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DSC Participatory Budget Initiative: Proposals Due Nov. 15, 2018 (Deadline approaching!)

The Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council (DSC) is pleased to announce the second round of an initiative to fund student-led projects and promote budgetary transparency within the Graduate Center CUNY. Please see the information below regarding the process and eligibility for submitting a proposal for the DSC’s Participatory Budget Initiative. The deadline to submit is November 15, 11:59 PM. (more…)

Call for Contributors, Visible Pedagogy, 2018-2019 — Funded Opportunity

Visible Pedagogy
Call for Contributing Writers and Guest Editors
Fall 2018

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is seeking contributors to its blog, Visible Pedagogy. We are looking for both contributing writers and guest editors for the current academic year who are committed to exploring teaching and learning at CUNY and beyond. Authors will write a series of posts over the remainder of the academic year on a topic they define, and Guest Editors will curate a series from authors they recruit.

The choice of topic is open, but the proposed series of posts should be linked by some unifying theme or rationale. Writers are welcome to consider the TLC’s 2018-2019 workshop tracks (Aesthetics, Mindfulness, Community, and Planning) in proposing topics, but we are also interested in areas not covered by current TLC programming. For instance, new instructors might reflect on the challenges of teaching for the first time, while more experienced ones might think more deeply about a particular aspect of pedagogy, including methods, approaches, or technologies. Writers may also consider a particular question or challenge within higher education to explore in relation to their classroom practices. Applicants are encouraged to look at the past series of topics covered by our contributing writers.

Authors must be interested writing for a general audience in higher education and be willing to engage with the TLC Staff in the editorial process. Basic familiarity with Google docs and WordPress are preferred. Interested applicants should email the materials below to Visible Pedagogy Editor Kaitlin Mondello at tlc@gc.cuny.edu by Friday, October 19.

Application procedures for the two programs are below.

  1. Contributing Writers

Selected writers will commit to writing, revising, and publishing 4 blog posts of approximately 500-750 words between November 2018 and May 2019.

Please email a merged pdf or Word doc. with the following materials:

  • a 250-500 word description of your proposed series of posts, its rationale, and your reasons for wanting to write it
  • a sample of your non-or-para academic writing (preferably, a previous blog post or other public-facing writing on a digital platform), not to exceed 1500 words
  • a brief 2-page CV
  • a syllabus from a course that you are teaching (or plan to teach), or a sample assignment or other teaching artifact
  1. Guest Editors Series

Visible Pedagogy is piloting a Guest Editors program. To apply as a guest editor, you should follow the same guidelines above for contributing writers, including proposing a series of related posts around a specific topic, BUT rather than author all four posts yourself, you will recruit three other writers to write one post each on your topic. These writers must meet the same eligibility requirements as other contributing writers. You will be responsible for writing your own introductory post to the series and to work with the other three writers on their posts for continuity and quality. Groups of more than four will be considered if there is a desire to co-edit or co-author. This pilot program is modeled on proposing a conference panel or guest editing a special edition of a journal, and is designed to give graduate students additional experience and practice with these forms, as well as to examine a single topic from multiple perspectives.

The fall will be devoted to the development of the series, which will be published in the spring. The VP editor and TLC staff will work closely with the Guest Editors and their contributing writers. Editors and writers may be from the same department, but interdisciplinary perspectives are welcomed. Guest editors should secure commitments and topics from their contributing writers PRIOR to submitting the application to the TLC. While the submission materials should follow the same guidelines as for contributing writers (from the guest editor(s) only), please include the names, disciplines, and topics for each contributing writer in your application for a Guest Editor series.

Criteria for Selection

All applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The clarity, creativity, and feasibility of the proposed series
  • The style and quality of the writing
  • The originality of the viewpoint(s) being represented
  • The role of the proposed series in the balance of perspectives and disciplines on the blog

To qualify, all applicants must be enrolled at the Graduate Center during the Fall 2018 semester. This opportunity is open to both Doctoral and Masters students. Contributing writers will be paid an honorarium of $500 ($125/post for 4 posts); guest editors will be paid $250 total for their own introductory post and editorial work with contributing writers; contributing writers working with a Guest Editor will be paid $125 (for one post). All funds will be disbursed as a lump sum as financial aid. In addition, writers and editors will have the chance to participate in public conversations about teaching at CUNY; to share their work with a community of fellow instructors; and to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in an open and networked space.

Selected writers and editors will be asked to meet with TLC Director, Luke Waltzer, and Visible Pedagogy Editor, Kaitlin Mondello, in the fall to discuss the series and determine a publishing schedule.

About VP

Visible Pedagogy is a blog dedicated to advancing and expanding conversations about teaching and learning at CUNY, edited by the staff of the Teaching & Learning Center at The Graduate Center, and collaboratively authored by CUNY faculty, staff, and students.

We are interested in both the theory and practice of teaching and learning. Our “Reflective Practice” series brings these ideas together as CUNY instructors reflect critically on ideas, issues, or challenges they’ve encountered in their teaching careers and their classrooms.


Open Teaching Initiative: Class Visit Exchange

The Open Teaching Initiative: Class Visit Exchange

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center’s Open Teaching Initiative (OTI) fosters cross-disciplinary dialogues about teaching among Graduate Center student instructors. In the Fall, the OTI offers the Class Visit Exchange which pairs Graduate Center student instructors for reciprocal classroom visits and conversations about teaching. In the Spring, experienced instructors will open their classrooms to other GC instructors.

Below please find the call for the Class Visit Exchange.

Class Visit Exchange

The Teaching and Learning Center invites Graduate Center students currently teaching at CUNY to participate in the Open Teaching Initiative: Class Visit Exchange. The Class Visit Exchange pairs GC student instructors who are interested in exploring and discussing instructional methods for a reciprocal classroom visit with another GC student. Observing how other instructors develop and implement lessons, manage discussions, utilize classroom space and technology, and mix instructional methods can be inspiring and help an instructor learn new pedagogical approaches, and the OTI provides a forum to build cross-disciplinary pedagogical exchange among GC instructors while offering instructors an opportunity to strengthen their teaching community as well as discuss the advantages and challenges of various methods within the CUNY Classroom.

The TLC will select and pair applicants in order to expose GC students to new teaching practices and methodologies. The pairs will participate in a reciprocal classroom visit and then attend a lunch hosted by the TLC to discuss their experience and, more broadly, teaching.

Applicant Qualifications
All Graduate Center students in good standing and currently teaching at CUNY during the Fall 2018 semester are eligible to apply to participate in the Class Visit Exchange.

Participants must be able to open their classroom and visit their partner’s class between Nov. 1st-Nov. 22nd.

To apply to participate in the Class Visit Exchange, please complete this form no later than October 18.


Questions about the fellowship or the application process should be directed to Luke Waltzer, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center (lwaltzer@gc.cuny.edu) and Avra Spector, TLC Fellow (avra.spector@gmail.com).

CUNY Graduate Students: Paid research opportunity with The CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance (ISLG) APPLY ASAP

The CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance (ISLG) is seeking enrolled CUNY graduate students to aid in research for The Volcker Alliance’s Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting report.

The project will run from September 2018 to the end of April 2019, during which the chosen student(s) will be asked to provide deep research into the workings of various state’s budgets and the processes which craft them. Students will be asked to utilize multiple sources to obtain desired information, as well as articulate their findings in a manner that a general audience would understand. Students should be able to commit to working at ISLG’s Manhattan office for at least one hour each week, as well as completing assigned work by defined deadlines.

This is a paid position and a wonderful opportunity for anyone with an interest in and desire to learn more about the minutia and nuance of state budgets and government functions. ISLG will provide workshops to both train the student(s) for the project and provide a robust learning experience in local government.

Students will be paid a stipend of $6,000 total for the academic year, disbursed in equal payments over the course of the year. Payments are contingent on approval by ISLG project supervisors of the work produced.

Student Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled, full-time CUNY graduate student (Master’s or PhD level)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • At least one faculty referral
  • Available to come in for at least one-hour a week over the course of the Fall and Spring semesters and for additional workshops
  • Possess the self-motivation to work from home, when needed, and complete work by deadlines
  • Proper work authorization required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

To apply, click here: https://cunySUD.formstack.com/forms/islggradprojectapplication

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to those submitted in mid-September. In-person interviews will commence shortly after submission. Training for the accepted students will begin in late September.

For questions on the project, please reach out to Taylor Swabb at Taylor.Swabb@islg.cuny.edu.


The CUNY ISLG team

Deadline Aug 1 | Call for Applications: Ambassador Opportunity: Technology, Art, and Healthcare for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Please circulate this call for applications for an Ambassador Opportunity: Technology, Art, and Healthcare for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, a collaboration from the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, the Montefiore Einstein Fine Art Program and Collection, the Collective Voice: Digital Conversations in Public Space research team from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, who are seeking applications from CUNY graduate students for an ambassador position at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, helping to foster the development and expansion their Children’s Hospital Innovation Lab (The CHIL Zone). See below or click here for more information and to apply. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 1st.

About this Opportunity

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and The Montefiore Einstein Fine Art Program and Collection in collaboration with the Collective Voice: Digital Conversations in Public Space research team from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY is excited to offer an opportunity to be an Ambassador of Technology, Art and Healthcare for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, helping to foster the development and expansion their Children’s Hospital Innovation Lab (The CHIL Zone). (more…)

Urgent Help Needed July 12-13 Brownsville, Texas


Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is leading the effort to reunite families, and has been granted 2 days to interview 1000 children being held at Casa Padre facility in Brownsville, Texas, July 12-13.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on massive scale – please forward to folks you know who are:

– lawyers

– interpreters/ translators

– medical and mental health professionals (more…)

Recruitment for SLAL Study

The Second Language Acquisition Lab at the CUNY Graduate Center is looking for Spanish-English bilingual speakers who were born in a Spanish-speaking country for a study of language processing. Participants are paid $20 for approximately one hour of their time. Contact information is on the attached flyer.

Deadline July 6 | Call for Participants: Climate Action Lab

The Climate Action Lab (CAL) from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY seeks graduate student participants for a series of two-hour sessions during the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Climate Action Lab will focus on the practices of New York City-based grassroots social movements to address climate change. CAL will put interested CUNY faculty and graduate students in dialogue with activists, artists, journalists, and other academics working on diverse, dynamic, self-organized responses to climate change-related loss and damage, and will look at various experiments with bottom-up carbon mitigation and climate adaptation.   (more…)

Write Now: A Writing Meetup

Write Now
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Friday, June 1, 2018
11:00 am.. – 3:00 p.m.
CUNY Graduate Center, room 3317

A Writing Meetup
Writing over summer break? Working on your dissertation, class assignments, job materials, conference presentations, or other writing?
Launch your summer writing with our Write Now writing sessions!

Come write alongside other GC students—we provide the space and coffee; you bring your work. We’ll be offering Write Now sessions on four days, four hours per day: Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, June 1, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. Pop in and out as you desire! A Graduate Writing Consultant will be on call for any questions you have about your work. Optional writing strategies, goal-setting, and group check-ins will be available for those interested.

This event is co-sponsored by the Futures Initiative.

Please RSVP
If planning to attend the event, please register using our 2017-18 Event Registration Form.

Due May 28 | Applications for CUNY Cultural Corps

Attention current CUNY Graduate Students:

CUNY Cultural Corps has extended our application deadline for the 2018-19 Academic Year just for you! *The application can only be accessed through this email. Please read more details about the program below and on our website. (more…)

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