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May 24 | Preparing for Your Faculty Job Search

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, room 9207

About the Event

It’s never too soon to start preparing for the academic job search. In this workshop session, we will discuss how to use the summer to best prepare yourself for the academic job market. We’ll talk about:

  • Setting a time table for your search;
  • Job documents such as CVs, cover letters, and writing samples;
  • Where to find information about positions openings;
  • What you might expect from the interview process;
  • How you can best position yourself for opportunities.

 Please RSVP

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



May 24 | TLC Grading Social

12-4pm, room 3318

Dear GC Community,

It’s the time of the semester where students’ final work is piling up and we’re rushing to finish our own projects too. For Graduate Center student instructors, grading student work at the end of the term can be overwhelming, lonely, and—even in successful courses—frustrating. Come get a head start before grades are due.

The Teaching and Learning Center is here to offer support. Join us on Thursday, May 24th from 12-4pm in room 3317 for our “Grading Social.” We will provide food, drinks, and camaraderie as instructors work through stacks of papers, blue books, blog posts, etc. Need a second or third eye on a assignment? We can provide those too.

Check out this past post “Grading Tips from the TLC” on Visible Pedagogy and watch @GCTLC #amgrading on Twitter for more grading tips (and share your own!) starting Monday, May 21.

If you’re planning to stop by, even for a little bit, please RSVP here by Monday May 21 so that we know how much food to order.


Your colleagues at the TLC

May 10 | Webinar: Mastering the Job Interview

Mastering the Job Interview (for Non-Faculty Jobs) (Webinar)

Thursday, May 10, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

About the Webinar

You’ve been working hard on your job search, preparing resumes and cover letters, reaching out to your network, and making new connections. As a result, you finally receive the coveted call for an interview. Now what? Mastering this next step and securing the job takes some preparation, time, and thought. Join this webinar to learn how you can best strategize for job interviews and get to final stage of this process … the actual job offer.


Register to Participate

To view this free, live webinar, sign up using the event’s GoToWebinar registration link.


May 16 | Launching a Career in the U.S.—What’s Different?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, room 9207

About the Event

This workshop is for international students who have been in the U.S. less than three years and may be confused about the U.S. job search process. It will focus on cultural and language challenges in the job search process and will answer questions such as:

  • What does it mean to be a good “fit” for a particular job or employer?
  • What is different about the American resume and cover letter?
  • Is it boasting to market yourself?
  • What are the timelines? When should you be doing what?
  • Is it appropriate to reach out to a stranger for an informational interview?
  • How do you build a network?
  • Should you check the “Do you require sponsorship box?” on the job application form?
  • When should you reveal your work authorization status to a prospective employer?

Come with any job related question that you have—especially those ones that you’ve been afraid to ask.

Please RSVP

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

April 26 | Creating a Cover Letter that Stands Out (Webinar)

Thursday, April 26, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

About the Webinar

Are you preparing for or are in the midst of a job search for non-faculty positions? If so, you want to make sure you have marketing materials that portray your experience and skills in the best way possible. Join this webinar to learn the latest tips for creating a strong cover letter to help you stand out from the crowd.

 Register to Participate

To view this free, live webinar, sign up using the event’s GoToWebinar registration link.


April 19 | Writing for the Public: An Op-Ed Workshop

The Futures Initiative is pleased to invite you to “Writing for the Public: An Op-Ed Workshop this Thursday, April 19, 12:00pm-2:00pm (The Graduate Center, CUNY; Room 9207). Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

This hands-on workshop will be led by Tanya Domi, Director of Media Relations at the Graduate Center. She will share strategies for getting your ideas published in mainstream media outlets, including the nuts-and-bolts of getting started with op-eds, letters to the editor, and more. Please see the attached flyer for a full event description.

You can also read this blog post on “Speaking with power — as a public good,” authored by Katina Rogers, Director of Programs and Administration at the Futures Initiative, which explores the motives behind this op-ed workshop.

For questions, please contact Frances Tran, Postdoctoral Fellow and Interim Associate Director of the Futures Initiative, at ftran@gc.cuny.edu.


April 17 | Careers in Publishing

Careers in Publishing

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CUNY Graduate Center, room 9207

About the Event

Al Bertrand is Editor in Chief and Associate Publishing Director at Princeton University Press (PUP). Prior to joining PUP in 2010, Al was an editor and editorial director at Blackwell Publishing and John Wiley & Sons. Al earned a BA in History from the University of Chicago and an MA in Classics from Princeton.

The session will focus on academic publishing as a potential career for graduate students. Al will discuss entry into publishing as a career, the value and reward of publishing as a career, the business of publishing, and the role of academic publishing in academia.

Snacks will be served.

Please RSVP

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


Apr 9-30 | Open Classroom Month

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center’s Open Teaching Initiative is pleased to launch Open Classroom Month. Designed to help prepare and familiarize Graduate Center students with CUNY’s undergraduate classrooms as well as a range of instructional models, Open Classroom Month invites GC students to visit classes taught by experienced CUNY faculty. Observing how other instructors develop and implement lessons, manage discussions, utilize classroom space and technology, and mix instructional methods can help Graduate Center student instructors evolve as teachers, and, for those just starting out in the classroom, can help demystify college instruction. (more…)

Mar 22 | Creating a Resume that Stands Out (Webinar)

Thursday, March 22, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Online at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4928667911669165570

About the Webinar

A strong resume is one of the most important documents submitted for a non-faculty position. You may have an old one that now needs updating or this may be the first time you need to create one. Join this webinar to learn about the latest trends in resumes, how to manage potential pitfalls, and how to turn your CV into a resume.

Register to Participate

To view this free, live webinar, sign up using the event’s GoToWebinar registration link.



Mar 22 | Teaching with Short Documentaries

Thursday, March 22 | 4:15-6:15 | Room 5383

With Sara Vogel (Urban Education) and José Luis Orbegozo (CUNY TV)

Many instructors use documentary media in their classes. Documentaries can provide additional perspectives, offer students the chance to engage with audio-visual texts, and cultivate their media literacy. However, the choice to incorporate multimedia can present both logistical and pedagogical challenges—including how to identify relevant and thought-provoking content, and how to integrate it meaningfully into the course schedule and curriculum.

In this workshop, jointly sponsored by the Graduate Center’s Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate program and the Teaching and Learning Center, we will explore strategies for incorporating and scaffolding readings and assignments around short documentaries produced within the CUNY community, about communities central to CUNY’s identity and mission. In particular, we will focus on two CUNY-produced web series: Urban Education Ph.D. Student Sara Vogel’s, “Teaching Bilinguals (Even If You’re Not One!),” and CUNY TV Producer José Luis Orbegozo’s “Short Docs.” After hearing from the producers about the goals of each series and their relevance to a variety of disciplinary contexts, in the second half of the workshop, participants will explore approaches and activities they might use to amplify short documentaries’ impact in their classrooms.

Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/dVxD1QThS7Y7STlI3

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