CFP: The COVID Chronicles
Submission deadline: December 31, 2020
CALL FOR POSTS: The Covid Chronicles
The Blog of the APA
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) of the American Philosophical Association wants to share the unique experiences of graduate students and the challenges they are facing throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are calling for posts to publish on the blog. These short pieces can include advice, cautionary tales, reflections on personal experiences, stories of growth and overcoming, calls for feedback, analyses of systematic problems, and more.
This new section of the Blog of the APA is a space for graduate students to come together, to share, to listen, to reflect, to empathize, and to learn from one another. We also hope faculty and administrators will listen to the hopes, fears, and needs articulated in these posts, and act in ways to support the graduate student community.
Shorter posts are strongly encouraged and all posts should not exceed ~500 words. These shortpieces can include advice, cautionary tales, reflections on personal experiences, stories of growth and overcoming, calls for feedback, analyses of systematic problems, and more.
Please send all submissions and inquires to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the body of the email please include the following contact information: your full name, institutional affiliation, and a brief biography (2-3 sentences). Submissions will be received on a rolling basis.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Progressing Through Graduate School
- Defending a thesis, prospectus, or dissertation online
- Writing a dissertation in quarantine
- Navigating advisor/student communication and communication one’s committee
- Completing coursework and meeting other graduate school milestones
- Writing and submitting preliminary examinations while in quarantine
- Meeting previously established publication deadlines
- Cancelled conferences and workshops, moving presentations online, and giving online conference talks
- Looking ahead to the job market, or being on the job market at this time
Teaching Effectively Online
- Teaching your own course (for the first time) online
- Designing a course and preparing for online instruction
- Transitioning to online teaching and engaging students in online environments
- Best practices for teaching online
- Emotional labor and offering support to students at this time
- Concerns related to accessibility and accommodation for both teachers and students
Creating Community, Self-Care, and Wellness
- Cultivating and maintaining a sense of community amongst graduate students
- Being a graduate student parent in quarantine
- Navigating work/life balance (when work must be done at home)
- Being a disabled graduate student in quarantine
- Being an international student in a time of closed borders
- Strategies and methods for self-care and personal health
- Dealing with isolation from support networks and loved ones
- Other difficulties arising from intersectional identities including but not limited to race, gender, class, socio economic status, religion, etc.
Danielle Lee Clevenger (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Arianna Falbo (Brown University)
Heather Stewart (Western University)
Editors of The COVID Chronicles