Weekly Announcements: September 1–7

Registration Reminders:

  1. Register to Become a GSA Representative
  2. WOW Week Registration (Deadline September 9)
  3. International Graduate Student Orientation Registration (Deadline September 9)

Professional Development:

  1. Graduate Studies Fall Travel Awards
  2. Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) Teaching Consultations
  3. Graduate Seminar on Academic Professional Development
  4. Academic Job Search Series, Parts I and II
  5. Positions Available at CSU East Bay
  6. Call for Papers: Medieval Association of the Pacific (Hosted by UC Davis)

Campus Announcements:

  1. Updated Graduate Student Guide
  2. SHIP Waiver Now Available

Community Announcements:

  1. Movies in the Park
  2. 2nd Friday ArtAbout, September 11, 2015
  3. 8th and Wake Graduate Student Housing

Registration Reminders:

1. Register to Become a GSA Representative

Are you interested in representing your department at GSA Assembly Meetings? The 2015–16 registration form is available now at gsa.ucdavis.edu/about/become-a-representative/.

Please note: all continuing representatives must fill out the registration form at the beginning of every school year.

2. WOW Week Registration (Deadline September 9)

All incoming graduate students are invited to participate in the Week of Orientation and Welcome (WOW), September 14–18, 2015. The deadline to register for WOW Week is September 9 at 5 p.m. Online registration is available here: https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/current-students/newly-admitted-students/orientation

3. International Graduate Student Orientation Registration (Deadline September 9)

International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) is a two-day orientation event September 10–11, 2015. All students are invited, particularly newly arrived international graduate students. The IGSO consists of a series of workshops, presentations and networking opportunities that will address issues and concerns specific to international students, such as:

  • Understanding the educational and cultural environment at UC Davis
  • Learning about services and resources of particular interest to international students and families, and
  • Connecting students and families to each other and the campus.

International graduate students will also have the opportunity to participate in the International Teaching Assistant Orientation- a required training program for new teaching assistants. The deadline to register for IGSO is September 9 at 5 p.m. Online registration is available here: https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/current-students/newly-admitted-students/orientation.

Professional Development:

1. Graduate Studies Fall Travel Awards

Graduate students who have traveled, or will be traveling, to present at meetings of nationally and international recognized professional societies between July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 may now apply for the Graduate Studies Fall Travel Award.  The award is for students who are near the completion of their degree who have not previously received the award.  Students must be in good academic standing, registered in full-time status, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The application deadline for students is October 15, 2015.  Applications must be submitted to the student’s graduate program for first review.  Awards will be announced the week of December 14, 2015.

Please see the Graduate Studies website (http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/current-students/financial-support/internal-fellowships/travel-awards) for details concerning the award and application process.

2. Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) Teaching Consultations

Dear Summer Session TAs and AIs,

How did midterm week go? Are you satisfied with how your students are interacting with you and their peers in class? How is the grading going? The Summer Session Teaching Consultants would like to remind you that we are here to help you and your students get the most out of your class this summer. We encourage you to take advantage of our free teaching and professional development opportunities. We offer confidential one-on-one consultations to help improve your teaching and build your teaching portfolio for academic job searches.

Please get in touch with us if there is anything that we can do to help you with your teaching this summer.  You can sign up online (see information below) to check out our consultation types and schedule an appointment.

We hope to see you soon!

Christy Cahill and Susan Talcott
(Summer Session Associate Instructor Teaching Consultants)

Do you want to improve your student evaluations?
Are you writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy or making a teaching portfolio and want feedback?
Do you want to build a competitive CV?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, request a consultation with the Associate Instructor Teaching Consultants today! We still have spots available during Summer Session II.

The Center for Educational Effectiveness offers free consultations to graduate students and postdocs to help improve their teaching effectiveness. You do not need to be a current TA or AI to benefit. TAs and AIs often find that their student evaluation scores go up after working with a teaching consultant because they can make changes before the course is over, and students appreciate their TA/AI’s extra effort. Working with a teaching consultant is great to include on a CV to demonstrate professional development in teaching. 

Consultation types available:

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Lesson Feedback – NEW! (get feedback on a lesson for your course, for a teaching demonstration, or to include in your teaching portfolio)
  • Mid-Quarter Interview
  • Video Recording or Classroom Observation
  • Presentation Skills
  • General Consultation

Learn more and sign up by following this link.

3. Graduate Seminar on Academic Professional Development

This fall quarter, Tom Hahn and Gail Patricelli will once again be leading a graduate seminar on Academic Professional Development for graduate students and postdocs.  The goal of this seminar is to help grad students get the job they want after graduation. Postdocs are also encouraged to participate in the class (many former postdocs have reported that the class was very useful in getting their jobs, so please encourage postdocs to attend.) The course will be focused on academic jobs, to avoid spreading ourselves too thin. However, much of the material will be equally applicable to non-academic jobs (e.g. industry, agencies, etc.), and one session will be focused on non-academic jobs.  I’ve attached the tentative syllabus with more details. The course will require some work.  You will each prepare a full job application packet (cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements) and critique the packets of others.  You will also work with a group to lead one of the discussions.

This course is open to grad students in their third year or beyond.  We hope to offer the course every other year, so if you’re early in our grad career you should get another chance to take it later (based on feedback, students seem to find the course more useful in the last year or two of your degree, when the job app materials can be written to better represent final results; some third year students might therefore consider taking it in 2017.)

 We will meet once a week for 2 hours on Mondays from 1:10-3pm in 2342 Storer Hall.  Lunches are welcome.

The course is capped at 30 students and the class has filled in the past.  So if you’re interested in taking the course, please register now so you get in:  ANB 290-002 CRN# 40948 (sign up for 2 credits).  If you’re a postdoc– no need to register, just show up and plan to participate in leading a discussion and writing/critiquing job apps.

For further questions, please email Gail Patricelli.

4. Academic Job Search Series, Parts I and II

Academic Job Search Series, Part I 

An Inside Look at a Faculty Search Committee

Wednesday, September 2

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Free, but registration requested

Gearing up for the academic job market this fall, or just want to know what to expect for the future? Don’t miss this faculty panel!

Gain an insider perspective, hearing from a diverse panel of faculty members from different academic institutions. Topics include: qualifications sought in a candidate, what stands out in an applicant’s portfolio, the interview screening process, and what to expect during an on-site interview. Panelists will also share insights on the different organizational structures, cultures and missions; tenure expectations and processes; and on-the-job work load (i.e., research vs. teaching ratio) of their academic institutions.


Brandi Asmus, Professor, Agriculture and Food Production, Woodland Community College

Robert Crawford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, California State University Sacramento

Nirmala Hariharan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Adjunct, Pharmacology, UC Davis

Mark Williams, Ph.D., Professor, Political Science and Director, Latin America Studies, Middlebury College

Archana Venkatesan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, UC Davis

Also, please join us Wednesday, September 9th from 10:00am to 4:00pm


Academic Job Search, Part II: Developing Your Application Packet

Free, but registration requested


This informative workshop will help demystify the process and provide tips on what your application should include. We will review curriculum vitae and cover letters for teaching positions within R1, liberal arts and community colleges; explore the differences between a teaching philosophy statement and statement of teaching excellence as well as what would be included in a teaching portfolio and diversity statement. We will also look at strategies for online, phone and screening interviews, preparing for the on-campus visit and strategies when negotiating an offer. Between 3:00pm and 4:00pm we will “workshop” your packet and have a career adviser and teaching consultants available to provide individualized guidance and help you make progress. Co-sponsored by GradPathways (Graduate Studies) and the UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness.

For additional ICC workshops and events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, visit: https://icc.ucdavis.edu/graduates/Events.htm.

Questions? Contact, Gwynn Benner (gwbenner@ucdavis.edu).

5. Positions Available at CSU East Bay

CSU East Bay is hiring! — See attached position descriptions.

They anticipate hiring 30-35 tenure-track faculty. They don’t sponsor, but will support international hires. The Internship and Career Center and Graduate Studies’ Graduate Diversity program will be sponsoring an upcoming event in October with CSU faculty and hiring managers sharing their tips and suggestions on the process and expectations. More on that soon.

Positions this year include:

·       Economics
·       Human resources (2 positions)
·       Information technology management (2 positions)
·       Recreational therapy
·       Hospitality management
·       Kinesiology (community engagement, education and physical activity)
·       Teacher education (reading literacy)
·       Communicative sciences and disorders (articulation, phonology, fluency, language acquisition)
·       English (multi-ethnic American literature, North American literature and environment/eco-humanities)
·       Arts (painting and drawing)
·       Forensic sciences
·       History of sustainability
·       Health care administration
·       Public budgeting
·       Political science (politics of race, ethnicity, community engagement)
·       Nursing
·       Psychology (clinical psychology)
·       Statistics and biostatistics
·       Data science
·       Cellular and molecular biology
·       Computational statistics

…and more.

See their website for more details: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/oaa/jobs/index.html

6. Call for Papers: Medieval Association of the Pacific (Hosted by UC Davis)

Medieval Association of the Pacific
50th Anniversary Annual Meeting

A Global Middle Ages
Davis, California
March 31–April 2, 2016

Call for papers: Proposals due October 30, 2015

In 2016, MAP will return to UC Davis, where it was founded, for a 50th anniversary celebration and conference with the theme “A Global Middle Ages.” MAP invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers as well as organized sessions of three 20-minute papers. We welcome papers and panels that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the period 500–1500, in any discipline (Philosophy, Art History, History, Literature and Culture, and/or Classics). Because of the “global” theme, we particularly invite papers that move beyond the European parameters of medieval studies to include East and West Asia, Mediterranean Studies, Africa, and Meso-America, and that consider contact zones, cultural exchange, trade, transmission, translation, and reception across times or places. Papers attentive to the history of rhetoric and to medieval Iberia are also especially welcome, in honor of James J. Murphy and Samuel Armistead and their contributions to medieval studies at the University of California Davis and around the world.


Campus Announcements:

1. Updated Graduate Student Guide

The Graduate Student Guide has been updated for 2015!  Please find the new version on the Graduate Studies website: https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/faculty-staff/reports-publications/guides-handbooks

2. SHIP Waiver Now Available

This notice is to advise you that the online waiver application for the 2015-16 academic year is now available. The waiver is online at http://shcs.ucdavis.edu/insurance/waiver.

All UC Davis students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP each academic year. If you have comparable health insurance, and you do not wish to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you will need to submit a waiver application no later than these posted deadlines:

– The Fall Semester waiver deadline was August 10, 2015

– The Fall Quarter waiver deadline is September 10, 2015

If you would like to remain enrolled in UC SHIP for the 2015-16 academic year, no action is required. To learn more about the benefits available to UC SHIP enrolled students, go to http://shcs.ucdavis.edu/insurance.

 NOTE: Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers care to all registered UC Davis students, regardless of their insurance coverage. To learn more about the services available through SHCS, go to http://shcs.ucdavis.edu.

 If you have any questions about the waiver process, UC SHIP, or the services available at SHCS, please contact the Insurance Services office at 530.752.6055 or via email at insurance@shcs.ucdavis.edu.

Community Announcements:

1. Movies in the Park

MOVIES IN THE PARK 2015 IS HERE (http://www.sunsetrotarydavis.org/movies-in-the-park-2015/)
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and come join us for a new Summer lineup with Movies in the Park 2015. Our big inflatable screen will be set up in Central Park, Davis. We have some great movies this summer and we’re looking forward to a great season.

September 12th @ 7:30 PM – Maleficent
September 19th @ 7:20 PM – Big Hero 6

Hope to see you all there! #DavisMIP2015

2. 2nd Friday ArtAbout, September 11, 2015

Davis Downtown presents 2nd Friday ArtAbout, a free, monthly self-guided artwalk, exploring pop up art shows, live music, and entertainment at galleries and businesses in Davis. For a full schedule of 2nd Friday ArtAbout events, see: http://3yhbe93av7coninqx3sngrv5y7.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wpcontent/uploads/2015/08/September2015_ArtAboutGuide.pdf

3. 8th and Wake Graduate Student Housing

Have you heard about 8th and Wake?!

8th and Wake is a newly-built housing community designed specifically for UC Davis graduate students!

Here are some things current residents are saying about their home:

Everyone has been excellent. Best place I’ve lived.”

Favorite things about 8th and Wake:

“The opportunity to meet other grad students”
“Reasonable rent; modern design and nice room layout”
“The building is energy efficient”
“Proximity to campus and grocery stores, quiet atmosphere, plenty of parking, feel safe”

Come visit us and find out if you’d like to be our neighbor!

(Please note: we are fully leased for Fall 2015, leasing starts in Spring for the ‘16-’17 school year)

8thandwake.com           8w@yolopropertymanagment.com            530 298 7777     1440 Wake Forest Drive

For additions or corrections, please email gsasecretary@ucdavis.edu 


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