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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Summer 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer
Shawn Warner-Garcia

Mon-Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Writing Peer & Funding Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon, Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Communications Peer
Melissa Rapp

Mon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Charles Williams

By appointment

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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Vitae Issues Free Electronic Booklet on Academic Career Development

Vitae, the fast-growing community for higher education, has issued a free electronic version of their valuable guide for graduate students and young scholars that covers a variety of topics related to academic career development, including mentoring, dissertation writing, and social issues related to a career in higher education. The booklet represents a small portion of ongoing news and advice services that Vitae offers on their website. Additionally, Vitae has a large database of academic jobs, a free dossier service that lets scholars manage their professional documents, and a network that helps those scholars connect with colleagues, mentors, and collaborators.

To download the free booklet, click here.

Join Vitae and check out all their website has to offer.


Dissertation Writer's Room Reopens for the Fall Quarter

Credit: Kyle Crocco, Funding PeerStarting Tuesday, October 14, the Graduate Division's Dissertation Writer's Room will reopen for the fall quarter. While it began this summer as a quiet workspace for students writing dissertations, we're inviting all of UCSB's graduate students to make use of it. Whether you are completing the final round of revisions to your dissertation, or writing your first graduate seminar paper, you don't have to write in isolation. Schedule some time to write alongside your fellow graduate students in the Dissertation Writer's Room.

Where? Student Resource Building, Room 1103

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1 to 4 p.m.

Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to noon

The Graduate Division’s Dissertation Writer’s Room comfortably seats 18 writers and includes amenities such as ergonomic furniture, plenty of electrical outlets, coffee, tea, water, snacks, and wireless. One of the Graduate Division Peers will host the room and help everyone stay on course. Peers will also be available to discuss writing problems or provide encouragement or support as needed.

New this fall: An evening writing session!

In partnership with UCSB Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS), we are delighted to announce additional writing hours on Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Jay Stemmle of CLAS will facilitate this session and provide feedback (if needed) on writing and the writing process. Writers will meet in the CLAS Writing Lab, Room 3231 of the Student Resource Building.

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. If you have any questions about this service, or suggestions for other career resources, please email Robert Hamm.


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Seeks Nominations for 2015 National Graduate Student Symposium

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is currently seeking nominations of graduate students to be considered for its 14th Annual National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS). This exceptional academic and professional development opportunity for Ph.D.-level students will be held April 7-11, 2015, on the St. Jude campus in Memphis, Tennessee.

Program Information: The NGSS is an all-expenses-paid symposium to which 40 top Ph.D.-level graduate students from around the country are invited to participate. Information about St. Jude's research programs is available here, and the current St. Jude Scientific Report may be viewed here.

Eligibility: Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and their estimated graduation date must be between May 2015 and July 2016. Preference will be given to students whose work is relevant to the ongoing research at St. Jude.

Nomination, Application, and Notification Process: Students may apply only if they are nominated by a faculty advisor. There is no limit to the number of students an individual may nominate; however, nominations must be received by October 31. Invitations to apply will be sent to nominated students in November, and completed applications must be received by noon on December 15. A committee of St. Jude faculty members will review all applications and select the students who will be invited to attend the symposium. Those selected will be notified by January 30, 2015. To nominate one (or more) Ph.D. candidates to be invited to apply for the NGSS, visit the NGSS website and submit the student’s name, e-mail address, and approximate graduation date using the nomination form. Nomination of exceptional under-represented minority students is encouraged.

More Information: For students graduating before May 2015 who are interested in postdoctoral fellowships at St. Jude, please contact  For further information about postdoctoral opportunities at St. Jude, visit its postdoc website. Further inquiries regarding the symposium or postdoctoral opportunities at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be sent to Linda Harris, Associate Director and Liaison for University Affairs.


Versatile Ph.D. Online Panel Discussion: Careers in Higher Ed Development (Humanities/Social Science Fields) Oct 20-24

Versatile Ph.D. will host a free web-based asynchronous panel discussion on Careers in Higher Education Development from October 20-24. All panelists are Ph.D.s or ABDs in the humanities or social sciences, working in areas such as Development Writing, Prospect Research, Major Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Alumni Communications.

You may be surprised to learn how well things you already know how to do can carry over to this field! You can find more information here. You may read and participate in the discussion directly on the site, or you may follow the discussion via email.

All UCSB graduate students are eligible for upgraded access to the VPhD website thanks to the university's institutional subscription. To start your Versatile Ph.D. premium account credential, click here


Media Fields Journal Seeks Editorial Collective Members and a Web Designer

Media Fields Journal invites graduate students to join its editorial collective in an effort to collaborate and evolve with graduate students across the University of California, to cultivate the cross-disciplinarity and multi-mediality at the heart of its mission statement.

Media Fields Journal was launched by graduate students in UCSB’s Film and Media Studies Department in Winter 2010 and has been met with much enthusiasm. The journal emerged out of a research initiative to think in new ways about relations among media forms, space, and practices of knowledge production.

The production schedule is currently in place to produce three issues online per year. An issue was recently published titled “Playgrounds,” which explores a range of “video games” and their relationship to space. We also have forthcoming issues, in varying stages, which include “Spaces of Protest” and “Digital Distribution.”

Members of the editorial collective take turns co-editing themed issues of their own design. Members also help manage online content, manage funds, copy-edit, and evaluate submissions. Members’ hope is to develop the skills it takes to sustain an academic journal and to become more competitive candidates on the job market.

The group is currently seeking new members to join its editorial collective. A background or interest in Web design is a plus.

Candidates are asked to send an expression of interest, indicating why you’d like to join the editorial collective and a statement about your research interests, along with a copy of your CV. “We very much look forward to welcoming new graduate students who complement our current scholarly and creative strengths and will help lead the journal in new directions,” said Carlos Jimenez, a Ph.D. candidate in UCSB’s Film and Media Studies and Managing Coordinator of Media Fields Journal.

Please send all applications or inquiries to All applications should be submitted by October 20.

For more information, visit


What Can UCSB Career Services Do for You?

The Career Resource Room is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.UCSB Career Services is a key resource and trusted ally to graduate students. Their staff of career development experts works closely with Ph.D. and Masters students to help them successfully navigate and achieve their career goals.

In particular, they assist graduate students in three main areas that are pivotal to short- and long-term success in the transition from school to career:

  1. Honing career focus and goals. Clarifying and solidifying areas of interest, pertinent skills and strengths, and work values. This is not only invaluable to students personally, but also an important factor to employers in evaluating candidates and making hiring decisions.
  2. Acting strategically. With the inherent challenges and demands of graduate school, students can sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture in regards to career. Especially for students considering work outside of academia, it is important to develop an effective plan of action to pursue career goals, including gaining relevant experience, creating an effective CV/resume, building interview skills, and learning how to market their degree.
  3. Relationships and networking. Also significant to career development, especially in the highly competitive job market, is building a network of professional connections and developing communication skills. As much as possible, graduate students should access professionals inside and outside of academia to directly garner knowledge and seek guidance and assistance in pursuing their given areas.

Career Services also understands the unique challenges that graduate students often face in utilizing their services, including limited time, inconvenience, and potential conflicts of interest with an advisor or department.

John Coate is the Assistant Director and Coordinator of Graduate Student Services at UCSB Career Services

In support of these key areas and needs, Career Services has a strong menu of services, programming, and resources for graduate students:

  • Counseling and coaching
  • Career assessment
  • Targeted workshops and programs
  • CV, resume, and cover letter critiques
  • Interviewing skills
  • GauchoLink (online career and job search tool)
  • Employer events (fairs, info sessions, panels, networking programs)
  • Online resources for both academic and non-academic job searches
  • Career Resource Room (CRR)

There are several ways to access Career Services. The best place to start is by visiting the Graduate Student section of their website which outlines all of their services, programming, and resources. You can also make a 30-minute appointment with a counselor by calling 805-893-4412, or you come by the Career Resource Room in the Counseling and Career Services Building and have a peer advisor guide you in the right direction.


Graduate Student Sought for Video Consultant Position

The TA Development Program (TADP) is seeking a video consultant for the 2014-2015 academic year. TA Video Consultants serve as peer consultants to Teaching Assistants (TAs) in a spectrum of UCSB departments, including Engineering, Music, Film & Media, English, and Psychology. The consultant watches segments of the classroom videotaping with the TA for the purposes of:

  • reflecting on the teaching methods the TA is already using effectively
  • discussing aspects of their teaching that they would like to improve or modify

In addition, video consultants provide each TA with a written summary of the videotape discussion; they conduct at least one teaching skills workshop in winter or spring quarter, and they attend weekly training sessions in Fall and Winter quarters to increase their own skills and expertise.

The position pays $18 an hour. Here is more information about the position from the Office of Instructional Development.


As an applicant for this position, you must demonstrate that you have:

  • at least two quarters of TA teaching experience at UCSB
  • an awareness of a variety of approaches to teaching
  • a desire to work with TAs and explore instructional philosophies
  • an interest in learning more about teaching skills and methods
  • the ability to make non-judgmental observations
  • Some experience in training in communication and human relations skills would be helpful, but not essential

We seek to establish a team comprising consultants each from different departments, thus ensuring cross-disciplinary scope and skills. Disciplinary background is a consideration in short-listing candidates.  For more information, see the FAQ sheet.

How to apply:

Email a short, formal letter of interest with your curriculum vitae (CV) to:

Dr. Kim DeBacco
Instructional Consultant
in Instructional Development

Please address each of the specific qualifications in your letter of interest and, most importantly, indicate when you advanced to candidacy.

Note:  If you have a TA or RAship that is 50% (20 hours or more), you need to arrange an exception letter (a letter from your department that requests that the Graduate Division give you an exception). Your department will have to vouch for the fact that you are within “normative time to degree.” If applicable to you, please submit a copy of this letter requesting exception with your application.

Deadline:  Position open until filled.


Student Applicants Sought for 'Journey Through Science Day' in New York; Deadline Is September 23

On December 8, the New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo will host a special "Journey through Science Day" at the Academy's headquarters in New York City. Fifty exceptional students and early-career scientists (MS, Ph.D., and postdoc) will be selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo's research and development leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers. Additionally, each participant will be asked to present a poster on their research to highlight and share their own activities and interests with PepsiCo. There will be an award ceremony for the best posters at the end of the event.

Organizers are looking to invite individuals with experience in the following key areas:

  • Life Sciences: Nutrition, Biochemistry, Toxicology, Biology, and Pharmacology
  • Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Packaging Engineering
  • Food Science: Food Science specialties, Agriculture and Analytical Chemistry
  • Material Science: Material Science, Polymer Science

Application Information: Graduate students and postdocs may apply by submitting an application form via e-mail with the subject line "December Career Day." Travel awards will be considered on a case-by-case basis to encourage national and international participation.

Application Deadline: September 23

For more information, including an agenda of the day and frequently asked questions, visit the event website. You may also e-mail Thomas Magaldi, Ph.D., Director, Science Alliance (The New York Academy of Sciences).


Fielding Graduate University Seeks Post-Doctoral Fellow for Institute for Social Innovation

Fielding Graduate University seeks a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow to join its Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) in Santa Barbara, CA. Fielding’s ISI provides research, offers professional development programs, and works with organizations on sustainable change. Since 2002, the Institute has worked with a broad range of non-profit, business, and government organizations as well as individuals interested in furthering their professional development through our continuing education programs. ISI’s consulting teams consist of doctoral-level faculty, alumni, and advanced students who collaborate with groups and organizations around the country in the three program areas of research, professional development, and organizational consulting. Professional programs include certificates and courses in evidence based coaching, non-profit leadership, world café, and projects such as a worldwide network for gender empowerment (WNGE).

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will report to the Director of ISI and will coordinate their efforts with the Provost. The Post-Doctoral Fellow is expected to manage research, continuing education programs, and organizational consulting projects in accordance with the priorities set by the Director of ISI.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for the Post-Doctoral Fellow position will have a doctoral degree in a social science field relevant to Fielding's academic programs as well as evidence of scholarly productivity and management of funded research, professional development, and organizational consulting projects. The Post-Doctoral Fellow must be able to work in a distributed environment. A strong commitment to issues involving diversity and social justice is required. The ideal candidate will demonstrate computer literacy, leadership, and the ability to collaborate in a distributed academic environment. Experience with management of budgets, program development, and program evaluation is also highly desired. Candidates must have excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

Application Instructions: To apply, please click this link to complete our online application. An employment offer is contingent upon the positive outcome of a background check including a criminal history and educational degree verification. Fielding is committed to social justice and diversity, and encourages individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


Versatile PhD Online Panel Discussion: Subject Matter Consulting (All Fields) 9/22-9/26

Versatile PhD will host two free web-based asynchronous panel discussions on Subject Matter Consulting: One in the Humanities forum, the other in the STEM forum.

All panelists are PhD or ABD and became consultants based on the subject matter knowledge they developed during their PhD programs. Some are independent consultants, others work for consulting organizations. The point is, they found a need for their knowledge outside the academy.

Panelists introduce themselves on September 22, and answer your questions for the rest of the week. OK to invite friends; anyone may register on VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. Threaded discussion board format; participate anytime during the week. You can find more information on this event here.

Read and participate directly on the site, or turn on your VPhD email notifications to follow the discussion. Email settings are under MyVPhD on the site. All UCSB graduate students are eligible for upgraded access to the VPhD website thanks to the university's institutional subscription. To start your Versatile PhD premium account credential, start here

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