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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer:
Shawn Warner-Garcia
Mon: 10 a.m. to noon
Wed: 10 a.m. to noon
Fri: 10 a.m. to noon

Diversity & Outreach Peer:
Vacant

Funding Peer:
Kyle Crocco
Tue: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing Peer:
Ryan Dippre
Mon: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Tue: 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wed: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Communications Peer:
Melissa Rapp
Mon: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thu: 1 to 3 p.m.

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
Jan272015

The Trials and Tribulations of the Campus Visit

If you're on the job market this season, then the time is getting ripe (or already has gotten ripe) to start fielding invitations for campus visits. The advice for campus visits currently available online suggests that the experience of a campus visit is something akin to sprinting a marathon: an exhilarating, but exhausting event. 

While there is a great deal of practical advice for campus visitees out there, a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed is particularly effective in tackling the 7 Hazards of the Campus Visit. Nancy Scott Hanway, the author of the piece, addresses the legitimate concerns of many graduate students, including being asked inappropriate questions, handling odd or random comments, and being offered alcohol. Hanway also provides a short quiz at the end of the article, which lets you put her advice into action. It's worth a read if you are gearing up for campus visits.

Tuesday
Dec022014

UC Humanities Research Institute to Host Graduate Career Workshop in San Diego

The UC Humanities Research Institute and the UC Humanities Network invite graduate students to attend a statewide career workshop to be held in San Diego on Friday, February 20, 2015. The day-long, hands-on workshop will include:

  • Stories from the Field: A roundtable of recent UC Ph.D.s employed in careers alongside/beyond the academy
  • Two-part workshop on informational interviews and career trajectories for Humanities Ph.D.s led by Dr. Debra Behrens, Career Counselor at UC Berkeley
  • Hands-on workshop with The Resume Studio
  • Theorizing Our Moment: A panel conversation about work and graduate student experiences

The UC Humanities Network is pleased to provide travel and lodging grants for up to three students from each UC campus to attend the event. To register for or learn more about the conference and to apply for a travel grant, click here. Travel grant applications are due January 19, 2015.

Wednesday
Jul302014

UCSB’s Graduate Division Seeks Student Input on Schedule for Fall Dissertation Writer’s Room

Credit: www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

This summer, the Graduate Division has hosted a Dissertation Writer’s Room, a quiet workspace for UCSB’s graduate students to work on their dissertations. Strong student turnout thus far indicates the need and value of this resource, so we plan to continue it during the fall quarter.

If you are a UCSB graduate student, please take a moment and complete this brief survey. Your responses will help us to plan a schedule that works best for you.

For more details on the Dissertation Writer's Room, visit this announcement. For a look at this space, visit this link.

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

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

Wednesday
Apr162014

Two Great Teaching Job Opportunities in Northern California

credit: international rescue committee

Looking to teach in Northern California? Consider these job opportunities:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor position: International Rescue Committee (IRC), San Jose, CA office

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
is looking for someone with experience to teach ESL classes to adult refugees who are preparing for employment in the United States. The ESL Instructor will teach and create lessons focusing on vocational English. This is a full-time position in San Jose, CA.

Here are some basic requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education or related field
  • ESL certification, such as TOSEL, TEFL or CELTA required
  • At least two years experience in ESL instruction or Adult Education
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, active insurance policy, and access to reliable transportation

For more information, visit http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=10442

 

credit: York schoolSpanish Language Teaching Position: York School, Monterey, CA

York School, a college preparatory, co-educational independent day school for grades 8-12, is currently looking for a full-time Spanish language teacher. Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish
  • Ability to engage students to converse in Spanish in and out of class
  • Excellent writing skills both in English and Spanish.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues
  • Ability to sponsor a significant activity
  • Comfort with the independent school setting and involvement
  • Understand and exhibit high standards of professional conduct
  • Warmth, sense of humor, and tact
  • Experience and willingness to use technology in the classroom preferred

For more information, visit http://www.york.org/storage/Spanish%2014-15.pdf

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or need mentoring in applying to these jobs (Hala Sun, Diversity and Outreach Peer Advisor, hsun@graddiv.ucsb.edu)

Monday
Mar312014

How to Tell Your Advisor that Faculty Life Is Not for You

AdvisorCredit: Funding PeerMany graduate students have anxiety telling their advisors about their desire not to follow the sweet faculty life. Based on what I've seen and experienced at UCSB, graduate advisors think their students want to be just like them.

So how do you break your advisor's heart – and still get that reference or permission to do an internship out of the department? The following is my personal advice on how to handle the situation.

Prepare for the conversation

First, frame your conversation to stress the difficult job market for academia and that you want to be prepared for the possibility of not landing that sweet tenure-track job in Nowheresville, USA.

Next, do research on what options are available to you in your field of study.

Then, have a plan of what you are going to say and what research you have done.

Address push/pull factors

Let your advisor know what is pushing you away from academia and what is pulling you toward another field.

Push factors can include things such as the difficult job market in academia, your mounting financial obligations, and your geographical limitations.

Pull factors can include how you feel you can make a better, more meaningful contribution to a non-academic field such as government, non-profit, industry, or administration.

Ask for something specific

Be polite and explain to your advisor what you exactly need from him or her, in terms of a letter of reference or  permission to work in a non-academic internship.

Prepare a cheat sheet to show how the advisor can write your non-academic reference to best present your skills.

If things go wrong

Most advisors will be helpful, but if you feel your advisor is being unreasonable, you always have recourse to your department chair or the Graduate Division.

For more information on this topic, read The Chronicle of Higher Education advice article by L. Maren Wood, "How to Tell Your Advisor."

Thursday
Mar132014

Versatile PhD Online Panel Discussion: 'Careers in Social Media' 

Interested in learning more about how to turn an interest in social media into a career? All this week (March 10-14), Versatile PhD will host an online panel discussion with several humanities and social science PhDs and/or ABDs who have become social media professionals.

As a UCSB graduate student, you have free access to the information and resources on Versatile PhD. To learn more about accessing its premium content, such as the panel discussions, follow these simple instructions provided by Graduate Division.

To participate in the panel discussion on "Careers in Social Media," register on Versatile PhD, then visit the Humanities Forum anytime this week and search for threads beginning with the keyword "Panel." The expert panelists will answer questions throughout the week. If you prefer, you can receive posts by email: Log in, got to "MyVPhD, and then select "Notifications."

Sunday
Mar022014

Survey Shows Strapped Scientists Abandoning Research and Students

Credit: Funding PeerBad funding news for future and current graduate students pursuing science and engineering research.

In a Chronicle of Higher Education survey of over 11,000 scientists who had received grant funding from either the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the National Science Foundation (NSF), due to lack of funding more than half of the respondents had abandoned an area of investigation central to their lab's mission and more than three-quarters had reduced their recruitment of graduate students and research fellows.

In the article, "Strapped Scientists Abandon Research and Students," Paul Basken and Paul Voosen report that based on the Chronicle survey "for better or worse, the nation’s scientists have embarked on an unequivocal downsizing of their capability to perform basic investigative research."

It's not only research and students that are affected, but full-time research positions have been reduced as well. According to the National Science Board (the NSF’s governing authority), fewer than 75 percent of people holding science and engineering doctorate degrees are being employed in academia in full-time faculty positions. This is down from 90 percent in the 1970s.

However, there is hope. Michael S. Teitelbaum, in his new book "Falling Behind? Boom, Bust, and the Global Race for Scientific Talent," argues that the current downturn in science funding is merely the fifth alarm-boom-bust cycle since the late 1940s. Such downturns eventually lead to fears of shortages, which lead to interventions in the forms of money and visas, which is later followed by another bust as interest wanes.

For more on the survey and how reduced funding is affecting research, read Basken and Voosen's full article.

Wednesday
Jan222014

Essential Take-Aways from the 'How to Work a Career Fair' Workshop

Happy Resume ManCredit: Open Clip Art

Below are some of the essential take-aways for those of you who missed the excellent presentation on “How to Work a Career Fair” by Cathleen Dunn, a UCSB alum and Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Talent Acquisition Manager, on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Career Services.

Own the Process!
Research beforehand, make personal contacts, and follow up on the contacts you make. About 60% to 75% of jobs come about by making a personal contact.

Prepare
Review the list of employers, tailor your résumé to 5 to 6 specific companies, identify the skills you have and match them with the talent a company needs.

Dress to Impress
Conservative dress is best. If it looks like you could have fun in your outfit, you need to change.

Practice Your Approach
Prepare your 30-second commercial with your name, major, qualifications, career goals, that relate to the needs of the specific companies.

Take Control
Be energetic, make eye contact, and have a firm handshake.

Practical Tips
Turn off your phone, bring a pen, use a checklist of employers to visit, and print more résumé copies than you think you will need (because you will need them).

Helpful Keywords
Study-abroad experience means you have the ability to adapt. Waiting tables or working at Starbucks means you have customer service and sales experience.

Things to Remember
Do not be shy, follow up, initiate and maintain contact with employers you meet, send a thank-you email to the employers you are interested in.

Finally…
Go to the next “How to Work a Career Fair” workshop to get the full scoop. You will not regret it.

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Wednesday
Jan222014

What You Missed at Resume+

Credit: Open Clip Art

If you were too busy to go to Career Services on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., this is what you may have missed at Resume+.

  • A chance to meet with one of 14 human resource recruiters from companies that will be represented at next week's Winter Career Fair.
  • Ten to 15 minutes of personalized critique of your résumé on such things as:
    • Format
    • Job Description
    • How to make your content stand out

Besides résumé advice, there were also:

  • Useful tips on how to prepare for the Career Fair. (Hint: Cover that tattoo and have a firm handshake).
  • A chance to join the UCSB Alumni Association and hear future talks from people who have been successfully employed.
  • Delicious cookies from the UCSB Alumni Association representative. (The chocolate chip was especially yummy).

If you could not attend Resume+, you can always drop in at Career Services, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.