Category Archives: Opportunities

Oct 24 | TLC Workshop: Teaching with Images

Teaching with Images
10/24, 4-6pm, Room C-201

Images are everywhere, all the time, but often we do not give those images much more than a glance, a scroll, a swipe, or maybe a comment. Images can help us and our students think about and better know the world around us. No matter our discipline, using images in our teaching can offer new and exciting ways to engage with texts, explore concepts, and imagine perspectives.

This workshop will explore the pedagogical possibilities of intentionally and deeply engaging images alongside course texts and other content, while helping students develop a visual imagination and vocabulary. We will take a fresh look at how to effectively use images in a Powerpoint or other presentation software, and also discuss how to use images in relation to teaching and learning with art, digital media, and student-produced images like collage, memes, and video. We will then think through and practice some of the ways that images can assist instructors to create community, facilitate learning, and foster student engagement.

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Deadline Jan 31 | ARC Student Research Awards 2019-2020

ARC Student Research Awards 2019-2020

As part of its effort to encourage student research, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) will be offering a number of Research Fellowships for the coming 2019-2020 academic year. The awards are valued at $4,000 each and are for one semester only. To be eligible, you must be a full-time student who has completed the First Exam but not yet completed the Second Exam at the time of the tenure of the award.

Students who accept this award will join ARC student/faculty research cluster meetings led by ARC Distinguished Fellows from within and outside of the CUNY system working in related areas. They will be required to attend three (3) cluster meetings during the semester. Preference will be given to students whose research interests are congruent with the research themes of the Distinguished Fellowship Program for 2019-2020. The themes are:



Multilingualism & Translation

Global Cities

Critical University Studies

In addition to attending the three cluster meetings, awardees will be required to do the following:

  • Submit a research statement/paper/grant/proposal/annotated bibliography of approximately 10 pages to their ARC student/faculty research cluster at the end of the semester of their tenure.
  • Attendance is compulsory at the weekly ARC seminars for the semester of their tenure (approximately 15 seminars each Thursday 4:30 – 6:30 pm throughout the semester)
  • Moderate one of the weekly faculty Seminars.

Deadline for applying is January 31, 2019.   Students will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by March 15, 2019.

Applications for this award should be sent to:

Questions about this award should be sent to:

Student ARC Praxis Application Form 2019-20 Student ARC Fellowship 2019 – Cover Letter

Student ARC Praxis Application Form 2019-20

Call for Contributors, Visible Pedagogy, 2018-2019 — Funded Opportunity

Visible Pedagogy
Call for Contributing Writers and Guest Editors
Fall 2018

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is seeking contributors to its blog, Visible Pedagogy. We are looking for both contributing writers and guest editors for the current academic year who are committed to exploring teaching and learning at CUNY and beyond. Authors will write a series of posts over the remainder of the academic year on a topic they define, and Guest Editors will curate a series from authors they recruit.

The choice of topic is open, but the proposed series of posts should be linked by some unifying theme or rationale. Writers are welcome to consider the TLC’s 2018-2019 workshop tracks (Aesthetics, Mindfulness, Community, and Planning) in proposing topics, but we are also interested in areas not covered by current TLC programming. For instance, new instructors might reflect on the challenges of teaching for the first time, while more experienced ones might think more deeply about a particular aspect of pedagogy, including methods, approaches, or technologies. Writers may also consider a particular question or challenge within higher education to explore in relation to their classroom practices. Applicants are encouraged to look at the past series of topics covered by our contributing writers.

Authors must be interested writing for a general audience in higher education and be willing to engage with the TLC Staff in the editorial process. Basic familiarity with Google docs and WordPress are preferred. Interested applicants should email the materials below to Visible Pedagogy Editor Kaitlin Mondello at by Friday, October 19.

Application procedures for the two programs are below.

  1. Contributing Writers

Selected writers will commit to writing, revising, and publishing 4 blog posts of approximately 500-750 words between November 2018 and May 2019.

Please email a merged pdf or Word doc. with the following materials:

  • a 250-500 word description of your proposed series of posts, its rationale, and your reasons for wanting to write it
  • a sample of your non-or-para academic writing (preferably, a previous blog post or other public-facing writing on a digital platform), not to exceed 1500 words
  • a brief 2-page CV
  • a syllabus from a course that you are teaching (or plan to teach), or a sample assignment or other teaching artifact
  1. Guest Editors Series

Visible Pedagogy is piloting a Guest Editors program. To apply as a guest editor, you should follow the same guidelines above for contributing writers, including proposing a series of related posts around a specific topic, BUT rather than author all four posts yourself, you will recruit three other writers to write one post each on your topic. These writers must meet the same eligibility requirements as other contributing writers. You will be responsible for writing your own introductory post to the series and to work with the other three writers on their posts for continuity and quality. Groups of more than four will be considered if there is a desire to co-edit or co-author. This pilot program is modeled on proposing a conference panel or guest editing a special edition of a journal, and is designed to give graduate students additional experience and practice with these forms, as well as to examine a single topic from multiple perspectives.

The fall will be devoted to the development of the series, which will be published in the spring. The VP editor and TLC staff will work closely with the Guest Editors and their contributing writers. Editors and writers may be from the same department, but interdisciplinary perspectives are welcomed. Guest editors should secure commitments and topics from their contributing writers PRIOR to submitting the application to the TLC. While the submission materials should follow the same guidelines as for contributing writers (from the guest editor(s) only), please include the names, disciplines, and topics for each contributing writer in your application for a Guest Editor series.

Criteria for Selection

All applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The clarity, creativity, and feasibility of the proposed series
  • The style and quality of the writing
  • The originality of the viewpoint(s) being represented
  • The role of the proposed series in the balance of perspectives and disciplines on the blog

To qualify, all applicants must be enrolled at the Graduate Center during the Fall 2018 semester. This opportunity is open to both Doctoral and Masters students. Contributing writers will be paid an honorarium of $500 ($125/post for 4 posts); guest editors will be paid $250 total for their own introductory post and editorial work with contributing writers; contributing writers working with a Guest Editor will be paid $125 (for one post). All funds will be disbursed as a lump sum as financial aid. In addition, writers and editors will have the chance to participate in public conversations about teaching at CUNY; to share their work with a community of fellow instructors; and to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in an open and networked space.

Selected writers and editors will be asked to meet with TLC Director, Luke Waltzer, and Visible Pedagogy Editor, Kaitlin Mondello, in the fall to discuss the series and determine a publishing schedule.

About VP

Visible Pedagogy is a blog dedicated to advancing and expanding conversations about teaching and learning at CUNY, edited by the staff of the Teaching & Learning Center at The Graduate Center, and collaboratively authored by CUNY faculty, staff, and students.

We are interested in both the theory and practice of teaching and learning. Our “Reflective Practice” series brings these ideas together as CUNY instructors reflect critically on ideas, issues, or challenges they’ve encountered in their teaching careers and their classrooms.


Library Workshops for October

Welcome to the Library! (Thursday 10/11, 6:30–8:00 pm)

Jump-start your library research with pointers from the GC librarians. Learn how to use the library website; develop effective search queries; access electronic resources on or off campus; determine the best database for your research; and find archival and primary sources. In addition, you’ll learn the basics of citation management.

Zotero on Your Laptop (Tuesday 10/16, 1:00–2:30 pm)

Learn how to use this excellent, open-source citation management software. We’ll teach you how to install Zotero on your laptop; sign up for a Zotero account; add citations to your account; and create a bibliography.

Archival Research: The Basics (Thursday 10/18, 6:30–8:00 pm; Wednesday 10/24, 3:30–5:00 pm)

We’ll explore the basics of archival research in this workshop, including defining what archives are and how they are arranged. We’ll also discuss where and how to look for sources and go over what to expect when you visit an archival repository or conduct research from afar. Bring your laptop to follow along.

Schooling Google Scholar: Optimizing Your Google Scholar Profile (Tuesday 10/23, 1:30–3:00 pm)

You’re probably familiar with using Google Scholar to search for scholarly literature. But did you know Google Scholar also includes researcher profiles, which researchers themselves can edit and enhance? Come learn how to claim your researcher profile, make your entries as correct and complete as possible, and interpret the citation metrics it provides. We’ll also show you how to enrich your profile with links to the full text of your scholarly works. (Spoiler: You can add items in CUNY Academic Works to your profile!)

To sign up for the workshops, go to the workshops post on the library blog and click on the RSVP links.

Deadline Jan 3 | 2019-2020 Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship Application

The Graduate Center is allowed to nominate up to three students for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship.

The Graduate Center’s internal deadline is Thursday, January 3, 2019, 5pm.  Students who wish to be considered must submit a completed application (along with supporting materials) to Rachel Sponzo in the Office of the Provost (Room 8113).  Students should submit the application and supporting documents in hard copy (single-sided, no staples), along with sealed copies of reference letters and transcripts.  The applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Center to determine which three will be forwarded to the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund for the national competition.

Below are the general guidelines. Attached is the complete application.

If you have questions, please contact Rachel Sponzo (

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Open Teaching Initiative: Class Visit Exchange

The Open Teaching Initiative: Class Visit Exchange

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center’s Open Teaching Initiative (OTI) fosters cross-disciplinary dialogues about teaching among Graduate Center student instructors. In the Fall, the OTI offers the Class Visit Exchange which pairs Graduate Center student instructors for reciprocal classroom visits and conversations about teaching. In the Spring, experienced instructors will open their classrooms to other GC instructors.

Below please find the call for the Class Visit Exchange.

Class Visit Exchange

The Teaching and Learning Center invites Graduate Center students currently teaching at CUNY to participate in the Open Teaching Initiative: Class Visit Exchange. The Class Visit Exchange pairs GC student instructors who are interested in exploring and discussing instructional methods for a reciprocal classroom visit with another GC student. Observing how other instructors develop and implement lessons, manage discussions, utilize classroom space and technology, and mix instructional methods can be inspiring and help an instructor learn new pedagogical approaches, and the OTI provides a forum to build cross-disciplinary pedagogical exchange among GC instructors while offering instructors an opportunity to strengthen their teaching community as well as discuss the advantages and challenges of various methods within the CUNY Classroom.

The TLC will select and pair applicants in order to expose GC students to new teaching practices and methodologies. The pairs will participate in a reciprocal classroom visit and then attend a lunch hosted by the TLC to discuss their experience and, more broadly, teaching.

Applicant Qualifications
All Graduate Center students in good standing and currently teaching at CUNY during the Fall 2018 semester are eligible to apply to participate in the Class Visit Exchange.

Participants must be able to open their classroom and visit their partner’s class between Nov. 1st-Nov. 22nd.

To apply to participate in the Class Visit Exchange, please complete this form no later than October 18.

Questions about the fellowship or the application process should be directed to Luke Waltzer, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center ( and Avra Spector, TLC Fellow (

Call for Objects! Call for GC Student Assistants!

Call for Objects!

Tue, Oct 16, 2018 – Wed, Oct 17, 2018,
12:00 PM – 06:00 PM
The James Gallery and The Object Library, The Graduate Center, CUNY

On the first floor of The Graduate Center, our newly designed Object Library offers both material objects and books as starting points for knowledge. Somewhere between a traditional library and a sculpture gallery, this new space will display selected objects alongside curated books on core research themes. The visitor will be able to sample scientific knowledge and the latest thinking in the humanities in a relaxed environment with a focus on material culture. Continue reading Call for Objects! Call for GC Student Assistants!

GC Digital Initiatives: October Workshops

Workshop: “Finding Data for Mapping: Tips and Strategies” Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Ever wonder what it takes to make elegant maps and infographics that show sociodemographic, political, and other types of information in powerfully succinct ways? Want to learn more about how these maps are made? Where does the data come from? In this workshop we are going to go through the steps it takes to make a map. We will talk about tips and strategies you can use to find the data you need, to make sure you have the right kind of data, and to begin building a map of your own.

Register HERE


Workshop: “Sound: Recording, Sourcing, Editing, Sharing” Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Does your research involve sound? Would you like to learn more about digital tools for recording, editing, and sharing audio files, as well as finding new sound sources? This workshop will review some hardware, software, techniques, and concepts that are useful to scholars working with sound – be it music, voices, soundscapes, or otherwise.

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Workshop: “Understanding (&) Building on the Web with HTML/CSS” Monday, October 22nd, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

What’s a website? How does it work, and how can I build one from scratch? This workshop will address these basic questions and more as you begin building on the web. This workshop will introduce participants to HTML and CSS, the two languages used to write nearly 80% of all websites (whose markup language is known). By the end of this workshop, students will have a better understanding of how the web works, and will have the tools to begin creating sites on the web from scratch!

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Workshop: “Understanding Machine Learning” Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Machine learning is ever more present, both as a tool in many areas of academic research and as a technology that shapes modern society, an impact that is in itself a subject worthy of study. In this workshop we will start from the basics on what is a machine learning, model, its components and some key concepts to understand research in machine learning. The workshop will offer hands on examples of some machine learning models with the popular scikit learn toolkit (a python toolkit included in anaconda). I will also introduce concepts related to the problematics around machine learning in today’s world (model transparency, bias, etc).

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Oct 4 | TLC Workshop: Gaining Comfort with Public Speaking

Thursday, October 4
4-6pm, Room C201

Some people consider public speaking scarier than death. It also happens to be something that we must do regularly in the academy, including in our roles as instructors. Whatever our level of mastery in our academic discipline, how we say things and the particular contexts in which we speak impact the efficacy and clarity of our communication. Though public speaking is integral to our work, we rarely get feedback on how we interact and present. We also rarely have occasion to think about the bodily and affective aspects of engaging with an audience.

By breaking down and exploring some of these components of public speaking, we can better understand the nerves and fear that arise around this act. Such understanding can serve as a foundation for improving our ability to communicate clearly and effectively in the classroom and beyond.

Join staff from the Teaching and Learning Center on Thursday, October 4th, from 4:00p-6:00p in Room C-201 for an interactive workshop: Gaining Comfort with Public Speaking. We will look at public speaking in a variety of classroom settings, explore strategies for getting comfortable, examine the different elements of public speaking (such as mannerisms), and think through their relationship to context and audience. This will all be done with an eye towards helping attendees become more comfortable speaking in the classroom.

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