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Feb 16 | TLC Community Event to Support International Student Instructors

Community Event to Support International Student Instructors

Friday, February 16, 1-3pm

Last Fall, the Teaching and Learning Center conducted a survey of international students at the Graduate Center which revealed that three-quarters feel that the relationship between instructors and students at CUNY is markedly different than in their home country. Nearly two-thirds reported feeling that instructional methods were similarly unfamiliar. Over the past year, TLC staff have sought to better support the more than one thousand GC students who are registered as international students. This programming has included workshops, a focused inquiry group, and the survey mentioned above. (more…)

Feb 6 | TLC Workshop – Teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons and WordPress

Join staff from the Teaching and Learning Center on Tuesday 2/6 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 9207 for a workshop on how to teach with WordPress. WordPress is a web-based publishing platform that, when used in college courses, can facilitate a variety of writing and multi-modal assignments and can help faculty harness the power of networks in and across their teaching. WordPress seamlessly integrates a variety of web applications in ways that empower students and instructors to take full advantage of the open web, while also offering granular privacy and design controls that allow educators to build the kinds of digital teaching and learning spaces they want. (more…)

Spring 2018 Professional Development Seminars

Students may register online for these courses, they are listed in the course schedule under “Professional Development”.  Course numbers and registration codes 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:  Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 3212, 0 credits, [38082]

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.

 

PDEV 79401  Teaching Strategies

GC:  Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 5382, 0 credits, Prof. Allen, [38083]

This course is designed to provide students with practical advice and hands-on exercises to help them design future courses and prepare for classroom teaching. It is grounded in an understanding of the social context of teaching at CUNY as well as providing some theoretical discussion of what makes for good pedagogical practice. This course will be especially valuable for graduate students who will soon be teaching undergraduate courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

TLC Pre-Semester Course Prep Workshops

Spring 2018 Pre-Semester Course-Prep Workshops

The Teaching and Learning Center will be holding drop-in workshops for Graduate Center students preparing Spring 2018 courses.

January 23: 3-6pm, Room 9204
January 24: 10am-2pm, Room 9204

No RSVP is required– come by whenever you can to talk through any matters related to your spring teaching.

If you cannot make these dates or times and would like to arrange a consultation with a member of the TLC staff, please send an email to tlc@gc.cuny.edu.

Jan 22 | Writing Support Session

Write Now: open session for getting your writing done

Monday,  01/22/2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Writing over break?

Working on your dissertation, class assignments, job materials, conference presentations, or anything else?

Bring your work and write alongside other GC students.  Drop by any time during our 4-hour window.

A Graduate Writing Consultant will be available for one-on-one help.

Coffee & snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP here.

Jan 24 | NYS Excelsior Service Fellowship Program Info Session

Wednesday, 01/24/2018
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Graduate Center, Room C197

We welcome Kara Pangburn, Director of Recruitment and Appointments, and Kendall Sale, Appointments Counsel, both from the Center for Recruitment and Public Service, Governor’s Appointments Office, to discuss the New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program.

Please register to attend here.

About the Fellowship:

The New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program is a funded two-year fellowship offering talented recent graduates of graduate and advanced degree programs hands-on training and experience in New York State government. Excelsior Fellows work full time at host executive-branch agencies, advancing the operational aspects of large policy initiatives. Fellow placements include the Executive Chamber, Empire State Development Corporation, Justice Center, Department of Environmental Conservation, the Port Authority of NY/NJ, and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. (more…)

Dec 20 | TLC Grading Social

It’s the time of the semester where deadlines are coming fast and furious. For Graduate Center student instructors, grading student work can be overwhelming, isolating, and—even in successful courses—a bit maddening.

The Teaching and Learning Center is here to offer support. Join us on December 20th from 12-4pm in room 3317 for our first “Grading Social.” We will provide food, drinks, and camaraderie as instructors work through stacks of papers, blue books, and blog posts. Need a second or third eye on a assignment? We can provide those too.

If you’re planning to stop by, even for a little bit, please RSVP at this link so that we know how much food to order: https://goo.gl/forms/UPiZVPypf2bVGC5g2

Either way, check out this recent post “Grading Tips from the TLC” on Visible Pedagogy: https://vp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2017/12/12/grading-tips-from-the-tlc/

Sincerely,

Your colleagues at the TLC

Spring 2018 Professional Development Seminars

Students may register online for these courses, they are listed in the course schedule under “Professional Development”.  Course numbers and registration codes 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:  Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. TBA, 0 credits, [38082]

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.

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Dec 7 | Landing an Industry Job by Leveraging Your Academic Experience

Thursday, December 7, 2017
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 9207

The Futures Initiative is pleased to invite you to our final Thursday Dialogue of the semester on December 7, “Landing an Industry Job by Leveraging Your Academic Experience.” This last dialogue will be an informal conversation about the transition from academia to industry. The discussion will be led by Futures Initiative Fellow, Doctoral Candidate in Computational Linguistics, and IBM employee Michelle Morales, who will speak about her experiences interviewing for both internship and full-time industry positions. Michelle will highlight key transferable skills that made her transition to industry possible. She will then lead attendees through a collaborative activity to help identify attendees’ key skills as well as highlight potential career opportunities and pathways. This will be an informal brownbag lunch; no RSVP required.

 

Dec 7 | Careers in the Arts and Cultural Production

Thursday, 12/07/2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Graduate Center, Room 9204

The arts are frequently lumped in with the humanities as a means of institutional organization. However, students in the arts may have very different talents, skillsets, and interests than those of other students. Additionally, students outside traditional arts disciplines may also be interested in and highly qualified for careers at artistic and cultural institutions. Careers in the arts and cultural production are numerous and diverse—especially in New York City—and many offer PhDs and MAs excellent opportunities to put their research, communication skills, and training to work in service of their artistic interests. (more…)

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