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Workshop on Exploring Career Paths

Exploring Career Paths: How to Find Your Professional Fit (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:30 p.m., Graduate Center, Room 7209


Exploring Career Paths: How to Find Your Professional Fit (STEM)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:30 p.m., Graduate Center, Room 7209


About the Workshop

What’s the best way to explore and research different career paths? What career options exist beyond academia? This workshop introduces the employment landscape and how you might find your fit therein. We’ll talk about what other PhD and MA/MS students have gone on to do, and whether making similar choices would be right for you. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their values, skills, and interests, and discuss how these apply to various career paths. We will also discuss other career assessment tools and resources available to GC students and alumni.


Please fill out our event registration form to let us know you’re coming.



April 4 | Careers for Humanists in Research, Education, and Outreach

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 5:00–7:00pm

Art History Lounge, Room 3408

This event is co-sponsored by the PublicsLab, the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, the Department of Art History, and the Department of History.

Four humanities PhDs (including two alumni of The Graduate Center!) working at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) will discuss possible career trajectories for humanities PhDs, including soft money positions, the relationship between academic and non-academic jobs, and how to manage the varied commitments entailed by pursuing a graduate degree. As a team, they are responsible for building the Center’s public profile through archival research, digital storytelling, institutional and educational outreach, and organized partnerships with donors, scholars, and foundation practitioners. Panelists were trained in various academic disciplines, and embarked upon distinct paths in pursuit of the doctorate and an alt-ac career.

For more information about panelists, please visit the PublicsLab website.

A panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by the chance to mingle and network. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP.

Mar 20 | Negotiating a Job Offer

Smart Job Offer Negotiations for Academic and Non-Academic Jobs

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 7209

About the Workshop

Some students are so happy to receive a job offer that they accept immediately, possibly losing out on more money, better benefits, and clearly defined job responsibilities. This workshop will address the following questions and issues:

  • In what jobs and industries are negotiations acceptable and expected?
  • What can be negotiated besides salary and benefits?
  • How do I broach the desire to negotiate?
  • Will the offer be withdrawn if I negotiate?
  • Who do I negotiate with?
  • How do I prepare?
  • What are realistic expectations?

Learn a truly valuable skill that you can use throughout the course of your career.

Please fill out our event registration form to let us know you’re coming.

Open Classroom Month, March 9-April 11th

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center’s Open Teaching Initiative is pleased to launch the 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 Graduate Center 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.

Numerous faculty from a variety of CUNY campuses and disciplines have generously agreed to open their classes from March 9th-April 11th. To browse the complete list of open classes, please visit http://cuny.is/open-teaching. You can view Open Classes by campus or by teaching method keyword. Participating instructors have provided a brief description of their teaching practices and what you can expect to experience during the class visit.

We encourage Graduate Center students to visit as many classes and explore as many instructional methods as they can: visit classes both in and outside your discipline; use Open Classroom Month as a way to familiarize yourself with the student body, classrooms and logistics of multiple CUNY campuses, as well as as an opportunity to see instructional methods that you plan to use, already use, are hesitant to incorporate, or that may even be completely new.

To sign-up to visit a class, click the “sign-up to visit” link and use the Doodle Poll scheduler to see all available dates and times. Please be certain that any sessions you select fit your schedule, including commute time to campus and navigating the classroom. The day before you visit the class, please send the instructor a brief email to let them know you’ll attend.

You will need to sign-in at the front desk of each campus using your Graduate Center ID card, so please budget time to do so. Make sure that you’re able to arrive at least five minutes early to the course, and, if you can, introduce yourself to the instructor. Participating faculty have generously opened three spaces/visit in each class session, so be sure to sign-up as soon as possible and/or remove yourself from the sign-up if your schedule changes. The Teaching and Learning Center will notify each instructor to expect your visit. Maps to each CUNY senior campus can be found here.

If you would like to sign up without your name being public, or if you have any questions, please send an email both tlc@gc.cuny.edu and avra.spector@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in Open Teaching Month, and we sincerely hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this opportunity!

Deadline Mar 11 | Apply to Participate in the TLC’s Socially Conscious Pedagogy Focused Inquiry Group

2019 Socially Conscious Pedagogy Focused Inquiry Group

Are you interested in pedagogies that address a variety of oppressive and marginalizing forces in the university classroom? Participants in the Teaching and Learning Center’s 2019 Developing a Socially Conscious Pedagogy Focused Inquiry Group will build on previous SCP work by researching, reading, discussing and writing about higher education pedagogies that are self-reflexive, responsive and subversive of hegemonic social and educational practices. Expanding on work around educator positionality, this group will examine academic and non-academic texts with the goal of co-creating a “self-care tool kit” for Graduate Center students teaching at CUNY. We will gather, curate and reflect on tools and strategies (intellectual, emotional, spiritual and logistical) used by college educators to empower and sustain their teaching practice as educators of color and/or for students of color.

Participants will be asked to attend a total of 6 meetings between the beginning of April and the end of June (bi-weekly) in which we will first research, read and discuss texts that center the voices and experiences of educators and students of color. We will then meet in June for two working sessions in which we will co-create a toolkit.

To submit an application for this Focused Inquiry Group, please include a CV and respond to the following prompt in approximately 3-500 words:

How does your positionality (or positionalities) in the classroom inform how you design your courses? What elements of your identity and personal history show up in your pedagogical practices?

Participants must be able to meet on a Monday or Tuesday, commit to 6 one-hour long sessions, and contribute writing to a common deliverable (the toolkit). Selected participants will receive a $500 stipend. Selections will be determined based on the clarity of the connection between positionality and teaching practice, as well as to ensure that there is a diversity of disciplines and/or lenses represented.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 11th by 6pm via an email to tlc@gc.cuny.edu.

If you have further questions please email slaksimimorrow@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Mar 12 | Careers in Finance and Data Science

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Graduate Center, Room C198

Data science is quickly growing and changing the financial industry. Data analysis skills can be used to analyze the relationships between financial data, behaviors, and peoples like never before, and as a result, it’s a great time to launch a career at the intersection of finance and data science.

Come to our career panel event to meet Graduate Center alumni from a range of fields who are working near the intersection of finance and data science. Our panelists will discuss how they moved from graduate school into their careers, what their day-to-day jobs entail, practical tips on applying graduate skills towards a successful career, and the benefits of working in this sector. This panel will be Q&A format and open to student questions.

Our panelists will include:

Please fill out our event registration form if you plan to attend.

Snacks will be served.

Mar 11 | Information Session with the Consulate General of Canada

Monday, March 11, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Graduate Center, room 9204

Representatives from the Immigration section of the Consulate General of Canada will be at the CUNY Graduate Center to do a presentation and cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • the process to become a Canadian via the Express Entry program
  • opportunities to work in Canada

International and U.S. citizen students and alumni from any discipline are welcome to attend.

Please fill out our event registration form to let us know you’re coming.


Feb 22 | Rejecting Genre Distinctions

Mar 12 | Expert Witness Workshop – CLACLS at the Graduate Center

You are invited to participate in this collaborative workshop on the fundamentals of working as an expert witness on asylum cases hosted by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS) at the CUNY Graduate Center. We will be joined by immigration attorneys in NYC, seasoned expert witnesses (with experience on affirmative and criminal cases) and immigration scholars from across the City University of New York. Registration is required. The event is cosponsored with the Social Anatomy of the Deportation Regime working group.



Expert Witness Workshop
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
10:00am-3:00pm (lunch will be provided)
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Space is limited, please RSVP here: Expert Witness Workshop (link)

Feb 21 | Careers in Nonprofit Development

Careers in Nonprofit Development

As you look beyond the GC, why should you consider taking a job–and starting a career–in fundraising? Because, in fundraising (a.k.a. “advancement” and “development”), you

  • Powerfully advance the mission of a non-profit
  • Engage donors with a cause
  • Focus the aims of a purpose-driven organization by sharpening its pitch
  • Employ the research, writing, communication, interpersonal, and even teaching skills that you honed at the GC
  • Enter into a field meant to grow 15% in the next ten years–much faster than the average occupation
  • Work in one of the best-compensated areas of the non-profit world

At our Careers in Nonprofit Development event, a panel of GC alumni will discuss both how they moved from the Graduate Center into careers in fundraising and the field’s benefits. Our panelists include

  • Katya Ilina (PhD, German), Director of Development Operations, Yale School of Management
  • Brooke Bryant (PhD, Musicology), Director of Development, Kaufman Music Center
  • Timothy Wilson [carnegiehall.org] (MPhil, French), Manager of Foundation Relations, The Carnegie Hall Corporation

Please come–to learn about a career in nonprofit development!

The event takes place on Thursday, February 21st from 6-8pm in Graduate Center Room 9205.

Please tell us you are coming: RSVP here.


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