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American Sociological Association: 2011 Director of Graduate Studies Conference
2011 Director of Graduate Studies Conference
This half day conference for directors of graduate studies programs focuses on the organizational challenges of managing MA and PhD programs in sociology. Topics respond to current issues in graduate education, and may include effective recruitment, balancing funding priorities, maintaining and promoting diversity, PhD completion, and preparing students for the job market. The conference is held the afternoon prior to the start of the ASA Annual Meeting.
A Year in the Life of a DGS: Exploring Ways to Establish Effective Processes and Handle the Inevitable Conflicts
Directors of Graduate Studies are responsible for managing an annual cycle of activities that includes recruiting admitting, funding, orienting, and advising first-year students; scheduling courses for graduate students and assigning graduate students to teaching and research assistantships; and preparing students for presenting and publishing their work and for searching for their next job. Success as a DGS depends on (at least) two key conditions: replicable and efficient processes for handling the annual cycle of activities, and an effective approach for handling the inevitable conflicts that arise even with the best systems in place.
This half day conference examines both the organizational and interpersonal challenges of managing MA and PhD programs in sociology.