Category Archives: Professional Development Workshops

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. Continue reading Spring 2019 Professional Development Seminars

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.


Dec 5 | TLC Workshop: Troubleshooting Failure

Wednesday, December 5th
4 PM-6 PM, Room 9207

The end of semester brings a new urgency to the classroom, and the weight of worrying that we’ve not met expectations — fearing we’ve “failed” — can be burdensome for faculty and for students alike. But feelings of failure also invite us to reflect upon our pedagogy and our courses, and to extract valuable lessons that can enhance subsequent experiences in the classroom.

Do you want to develop methods to help students mitigate anxiety about succeeding? Are you looking for strategies to assess lessons or assignments that haven’t gone as planned?

Please join the Teaching and Learning Center on Wednesday 12/5 for a workshop on “troubleshooting failure.” Together we’ll consider ways to incorporate and/or recast “failure” as a generative process of experimentation and learning for both teachers and students. We will explore practices of mindful pedagogy that invite self-reflection and community connectedness, help us work through frustration, and address the impact of stress on our bodies. We’ll  discuss how to create a culture of inquiry and constructive engagement in our classrooms that can mitigate feelings of failure. And, we’ll talk through how to incorporate failure as a pedagogical tool that can reveal new avenues of discovery and self-reflection for teachers and students.

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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 15 | Writing for the Public: An Op-Ed Workshop

Writing for the Public: An Op-Ed Workshop

When: Thursday, November 15, 3-4:30pm
Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY, Room 9206

No matter what your field of research, you have expertise that is valuable to public discourse. But how do you connect with a broader audience? In this hands-on workshop, Tanya Domi, Director of Media Relations at the Graduate Center, will teach strategies for getting your ideas published in mainstream media outlets. Learn how to connect your research to the news and get started with op-eds, letters to the editor, and more.

Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up today!
Facilitated by Tanya Domi, Director of Media Relations, The Graduate Center

Tanya Domi is a multi-skilled public affairs professional who has worked for more than 20 years in the United States and abroad, with a particular expertise in the Balkans. In her day job, Domi works as the Director of Media Relations and Spokesperson at the Graduate Center, CUNY where she is responsible for promoting the scholarship and research of a highly distinguished faculty in the humanities and social sciences.

Domi also teaches international relations and human rights in the Western Balkans in the department of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and has been a faculty affiliate of the Harriman Institute since 2008. Since 1991, she has worked in public policy roles with respect to post-conflict development in the areas of media development, human rights, democracy development, economic development, human trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

Domi has been published in numerous popular media outlets, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor,, Al Jazeera America, The New Civil Rights Movement, Balkan Insight, Radio Free Europe, among many others.

Nov 14 | Teaching in Independent Schools

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Graduate Center, room 9206

About the Career Panel

“Independent schools pride themselves on providing a unique educational experience for students—one that is robust and mission-driven, tailored to low student-to-teacher ratios and more personalized learning with high-quality teachers.” – Matt Balossi and Natalia R. Hernández, “Hiring and Retaining Great Independent School Teachers”

Teaching in an independent school can be a thoroughly rewarding career path for PhD graduates who enjoy teaching and mentoring younger students. Graduate Center alumni are particularly attractive to independent schools because they have prior teaching experience and demonstrated expertise in their field.
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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 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:  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. Continue reading Oct 22 | GC Public Policy Career Fair

Oct 11 | IBM Summer Internship Recruiting Session

IBM’s Chief Analytics Office Summer Internship Info Session
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time and Location: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Room 9206


Please join us for a session featuring GC alumni from a range of programs working full time at IBM. Further information can be found here:

On-campus interviews will take place on Thursday, November 1.