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The Office of Graduate Studies is here to help faculty and graduate students succeed in their programs of study, research and creative endeavors. We also look forward to helping graduate students develop novel partnerships among ourselves as well as with the community and the private sector. Throughout the year, our office sponsors workshops on career preparation, teaching and grant writing for both students and faculty.

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Upcoming Events


Faculty Workshop: Graduate Advisor and Mentoring Workshop - October 27th - For more information and to register click here.




Graduate Student Success Workshop Series Special Speaker and Panel Night

October 20th 2014

Reading Room Second Floor of Campus Center

Special Speaker at 4 p.m.

Chip Sheffield

“The Virtues of Critical Thought and Its Importance for Graduate Education”

Critical thinking is often characterized by certain core abilities (evaluation, identification, synthesis, recognition and critique, as well as effective communication).  It has also been described in terms of certain underlying attitudes (introspection and self-reflection, continuous questioning, and a commitment to core intellectual virtues such as civility, humility, empathy, integrity, and courage).  Critical thinking demands accountability and curiosity.  It requires that one take responsibility for one’s beliefs and values, and engage actively in the world.  While intellectual rigor, logical argumentation, and rational judgment are vital, they must not occur in isolation from the broader lived world.  Critical thinking need not always be drily cerebral, but it should demonstrate agility, and admit the playful and ironic.  What is criticality?  Does it always necessarily imply a refinement, improvement or sharpening of the issue under consideration?  What are the implications of the belief that “thinking critically is the quintessence of what it means to be truly alive in the fullest sense of the term?”  This talk will examine such questions, and underscore their significance, especially for graduate education at RIT.

Clarence B. Sheffield, Jr. "Chip" is the Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking at RIT. He was trained as a modern art historian at Bryn Mawr, with a particular interest in the theory, criticism, and history of visual and material culture. His field of special scholarly expertise is Scandinavian Modernism--very broadly construed to include art, architecture, design, film and literature. He is an associate professor in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. He majored in philosophy as an undergraduate, and has had a deep and abiding interest in philosophy and critical inquiry for much of his academic career.


REGISTER for this special speaker here




Aetna Student Health Insurance Information Session for Ph.D. students only

Tuesday October 21st,  11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Please sign up here


Ph.D. in Computing and Information Sciences Info Sessions for Fall 2014 Click here for more information


T.A. Workshops

The Office of Graduate Studies will be offering a series of workshops for those students who are working as Teaching Assistants or who are interested in being a Teaching Assistant in the future

If you are interested in attending this series please sign up here for emails on the upcoming workshops


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