Archive for April, 2012

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

Posted on April 27, 2012 in Kaneb Center

Developing a teaching portfolio is a common practice for graduate students interested in an academic career. Teaching portfolios document your teaching/TA experience, provide a scholarly argument in support of your teaching effectiveness, and foster a habit of reflective practice. The basic components of a teaching portfolio are a teaching philosophy statement, sample syllabi and other course materials, and teaching evaluations. The Kaneb Center is available to consult with you as you compile your materials and reflect on your teaching/TA experience. We can also help you to determine the best types of materials to present to different audiences whether for a postdoctoral opportunity, fellowship/grant, or an academic job search. Planning and preparation are central to the job search, why not enhance your efforts by creating a teaching portfolio.

EAP Celebrates Two Years of Accomplishments

Posted on April 25, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, International Students

Over the past two years the CSLC’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program has worked to help international students achieve their academic goals. Since the very first EAP workshop in Fall 2010 we have presented nearly 50 additional sessions with topics ranging from “Editing & Revising Academic Writing” to “Interviewing and Networking Strategies for International Students.” In that time we have also offered four courses for graduate students and hosted countless one-on-one tutoring and consultation sessions.

One question we often hear is: “What advice do you have for international students studying in an English-speaking environment for the first time?” Second language acquisition is dependent on a variety of factors; students progress at different rates depending on individual characteristics. Those students who make the most progress apply the strategies they learned in their many years of English classes (and from EAP events) to every context. No matter what you are doing, whether you are in a class, studying, or talking with your colleagues, you can work on specific aspects of your academic English.

It is the goal of the EAP to have all students improve their oral and written communication proficiency by supporting them wherever possible. The courses and workshops are designed to help international students have successful academic experiences at Notre Dame. In addition, we work to promote international students’ professional development so they can excel in careers, fully prepared and with confidence.

If you or anyone you know as questions regarding EAP support, please contact me directly, or 631-4227.

Thank you for helping to promote EAP resources to international students and others.

Stew Markel

Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)
Assistant Director for Assessment & Testing
Coordinator, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Establishing a Professional Online Presence

Posted on April 11, 2012 in Graduate Student Union

Graduate students everywhere have or are creating online profiles, webpages, and blogs for professional use in networking, job hunting, and applications.  If you are looking for adivice or considerations in developing your own professional online presence join us Thursday, April 26th 2012 from 2 – 4 pm, in the Notre Dame Room of LaFotune Hall.

The GSU TREC Committee will be joined by:

  • Don Schindler of AgencyND to discuss Personal Branding & Blogging
  • Ann Moran of Graduate Career Services to discuss Webpage Content Checklist & Public Posting Cautions
  • Kevin Zeise of ND Marketing to discuss Effective Use of and Cautions for Facebook, LinkedIn & Google+
  • Shari Hill of ND Webmaster to discuss eProfiles @ Notre Dame
  • Tim Flanagan of ND General Counsel to discuss Copyrights, Legalities and Other Issues

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

You can pre-register here.


Advice for Graduate Students

Posted on April 5, 2012 in Career Center, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Writing Center

Has graduate school got you down? Having problems managing work and family? Are you worried about debt? Are you feeling stressed? Are you looking for strategies for success? Would you like some advice about writing a dissertation?

The Chronicle of Higher Education devotes an entire section of its website to Advice for Graduate Students.