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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/


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.


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…)

Dec 5 | Info Session, Vera Institute of Justice

Information Session: Vera Institute of Justice
Tuesday, December 5, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 9204

Please register to attend here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduD6I6kIZvxP8EiSP9iW6Zv7n7SlIMjhN0jnEaJklBbR9mWQ/viewform.

The Vera Institute of Justice has as its mission to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. To do this, it works to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. You can find out more about Vera at https://www.vera.org/. (more…)

Dec 6 | Workshop: Interviewing for Faculty Positions

Wednesday, 12/06/2017
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Graduate Center, room 9206

In this workshop, we’ll talk about what to expect from both preliminary (phone, Skype, and conference) interviews and campus visits for faculty positions. We’ll also discuss what to expect if you receive an offer and how you might negotiate it.

Please register to attend here.

Nov 6 | TLC Workshop: Positionality

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 5-7pm
The James Gallery
1st Floor, The Graduate Center

Nov 16 | Research Outside the Academy

Careers in Research Outside the Academy

Thursday, 11/16/2017
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Graduate Center, Room 9204

Graduate students interested in putting their training and skills to use in careers beyond the tenure track should attend this panel.

The panel will be composed of Graduate Center alumni from Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology who have capitalized on their training in research to develop careers outside the academy. Panelists will speak directly from their experience, addressing in detail the ins and outs of their professions as well as the twists and turns involved in the paths that have led them to where they are now. Ample time will be allowed for questions from the audience. Here’s your chance to talk to GC alum who have not only imagined a career path beyond the tenure track but have realized such a path as a practical matter of fact. Don’t miss this opportunity to have some light shed on your career horizons.

Panelists will include:

Please register to attend here.


Oct 19 | From Dissertation to First Book” with Ken Wissoker

Oct 26 | How to Launch a Startup

How to Launch a Startup

Thursday, 10/26/2017
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Graduate Center, Room C203

Ever thought of a better way of doing things? Ever had an idea that could make a splash? Ever wanted to start your own company? Entrepreneurship skills are useful not just for embarking on your own business venture. They’re increasingly useful across all kinds of workplaces, from academia to the tech industry.

CUNY Startups helps CUNY students learn entrepreneurship skills by building their own business projects using design thinkinglean startup, and agile development methods. At this event, CUNY Startups Executive Director Olga Bartnicki introduces GC students to what it takes to create your own business.

Olga is a seasoned entrepreneur and Harvard MBA who has launched and sold several startups. She now gives back to the NYC and CUNY community by running accelerator programs, workshops, and hackathons for an interdisciplinary group of graduate and undergraduate students from across CUNY campuses. From developing an idea and drafting a plan to acquiring key mindsets and skills, Olga will discuss the what, why, and how of launching a startup.

The event will be followed by an open Q&A with refreshments (coffee, cookies, etc.).

Please register to attend here.

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