Archive for February, 2012

At Home and Abroad: Teaching and Learning Without Borders

Posted on February 27, 2012 in Kaneb Center

Graduate students interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning are invited to register for the Thirteenth Annual Midwest Regional Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning that will be held at Indiana University South Bend on Friday, April 20, 2012The keynote speaker, Dr. Hilary E. Kahn, will address Transcending Boundaries Through Global Learning: Teaching Students to Reach In and OutTo view the conference program and register, click here.

Writing Center Read-Ahead Service

Posted on February 24, 2012 in Writing Center

Did you know that you can send a draft to a Writing Center tutor in advance of a consultation?

The Writing Center offers free, one-on-one consultations with writers in all disciplines, at any stage of the writing process–from planning a seminar paper to revising a dissertation chapter. If you are working on a longer piece, like an article-length paper or a dissertation chapter, consider using our Read-Ahead service so your writing consultant can read and make notes on your draft in preparation for your appointment.

To use this service, simply follow these steps:

  1. Schedule your appointment at least one week in advance using our online appointment scheduler.
  2. Send an electronic copy of your draft in Microsoft Word (doc or docx) format to immediately after scheduling your appointment, indicating in the subject line of the email that you are requesting the Read-Ahead service for the date of your appointment, like this:            SUBJECT: Read-Ahead for 3/20/12
  3. Come to the Writing Center in 203 Coleman Morse at the time of your scheduled appointment, and chat with your writing consultant about next steps for the writing project.

Regular conversation about a writing project with an attentive reader–like one of our trained graduate writing consultants–can help streamline the writing and revising process and enhance your productivity and efficiency.

Come see us soon in the Writing Center!

Checking In With The Graduate Career Blog…

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Career Center, Graduate School

Have you been keeping tabs on the Graduate Career Program blog lately? There’s been a number of helpful stories posted within the past few days that may be of interest to much of the graduate student population…

  • Success in Teaching
    A link to a Chronicle of Higher Education article that outlines the benefits of being an innovator in the classroom when pursuing future jobs.

See more helpful job searching tips and information at the Graduate Career Program blog!

Take a Graduate Course This Summer on College and University Teaching

Posted on February 17, 2012 in Graduate School, Kaneb Center

Graduate students are invited to register for a short, credit-bearing summer graduate course on university teaching and learning in various disciplines. These courses, listed as Graduate Education (GRED), are taught by experienced Notre Dame faculty.  Whether you are a graduate student currently serving as a TA or planning for a career in academia, enrolling in a GRED course is an excellent opportunity to further develop your pedagogical prowess.  Watch your mailboxes for the brochure or click here for course descriptions.

Language Support for International Students

Posted on February 15, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, Writing Center

Did you know that English language support is available for international students?

The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures’ English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program offers several initiatives for international students targeting English language skills. I encourage any students struggling with language issues to take advantage of our services.

The EAP Workshop Series is intended to provide international students opportunities for improving their English language proficiency in ways that directly support their academic goals. Workshops are open to all international students and do not require registration. Each 75-minute workshop is designed to be hands-on with opportunities for demonstration, Q&A/discussion, and practice.

In addition to the workshops the CSLC offers tutoring and consultation sessions for international students. Please see our website for more information:

Thank you for helping to promote these EAP resources to the international students and others in your department. Please forward this message to interested students and faculty.

Stew Markel
Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)
Coordinator, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Presentation Skills Workshop

Posted on February 8, 2012 in Graduate School, Reilly Center

Come see Trevor Pinch speak on “Science: The Benevolent Monster” on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm in DeBartolo Hall 102 and afterwards join Melinda Gormley in DeBartolo 109 for a presentation skills workshop. Melinda will use Pinch’s lecture as a way to begin a conversation about presentation skills.  The discussion will cover aspects of the presentation that are and are not in a speaker’s control, and what did and did not work well during the talk. The aim of this workshop is to think about the variety of features that are part of a presentations including the talk’s content, speaker’s mannerisms, use of audio and visual material, the facility, and the audience.

Sociologist of science Trevor Pinch is co-author of The Golem with Harry Collins. In The Golem, Collins and Pinch use case studies of scientific controversies to look at how science operates and show that science is not as structured and straight-forward of a process as the public typically believes. Their concept of science as a golem is the basis on Pinch’s February 9 talk.