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Graduate Student Council Steering Committee Comings and Goings

Tuesday, December 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsey Kurtz
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The Graduate Student Council’s Steering Committee has been busy working to represent and advocate for graduate students in our field. In the following, I provide an update on our recent work:

New AAAL Grads Newsletter

The Steering Committee of AAAL’s Graduate Student Council is pleased to report that the inaugural issue of our newsletter AAAL Grads went live in late November. The newsletter is part of the Steering Committee’s mission to support the professional development of graduate students and to build a strong community of AAAL graduate student members. As such, student contributors wrote on a variety of topics related to graduate student life, including: balancing work and home life as a graduate student (Kendon Kurzer), transitioning from a Masters to a doctoral student in applied linguistics (Bingjie Zheng), navigating the job search (Elena Shvidko, Caitlin Gaffney & Huamin Qi), and developing as a writer and turning your manuscript into a publishable journal article (Rayoung Song). Newsletter co-editor and Steering Committee secretary Laura Hamman also reviewed The Professor is In in the newsletter’s resource center. Graduate students can access the newsletter through the Graduate Student Council group when signed in at or through our social media (see links below).

Look for the newsletter’s second edition in early spring, loaded with more articles from graduate students about grad life and with plenty of tips and information for a successful AAAL conference!

Graduate Student Events at AAAL Conference

Speaking of the conference, grads should also be on the lookout for information regarding graduate student events at this year’s conference in Portland. As in years past, the GSC Steering Committee is excited to plan two events for graduate students at the conference. Continuing the series of events related to the job market, one of the events this year will feature an exciting panel of speakers who have recently “made the transition” from graduate student to faculty member. These panelists will share their experiences and advice in making this crucial transition. The second event will feature another topic graduate students are keen on— publishing. Our “Publishing 101” event will allow graduate students to come together to ask questions and share experience, tips, and strategies related to publishing as a graduate student.

Steering Committee Basics

The Steering Committee represents the Graduate Student Council and is comprised of five members: two co-chairs, a secretary, and two members-at-large. The Steering Committee represents AAAL graduate students in various ways, including planning events at the AAAL conference, communicating with AAAL’s Executive Committee about issues important to graduate students, and maintaining a social media presence. Lindsey Kurtz (co-chair), Menying Liu (co-chair), Laura Hamman (secretary), Rayoung Song (member-at-large), and Elena Svidko (member-at-large) currently serve on the Steering Committee.

Social Media

AAAL Grads are social! We love to hear from graduate students via social media about issues important to you and what we can do to serve you better. We also share calls for service and other GSC updates via Facebook ( and Twitter (@aaalgrad), so be on the lookout for ways to get involved.

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