Student Networking Luncheon
Canadian Theological Society Conference (Congress)
Wilfred Laurier University, May 2012
At our conference in 2011, numerous students expressed concern over their future career prospects. They also invited CTS to consider ways of facilitating some activity that would be helpful to them in their scholarly endeavors.
To this end, at a recent meeting the Executive of the CTS deliberated over the efficacy of the Student Essay Contest, which saw one student paper chosen for presentation at the conference. The contest has seen dwindling entries in recent years (although student participation at the conference is strong) and we wondered about a more efficacious way of supporting graduate students. We have therefore decided not to run the contest this coming year and to redirect our energies and resources to a more active event.
At the May 2012 Conference, the CTS will host a “speed-networking” luncheon whereby students can interact informally, but within a structured environment, with established scholars. There will also be time for interaction following the designated “speed-networking” portion of the luncheon. Our intention is to provide students with a venue in which to gather practical information regarding careers in theology. We hope this event will complement existing opportunities for interaction among new and established members.
We have not yet finalized the details of the luncheon but will notify members when we have done so. The event will be free for student members.
The Executive of the CTS invites our established members (i.e., tenured, tenure-track, emeritus, contract, retired, honourary) to share their experience and wisdom with students. And we invite students to take advantage of this opportunity.
To register for this event, please email: Doris Kieser (President-Elect, CTS) at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2012.