The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications from international Ph.D. students for its seventeenth annual HCA Spring Academy conference on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics & Religion. The conference will take place in Heidelberg, Germany, from March 23 to March 27, 2020.
In order to bring postgraduate students together and offer them a venue for extensive discussions, the HCA initiated the Spring Academy in 2004. The previous sixteen HCA Spring Academy conferences have effectively established an international network of young and aspiring researchers in different fields of American Studies.
We would like to ask for your help in making next year’s HCA Spring Academy known at your institution and especially to Ph.D. students who might be interested in taking part in the HCA Spring Academy 2020. Please find attached the Call for Papers, which includes more detailed information on the Spring Academy 2020.
Further information and the online application form are available from August 15 on, at:
See more information at CfP_Poster_SpAc 2020
Advising Fellow Program – Fall 2019
The Advising Fellow Program aims to provide vital academic support to students in the MA in Liberal Studies (MALS) program while they study at the Graduate Center. MALS is looking to appoint one additional advising fellow for the academic year 2019-2020; the provisional start date is October 1, 2019. The Advising Fellows will provide individualized academic support to the master’s students, guiding them in choosing courses, managing their work loads and meeting academic challenges, and enlisting faculty mentors to supervise their theses. The Fellows will be advanced doctoral students who have already successfully navigated their own Graduate Center course requirements and who will be able to share their wisdom and experience with the master’s students. Carefully chosen for their interpersonal skills and judgment, the Fellows will be accessible and open to students while also providing academic guidance. (more…)
Students may register online for these courses, they are listed in the course schedule under “Professional Development”. Course numbers are listed below.
The courses are 0 credits and do not appear on student transcripts; they are free of charge and open to all matriculated Graduate Center students.
PDEV 79400 Advanced Spoken English: Teaching and Presentation Skills
GC: Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 5382, 0 credits, Prof. O’Shields 
This course is designed to help students improve their spoken English in a variety of academic and casual settings through guided instruction of American-style conversation and direct instruction of spoken English fluency and pronunciation skills. Additionally, students will be instructed in the standard methods and style of teaching and presenting for the American university classroom. Students will also be discussing and learning about American culture via themes and topics that are relevant to the students’ interests. (more…)
Time Management Workshop
Monday, June 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Graduate Center, room 3312
In this workshop, we will discuss how to schedule time and keep oneself accountable to academic research and writing goals and deadlines, particularly during unstructured time periods such as the summer. Please RSVP: If you’re planning on coming to our workshop, please RSVP using our event registration form.
Companionable Writing (Summer 2019)
Monday, June 3, 2019 – Thursday, July 27, 2019
See weekly schedule below.
Graduate Center, room 3312
In June and July, Writing Services will be hosting regular Companionable Writing sessions on the following days and times:
- Mondays, 2-4pm through July 29
- Tuesdays, 10am-12noon through July 30
- Wednesdays, 2-4pm through July 31
- Wednesday, 5-7pm on June 12, 19, and 26
- Thursdays, 10am-12noon through July 25
Feel free to join us for a single day, once a week, or whenever your schedule allows.
About Companionable Writing
What is Companionable Writing? Companionable Writing is an opportunity to spend two solid hours of work either in person or digitally with other people doing the same thing. A writing consultant will host each session.
What happens at a session? Think of a session as Sustained Silent Writing time. This is a relaxed environment, you can drop in and out as you need. If you wish to set a goal for the session you can do so. At the end of the session we may chitchat for a bit in a companionable way.
Where do I go? Most sessions take place in room 3312. In the event that a session takes place in another location, a sign will be posted on 3312.
How do I join remotely? To join remotely send an email to email@example.com or a tweet to @gcwwritinghelp at least fifteen minutes before the start of the session and let us know you would like to join. You will then get an invite to a digital platform that will allow you to see and speak to the room and allow people in the room to see and speak to you.
What else do I need to know? We provide coffee and tea. Feel free to bring snacks. There are comfortable rolling chairs and a limited number of outlets. There may be computers accessible in a nearby room.
If you have further questions, or want to join us remotely, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has invited the Graduate Center, along with a limited number of other institutions, to participate in the 2019 New Directions Fellowships competition. Fellowship Guidelines are here and contain important information about the specifics of the proposal and other required materials.
The New Directions Fellowships provide support for exceptional faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, who received their doctorates between six and twelve years ago (2007 and 2013). Both central line and consortial doctoral faculty are eligible. The fellowships enable them to pursue systematic training outside their own special fields, and are intended to support the acquisition of new academic competencies needed for the pursuit of a cross-disciplinary research agenda. Unlike other fellowship awards, this program does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as completion of a book. Rather, New Directions Fellowships are meant to be viewed as longer-term investments in scholars’ intellectual range and productivity.
Applicants should submit the following documents to the Office of the Provost (by email attachments to Rachel Sponzo email@example.com) no later than Friday, September 6, 2019:
- A project summary of no more than 300 words.
- A proposal of no more than 2,000 words, providing an explanation of the overall significance of the research being undertaken and how the proposed new direction will assist in the development of the field.
- A budget and budget narrative, following the Mellon guidelines. It is not necessary to use the Mellon budget template at this time.
- A letter of recommendation from your EO or department chair, which should address your preparation and the relationship of the “new direction” to the your research and pedagogy. An additional letter of recommendation may be submitted from a colleague in the new field, if appropriate.
- A concise curriculum vitae, no more than five pages in length.
A small committee, convened by my office, will select one proposal to go forward to Mellon. The institutional letter of endorsement will be provided at that time if your proposal is selected. We will notify the author immediately so that so that s/he can undertake any further refinements of the proposal and finalize the materials and budget for submission through Mellon’s online portal. The deadline for our submission to Mellon is September 27, 2019.
Applicants should familiarize themselves with the fellowship-specific application guidelines described online here[mellon.org].
If you are considering submitting a proposal or have additional questions, please inform Helen Koh, Director of Institutional Giving and Strategic Initiatives (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
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