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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Summer 2014
(Email for availability)

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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Finding a Job in the Net Generation

Google search screenshotJob search advice websites and various news outlets have been buzzing recently about the importance of using the Internet to stand out in a job search. Employers are increasingly more likely to Google your name or ask for a digital resume. Browse through the collection of articles listed below to learn more about how you can find a job using social media and web 2.0 tools.

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Apply by May 10 -- UC Davis Graduate Diversity Officer Position Vacancies

A minimum of a master’s degree is required, although candidates with other advanced degrees are especially encouraged to apply.UC Davis' Office of Graduate Studies has opened a call for applications for two Graduate Diversity Officers to support recruitment and retention efforts:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Diversity Officers are responsible for providing overall direction and implementation of a student recruitment and retention plan for students whose backgrounds enhance the diversity of graduate education.

The role of the Graduate Diversity Officer is to increase the presence and the academic success of a more diverse population of graduate students in targeted fields, including first generation students, underrepresented women and minority students, students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, students of color and students with disabilities who apply, are admitted to and complete masters and doctoral degrees. In support of achieving this goal, the Graduate Diversity Officers provide significant academic input as Managers of the Graduate Diversity Program and work to achieve the goals of the Program through individual but coordinated efforts of recruitment, admission advising, and support of admitted students, as well as development of institutional educational programs that contribute to a more welcoming and supportive campus culture for a diverse graduate student population.

The Graduate Diversity Officers interact closely with deans, graduate program chairs, faculty, administrators, staff, and with other diversity coordinators to foster diversity and support the overall mission of the University and its Principles of Community.

A minimum of a master’s degree is required, although candidates with other advanced degrees are especially encouraged to apply.

Position descriptions and application information may be found at

Application Closing Date: Friday May 10, 5 p.m.

Questions and applications should be addressed to Adrienne Wonhof at or (530) 752-8773.


List of Faculty Salaries From Over 1,000 Colleges and Universities

Faculty Salary Table: Columbia UniversityAre you currently interviewing for a faculty position? Interested in learning about how much faculty make at select colleges or universities?

In the faculty section of The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can find an interactive Faculty Salary table that lists the average salary for full professors, assistant professors, associate professors, and instructors at over 1,000 colleges and universities. You can click on individual rows to see how the college or university's faculty salaries stack up against other institutions.

This can be a helpful tool to use when applying to faculty positions and negotiating your first salary.


Apply to Be the Graduate Initiatives Intern

The UCSB Office of Student Life (OSL) is hiring interns for the 2013-14 academic year. Student Life Interns work collaboratively in support of OSL programs, including Campus Organizations, Fraternities & Sororities, and Leadership Development, as well as First-Year & Graduate Initiatives. Interns will be assigned emphases based on their interests and expertise. Student Life Interns serve as liaisons to the student community and assist in the development of effective programs, policies, and procedures.

Specific duties include:

  • Assist with program delivery, including workshops, banquets, campaigns, conferences, and meetings
  • Assist with marketing of programs and services, including print, digital, and worth-of-mouth formats
  • Assist with office administration, including email communication, telephone calls, data entry and maintenance, filing, and organizing
  • Contribute to major writing projects, such as procedure manuals and website content
  • Attend bi-weekly team meetings and meet as needed with supervisor
  • Attend campus meetings and serve on campus committees

Internship Dates

August 5, 2013 – June 13, 2014 (Summer 2013 Session B – Spring 2014)

Applicants must be available to attend training beginning August 5 and then work for the duration of the summer. The exact hours of training will be coordinated among the selected interns and the professional staff.

General Information

  • Work an average of 10 hours per week – standard/starting pay rate is $10 per hour ($15 per hour for graduate students)
  • Appointments are limited to four quarters, including summers; incumbents must be registered students
  • Interns with excellent performance records may be invited to a second-year appointment
  • All positions require occasional night, evening, weekend, and holiday work
  • All positions include special projects and duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of/experience in at least one area of Student Life (Campus Organizations; Fraternities & Sororities; Leadership Development; First-Year Programs; Graduate Programs)
  • Excellent role model to other students/student leaders
  • Interest in career in higher education and student affairs
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (or demonstrated commitment to academic achievement)
  • Strong communication and organization skills; extremely reliable, detail-oriented, and self-motivated
  • Fond of working in a team environment; able to work well with others under pressure
  • Computer skills (OSL uses Windows, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite)

Click here for more information. Applications due Monday, May 13, 2013


Recovery Peer Internship Available

The Recovery* Program at UCSB will provide an opportunity for a UCSB student in recovery from substance use to provide mentoring to other students in recovery and to work with Alcohol & Drug Program (ADP) Staff to continue the development of a the Gauchos for Recovery program for recovering students. 

Recovery Peer Interns will have the opportunity to serve the UCSB recovering community and help to develop a program that will have lasting impact. The position will also provide interns with skills in marketing and outreach, program development, qualitative research, and basic counseling health promotion skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Help ADP staff to further develop and implement the Gauchos for Recovery program using evidence-based models
  • Outreach to other recovering students and students considering recovery, utilizing both traditional and creative approaches
  • Serve as a supportive mentor to students considering or in early recovery, connect them with campus and community resources
  • Assist with the development of the program website and brochures (includes all aspects such as text, formatting, layout/design, etc.)
  • Conduct focus groups or field research in the process of program development
  • Attend weekly collegiate recovery program meetings
  • Assist ADP staff in planning of weekly meetings
  • Assist with additional projects associated with any research projects, grants or gifts related to the program
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications desired:

  • At least 1 year of continuous sobriety (abstinence from alcohol and all other non-prescribed drugs). This may be negotiable if the applicant can demonstrate a strong commitment to long-term sobriety.
  • Active participation in a 12-step recovery program
  • Ability to be an effective role model for recovering students
  • Ability to make public presentations
  • Must be a UCSB student
  • $10/hour for undergraduate student; $15/hour for graduate student
  • Approximately 10 hours per week
  • Desired 1 year commitment (September 2013 to June 2014)

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Angie Bryan, MFTI at by May 8, 2013.

*Our working definition of Recovery: Recovery from substance dependence is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal wellness, and citizenship.


Take the 2013 Versatile PhD Survey!

The Versatile PhD user survey wants you! Students, faculty, staff: Have you used Versatile PhD? If so, please take this survey:

UCSB Graduate Division has purchased this service for you and wants to know what you think.

The Versatile PhD is an online resource about non-academic careers for Ph.D.s and ABDs. It includes robust discussion forums, online chats about different careers, and real-life examples of non-academic job success stories. Because you are a student at UCSB, you get access to the Premium Content Area where those high-quality written materials are stored. Log in with your UCSB NetID at This will take you to a secure site where you can establish your own login for the Versatile PhD.


STEM Program Evaluation Consultant

AAUW logoThe American Association of University Women (AAUW) is looking for an individual to help them evaluate their Tech Trek camp. Tech Trek is a science and math camp for girls entering the eighth grade. The goal of the camp is to inspire girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career paths.

The AAUW would like to hire an evaluation consultant who will design, implement, and analyze pre- and post-surveys to better understand the effectiveness of the program.

Required skills include:

  • Knowledge of gender equity
  • Knowledge of STEM education
  • Strong background in design, implementation, and analysis of evaluation tools
  • Ability to tailor data to meet funders' requirements

The deadline to apply to this position is Monday, April 26.

For more information, read the following document: Request for Proposal – STEM Program Evaluation Consultant


Alternative PhD Careers Group on LinkedIn

We've talked before on the GradPost about using LinkedIn as a way to build your digital reputation, network, and search for jobs. Another great advantage to this professional social network is the plethora of groups focused on different career topics. Today, I came across Alternative PhD Careers, a LinkedIn group with nearly 7,000 members dedicated to exploring careers outside academia with a particular focus on the sciences. The discussion forums are very robust with thoughtful, informative answers from both professionals and current grad students.

While you're at it, browse the Groups directory at LinkedIn to find more discussion groups related to your industry or career paths in which you are interested. These groups are a great way to turn LinkedIn from a passive activity to a proactive job searching tool. You never know what connections you might make!


Why Women Leave Academia

Woman ProfessorSource: MicrosoftIn a sobering recount of a study about women's retention in a chemistry Ph.D. program, Curt Rice describes the many unappealing aspects of pursuing a position in academia after graduating (i.e., moving for multiple postdocs, lack of support, ongoing process of finding funding, lack of security in employment, sacrificing time spent with family) (See Why Women Leave Academia and Why Universities Should Be Worried). While both men and women face many of these challenges, women face the additional obstacle of not being competitive enough because of their gender.

In the study, The chemistry PhD: the impact on women's retention, the researchers found that 72 percent of first year female students in the Ph.D. program reported an interest in pursuing a career as a researcher (industry or academia). However, by the third year of the program, only 12 percent of the women were still interested in pursuing a career in academia. Looking at the statistic in another way, 88 percent of the female students in the Ph.D. program did not want to pursue a faculty position.

What are your thoughts about this study? Are you still interested in pursuing a career in academia? What obstacles have influenced your decision about your career path? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


Common Job Interview Bloopers to Avoid

HandshakeSource: Microsoft/FotoliaThere are many ways to sidestep questions, answer the questions you want to answer, or please everyone in a job interview. But do these tricks really work?

Not according to Robert J. Sternberg, the Provost and Senior Vice President at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Sternberg's article in the Chronicle of Higher Education features the top 12 job interview bloopers that he has witnessed and he recommends avoiding these situations at all costs. Don't let these bloopers ruin your next job interview—make sure to read the full article: 12 Bloopers to Avoid in Job Interviews.

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