Credit/Non-Credit Course Descriptions (Required PhD Courses)

ENG9400HF L0101


Essential Skills Workshop Series

Hernandez, A.

Course Description:

The Essential Skills Workshop Series (ESWS) introduces the incoming cohort of doctoral students to the essential skills they will need in order to succeed in the PhD Program in English and beyond. ESWS meets eight times each fall, approximately once a week for one hour and twenty minutes from mid-Sept through mid-Nov. Most meetings will feature a guest or guests, who, along with the faculty coordinator, will lead an open discussion for students embarking on the doctoral degree at U of T, moving into new pedagogic responsibilities, and entering wider professional and scholarly networks. Occasionally, there will be short, pre-circulated readings. Some sessions may provide students with tangible feedback on work (such as SSHRC proposals) they are already doing as part of their professionalization during the first year of the program.

Although the series is mandatory for all PhD1 / PhD U2 students, who must enroll through ACORN, weekly meetings are open to all interested graduate students (MA or PhD), who do not need to enroll in order to attend any given session or sessions.

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements:

ENG9400H The Essential Skills Workshop Series will include the following workshops over 8 weeks in the Fall Term:
1. Introduction: Pathways through the PhD Program in English
2. Grant Writing for the Graduate Student
3. Libraries at U of T: Rare Books, Primary Source Research Skills, and Digital Resources
4. Writing the Seminar Paper
5. The Research Project: From Coursework to Dissertation
6. Pedagogy for the Graduate Student Teacher
7. Navigating the Conference Paper
8. The Journal Article: Writing, Revising, and Publishing your Work

These eight topics have emerged from consultation with faculty and PhD students. The rationale for these eight topics is that each represents an essential skill that all PhD students must begin to master in the first year of the program. 

Credit will be received for attendance and for receiving and providing tangible feedback on a draft SSHRC proposal.

Term: F-TERM (September 2022 to December 2023) Modular course taught over 8 weeks, exact dates TBD.
Date/Time: Thursday / 5:00 pm - 6:20** pm (** Class actually ends at 6:20pm or 18:20, but it says 6:30 or 18:30 in ROSI/ACORN because of limitations of the program) 
Rm: See ACORN or QUERCUS or Contact the Instructor
Delivery: In-Person


ENG9500HY    L0101   


** Professional Development **

Wright, D.    

**NOTE: This course is open only to 4th year Ph.D., and 5th year Ph.D. U. English students-- for whom it's MANDATORY.

Course Description

This course is intended to prepare University of Toronto Ph.D. students in English for the job search and more generally to provide them with an introduction to the professional skills that will be part of their lives after they finish the Ph.D. The course will meet the equivalent of 13 2-hour sessions, on selected Thursday afternoons through the academic year. Individual sessions will include the following topics: The Shape of the Profession; An Overview of the Academic Job Search and its Documents; Setting Up a Dossier; Preparing Letters of Application and C.V.s; The Teaching Dossier; Interviewing; Campus Visits and Job Talks; The Publication of Academic Research; An Assessment 0f the Year's Job Searches at U. of T. and Postdoctoral Fellowships. There will also be a session on Non-Academic Jobs (Publishing and Other Alternatives).

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements

Most classes will feature the instructor and various guest faculty members discussing the announced topics. Guests from the Toronto publishing community and previous Ph.D. students will join the sessions on non-academic employment. Students wishing to receive a notation on their transcripts should register for the course.

Term: F and S-TERMS (September 2022 to April 2024) alternate weeks (Date of first class will be confirmed by with the instructor.)
Date/Time: Thursday / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Delivery: In-Person


ENG9900HS    L0101   


*** Professing Literature ***  

Newman, D.    

*** NOTE: This course is open only to 3rd year Ph.D., and 4th year Ph.D. U. English students-- for whom it is a REQUIREMENT. ***

Course Description

This seminar, required of and limited to Year-3 doctoral students, addresses the teaching of English literature at the university level. It is designed to provide the foundations for an informed, self-reflexive pedagogy and to help students develop effective methods for teaching English to undergraduate and graduate students. Guest faculty will discuss a range of pedagogical challenges and solutions. (Credit/Non-credit)

What has it meant, what might it mean, and what should it mean, to “profess” (pro-fateri, to confess before, to declare and admit before, to claim a knowledge you don’t have, to affirm an allegiance, to teach) in a literature department today, mostly in front of undergraduates?  In a large university or small college?  In a lecture?  In a seminar?  In remarks on written assignments?  In assigned grades? 

Course Reading List

Suggested readings and a schedule of exercises will be distributed on the first day of class.

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements

Course Method of Evaluation:

  • pass/fail, discussion and presentations.

Term: S-TERM (January 2024 to April 2024)
Date/Time: Tuesday / 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Delivery: In-Person