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Dear friends and colleagues,

Happy Monday We trust you all had a relaxing and enjoyable break, and that you are ready to start the Spring semester. EGSA has a lot of great events planned for this academic semester and we look forward to having you join us. 

This Week:

Mentor-Mentee Welcome Back Luncheon
We will be hosting a Welcome Back Luncheon for mentees and mentors on January 15th from 12:30-2:00pm in Decio 235. Stop in for a chance to catch up with your mentee or mentor, enjoy some delicious food, and hear about the events EGSA has planned for this Spring, including our annual Symposium. If you are unable to attend, please email Vice Presidents Shela Raman McCabe ( and Trish Bredar (
A Night Out at Fiddler's Hearth
Next Week:

Abstract Workshop

As you all know, soon we will have our 2020 English Graduate Research Symposium! In an effort to make the abstract submission process as stress-free as possible, this year our wonderful EGSA Board Officers have agreed to participate in abstract workshops where we will be offering help in brainstorming and drafting abstracts. Feel free to drop by the English Department either on Wednesday, Jan. 22nd between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, or Friday, Jan. 24th between 3:00pm and 5:00pm

Approaching Deadlines:

Workshop Series: Teaching Literature

EGSA is excited to announce a new offering for next semester: a six-part workshop series on teaching literature, featuring six Notre Dame English faculty and six experienced graduate student or postdoc facilitators. The series is designed to help graduate students develop strategies for designing and teaching undergraduate literature courses. We’ll focus on preparing you to teach nonmajors in Notre Dame’s 20xxx-level course, but we’ll also help you think broadly about approaching literature courses in a variety of contexts. We’ll spend the first half of each session in conversation with a faculty member and the second half discussing, creating, and workshopping materials for our own courses. Come with a course in mind: whether it’s fully developed or just an idea, you’ll leave with new strategies and materials for a class you’d like to design and teach.  

All sessions will take place on Fridays from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Decio 235. You’ll find a complete schedule of workshops below, and you can see the description of each workshop on EGSA’s website. Attend all of the sessions or just drop in as you see fit. But please register here  by WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15th to let us know when to expect you. We look forward to seeing you there!

January 24: Narrative Arc, with Francisco Robles

January 31: Learning Goals, with Mark Sanders

February 14: Assignment Design, with Ian Newman

February 21: Assessment and Evaluation, with Kate Marshall

March 20: Facilitating Discussion, with Susan Harris

March 27: Teaching Close Reading, with Laura Knoppers

Workshop Series Registration
We are pleased to announce that we are officially opening the CFP for EGSA’s 2020 Graduate Student Symposium, which will take place on February, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of 2020

  • Keynote Address 
  • Creative Writing panel 
  • Propose your own panel!
  • Abstract Workshop (in preparation for the symposium)
The Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to receive feedback from peers and faculty in the English Department as you prepare your work for other conferences or journal submissions. It is also a wonderful chance to learn what those outside your main area of research are working on.
We are excited to announce that, this year, we are changing the dynamic of the Symposium to make it bigger and better! We will be having a wonderful keynote address by Chanté Mouton Kinyon. We will also have at least one panel focused solely on Creative Writing, so we hope to see multiple submissions from our MFAs in creative writing! 

In addition, our CFP will look a little different as this year we are allowing panel proposals. If there’s a topic you particularly want to see being discussed in this year’s Symposium, and you have identified students who share your same research interest across periods/areas of studies, we encourage you to organize and propose a themed panel along with your peers. This is a great opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations! We will be selecting two student-created themed panels, one for each day of the Symposium. In your proposal, you must list at least 3 participants (including who will be chairing, if the chair is also presenting a paper) and the information regarding their respective papers (title and abstract for each one).

IMPORTANT: The CFP portals will be open until SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th at 11:59pm. We will not be accepting abstracts after this date, to allow for a better and smoother organization of our Symposium.

If you are submitting an individual presentation, please access the following portal: 
Individual Presentation Proposals
If you are submitting a themed panel, please access the following portal: 
Graduate Student Panel Proposals
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our President, Laura Ortiz Mercado (lortizme@nd.ed), or reach out to any of our EGSA Board Officers.
Upcoming Events:

Exam Workshop
Every year, EGSA sponsors a panel on comprehensive exams for students beginning exam reading. The panel will feature advanced graduate students who will talk about their experiences with exams and answer any questions you have about the process. If you're interested in attending the panel, please take a moment in the next few days to fill out this doodle poll with your availability. And if there are particular topics you'd like the panel to cover, shoot an email to Professional Development Chair Emily Donahoe at
New Learning Community:

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom 
Next semester, the Kaneb Center is sponsoring a learning community for graduate students and postdocs who would like to participate in "Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom," a massive open online course offered through Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Innovation.  The community will be facilitated by Emily Donahoe and Dominique Vargas. 

From the  course website: “U.S.-based and higher education-centered, this is a five-week, instructor-paced course that offers an inclusive teaching framework with multiple entry points for reflection and exploration of the research on learning and diversity. Anchored in the lived experiences of students and faculty, including yours, we invite you to explore strategies for inclusive course design, student-centered pedagogical practices, facilitating learning across difference, and change efforts that support student engagement, achievement, and belongingness. Come with a course of your own in mind, and design for inclusion as you make your way through Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom.” 

The five-week course will run from February 17 to March 23, 2020. Our learning community will meet for an hour a week to discuss the self-paced weekly course material, reflect on our experiences, and draw on strategies for our own teaching practices. If you’re interested in joining the learning community, fill out the  interest form linked here. Meeting dates, times, and locations will be announced in January. 
We want to hear from you!
Do you have any announcements or messages you would like to share with all of us? Send our President, Laura Ortiz Mercado (, a quick email so we can feature your announcement in our next newsletter.  
Also, don't forget to visit our website! Here you will find information about our goals and even a copy of our constitution, keep up-to-date with our events by following our Google Calendar, find incredibly useful links and resources shared by our different chairs, and more!
EGSA Website
Those are all our announcements for now. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out to us any time. Follow us on Facebook too, where we will be posting updates and pictures of our activities. 

We hope to see you in all our events! 

The English Graduate Student Association Board
President: Laura M. Ortiz Mercado
Vice-President: Trish Bredar
Vice-President: Shela Raman McCabe
Treasurer: Dominique Vargas
PhD Professionalization Chair: Emily Donahoe
MFA Professionalization Chair: Scarlett Wardrop
Quality of Life Chair: Emily McLemore
Social Chair: Jennifer Thorup
GSU Representatives: Joshua Wright & Oliver Ortega

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