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Current Students

Each year, before classes begin, GSAS provides a comprehensive orientation designed to make the transition into the University as smooth as possible. A portion of time is alloted to an English Department–specific orientation.
Director of Graduate Studies
The DGS encourages students to meet with him during his office hours or by appointment, or to email him. The DGS also runs the Issues in Academia course each fall. For 2014-15, Edward Cahill is the DGS.
Faculty Advisers
Each student is also assigned a faculty adviser with whom to consult on questions about succeeding in coursework, developing intellectual breadth and/or specialized expertise, improving writing or bibliographical skills, compiling reading lists in particular fields and sub-fields, giving conference papers and publishing, and pursuing other kinds of professional activity.
The English Graduate Program QuickGuide
This three page document supplements the GSAS Guidebook, providing a quick guide to the English Graduate Program and answering matriculated students most frequently asked questions.
The English Graduate Student Bulletin Board (The EGSBB) on Blackboard
Currently located within Fordham's "Blackboard" and easily accessed through the portal as well as from Fordham's Quicklinks, the Bulletin Board (known as "the EGSBB") is host to various discussion boards, area and reading groups (see below), program documentation including an archive of our English Graduate Student Bulletins, and links to the Department and Program Google Calendars among others.
The English Graduate Student Bulletins
Published approximately every other month, the Bulletin includes important time senstive announcements and information relevant to English Graduate Program and Students.
Director of Placement & Professional Development (DPPD)
The DPPD leads an annual program to prepare doctoral students for the academic job search and organizes various workshops throughout the year on topics such as academic publication, conference participation, and external fellowship applications. The DPPD also runs the Dissertation Workshop in the fall. For 2014-15, John Bugg is the DPPD.
Area and Department Sponsored Reading Groups
Graduate student organized historical or theoretical area reading groups.
Creative Writing and POETS OUT LOUD (POL)
All graduate students are encouraged to take part in the Creative Writing program at Fordham and POL. Readings feature renown authors and poets and there are opportunities for students to win writing prizes.
Doctoral Consortium
The Doctoral Consortium is a program that gives Fordham Ph.D. students who have completed one year of study an opportunity to register for courses at select universities in the New York/New Jersey area.
Works in Progress (WIP) Seminar
Hosted by the DPPD, the WIP Seminar gives students the opportunity topresent prospective conference papers, essays in preparation for submission to academic journals, draft job talks, and other works in progress. The aim of the WIP seminar is to offer students constructive feedback for work that is intended to go out to a wider professional audience.
The English Graduate Student Association (GEA) and the GEA Bi-Annual Conference
The Graduate English Association (GEA) is a student-run group that hosts various social and academic events for students. Its purpose is to foster cohesion and collegiality within the graduate-student community, and to address student needs and concerns. The Graduate English Association (GEA) also organizes and hosts the Bi-Annual Graduate English Association Conference, an Interdisciplinary Conference that features submissions from undergraduate, graduate students, and professors from Fordham and other universities. To view past conferences, go to our Past Events page.
Annual Graduate Symposium
This annual Spring semester events showcases Fordham's best graduate student research for an audience of faculty and peers. Topics for papers are open and may address any aspect of literature or culture.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) / Travel Grants
The GSA is a student run organization representing all graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Its purpose is to promote academic excellence, provide a forum for the expression of graduate student opinion, facilitate communication and activities among the various departments of GSAS, and enhance the graduate school community. GSA Travel Grants are available for graduate students on a yearly basis.
GSAS Distinguished and Summer Fellowships, and GSAS Research Support Grants
The Graduate School of Arts & Sicences offers annual opportunities for graduate student to apply for competitive based funding. For more information, please click on the title above or go to the GSAS website under Financial Aid / Distinguished Fellowships-Internal.
GSAS Student Achievements
GSAS celebrates the scholarly achievements of Fordham's graduate students, and students are strongly encouraged to submit their achievements (publications, conference presentations, awards, etc.) via this survey

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