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Fall 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:  Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 5382, 0 credits, Prof. O’Shields [57280]

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. Continue reading Fall 2019 Professional Development Seminars

May 23 | Workshop: Preparing for your Faculty Job Search

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Graduate Center, room 9204

Are you planning to go on the job market this fall? It’s never too soon to start preparing for your 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 position openings;
  • What you might expect from the interview process;
  • How you can best position yourself for opportunities.

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

May 16 | Workshop: Communicating Your Research

Communicating Your Research: A Talk by Kyle Marian

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Center, Room 9204

How is laughter a symptom of connection, and how can academics use it strategically for impactful communication? When communicating your research, there are plenty of methods and media that allow you to connect your message to your target audience (whether they are the general public, policymakers, patients, or stakeholders). Each form has its strengths and its weaknesses and in this introductory talk, science communicator Kyle Marian will share why the art of comedy is a powerful tool for connecting with diverse target audiences, and the lessons academics and researchers can take from a comedian’s work to apply to what they do.

Sponsored by the CUNY Central Office Career Success – Workforce Development Initiative

Please RSVP

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

About Our Speaker

Kyle Marian is a science communicator & former physical anthropologist, now focusing her work on multimedia and performance science communication/public outreach. She has performed in and produced public lectures, general science podcasting, science blogging, talk radio, and provided workshops training speakers for public events such as TEDx and comedy storytelling. She produces a monthly stand-up show called The Symposium: Academic Stand-Up featuring academics & researchers she’s trained to translate their obscure research & work life into comedy for wider audiences. She is also the social media manager for Guerilla Science, an international organization bringing science to new audiences in unexpected ways. She has a passion for using comedy in science communication and has recently been training with the Upright Citizens’ Brigade to hone her improv and writing skills. Internationally, she’s performed academic stand-up comedy through the UK’s Bright Club community, even taking the BBC stage during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015.

 

May 23 | Improve Your Research Communication Skills: A Workshop with Kyle Marian

Improve Your Research Communication Skills: A Workshop with Kyle Marian

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Center, room 9207

In this hands-on workshop, science communicator and comedian Kyle Marian will walk you through the process of creating academic-inspired comedy about your research and work life. In the process, you’ll learn the tools you need to become a stronger, strategic communicator no matter who your audience is. This workshop is ideal for folks who suffer from stage fright, are self-professed introverts, or just want to stretch their communication muscles in a new way. Even if you think you’re not funny, you’ll walk away with a new tool to engage different audiences with your work. During this workshop, we’ll break down the concept and equation of comedic communication, work on interpreting your research into stand-up, perform exercises to translate the same research ideas to different audiences, and get personalized feedback you can directly apply to your field engagement. Participants should bring a writing utensil and a notebook or paper.

Sponsored by the CUNY Central Office Career Success – Workforce Development Initiative

Please RSVP

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

About Our Speaker

Kyle Marian is a science communicator & former physical anthropologist, now focusing her work on multimedia and performance science communication/public outreach. She has performed in and produced public lectures, general science podcasting, science blogging, talk radio, and provided workshops training speakers for public events such as TEDx and comedy storytelling. She produces a monthly stand-up show called The Symposium: Academic Stand-Up featuring academics & researchers she’s trained to translate their obscure research & work life into comedy for wider audiences. She is also the social media manager for Guerilla Science, an international organization bringing science to new audiences in unexpected ways. She has a passion for using comedy in science communication and has recently been training with the Upright Citizens’ Brigade to hone her improv and writing skills. Internationally, she’s performed academic stand-up comedy through the UK’s Bright Club community, even taking the BBC stage during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015.

 

May 6 | Workshop: Communicating Your Research

Communicating Your Research through Comedy: A Talk by Kyle Marian

Thursday, May 16, 2019
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Graduate Center, Room 9204

About the Talk

How is laughter a symptom of connection, and how can academics use it strategically for impactful communication? When communicating your research, there are plenty of methods and media that allow you to connect your message to your target audience (whether they are the general public, policymakers, patients, or stakeholders). Each form has its strengths and its weaknesses and in this introductory talk, science communicator Kyle Marian will share why the art of comedy is a powerful tool for connecting with diverse target audiences, and the lessons academics and researchers can take from a comedian’s work to apply to what they do.

We also encourage you to attend the follow-up workshop to this talk, Translate Your Research into Stand-Up, on May 23.

This event is sponsored by the CUNY Central Office Career Success – Workforce Development Initiative.

About Kyle Marian

Kyle Marian is a science communicator & former physical anthropologist, now focusing her work on multimedia and performance science communication/public outreach. She has performed in and produced public lectures, general science podcasting, science blogging, talk radio, and provided workshops training speakers for public events such as TEDx and comedy storytelling. She produces a monthly stand-up show called The Symposium: Academic Stand-Up featuring academics & researchers she’s trained to translate their obscure research & work life into comedy for wider audiences. She is also the social media manager for Guerilla Science, an international organization bringing science to new audiences in unexpected ways. She has a passion for using comedy in science communication and has recently been training with the Upright Citizens’ Brigade to hone her improv and writing skills. Internationally, she’s performed academic stand-up comedy through the UK’s Bright Club community, even taking the BBC stage during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015.

Please RSVP

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

 

May 9 | Info Session with Macmillan Publishers

Information Session with Macmillan Publishers
Thursday, May 9, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Graduate Center, room 9205

Representatives from Macmillan Publishers will be at the Graduate Center to talk about their paid summer internship opportunities and to answer questions about the application process. Internships are currently available in a range of areas from Marketing, Publicity, and Sales to Editorial, Art & Design, and Business Development. Students from all fields are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about Macmillan and their available internships, please consult their summer 2019 internship informational flyer or visit their website, us.macmillan.com/about/careers.

Please RSVP

If you plan to attend this information session, please take a moment to fill out our event registration form.

 

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 10 | Careers in Academic Administration

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

CUNY Graduate Center, room C205

Interested in applying your degree toward careers in academic administration? Curious to learn about what different jobs in academic administration look like, and how to go about pursuing these professions? Come to our panel to meet Graduate Center alumni who work in this field. Learn how they got from graduate school to their current positions, what their day-to-day jobs are like on the ground, and practical tips on applying your graduate skills toward this field. This panel will be Q&A format and open to student questions.

Panelists;

Elizabeth Alsop (PhD Comparative Literature), Assistant Professor and Academic Director, Communication and Media & Liberal Studies, CUNY SPS

Hillel Broder (PhD English), Principal, DRS Yeshiva High School

Benjamin Hellwege (PhD History), Associate Director, Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence, Columbia Business School

Amy Starecheski (PhD Anthropology), Director, Oral History MA Program at Columbia University

Please RSVP:

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

 

And join us for…

 

Improve Your Job Interviewing Skills by Practicing

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

CUNY Graduate Center, room 7209

The job interview is so important because it will determine whether or not you get the job. All the hard work of networking, preparing resumes and cover letters, and applying for jobs goes for naught if the candidate messes up the interview. This workshop will significantly help students to better answer interview questions, raise confidence levels, reduce stress, and improve your chances of getting a job offer.

A major focus of this workshop will be actual interview practice in a safe, non-threatening environment. If you do attend the event, you will be expected to participate, but all students will be on the same level and it will be okay and safe to make mistakes.

 

Please RSVP

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

April 9 | Introduction to Careers in Media

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Graduate Center, room 9205

Join us for an Introduction to Careers in Media. Thomas Gaissmaier, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for 21st Century Fox, will discuss the various roles available to students in media, from traditional journalism to digital media and beyond.

In his current position, he works closely with senior management and human resources leaders across the business to help drive the ongoing transformation of the company and its people.

Mr. Gaissmaier joined 21CF in 2017 following nearly two decades at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he led the Human Resource practice in North America and was a member of the global leadership team of the People & Organization practice. In this role, he supported a number of large-scale transformations and integrations for companies in the media, consumer products and health care spaces. In addition, he co-authored a report titled “Creating People Advantage,” among others. Prior to his career at BCG, he was a television and radio news reporter and producer in his native Germany.

Mr. Gaissmaier has a Master’s of Political Science, Journalism and Law from the University of Hamburg, and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.

Please let us know you’ll be attending by using our sign-up form.

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.