Students & Teaching

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“Border Dynamics” by Guadalupe Serrano and Alberto Morackis. Photo taken by Michele Muller at the University of Arizona.

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Greetings! This page is designated to broad issues relating to graduate and undergraduate teaching, thesis and dissertation supervision, and obtaining letters of reference. On the Student Portal page, current students will find secure access to course outlines and some other materials. For access, just ask me in class for the password.

The academic year and years pass incredibly quickly. Make use of your time and the resources at your disposal, including your professors. The sooner you make yourself “known” to your professor, by stopping by office hours to introduce yourself rather than by making off-colour or disruptive remarks in class, the better. Like most of my colleagues, I’m very happy to help you negotiate your academic career in the short and long term, provide opinions and insight about various directions, institutions, programs and so on. The sooner you open up the possibility for a conversation, the more productive and open this can be. Related to this, you may require reference letters at some point, for graduate school, law or business school, other professional programs or future career choices. In all cases, if you are an engaging, industrious and pleasant student, who made yourself known to me, I’m generally happy to provide references and other sorts of advising. Provide me with details and enough time to respond on your behalf.

I’m also happy to act as a graduate supervisor or serve on your thesis or dissertation committee. I have supervised and examined a number of students from BA Honours theses to MA theses and Major Research Papers, as well as PhD dissertations. Obviously such commitments are more involved and require more effort on both our parts. Again, I’m happy to chat to give you a sense of how I work, and whether our respective styles are compatible. I operate on the assumption that by the time you have reached graduate school you have a reasonable sense of what you require as a researcher and emerging scholar. If it’s relatively regular meetings and persistent feedback on written work, I’m happy to do so. If it’s generally more “hands off”, and you’re confident in your own skills and intellectual curiosity guiding you, that’s also fine. Such parameters, however, need to be set early and it’s not something I do, but something you do. I will do what I can to help you hone your scholarly skills and become an academic, and continue to be a supportive mentor as you move forward. The first step is to make contact: bmuller@uwo.ca

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