Professional and Skills Development

Throughout your graduate studies, you will be thinking about professionalization and what comes next. The Graduate Office offers a series of workshops, often in collaboration with GUStA, on topics ranging from comprehensive examinations preparation to professionalization, health and wellness, decolonizing teaching topics, etc. Please keep an eye on the GUStA listserv for information. Visit the School of Graduate Studies' Centre for Graduate Professional Development (CGPD) for more professionalization workshops that prepare graduate students for a wide range of employment opportunities.

Centre for Graduate Professional Development (CGPD)


Academic Writing and Speaking Development

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Art History Graduate Writing Initiative The Art History Graduate Writing Initiative addresses diverse writing needs and accommodates students at different stages in their academic training. Our vision is to provide writing support beyond the mechanics of writing, so as to address the place of writing in each student’s life and career, and to enable them to develop healthy, productive, fulfilling and effective relations to their work as academic writers.
Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) GCAC offers five types of support designed to target the needs of both native and non-native speakers of English: non-credit courses, single-session workshops, individual writing consultations, writing intensives, and a list of additional resources for academic writing and speaking.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) at U of T The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is open to all graduate students enrolled in Canadian universities. This competition is a unique opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to showcase their innovative and significant research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the University, and to the broader public. Participants have three minutes or less to present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges, and competitions are held at local, provincial, and national levels.


Teaching Training and Resources

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Art History TA and CI Quick Guide PDF The TA and CI Quick Guide provides guidance on training and supports, resources, checklists, important dates and links, and a contact list.
Teaching Assistants' Training Program (TATP) The Teaching Assistants' Training Program (TATP) is a peer-training program providing pedagogical support to teaching assistants and graduate students. The TATP offers two certificate programs: Teaching Fundamentals (TF) and Advanced University Teaching Preparation (AUTP).
Teaching in Higher Education (THE500) In THE500, senior PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows will improve their teaching practice by becoming more knowledgeable about the ways in which students learn and about different teaching theories and styles. Course participants will experience and take part in a variety of teaching situations, from small group work to more formal lecture sessions.
Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI) The Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI) provides leadership in teaching and learning at the University of Toronto and provides support for pedagogy and pedagogy-driven instructional technology for all teaching staff and teaching assistants (primarily through the Teaching Assistant’s Training Program) across the university’s campuses and divisions.
Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) is a peer-populated platform for art history teachers. AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities.


Transferrable Skills and Career Exploration

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MyGPD MyGPD is a web-based platform that is designed to help all graduate students succeed in their program and become the professional they wish to become. MyGPD will help you navigate your professional development through a process of developing an Individual Development Plan (IDP), building a supportive network, selecting skill-building workshops, and reflecting on your process. Become the professional you want to be.
Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx) The Career and Co-curricular Learning Network (CLNx) is an online service bringing together opportunities and resources for career, advising, research, mentorship, and co-curricular experiences.
Centre for Community Partnerships The Centre for Community Partnerships works with students, faculty, and community partners to explore and enact a collaborative version of a better world. Through community-engaged learning and research opportunities, students can learn from and work with community organizations to contribute to a more just society.
Student Life: Career Exploration and Education Student Life supports students and recent graduates as they build their future in our changing world. Student Life helps students explore what they can do with their degree, discover job opportunities, and further education.

Since its founding in 1911, the College Art Association (CAA) has regularly issued Standards and Guidelines that are developed by CAA’s committees, special task forces, and affiliated societies and presented to the Board of Directors for approval or endorsement. CAA encourages all members, institutional and individual, to read, understand, and use these documents. These Standards and Guidelines, relating to professional practices for the fields of art and art history, have been published formally since 1973. Visit the CAA Guideline webpage for tools and guides, including the recommended conventions of curriculum vitae (CV).

CAA Guidelines


Art History/Arts and Culture News and Job Boards

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Akimbo Akimbo is a Toronto-based company that promotes contemporary visual art, video, new media, and film locally, nationally, and internationally via the internet, mobile, and social.
American Alliance of Museums (AAM) JobHQ The American Alliance of Museums’ mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies.
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) Listserv ARLIS-L is an electronic forum for the dissemination of information and the discussion of issues of interest to art information professionals.
The Art Newspaper The Art Newspaper publishes news, reviews, and commentaries that cover the international art world. Listserv is an international, non-commercial communication and information network for art historians and a member of Clio-online. publishes discipline-specific, professional news from all fields of art history.
Artnet News Artnet News is the world’s first dedicated 24-hour global art market newswire.
ARTnews Founded in 1902, ARTnews is the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world. Published in print six times a year, it reports on the art, people, issues, trends, and events shaping the international art world. is an online art magazine that provides an open venue for critical dialogue on the exhibition of contemporary art in Toronto since May, 2011. It contains art reviews and cover issues that are important to the art community of Toronto, showing the diversity in the city’s visual arts scene.
Canadian Museums Association (CMA) Job Opportunities The Canadian Museum Association (CMA) is the voice for Canada’s vibrant museum community, from small, volunteer-driven organizations to cherished national institutions, and for the millions of Canadians whose lives are enriched by museums.
Hyperallergic Hyperallergic is a forum for serious, playful, and radical thinking about art in the world today.
WorkInCulture (WIC) JobBoard WorkInCulture (WIC) is a non-profit arts service organization that has been serving the sector since 1997. WIC also serves as a platform of opportunities. Our popular JobBoard continues to connect job seekers with employers, and the DiscoveryBoard provides individuals with a range of professional development opportunities across Canada.


Academic News and Blogs

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The Chronicle of Higher Education The Chronicle of Higher Education has the nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities.
GradHacker GradHacker is a collaborative blog and bootcamp program that spans universities and programs. It is written by graduate students from a variety of universities, departments, and stages in their careers and for the entire range of graduate and professional students.
Hook & Eye Hook & Eye is an intervention and an invitation. Hook & Eye writes about the realities of being women working in the Canadian university system.
Inside Higher Ed Inside Higher Ed is the leading source for the latest news, analysis, and services for the entire higher education community.
University Affairs | Affaires universitaires University Affairs is Canada’s most authoritative source of information about and for Canada’s university community.