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Summer 2014
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Professional Development Peer:
Shawn Warner-Garcia

Diversity & Outreach Peer:
Hala Sun

Funding Peer:
Kyle Crocco

Writing Peer:
Ryan Dippre

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.

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Tuesday
Jul012014

Santa Barbara City College Seeks Writing Tutors

 

The Writing Center at Santa Barbara City College is looking to hire a writing tutor to start in Fall 2014. Tutors assist students with pre-writing, writing, editing, MLA and other citation guidelines, grammar, essay structure, and thesis and content development for academic writing. The hiring committee is looking for experience in writing, counseling, tutoring or teaching that has familiarized applicants with student-centered learning and empowerment or the stages of the writing process. However, training in these areas is also provided. Hourly wage is $14.50/hr.


For more information, click here or contact Michelle Detorie or Beth Taylor-Schott.

 

To begin the application process, visit the SBCC Employment Search Website.

Tuesday
Jul012014

Gain Experience and Make a Difference as a Virtual Student Foreign Service Intern

Looking for an internship with flexible hours and no relocation? The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) offers U.S. students an opportunity to work as a government intern any time, anywhere, on projects such as using new media to promote civic engagement and developing materials to facilitate international diplomacy.

Interested students can choose from over 300 projects housed in a variety of government agencies such as the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Education. eInterns work an average of 10 hours per week during the academic year (fall through spring semesters). While the positions are unpaid, eInterns gain valuable experience in working with diplomatic posts and domestic offices and may even be able to apply for course credit through their university.

The application period for the 2014-2015 VSFS eInternship program is July 2-22, 2014. Click here for more information on how to apply.

To learn more, watch this introductory video:

Still have questions? Check out the FAQ page on the VSFS website.

You can also connect with the VSFS through Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday
Jun262014

Career Path to Teach at a Community College

(From left to right) Dr. Carrie Hutchinson, Dr. Matthew Kay, Dr. Danielle Swiontek, and Dr. Jens-Uwe Kuhn. Credit: Hala Sun.

If you enjoy teaching, but you're not sure if you want to teach at a four-year college or research-university, then you might want to consider employment at a community college. On June 4, 2014, four professors from Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) came to UCSB for a panel discussion to share their experiences working at a community college setting and to offer some tips to secure a teaching job after graduating from UCSB. Here is the recap of the key points they shared:

Is Community College Right For You?

  • You LOVE to teach: All four panelists emphasized this aspect  multiple times. The advantage of teaching at a community college is that you really get to focus on teaching. There is no mandate or pressure to conduct research or to publish. If you do want to conduct research, you can, but you probably won’t have much time to do so because you will be quite occupied with your teaching. Plus, there will be no teaching assistants to help you grade students’ papers. Teaching is such a crucial aspect at a community college, and thus, the main evaluation criterion for promotion and tenure.
  • You want to work with a DIVERSE student population: The panelists mentioned that teaching at a community college may be different than teaching at a four-year university, mainly due to the diversity of the students' backgrounds, motivations, and interests. Because of this wide range of diversity, it is crucial for instructors to have the capacity AND the flexibility to tailor the curriculum and lessons according to students’ different learning needs and interests.
  • You want to be TENURED, perhaps in four years: Becoming a tenured professor may be one of your goals in the near future. Typically, if you’re working at a research university, you are expected to conduct research, publish, and secure grants and funding. But, at a community college, the path to tenure is based primarily on your teaching ability. So, if you’re already an awesome teacher, and your students and colleagues have commended your teaching style and curriculum and assessment design skills, then you should seriously consider working at a community college. And remember, some community colleges, such as SBCC, pay you well.

How to Get a Job at a Community College, specifically at SBCC?

  • Be proactive! Don’t rely on the adjunct pool online: All four panelists had a very different route to their jobs at SBCC. However, they were all proactive in reaching out to various departments at SBCC. They did not wait until someone called them from the adjunct pool list. Although you should regularly update your online application materials, an effective way to find a teaching slot is to actually speak with someone who may know more about upcoming openings within a department.
  • Gain experience teaching, especially at a community college level: To be a competitive job candidate for a full-time teaching position at SBCC, the panelists highly recommended gaining teaching experience either by volunteering, shadowing, or co-teaching in a community college setting. Although you may have some teaching experience as a teaching assistant, they prefer candidates who have taught community college students.
  • Network, network, network: All the panelists emphasized the importance of networking as a key to success in securing a job after graduating UCSB. Nowadays, having a Ph.D. degree will not guarantee a job. The panelists suggest using your professors, colleagues, and your advisor as resources to reach out to a broader network.

If you see yourself in future doing more teaching than research, and if you are capable or have the passion to work with diverse student populations, a community college might be a good career option for you. According to the four UCSB alumni panelists, when people get hired at the community college, they tend to stay until they retire—it is that good. The pay is competitive, and the support system within the department and the college is great. So plan ahead! Be proactive and network with these amazing panelists. Below are the panelists’ bios:

  • Dr. Carrie Hutchinson:  Dr. Hutchinson obtained her Ph.D. degree in Interpersonal and Intergroup Communication at UCSB. She is currently a tenured Assistant Professor at SBCC, where she teaches Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Communication in Organizations. She also directs the annual study abroad programs taking students to various international destinations, such as Rwanda, India, and South Africa. She has authored two textbooks and several peer-reviewed research articles.
  • Dr. Matthew Kay:  Dr. Kay was born and raised in Santa Barbara where he developed a love of the natural world. His passion translated into a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Oregon (emphasis in forest biology and mycology). Later, he earned his Master’s degree in Marine Ecology from University of Oregon. For his Ph.D. degree at the UCSB Bren School, he focused on Biology and Fishery Management, specifically the California spiny lobster. After completing his work, he taught as an adjunct instructor at SBCC, started his own consulting business, and worked as a researcher at UCSB. In Fall 2013, Dr. Kay was hired full time at SBCC.
  • Dr. Danielle Swiontek:  Dr. Swiontek obtained her Ph.D. degree in History at UCSB with an emphasis in U.S. Women’s History. Prior to attending graduate school at UCSB, she worked in marketing, advertising, and public relations for high tech firms in the Bay Area. At SBCC, she currently teaches History and serves as a faculty advisor to the SBCC Feminist Student Club.
  • Dr. Jens-Uwe Kuhn:  Dr. Kuhn obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Constance in Germany. For his Master’s degree, he studied Chemistry at Northern Arizona University, focusing on Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry. At UCSB, he obtained his Ph.D. in Marine BioInorganic Chemistry. While pursuing his doctoral degree at UCSB, he worked at Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP); he continues to work with CSEP. Prior to teaching at SBCC, Dr. Kuhn taught at several different schools (four-year, two-year, public, and private) in Arizona and California. At SBCC, he teaches mostly introductory, general and Organic Chemistry courses. He also serves as the Department Chair in the Chemistry Department at SBCC and the Faculty Lead for the STEM Transfer Program.

As you consider employment at a community college, you might also find a recent series of articles by Rob Jenkins of use. An associate professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College, Jenkins writes a regular column for The Chronicle of Higher Education on issues related to two-year colleges. Please see these recent articles:

Monday
Jun162014

The Graduate Division Hosts a Summer Dissertation Writer's Room

Are you starting (or perhaps need a boost towards finishing) your dissertation? Whether you are working on your dissertation proposal or completing your final round of revisions, make time this summer to join your fellow UCSB graduate students in the Dissertation Writer’s Room.

What is a Dissertation Writer's Room?

It is shared, quiet workspace dedicated to working on a dissertation. The Graduate Division’s Dissertation Writer’s Room comfortably seats 18 writers and includes amenities such as ergonomic furniture, plenty of electrical outlets, coffee, water, snacks, and wireless. One of the Graduate Division Peers will serve as moderator, to facilitate the room and to help everyone stay on course; Peers will also be available to discuss writing problems or provide encouragement or support as needed.

Who can use it?

The Graduate Division invites anyone working on a dissertation to join fellow UCSB graduate students in this community of writers. When students arrive, they simply sign-in and then choose a desk at which to work. Each writing session will last three hours, and students may work for as little or as much of that period as they wish. Desks are available on a first come basis.

Where?

Since Davidson Library is currently undergoing extensive renovations and additions, the Graduate Division’s Writer’s Room will be located in the Student Resource Building, room 1103, not far from the Graduate Student Resource Center

When?

Monday, June 30, through Friday, September 19

Mondays and Wednesdays: 1 to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to noon

The Dissertation Writer’s Room is a part of the Graduate Division’s efforts to help graduate students progress to the successful completion of their degrees. The room encourages productivity, but also offers an opportunity for camaraderie: Come to do you work and also socialize with students from UCSB’s many outstanding graduate programs.

 

Credit: Jorge Cham and phdcomics.com

If you have any questions about the Dissertation Writer's Room, or any other career resources, please email Robert Hamm.

Thursday
May292014

Teaching Opportunity for Majors in Education, Linguistics, TESOL, Cultural Studies, and Social Sciences

Credit: Chongqing University

Are you looking for an opportunity to teach abroad? Are you trying to build your teaching experience for a year or two? Do you want to learn Chinese in China for free while making money? Well, here is a great opportunity! Chongqing University School of Foreign Languages and Cultures in China is hiring 10 or more professors to teach English to college students. The university is looking for both native English speakers and non-native English speakers who are proficient in English.

  • Position Title: ESL Instructor
  • Contract: One year, renewable based on performance
  • Hours: 14 to 16 hours per week on average
  • Teaching: Courses on English-speaking countries cultures/English training for undergraduate students
  • Salary: 6,000 to 8,000 RMB (about $1,000 to $1,300 U.S.) per month, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Allowance: Travel allowance provided each semester.
  • Vacation: One month paid vacation for Lunar New Year, 1.5 months for summer, plus public holidays.
  • Housing: Free furnished two-bedroom apartment provided, a five-minute walk from the University.
  • Medical: Free basic medical care.
  • Language: Free Chinese language instruction.
  • Transportation: Free airline ticket (reimbursed at end of the contract).


Qualifications:
MA TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Cultural Studies or other social sciences preferred.
BA and two or three years’ ESL teaching experience+ CELTA/RSA/TESOL/TEFL Certificate will be considered.

Submit: (in pdf format)
CV/Resume
Cover Letter (summarizing experience, commitment to education and interest in China)

Send email to:
Dr. Dong: dongpingrong@cqu.edu.cn AND Ms. Vivian Lee: vivianlee87@foxmail.com

Deadline: June 15, 2014

Need help? Feel free to email me, Hala Sun, Diversity and Outreach Peer at hsun@graddiv.ucsb.edu.

For more information about the university, watch the following videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlISkcSM6us
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HwkeCXTMPg
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv2v6w4hxW9ESwA81cOVZ2Q

Monday
May122014

Navigating Your Non-Academic Career Path: Tips from Dave Forman's Talk 

Credit: HCI.orgIf you're thinking of a career outside of academia, then these tips from Dave Forman, UCSB undergrad and grad school alum and Chief Learning Officer of the Human Capital Institute, can set you on the right path to successfully navigate your non-academic career search.

Transferable Skills

Academics all have skills that are easily transferable to the business world, such as

  • Understanding and using research and statistics
  • Writing (knowing how to write clearly, simply, to the point, with the reader in mind)
  • Presenting
  • Synthesizing a variety of views
  • Being flexible (in this world, job descriptions change all the time; so if you’re flexible and resilient, you will succeed)

Opportunities and Networks

Students should use their work and school experiences to build their opportunities and expand their networks. Specifically,

  • Get a foot in the door. Do contract work or internships. Each small job can lead to new experiences, skills, contacts, and new jobs.
  • Don't be timid. Try different jobs in different places. Risks lead to opportunities.
  • Don’t stop working. Continue to build your brand and network all the time. Build your brand through your writing, speaking, and work.
  • Find a mentor.

The Recruiting Process

Recruiters are always busy and have hundreds of applications for a few positions. Many people never make it to a phone interview, let alone an in-person interview.

To get to the top of a recruiter's list, you should

  • Get a referral from someone. Companies prefer referrals. Remember, referrals don't have to be from close friends or family. They can be from a colleague, or a colleague of a colleague. 
  • Apply early, even before jobs are advertised if possible.
  • Use LinkedIn and keep your profile up-to-date, as recruiters will first look at this page to find out about you.
  • Use Glassdoor to research the company and the industry you are interested working in. This information will help when crafting your message.

Crafting Your Message

Finally, hiring managers don’t want to hire people because the process takes time and they will have to train the new person. They want a person to solve their business problems yesterday, so craft your message to solve a company's problems, such as

  • Competitive Threats
  • Slow Revenue Growth
  • Merger or Acquisitions
  • Aging Workforce
  • Yearly Strategic Initiatives

Hiring managers also want people with skills. Let them know you have desired capabilities, such as

  • Learning Agility
  • Resilience and Flexibility
  • Curiosity
  • Passion
  • Ownership and Accountability
  • Team Collaboration

Getting a Job is a Full-Time Job

Finally, the skills to get a job are not the same as doing the job. Always remember that:

  • Getting a job is not a part-time endeavor. Approach it casually and you will fail. Take it seriously and you will succeed.
  • Research and preparation are essential. Used LinkedIn and Glassdoor.
  • Expand and leverage your connections from acquaintances, colleagues, family, and former jobs. With the right referral you might not even have to interview for a job.
  • Don’t wait in line. Uncover jobs before they are posted.
Monday
Apr282014

Essential Items to Pack for a Job Interview

In a previous GradPost article, we described how to dress professionally for a job interview. But, do you know what you should bring to a job interview?

Credit: Shopucsbgauchos.comSarah Lemmon, a writer for Blogging4Jobs, recommends bringing the following items:

  • Watch
  • Written directions
  • Resume copies
  • Portfolio
  • Lint roller
  • Hairbrush/touch-Up makeup
  • Water
  • Snacks

See Lemmon's article, "Your Interview Packing List," for more information about what to bring to a job interview.

As a graduate student who recently survived interviewing season for faculty positions, I believe that Lemmon's list is pretty comprehensive. In addition to Lemmon's list of items, I also brought a USB drive, a computer, an A/V adapter for my job talk, and a list of questions for each of the groups that I met with (e.g., faculty, dean, students, department chair) to ensure that all of my questions would be answered.

One of the most important things you can bring to a job interview is your portfolio. My portfolio consisted of copies of my CV, teaching evaluations, and writing samples (e.g., two to three pages of published articles). I also designed a mission statement and handed it out to each of the groups that I met during the campus visit.

My mission statement (see screenshot below) was inspired by Johanna Greeson's article, "From PhD to Professor: Advice for Landing Your First Academic Position." It included my mission, guiding principles, aspirations, and plans for publishing, research, and grant proposals. Having a portfolio allowed me to show my accomplishments and aspirations rather than just talking about them.

Mission Statement

So, before your next job interview, make your own packing list. This will help you feel more prepared and less stressed.

Thursday
Apr242014

One-Year Lecturer Position Opening at Teachers College, Columbia University

The programs in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, are seeking a Lecturer with demonstrated teaching experience and research interests in one or more of the following areas: second language acquisition (SLA), second language pedagogy, and pedagogical grammar. This one-year position is renewable, subject to performance review and program needs, but does not lead to tenure.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach courses in the following areas: SLA, teaching practicum, or pedagogical English grammar
  • Teach five courses per academic year
  • May need to teach one course during a summer session for extra pay
  • Advise M.A. students
  • Serve on dissertation committees
  • Participate in routine program administrative activities
  • Build or maintain an active research and professional profile in TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, SLA, or a closely related field
  • Evidence of scholarship potential in one of these three areas: TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or SLA
  • A record of successful ESL and/or EFL teaching experience
  • A record of graduate level teaching
  • Emerging evidence of service to the field of TESOL or Applied Linguistics
  • Ability to perform administrative duties and to work collaboratively

To apply:

  1. Cover letter (detailing how you meet the qualifications for the position)
  2. A teaching philosophy
  3. CV
  4. Three letters of reference e-mailed directly by the referees to Dr. Han at:  tesolsearch@tc.columbia.edu (subject line: "TESOL/AL Lecturer Position 2014”)

Submit application materials at the following link on the TC Employment website:

https://careers.tc.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54657

Correspondence should be addressed to:

Professor ZhaoHong Han
Search Committee Chair
The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program, Box 66
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027-6061 USA

Thursday
Apr242014

Professional Development: Intensive Training Opportunity in Educational Evaluation

 

The University of California Educational Evaluation Center (UCEC) is offering a wonderful opportunity for UC graduate students to participate in a three-day intensive training workshop on educational evaluation.

Reasons to Apply:

  1. You will receive training in methods and theory, as well as participate in skill-based workshops in educational evaluation conducted by nationally recognized UC scholars.
  2. You will have an opportunity to share your individual research interests and receive feedback from UC professors and other participating graduate students.
  3. It is FREE to attend the Institute. Admission to the Institute includes training materials, lodging (shared hotel suite with one or two other student for two nights), and several meals (two breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner). In addition, students will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $350 for transportation to/from the training (receipts required) after the Institute. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Application Checklist:

  1. Institute Application Form
  2. CV (12-point, Times New Roman font; 1” margins; maximum two pages)
  3. One faculty letter (faculty recommenders should send their letters to ucec@gseis.ucla.edu with the subject line "UCEC Institute Letter of Support for [student’s last name]"

Deadline: Sunday, April 27, 11:59 p.m. PST

Instructions:

  1. Send your application material to UCEC at ucec@gseis.ucla.edu
  2. Subject heading should be: "YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST INITIAL - UCEC Institute Application”
  3. All submitted files must adhere to the following naming convention: "YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST INITIAL - DOCUMENT TYPE.pdf". The document should be identified as: "IAF" (Institute Application Form), "CV" (Curriculum Vita)

For the specific application guidelines, click here.

 

Thursday
Apr242014

Resources for Navigating the Non-Academic Labor Market

Career Services Center

If you are planning to pursue a career outside of academia, it may seem like you have to navigate this process on your own. Fortunately, there are many online and campus-based resources to help you navigate the non-academic job market.

L. Maren Wood, Ph.D., recently published an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education called, "The Ph.D.'s Guide to a Nonfaculty Job." In this article, Dr. Wood shares tips and advice for navigating the nonfaculty job market. Dr. Wood emphasizes the importance of highlighting your skills over your credentials, knowing where to look to find jobs, and building your network.

As a graduate student, you have free access to campus resources, such as Career Services. You can meet with a Career Services counselor for advice on finding jobs, improving your resume, and building your network. In fact, the Career Services website has an entire page dedicated to the non-academic job search (http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/gradstudents/non-academic-job-search).

Another useful (and free!) resource is Versatile PhD. Versatile PhD is a web-based resource where you can participate in discussion forums, connect with panels of experts in your field, view examples of cover letters and resumes, and learn the step-by-step process of applying to and securing non-academic jobs.

Here are some additional resources: