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For uWaterloo Philosophy grad students

Graduate Studies Office Forms

Recent books and papers

There is now a display in the Reading Room of recent books and article publications by members of the Philosophy Department. Check it out, and if you want to add a paper of yours just give a copy with a note to the graduate officer.

Placement

If you are planning to apply for jobs or post-docs during any given academic year, please let the graduate officer know in September, or as early as possible after that.

Email

We’ll be using your uwaterloo email in our emails and lists, so please ensure that you read email sent to that address one way or another.

Scholarship list from uWaterloo grad studies office

Here is the GSO page for internal and external funding opportunities. If you’d like to apply or have questions, talk to Debbie Dietrich.

Colloquia

  • It is expected that graduate students will regularly attend department colloquia; these are generally Fridays from 2:30-4:30p.m.
  • For those of you who are new to the program, after talks by local speakers everybody is welcome to come out for drinks (usually at the Grad House) and after talks by visitors a small group of faculty and grad students takes the speaker out for dinner (see “Colloquia Dinners,” below).
  • You can find out about upcoming events on the department’s events page.

Colloquia Dinners: The post-talk dinners are a great opportunity for grad students to meet philosophers from other departments and to talk philosophy.

  • To encourage more grad students to attend, the department will subsidize the cost of dinners for grad students. The department will cover up to $30 per grad student per meal, subject to the University’s accounting rules (most notably: alcohol is not covered; you are allowed to order alcohol, but you will have to pay for it yourself).
  • If you would like to come to dinner, let the Department's colloquium director know by the end of the day on the Wednesday before the talk. There will be a maximum number of grad student spaces per dinner; in the event that more people want to attend than there are spaces, the Department's colloquium director will decide who will attend and notify everybody. In practice, this will likely mean that everybody will get to attend at most one dinner this year. (However, if you are interested in attending, it is always a good idea to let the Department's colloquium director know and also to tell them if you would prefer to attend a dinner later in the term.)

Centre for Teaching Excellence

  • The university's Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) provides workshops, microteaching modules, classroom observations and other sessions that help prepare graduate students for their teaching roles.
  • There is more information on teaching preparation in section D of Policy and Procedures for current graduate students.
  • Graduate students who have taken full advantage of these opportunities have subsequently reported that they had more confidence in their role as TAs and instructors and felt better prepared for university teaching.
  • Graduate Student Teaching Awards are awarded annually for excellence in teaching and teaching assistantship.

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Post-Docs in Philosophy in Canada