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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. If you are interested in sharing your research, please contact us via email with a brief description of your presentation focus. Each presenter will have approximately  20-25 minutes to share their work and then we will open up the session for questions and feedback. We plan to schedule sessions every 3 weeks this term via Zoom. Please consider yourself invited to join these informal research conversations. 

IRS Spring 2022 Schedule
Date: Friday, January 28 (upcoming)              Time: 1 - 2 pm             via Zoom

Date: Thursday, February 17                               Time: 7 - 8 pm             via Zoom
Subsequent times:  To Be Announced

Facilitators: Dr. Inna Stepaniuk (Faculty of Education) and Michael Maser (PhD Candidate)
Email contact: Dr. Inna Stepaniuk (; Michael Maser (

Click here to read the introduction to the upcoming presentation by Jacqueline Allan on Jan. 28.

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 this academic year, the focus of the retreats will be Making Research Visible, and we will offer two types of workshops at different sessions.

Targeted Writing Workshops offer a variety of writing strategies, an opportunity to work on your own writing and receive feedback from peers in a supportive space.

Faculty Writing Talks host invited current and retired faculty members to share their experience and insights about academic writing and publishing, followed by Q&A and space to work on individual projects alongside your peers.

To accommodate the different work/life schedules of our grad students, we offer three writing retreats every month: one Wednesday afternoon, one Wednesday evening, and one Saturday. 

Upcoming Virtual Writing Retreat
Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, PT
Workshop: Introduction to the Office of the Ombudsperson (12:30-1:00) and Individual Consultation (1:00-2:00)
Laura Reid
Retreat Facilitator:
 Tania Bakas

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm     Social Check-In
An opportunity to meet, mingle (virtually) and catch up with fellow graduate students and faculty.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm   Presentation by the Office of the Ombudsperson
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Individual Consultations and Questions

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm    Goal Setting and Dedicated Writing
Participants have a chance to set a goal for the next few hours of writing time, and 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 2:30 pm.

2:30 pm – 2:45 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!

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm     Dedicated Writing Time
Back to the grind – individual writing time.

3:45 pm – 4:00 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.

Virtual Space: ZOOM
Click on the zoom link here; it will allow you to join the meeting.

We hope to see you at upcoming writing retreats!

Fall 2021 Virtual Writing Retreat Schedule

* Fall Writing Retreat Schedule & Registration Links .pdf
Please download the Fall 2021 Virtual Writing Retreat Schedule.

Past Retreats

  • Faculty Writing Talk with Dr. Kristiina Kumpulainen
    Presenter: Dr. Kristiina Kumpulainen
    Interviewer: Kari Gustafson & Retreat Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz

    January 19, 2022
  • Faculty Writing Talk with Dr. Carolyn Mamchur
    Presenter: Dr. Carolyn Mamchur
    Interviewer: Kari Gustafson & Retreat Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz

    December 15, 2021
  • Faculty Writing Talk with Dr. David Kaufman
    Presenter: Dr. David Kaufman
    Interviewer: Kari Gustafson & Retreat Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz
    December 4, 2021
  • Zotero Workshop with Melissa Smith
    Presenter: Melissa Smith
    Retreat Facilitator: Tania Bakas
    November 24, 2021
  • Faculty Writing Talk with Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee and Q&A
    Presenter: Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee
    Interviewer: Kari Gustafson & Retreat Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz
    November 17, 2021
  • Faculty Writing Talk with Dr. Yumiko Murai and Q&A
    Presenter: Dr. Yumiko Murai
    Interviewer: Kari Gustafson & Retreat Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz
    November 6, 2021
  • Thesis Template Workshop
    Presenters: Anise Ladha & Catherine Louie, SFU Library
    Retreat Facilitator: Tania Bakas
    October 27, 2021
  • Introduction to Library Resources
    Presenter: Melissa Smith
    Retreat Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz
    October 20, 2021
  • Faculty Writing Talk with Dr. Cher Hill and Q&A
    Presenter: Dr. Cher Hill
    Interviewer: Kari Gustafson & Retreat Facilitator: Daniel Ferraz
    October 2, 2021
  • Workshop: Well-being for Grad Students
    Presenter: Eleonora Joensuu
    Retreat Facilitator: Kari Gustafson

    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 or Daniel Ferraz 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!

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