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Nov 14 | Registration is still open for The Job Search Process in the United States for International Students Workshop

Dear International Students,

Are you uncertain of how to navigate the job search process in the United States?  Want to learn how to launch your career in the United States?

Join the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development for an interactive workshop on Wednesday, November 14th at 9:30 am in room 9206 to gain the skills necessary to enter the professional workforce in the United States.

  • What You have to Offer
  • Barriers to Overcome
  • Finding a Job: It’s More than Just Applying Online
  • Sources of Jobs
  • Resume and CV Confusion
  • The Dreaded Cover Letter
  • Interviewing in English: Is it Boasting to Market Myself?
  • Improving Your English
  • Negotiating: Is it Impolite?

RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/eEDY0dEW33JXPNRN2


Nov 12 | CV to Resume Workshop

Converting a CV to a Resume
Monday, November 12, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Graduate Center, room 7209

About the Workshop

While a CV is necessary for an academic job search, a resume is the preferred document for most other fields. In this workshop you will:

  • Learn the differences in purpose and style between a CV and resume
  • Identify skills and qualifications sought by prospective employers
  • Generate a list of your transferable skills
  • Choose categories and headings to organize your resume
  • Begin to develop bullet points starting with strong action verbs that describe your experiences, skills, and achievements
  • Make sure that your final resume is readable, attractive, and consistent

Make sure to bring copies of your CV with you.

Please RSVP

Please let us know you’re attending by filling out our event registration form.

Nov 13 | Teaching as an International Student: Power, Professional Relationships, and Pedagogical Strategies Workshop

You are invited to register for the Teaching as an International Student: Power, Professional Relationships, and Pedagogical Strategies workshop presented by the Teaching and Learning Center at the Graduate Center.

Teaching as an International Student: Power, Professional Relationships, and Pedagogical Strategies

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room C201

RSVP at:  https://goo.gl/forms/mp3WVOk2nrvjI5C53

Teaching as an international student can be challenging. As international graduate students, we often don’t know what to expect when we first step into the classroom as teaching fellows or adjuncts. We might have questions about our students’ lives, their cultural and academic backgrounds, and about the American university system in general and CUNY more specifically. We might be unsure about how to interact with students in the classroom or during office hours or how to give feedback and grade student work. And for many of us, the prospect of teaching as a non-native speaker of English is a daunting one.

Join colleagues from the Teaching and Learning Center for a workshop where we will share and explore strategies that can help graduate student instructors to better address these challenges. We will discuss communicating with students, how to practice mindful pedagogy, and how to navigate power-laden professional relationships (both inside and outside of the classroom). The goal of the workshop is to develop concrete and effective teaching practices by building on the experiences and knowledge of participants and to provide prospective and experienced international teachers with tools and community to support meaningful and fulfilling classroom experiences with their students.

Nov 7 | Understanding the Labor Market for Graduates

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:00 p.m., Room 9207

How is the NYC economy performing?

What is the city’s industry mix and what is the industry employment outlook?

What are some of the typical occupations that could sync with the Graduate Center’s most popular programs and what are they like in NYC?

How can understanding labor market information help you in your job search?

To hear answers to these questions and more, please join us for a presentation by Pam Hoberman, the Director of the New York City Labor Market Information Service.  Ms. Hoberman will present the most up to date employment statistics, data, patterns, projections, wage information, and more.  She will also review resources for career planning and exploration.

Please let us know you are planning to attend by using this form.


Oct 25 | Preparing for the academic job market

Oct 22 | GC Public Policy Career Fair

Please plan to attend the first annual Graduate Center Public Policy Career Fair.  

 Date: Monday, October 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Graduate Center, 34th Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY, C-level

Register: https://goo.gl/forms/7kx7LUMRLApQrOB73  Please let us know if you are planning to attend.


Our Fall 2018 career fair connects our doctoral and master’s degree graduate students with employers in government, non-profit, and policy sectors. The fair will feature both a traditional career fair with employers standing at tables talking to students, as well as presentations from individual employers. (more…)

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).

Oct 9 | TLC Workshop: Active Learning and Classroom Discussion

Active Learning & Classroom Discussion
Tuesday, October 9th | 4:00-6:00 pm | Room 9206

For many instructors, having a classroom full of eager and active students is a persistent goal and recurring challenge. Are you looking to improve student participation in your classes? Do you want to rethink what active participation can mean and find ways to invigorate your class discussions?

Please join the Teaching and Learning Center for a workshop in which we’ll explore how to deepen student engagement through the use of active learning strategies including collaborative learning, peer teaching, group work, inquiry-based learning, and low stakes writing assignments. In this workshop, we will address how to structure activities and assignments that invite students to engage purposefully and productively with each other and with course material. We will discuss which strategies work best in different teaching and learning contexts, and think through how these strategies can help faculty realize instructional goals. Participants will work together to integrate active learning opportunities into their courses, modify and enhance existing activities, while receiving constructive feedback from peers and workshop leaders.

Please RSVP at http://cuny.is/tlc-registration.

Oct 22 | GC Public Policy Career Fair

Our Fall 2018 career fair connects our doctoral and master’s degree graduate students with employers in government, non-profit, and policy sectors. The fair will feature both a traditional career fair with employers standing at tables talking to students, as well as presentations from individual employers.

Registered employers include:

  • CUNY Internship Program
  • Department of City Wide Administrative Services
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Educational Alliance
  • MDRC
  • NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • New York City Emergency Management
  • New York State Assembly Internships
  • New York State Senate Graduate Internships
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • NYC Department of Investigation’s Inspector General for the NYPD
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
  • Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
  • Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • UN Women Research and Data
  • USCIS-Newark Asylum Office
  • Vera Institute of Justice


Need help preparing for the career fair?  Plan to attend:

How to Stand Out: Best Practices for Creating a Resume, Friday, Oct. 12, 12:00 p.m.

Making the Most of a Career Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:00 p.m.

For more information and to sign up, click here: https://careerplan.commons.gc.cuny.edu/events

Can’t make it to the workshops? You’ll also find some tips in this attached handout. You can stop by our walk-in hours (Mondays, 12-2, Wednesdays, 4-6, Room 3300.08) to get some feedback on your resume. Or make an appointment by following the instructions here: https://careerplan.commons.gc.cuny.edu/services

See flyer here:  Making the Most of the Career Fair

Oct 4 | TLC Workshop: Gaining Comfort with Public Speaking

Thursday, October 4
4-6pm, Room C201

Some people consider public speaking scarier than death. It also happens to be something that we must do regularly in the academy, including in our roles as instructors. Whatever our level of mastery in our academic discipline, how we say things and the particular contexts in which we speak impact the efficacy and clarity of our communication. Though public speaking is integral to our work, we rarely get feedback on how we interact and present. We also rarely have occasion to think about the bodily and affective aspects of engaging with an audience.

By breaking down and exploring some of these components of public speaking, we can better understand the nerves and fear that arise around this act. Such understanding can serve as a foundation for improving our ability to communicate clearly and effectively in the classroom and beyond.

Join staff from the Teaching and Learning Center on Thursday, October 4th, from 4:00p-6:00p in Room C-201 for an interactive workshop: Gaining Comfort with Public Speaking. We will look at public speaking in a variety of classroom settings, explore strategies for getting comfortable, examine the different elements of public speaking (such as mannerisms), and think through their relationship to context and audience. This will all be done with an eye towards helping attendees become more comfortable speaking in the classroom.

Please RSVP for this workshop at http://cuny.is/tlc-registration.

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