Connected Academics

Program for Doctoral Students in the Faculty of Arts

A sense of community as well as support for the development of core competencies are key to academic success and student wellbeing. Named after the successful “Connected Academics” project developed by MLA in 2019, this initiative is designed to support doctoral students in the Arts in their personal, professional, and academic growth, and to create a space for interdisciplinary reflection on their scholarly work.

It includes a monthly seminar for new students (Arts Seminars), a professional development series (Arts Roundtables), and a series of social/cultural events (Arts Sorties).

The 2022-2023 program is now closed. If you would like to know more about this program, please contact lorna.maceachern [at]

Arts Roundtables

The professional development series will introduce the monthly topics. Panelists will include on-campus experts, faculty, alumni, and advanced graduate students. These sessions are designed for new PhD students, but open to all graduate students in the Faculty of Arts.


  1. Understanding the funding landscape & crafting a successful application: In this roundtable, former award recipients and experienced faculty members will talk about their strategies for navigating the academic funding landscape.
  2. Winter is coming: Prioritizing your mental health: Our guests will talk about sustainable ways of taking care of yourself and your mental health. We will discuss holistic approaches to wellness and the benefits of peer support.
  3. What do you wish you had known? - Words of advice: Our guests will talk about their experiences within different academic environments and share important lessons they have learned along the way.
  4. Wearing multiple hats: Teaching as a graduate student: In this roundtable, experienced faculty members and students who are involved in teaching will talk about their strategies for gaining experience in teaching as a graduate student.
  5. To write or not to write: Tips and tricks for writing in grad school: In this roundtable, experienced writing coaches will give their advice on academic writing and communicating in grad school.
  6. What’s next: Exploring future career paths with TRACE: In this roundtable, you will hear the stories and experiences of Faculty of Arts Alumni. Join us to discover various paths beyond your graduate experience.
  7. Welcome to myPath: Why do an Individual Development Plan? In this roundtable, the myPath team will talk about benefits of creating an Individual Development Plan that will help you to set goals for your graduate journey.

Arts Seminar (first and second year PhD students only)

The monthly discussion-based seminar will build on the topics raised in the roundtables. Students will focus on clarifying aims in graduate school, understanding values and priorities, setting intentions, establishing goals, and leveraging McGill services and resources.

First and second year doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts will be assigned to a "cohort" based on their department. Each cohort will include 3 or 4 different departments -this will encourage interdisciplinary exchange and promote collaboration and community building within the Faculty.

Arts Sorties

Offered at various times throughout the semester, the Arts Sorties are cultural and social events that aim to promote a sense of community and connection amongst graduate students in the Faculty of Arts. These events aim to be a fun space to take a break and connect with others.

Example/Past Events

  1. Dragon Boating on the Lachine Canal: Dragon Boating Is a paddling sport that originated in Southern China over 2000 years ago. It’s an inclusive sport that welcomes people of different ages, abilities, and fitness levels. This event is a great way to spend time outdoors away from your academic responsibilities.
  2. Visit to the Horizons VR Exhibit at the PHI Center: Take a break from your research and find inspiration at Montreal’s PHI Center, a multifunctional space where art can express itself in its various forms. Immerse yourself in a special selection of award-winning Virtual Reality works and experience different ways of storytelling during a guided tour of the current Horizons VR Exhibition.
  3. Guided Visit at the McCord Museum: Visit the exhibition INDIGENOUS VOICES OF TODAY: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience with us. This exhibition “bears witness to the still unrecognized knowledge of Indigenous peoples in Quebec and Canada as well as the deep wounds they carry and their incredible resilience.” Join us for a guided tour with a workshop that follows on Indigenous Allyship.
  4. Humanities Trivia Night at Thompson House: From pop culture to philosophy, religion, and literature - join us for a fun trivia night with no STEM questions allowed!
  5. Ice Skating at Parc Jean Drapeau: Join us for a fun wintery afternoon ice skating at Parc Jean Drapeau. ALL LEVELS WELCOME!
  6. End of semester picnic: Join us for our final sortie! As we wrap up our time together, we will enjoy the beautiful spring campus with some good conversations, reflections and laughs.

How to register

PhD Arts Students will receive an email in September 2022 with information on all the Connected Academics activities and the links to register. Registration is necessary as space is limited. 

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