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Teach@CUNY August Institute

The Teaching and Learning Center invites Graduate Center students who will be teaching as Graduate Teaching Fellows or adjuncts across CUNY campuses to the Teach@CUNY August Institute on Wednesday and Thursday August 14th and 15th from 10am-4pm at the Graduate Center. The Institute is designed to address attendees’ needs as they prepare to teach in the fall semester.

This event will be staffed by TLC Graduate and Post-doctoral fellows, who will facilitate conversations around topics selected by attendees. The event will be structured much like an “unconference,” driven by and responsive to the needs and interests of those who attend.

The Institute will feature spaces to explore the following:

  • syllabi and assignment ideas;
  • lecture and discussion strategies;
  • integrating educational technology and open educational resources into teaching;
  • crafting purposeful writing and experiential learning assignments;
  • socially conscious and decolonizing approaches in the classroom;
  • teaching lab sections or working as a teaching assistant,
  • mental health and college instruction;
  • time management and grading strategies;
  • teaching in your discipline;
  • and much more…

Those interested in attending should register here (http://cuny.is/tcuny-august-19), and plan to arrive in Room C415A at the Graduate Center by 10am to kick off each day. Attendees are not expected to attend the full Institute and can come and go as they please, though they are strongly encouraged to attend the opening session so that they can help shape the conversations that will come.

In addition to the August Institute, Graduate Center students may be interested in registering for PDEV 79401 Teaching Strategies, which will meet on Friday morning from 9:30-11:30 this fall. The course is being taught by TLC Director Luke Waltzer, and will extend the conversations launched at this summer’s Teach@CUNY Institutes while giving college teachers space and community with which to reflect upon their work in the classroom.

If you need more information or have any questions, please email tlc@gc.cuny.edu.

Creating Accessible Digital Course Content Webinar

Creating Accessible Digital Course Content Webinar

 July 30th, 11:00am to 12:00pm

August 13th (repeat session), 2:00pm to 3:00pm 

Register for the webinar on July 30th

Register for the repeat webinar on August 13th

CUNY Assistive Technology Services and the Media Accessibility Project invite you to join our live webinar to learn how to create accessible digital course content. This webinar is perfect for faculty in preparing course materials for the new semester and for those who want to increase their awareness on the importance of accessible content. We will be going over what makes a document accessible as well as steps on how to turn Microsoft Word and PDF documents into accessible content for students with all types of abilities and disabilities.

July 30th webinar link [zoom.us]

August 13th webinar link [zoom.us]

June 17 | Workshops

Time Management Workshop
Monday, June 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Graduate Center, room 3312

In this workshop, we will discuss how to schedule time and keep oneself accountable to academic research and writing goals and deadlines, particularly during unstructured time periods such as the summer. Please RSVP: If you’re planning on coming to our workshop, please RSVP using our event registration form.

Companionable Writing (Summer 2019)
Monday, June 3, 2019 – Thursday, July 27, 2019
See weekly schedule below.
Graduate Center, room 3312

Weekly Schedule
In June and July, Writing Services will be hosting regular Companionable Writing sessions on the following days and times:

  • Mondays, 2-4pm through July 29
  • Tuesdays, 10am-12noon through July 30
  • Wednesdays, 2-4pm through July 31
  • Wednesday, 5-7pm on June 12, 19, and 26
  • Thursdays, 10am-12noon through July 25

Feel free to join us for a single day, once a week, or whenever your schedule allows.

About Companionable Writing

What is Companionable Writing? Companionable Writing is an opportunity to spend two solid hours of work either in person or digitally with other people doing the same thing. A writing consultant will host each session.

What happens at a session? Think of a session as Sustained Silent Writing time. This is a relaxed environment, you can drop in and out as you need. If you wish to set a goal for the session you can do so. At the end of the session we may chitchat for a bit in a companionable way.

Where do I go? Most sessions take place in room 3312. In the event that a session takes place in another location, a sign will be posted on 3312.

How do I join remotely? To join remotely send an email to writinghelp@gc.cuny.edu or a tweet to @gcwwritinghelp at least fifteen minutes before the start of the session and let us know you would like to join. You will then get an invite to a digital platform that will allow you to see and speak to the room and allow people in the room to see and speak to you.

What else do I need to know? We provide coffee and tea. Feel free to bring snacks. There are comfortable rolling chairs and a limited number of outlets. There may be computers accessible in a nearby room.


If you have further questions, or want to join us remotely, please email writinghelp@gc.cuny.edu.

Meet Writing Center Director Candidates

Dear Students and Colleagues,

As a reminder, our second candidate for the Writing Center director position will be here on Monday, June 10. David Hershinow will conduct a workshop and then participate in an open discussion with students.

  • Workshop, 1:00 p.m., room C198
  • Open Discussion Session with Students, 2:00 p.m., room C198

May 8,13 | Grant Writing Workshops

Science Center, room 4102

Write Now: A Writing Meetup

Launch your end-of semester writing with our open writing sessions over Spring Break – information below.

 We hope to see you there!

 The Staff
The Writing Center
The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Date(s) – Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – Thursday, April 25, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

CUNY Graduate Center, room 3317

Writing over spring break? Working on your dissertation, class assignments, job materials, conference presentations, or other writing?

Launch your end-of-semester writing with our Write Now writing sessions!

Come write alongside other GC students—we provide the space, coffee, and snacks; you bring your work. We’ll be offering Write Now sessions on three days, five hours per day: Tuesday, April 23, through Thursday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. Pop in and out as you desire! A Graduate Writing Consultant will be on call for any questions you have about your work. Optional writing strategies, goal-setting, and group check-ins will be available for those interested.

If you plan to drop in at any point, please RSVP here.


April 10 | Disability Awareness: Policy and Etiquette

Student Disability Services and the Compliance and Diversity Office invites you to attend our workshop “Disability Awareness: Policy and Etiquette.” You may register at https://www.gc.cuny.edu/About-the-GC/Administrative-Services/Compliance-and-Diversity/Workshops

April 10, 2019
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Room 9206

This workshop will focus on CUNY’s Policy on Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments, disability etiquette and more.

We look forward to your participation.

April 16 | Transferable Skills Workshop

Transfer Your Skills! A Workshop with Ann Kirschner

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Graduate Center, room 9206


About the Workshop

Through your graduate career, you have honed knowledge and skills that employers want. Come to this seminar to identify those assets and to name them with the language of industry, government, and nonprofits. CUNY University Professor Ann Kirschner will help you inventory your “transferable skills” and leverage them towards employment in a range of sectors.

Come join us for a lively, useful workshop.


About Ann Kirschner

A veteran of four start-ups, Ann Kirschner is the founding director of the Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship (WiTNY)initiative with Cornell Tech and a faculty fellow at the Futures Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Kirschner was the first digital strategist for the National Football League, where she launched NFL.com and SuperBowl.com. Transferring her skills has allowed this former Dean of Macaulay Honors College to translate her PhD in the Humanities to a career in technology and online learning.


Please RSVP

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

April 9 | Designing Accessible Writing Experiences

April, 9, 2019, 4-6 pm
Room 9207

Are you thinking about how to provide your students opportunities to demonstrate their learning through writing? Are you interested in crafting assignments that allow students to authentically express what they know?

It can be a challenge to provide students with academic supports while structuring deep engagement with course material, particularly in written assignments. However, there are frameworks that make this work easier for both instructors and students. This workshop will draw from principles of accessibility and writing pedagogy and give participants the opportunity to put them into practice by sharing and reworking assignments. By the end, writing assignments will be more thoroughly designed to allow students to express their knowledge authentically by communicating clear expectations, options for performance, and multiple ways of engaging with writing.

If you are interested but cannot make the physical meeting, please feel free to send on assignments that are partially successful, so that they may be returned to you with participant suggestions (please send assignments to louis.olander@gmail.com). Those in attendance will have the opportunity to bring in assignments to be workshopped, learn from others’ work, or both.

Please RSVP for this workshop at http://cuny.is/tlc-spring-19.

April 29 | The Fundamentals of UX Experience

Monday, April 29th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, room 5307

Sam Raddatz and Paige DuPont, Logic Department, LLC


Gathering user insights and feedback on any website or product can be daunting. Where do you start? How do you find users and get them to talk to you? We’ll help you learn and briefly practice the tools and skills needed to conduct your own research and learn a lot about how to improve your digital product directly from the people that will use it.

No prior knowledge of information architecture or UX necessary. Laptops recommended but not required.


Sam Raddatz is the founder of Logic Department, LLC, an Information Architecture consultancy that specializes in user-based information architecture for non-profits and cultural institutions. With a background in project management, qualitative sociology and holding a Master’s degree in Information and Library Science, Sam tackles any challenge in the most organized and transparent way possible. She founded Logic Department in 2015 and has since had the pleasure of working with clients like west elm, Wikimedia, and The Trust for Public Land to create more intuitive & organized digital products.

Paige DuPont is an economist-turned researcher who is passionate about understanding people in order to design sustainable human-centered solutions. She honed these skills through the User Experience Design course at General Assembly and joined Logic Department in 2015 to conduct usability reviews and user testing. She now focuses on helping clients understand their users’ experiences through a combination of data and contextual research.

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