Weekly Announcements, May 16-27


  1. Volunteers Needed for Women of Color Graduate Panel
  2. UC Davis Health Student Review – Call for Applications to serve as a Student Editor
  3. Student Voices Needed for College of Letters and Science Dean Selection

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. TA Positions in African American and African Studies
  2. TAs needed for Religious Studies and Human Rights

Professional Development:

  1. Career Trek: Exploring Careers in Biotechnology
  2. Writing an Effective Proposal in the Social Sciences
  3. Effectively Integrating Technology into Your Teaching
  4. Interdisciplinary Instruction: Designing a Course, Creating a Syllabus
  5. Getting It Done: Individual and Group Strategies for Overcoming Writing Blocks and Maximizing Your Writing Productivity
  6. Getting a Jump Start on Your Job Search


1. Volunteers Needed for Women of Color Graduate Panel

My name is Teresa Lopez, I am a member of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. Our organization is planning a workshop on May 20th called Graduate Women of Color. The workshop will consist of a panel that includes women of color who have attended graduate school or women who are currently attending graduate school. As of now are trying to find volunteers who would like to be a part of the panel. We are looking for women with different cultural backgrounds and disciplines (education, STEM, social sciences, arts & humanities, etc).
Each person on the panel will give the audience a small background about themselves and discuss any hardships or difficulties faced, especially as a woman of color. The audience will consist of undergraduates and will be asking the panel questions. If you are interested please feel free to email me as soon as possible. We are hoping to get at least 5-7 women. This is a great opportunity to encourage and inspire women of color that may need some guidance and support. Plus there will be free dinner!
The workshop will be May 20th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

Contact: Teresa Lopez <telopez@ucdavis.edu>

2. UC Davis Health Student Review – Call for Applications to serve as a Student Editor

I am a MD/PhD student at UCD, and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new UC Davis Health Student Review. We are looking to recruit a number of enthusiastic graduate and professional students to join our editorial team. Can you please advertise the attached application to the graduate student body?

Our journal can be found at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/review/index.html

The application for interested students is available here. We will consider applications year-round, but it is advantageous to submit ASAP.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Contact: John Paul J. Aboubechara, MD/PhD Student, jjaboube@ucdavis.edu

3. Student Voices Needed for College of Letters and Science Dean Selection

Four outstanding candidates for the position of Dean – College of Letters and Science are scheduled for interviews starting on Monday, May 16, 2016. We apologize for the very short notice but we had to move swiftly to schedule our top finalist candidates for campus visits.

You are invited to meet with the candidates at the following meetings:

Candidate A
Tuesday, May 17, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Meeting Room 1

Candidate B
Friday, May 20, 2016
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Social Sciences and Humanities, Room 2203

Candidate C
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Social Sciences and Humanities, Room 2203

Candidate D
Friday, May 27, 2016
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Social Sciences and Humanities, Room 2203

Each candidate will present at a public forum discussing the following topic: Identify and discuss three significant trends or developments occurring in liberal arts education that will have potential importance to the College of Letters and Science in the upcoming decade.  The public forums will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

The public forums are scheduled as follows:

Candidate A

Monday, May 16, 2016
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Ballroom B

Candidate B
Thursday, May 19, 2016
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.
Mondavi Center, Studio Theater

Candidate C

Monday, May 23, 2016
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.
UC Davis Hyatt Place, Executive Meeting Room

Candidate D

Thursday, May 26, 2016
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.
UC Davis Hyatt Place, Executive Meeting Room

The candidates’ CVs will be posted on the Provost’s Initiatives and Activities website 48 hours in advance of their visit at http://provost.ucdavis.edu/initiatives-and-activities/activities/er/dean-college-lands.html. To protect the confidentiality of the candidates, the website will require your Kerberos ID and password in order to access the names and CVs.

Your participation in the process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping us select our next Dean – College of Letters and Science. Acting Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Burtis welcomes comments on the candidates. Those comments should be sent by e-mail to deanlandssearch@ucdavis.edu. no later than 72 hours after the last public forum.

Funding & Fellowships:

1. TA Positions in African American and African Studies


2. TAs needed for Religious Studies and Human Rights

The Department of Religious Studies and the Program in Human Rights are seeking TAs for 2016-17.  To apply, please complete the following application:http://religions.ucdavis.edu/religious-studies-human-rights-ta-application .  (Aggie Job Link posting # 811165)

Deadline to apply: June 1

Contact: Mandy Bachman, mbachman@ucdavis.edu

Professional Development:

1.Career Trek: Exploring Careers in Biotechnology

Join us for a Career TREK (aka site visit)
Exploring Opportunities in Biotechnology

The Buck Institute was formed in the 1990s and is an independent non-profit research facility that aims to uncover the mysteries of aging and its related diseases.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 9:00am-3:30pm
Lunch provided and pick up location provided upon registration

This free event is for Master’s, PhDs and Postdocs

Space is limited and filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Use thisRegistration Link or register through your account in UC Davis Aggie Job Link (https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find/ resources/ajl.htm). Tab=>Events =>Workshops =>Career Exploration: STEM TREK

The Internship and Career Center has organized this free tour of Buck Institute for Aging Research to give you a first-hand experience of what it is like to work as a scientist at the forefront of discovery. This is a great opportunity to meet people at this research institution, learn about what it is like working at the cutting edge research lab, and consider whether this kind of work is a good career option for you.


9:00 am
Depart UC Davis (pick up location available upon registration)
10:30 am – 12:15 pm
Tour at Buck Institute
12:30 pm – 3:30pm
Lunch (provided) and return to UC Davis

Co-sponsored by GradPathways (Graduate Studies).

Questions? Contact, Hyun Tae Hwang at iccmppstem@ucdavis.edu. For more details on all ICC upcoming workshops, events, on-campus recruiting, and company information sessions, please visit http://icc.ucdavis.edu/graduates/Events.htm

2. Writing an Effective Proposal in the Social Sciences



Friday, May 20th, 12:00-2:00pm
166 Young Hall

DESCRIPTION: This workshop will include a two hour presentation on how to write an effective social science research proposal.  The workshop is relevant for writing research proposals across disciplines, dissertation and book proposals, project descriptions, and for developing research design.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Participants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to submit an optional 1-page abstract to the workshop instructor, Dr. Suad Joseph (sjoseph@ucdavis.edu), by Sunday, May 15th at 11:59pm addressing the following questions:

1.      What is your question/problem/goal?
2.      What is your answer/approach?
3.      How have others answered/approached the issue?
4.      What is missing from the way others have answered/approached the issue?
5.      Why is your answer/approach better?
6.      Why should we answer/address this question/problem/goal and why now?

Note: Workshop participants should not submit full proposals.

Please Register HERE!

Contact: Lauren Berger, lkberger@ucdavis.edu

3. Effectively Integrating Technology into Your Teaching

Mark your calendars–the Teaching Assistant Consultants are facilitating the final spring workshop held on Wednesday, May 18th,  from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Rm 1360 of The Grove. Please register in advance.

Effectively Integrating Technology into Your Teaching

Wednesday May 18th from 2:00-4:00 pm

Incorporating technology into lesson planning may seem daunting for instructors. Which tools should you use?  How do you keep students from distractions like Facebook? Is the startup cost of learning how to use technology worth it?  This workshop will showcase different online tools and technologies to promote discussion, enhance accountability on course material, and make learning more engaging for students and instructors.   Participants will utilize different classroom technologies that they can implement in lesson plans to enhance learning, assess students and promote interaction.

Contact: Laurel Richardson, lrichardson@ucdavis.edu

4. Interdisciplinary Instruction: Designing a Course, Creating a Syllabus

Roundtable Discussion: 10:00-11:00 am, Tuesday, May 24th
Course Design Workshop: 10-11:30am, Thursday May 26th

Location for Both Sessions: 266 Everson Hall

Interdisciplinary instruction is a hot trend in academic teaching circles, as both a pedagogical tool and a subject of educational research. In this two-part workshop series, participants will be exposed to some of the basic philosophies and techniques that underpin this unique approach to education in order to increase their awareness of (a) how to define “interdisciplinary instruction” and (b) the benefits and challenges of this unique approach to education.

Part I: The Roundtable Discussion will feature both facilitated and open Q&A from UC Davis professors currently teaching interdisciplinary courses. Discussion will focus on (a) experiences with course design and (b) the unexpected benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary instruction. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions of their own to add to the discussion. The featured speakers for this event include:

  • Diane Ullman, Professor of Entomology, Co-Founder of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Project
  • Terry Nathan, Professor of Atmospheric Science, “Photography: Bridging Art and Science” Course
  • Ian Faloona, Associate Professor of LAWR/Bio-micrometeorologist, Dance/Meteorology Course
  • Sarah Messbauer, Doctoral Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Discussion Facilitator

Part 2: The Course Design Workshop will assist participants as they (a) brainstorm interdisciplinary course ideas (b) outline a syllabus for their course using backwards design; and (c) explore resources for further developing, proposing, and teaching their courses at UC Davis and elsewhere.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions! Refreshments will be provided. 

Series Organizer: Sarah Messbauer, PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Art/Science Fusion Enthusiast, and Professors for the Future fellow (smessbauer@ucdavis.edu)

5. Getting It Done: Individual and Group Strategies for Overcoming Writing Blocks and Maximizing Your Writing Productivity

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Noon-1:30am | Voorhies 126

Do you experience “white page” anxiety? Does dusting your bookshelves suddenly seem like an interesting thing to do every time you sit down to write? Are you afraid that writing blocks and procrastination will prevent you from making progress on your dissertation this summer? Then this workshop is for you. After a brief discussion of what writing blocks are and why writers experience them, we will explore a number of strategies that writers can employ to overcome writing blocks. These will include individual tactics as well as group-oriented strategies, such as forming a writing group or finding a writing partner. Workshop participants will learn how to engage in a writing process that takes the agony out of composing, organize a writing group, give effective feedback to writing partners, and create a plan of action for getting the dissertation done.

Alison Bright earned her Ph.D. in education from UC Santa Barbara, her MA in English from Sonoma State University, and her BA in Spanish literature from UC Santa Cruz. She teaches a variety of upper division composition courses in the University Writing Program, including writing in elementary and secondary education, business writing, writing for social justice, and writing in the health professions. Her research interests include writing centers, writing tutor and teacher identity, and the preparation of writing teachers.

Melissa Bender, PhD. (English, UC Davis) is a lecturer in the University Writing Program and a consultant with the Writing Across the Curriculum program of UC Davis. She has taught English and composition courses for over twenty years at universities in the U.S. and in France. At UC Davis, Melissa teaches courses in advanced composition, scientific writing, writing in the health professions, technical writing, and visual rhetoric, as well as freshmen seminars on Cold War films and international education. She is the co-author of Writing Assignments in Context, forthcoming from McFarland in 2016

6. Getting a Jump Start on Your Job Search

Monday, June 13, 2016| 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free, but registration is required:  https://icc.ucdavis.edu/mpp/ registration/jumpstart.htm

This comprehensive, one-day workshop is designed to give graduate students and postdoctoral scholars the basic tools to conduct an effective job search for industry, non-profit and/or government sector positions.

Workshop schedule:

Part 1 – Getting Started: Self-assessment and identifying transferable skills

8:30am-9:30am              Part 2 – Job Search Strategies: Developing a target company list

9:30am-10:20am Part 3 – Personal Power Statements and Networking: Professional “pitch” and informational interviews

LUNCH BREAK (on your own)

Part 4 – Application Materials and Your Online Presence: Social media, resume and cover letters

Part 5 – Interviewing Tips and Techniques: In-person, online (Skype), phone and screening

Part 6 – Negotiating the Job Offer: Salary and non-financial considerations

Questions? Contact Gwynn Benner (wlbenner@ucdavis.edu).

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