
    March 17, 2021
  • Research methodology: What makes a good research question?
    Presenter: Dr. Nathalie Sinclair
    February 17, 2021
  • Chats: Why are keywords important when searching through a database?
    Facilitator: Melissa Smith
    February 3, 2021
  • Moving from an empirical to conceptual thesis
    Presenters: Dr. Michelle Pidgeon and Dr. Özlem Sensoy
    January 20, 2021
  • Critical reading for graduate research
    Presenter: Robyn Long
    October 7, 2020
  • Developing a conceptual framework
    Presenter: Vanja Zdjelar
    February 26, 2020
  • Writing fuel: Creating a plan to get your writing projects done
    Presenter: Jackie Amsden
    January 29, 2020
  • What is your research questions?
    Presenter: Jackie Barreiro
    November 27, 2019
  • Developing a conceptual framework for your research
    Presenter: Robyn Long
    October 30, 2019
  • Enhancing your academic writing in graduate studies
    Presenter: Robyn Long
    September 25, 2019

If you have any questions or feedback about the writing retreats, please address them to Kari Gustafson or Tania Bakas at

Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) Club

The Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) club is about discussion, dialogue and exchange of ideas on explorations in Education with posthumanist/new materialist scholarships.  We are two PhD students, Magali Forte and Jacky Barreiro, who are interested in tackling this idea with others.

Please subscribe to the RTD mail list (search for rtd-club) to receive the video conference link for this online discussion.

We are thrilled to invite you for a meeting on Wednesday, October 27th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Vancouver time) for our next online RTD club meeting. The topic will be "Immanence, Transcendence: What the heck?" As per usual, we will send a list of suggested readings, a Zoom invitation and a reminder closer to the date of the meeting.

Welcome to join us!

No Registration Required. Drop in.
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