English Graduate Students Association

The members of the English Graduate Students’ Association welcome you to the Graduate Program in English at York University. Whether you are embarking upon your MA or PhD, full-time or part-time, you are automatically a member of EGSA. In addition to representing the interests of English graduate students at the program, faculty, and university levels, EGSA works to foster a sense of community both between graduate students and faculty and among graduate students themselves. To accomplish this aim, EGSA members serve on various departmental and program committees, organize an annual student colloquium, publish a peer-reviewed e-journal, and organize social events throughout the year. EGSA also administers a student listserv in order to facilitate communication among its members. Becoming involved in EGSA, whether by serving on a committee or simply by coming out to EGSA events will enrich your experience as a graduate student.

EGSA is run by an executive elected annually—a four-member steering committee, a treasurer, and a secretary—and is funded by the Graduate Students’ Association of York University.  The funding comes from a levy included in the academic fees of all graduate students. EGSA uses these monies to support its colloquium, journal, and social events. EGSA also offers small bursaries to members to defray the costs of travel for research and/or conferences.

EGSA Committees

Steering Committee
Facilitates communication between faculty and students within the department of English and ensures that EGSA is represented at the level of the department, FGS, GSA and CUPE. Holds several meetings a year to facilitate discussion of student issues both within the department and university-wide.

Responsible for keeping track of EGSA’s finances. Responsibilities include drafting a budget and signing cheques.

Social Committee:
Coordinates social events for EGSA members.

Colloquium Planning Committee:
Organizes EGSA’s annual student colloquium, held every March.

Academic Community Building Committee:
Organizes a series of joint faculty/student academic talks and additional academic activities.

CUPE Representative:
Represents EGSA at CUPE meetings and reports on CUPE matters at EGSA meetings and/or through the listserv.

FGS Council Representative
Attends monthly FGS Council meetings and reports back to EGSA either at EGSA meetings or on the listserv. For more information on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Council, refer to the following website: http://www.yorku.ca/grads/c.htm.

GSA Representative
Attends Graduate Student Association meetings and acts as a liaison between EGSA and the GSA.

The EGSA journal
An interdisciplinary journal in the humanities with the mandate of publishing the work of both graduate students and faculty. Our focus is on exploring the multiple facets of a single topic from a number of disciplinary perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, philosophical, educational, psychological, linguistic, legal, and sociological. The journal currently has more than twenty active members, and is working towards publishing its first issue in Winter/Spring 2009/2010.

Faculty Committees

EGSA members represent graduate students on the following faculty committees:

Executive Committee
Reviews matters related to the graduate program in English.

Graduate Studies Committee
Receives and assesses all proposals for MA theses and research papers, Directed Reading Courses, and Field Examination reading lists.

Graduate Curriculum Committee
Plans and administers curriculum for the GPE; meets 3 or 4 times per year.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Plans and administers curriculum for the Department of English.

Undergraduate Teaching Committee
Organizes and administers teaching evaluations and faculty and TA teaching awards.

Adjudication Committee
Reviews faculty files for tenure and promotion. Formerly known as the Tenure and Promotions committee.


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