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Spring 2019 Professional Development Seminars

Students may register online for these courses, they are listed in the course schedule under “Professional Development”.  Course numbers 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. 5382, 0 credits, Prof. O’Shields [58693]

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 13 | Interviewing for Faculty Positions (Webinar)

Thursday, December 13, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

About the Webinar

There are few positions in today’s world where you might end up being someone’s colleague for 30 years—being a faculty member is one of them. That is why the interview process is so important, both as a chance for the search committee to get to know you and for you to decide whether a department is the right fit for you. In this session we’ll discuss:

  • Preliminary interviews (phone, Skype, conference)
  • Campus visits (including job talks and teaching demos)
  • What questions they might ask you–and what you should ask them.
  • Negotiating

Please RSVP using our registration link to participate in this webinar event.


Dec 6 | Workshop: Finding your Professional Fit

Exploring Career Paths: How to Find your Professional Fit

Thursday, December 6, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Room 3305, Graduate Center

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 master’s 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 RSVP

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

Due Nov 30 | Applications Open for January 2019 GC Digital Research Institute

Applications are now open for the January 2019 GC Digital Research Institute (cuny.is/gcdri). Please circulate the following call to your students, faculty, and staff.

Generously supported by the Provost’s Office, the GC Digital Research Institute guides an interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students, faculty, and instructional staff as they learn foundational technical skills that can aid–and even extend–their scholarship.

Faculty who have participated in past GCDRIs have told us: “The GC DRI presented hugely valuable tools that I plan to continue to use. I definitely will pass these digital skills to my students.”

We take a foundational approach–which is to say that we being the course assuming no prior technical knowledge, and the aim of the course is to help students become more comfortable with core concepts in working with technical methods and combining that with their research. One of the students from January 2018 noted: “Not only did we learn great digital research tools, but we gained access to a network of people at the GC who are interested and/or have knowledge about digital methods. I learned about the workshops available, the Digital Fellows, and got to know people in other disciplines who made me think about my work in unique ways.”

​We hope to see applications from many students, faculty, and staff.


Best wishes,

Lisa and Matt


Join the GC Digital Fellows from January 14-17, 2019 for a four-day intensive course in digital research methods. Covering a wide range of topics, the Digital Research Institute will help you develop the skills you need to analyze your data with a digital or computational approach.


GC Digital Research Institute​

when: January 14-17, 2019

what: four-day intensive workshop in digital research methods

where: The Graduate Center, CUNY

why: to equip our academic community with digital research skills

who: for GC graduate students, faculty, and instructional staff of all skill levels and disciplines (no previous digital experience required)

Applications open

GC DRI offers CUNY graduate students, faculty, and instructional staff an opportunity to develop digital research skills and to connect with others in an interdisciplinary environment. The week will begin with an introduction to the command line, git, Python, and databases for all students; participants will then have the opportunity to choose from a variety of more specific workshops on topics ranging from digital research ethics to the text analysis to machine learning.

The application will be open until 11:59pm on November 30th, 2018; however, we recommend that interested participants apply early, as space is limited.

Selection for the institute often depends upon the applicant’s availability for all sessions of the week-long institute, willingness to work and learn in groups, articulation of their research question to a lay audience, and general interest in learning new research methods.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us using the form on our website. Stay up-to-date on the GC Digital Research Institute by following us on Twitter at @Digital_Fellows and @CUNYGCDI and checking out the #GCDRI hashtag.


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…)

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