GSC Representatives

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GSC Representatives

Students representatives to the Graduate Student Committee foster graduate student development in a number of ways.  In addition to attending monthly GSC meetings, our representatives lead a department-specific orientation for new students each year, as well as organizing mock job talks and conference presentations, roundtable discussions for teaching and professional development, and colloquia to promote collaborative intellectual conversations within the department.

Current Representatives

JoannaSmithJoanna Smith
Religion in the Americas
(2015 – present)
“As your GSC rep, I will build on Shannon and Brad’s successful efforts to strengthen ties between the undergraduate and graduate Religious Studies students and continue planning events to bring the two halves of the department’s student body together. In addition to organizing roundtables and colloquia about research, pedagogy, and writing, I also plan to bring an increased focus on grants and fellowships to the GSC programming. One of the greatest concerns I have heard from other students in my time here is funding, both internal and external, and as your representative, it would be my priority to make funding a more open topic of conversation between students and faculty. Both by bringing student concerns to the department’s attention and by orchestrating events that would allow both students and professors to share their own knowledge of opportunities in an organized way, I will aim to make it easier for students to secure the funding they need to pursue research on and off campus.”

EllisIsaiah Ellis
Religion and Culture
(2016 – present)
“As your GSC representative, I would advance graduate student interests by maintaining a clear and consistent line of communication between graduate students and faculty, by advocating for graduate student concerns to the faculty, and by ensuring that we graduate students are able to productively express and address our own concerns. My primary obligation as a new GSC representative would be to keep an open ear toward graduate student concerns, and to ensure a clear response from faculty to those concerns. This means communicating potential changes in department policy to graduate students, as well as communicating graduate students’ thoughts about those changes, or changes they would like to see made, to the faculty. Should it become expedient, I would create fully anonymous, online surveys to collect graduate student perspectives regarding particular issues that come up over the course of the academic year. I would collect the survey data periodically and offer summaries to the graduate students and the faculty.

“It would be my privilege to represent my colleagues in the GSC’s everyday dealings, and it would be my honor to represent my colleagues in ways based on and reflective of their aggregate will.”

Previous Representatives

Brad Erickson
Ancient Mediterranean Religions
(2014 – 2016)

Shannon Schorey
Religion and Culture
(2013 – 2015)

Travis Proctor
Ancient Mediterranean Religions
(2012 – 2014)

Andrew Aghapour
Religion and Culture
(2011 – 2013)

Jenna Supp-Montgomerie
Religion and Culture
(2010 – 2012)

Ilyse Morgenstein-Fuerst
Islamic Studies
(2009 – 2011)

Cynthia Hogan
Religion and Culture
(2008 – 2010)

Brandi Denison
Religion in the Americas
(2007 – 2009)

Isaac Weiner
Religion and Culture
(2006 – 2008)