Courses / Graduate

Fall 2024

  • Film Studies Proseminar

    203 001 | CCN: 24969

    Kristen Whissel

    Location: Dwinelle 226

    Date and Time: M 10:00am - 12:59pm

    This seminar will address matters related to academic professionalization within the discipline as well as the degree requirements for the Ph.D. in Film & Media. Our discussion of degree requirements will address department expectations, graduate division expectations, and advice on best practices. Each week we will meet to discuss a specific requirement or topic, including: the qualifying examination (QE); QE fields and lists; writing the dissertation prospectus; researching and writing the dissertation; presenting research at scholarly conferences; publishing articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals; the job market and dossier; applying for post-doctoral fellowships; writing job application letters; the pedagogy statement; the job interview and campus visit; turning the dissertation into a book; university presses and how to approach university press editors; the tenure track; and pedagogy—including teaching style and creating syllabi for R&C courses and core required courses for the undergraduate major. Each meeting will begin with a brief lecture, followed by discussion; in some weeks, the lecture will be followed by a guest presentation from an advanced graduate student or a Film & Media alum. This course combines intensive mentoring coupled with collaborative work on the part of all enrolled students. Active, thoughtful, and collegial student participation in workshops and discussions is required. This course is open to students in the Film & Media PhD program and students admitted to the Designated Emphasis in Film & Media.