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Fall 2021 Newsletter

DIVISION OF GRADUATE STUDIES
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The Graduate Division welcomes new VPDGS Peter Biehl

Vice Provost and Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies Peter Biehl began his position July 1. Read the June 10 announcement in UCSC News and Dr. Biehl’s welcome below.

Dear All,

peter-biehl-250x180.pngOn behalf of the Graduate Division, I would like to welcome you back to campus and to the start of the 2021–2022 academic year. It’s been quite a journey to get here, back to in-person teaching and learning and a shared campus experience. Please accept my warmest wishes for a wonderful, fulfilling year of study and growth.

I am new to Santa Cruz and to UCSC and look forward to discovering and learning from and with you. My undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate years changed my life and propelled me into this career, where I hope to help you, too, have transformative experiences. I was the first in my extended family to go to college and, like many of you, I know both the excitement and apprehension that accompanies the beginning of the year.

This year carries particular challenges, as we move from remote learning back to classrooms and we experience the joy of collective learning again. I know the joy is dampened by continued apprehension about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be assured, we have done everything we can to prioritize your well-being in classrooms, labs, studios, and other interactive spaces, and we will continue to make your health our top priority as the quarter advances and winter arrives.

We tried to address as many concerns as possible at our recent graduate student reopening forum, which you can watch if you have questions. You can also read the Covid-19 FAQs on the Graduate Division website. We want to be as transparent as possible; we realize the messaging can be confusing at times. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you have. I want to serve as your advocate and need to know when issues or confusion arise.

We know there is tremendous frustration about housing. I have heard from many of you, which I greatly appreciate, as it helps me frame and understand the issues better. Please know, we are working to find short and long-term solutions. We have set up enhanced graduate student support programs for you and have partnered with other campus units to arrange emergency support. We know that this is not enough, but it is a start. The Graduate Division has made housing a priority this academic year.

In my short time here, I am greatly impressed with the cohesion and intellect of the Graduate Division team and with the talent of the many students I have had the pleasure to meet. I am looking forward to bringing us all together to work for shared goals. Our whole team is dedicated to lessening your anxiety about housing and helping you focus on learning. We are working hard to provide you with world-class educational and research experiences and to give you the professional development training you need when you enter the job market.

I want to hear from you throughout the year, both when you have problems and when you have exciting news about research, teaching, and jobs. I am initiating a series of listening sessions across the academic divisions and will soon announce regular, informal lunch discussions, where you can stop by, sit and eat with me, and share your experiences or concerns.

I know together we will make this a wonderful year. I look forward to working with you to create an engaging, respectful, and inclusive campus environment, where each of you will have a transformative, life-affirming graduate experience.

Yours,
Peter Biehl


Postdoctoral Scholars

The UCSC STEAM Postdoc Association (USPA) leaders (from left to right in the photo below: Gerrald Lodewijk, Chair; Jess Sevetson, Vice-Chair; Bryce Manso, officer at large; and Jean Monlong, Website Designer/Manager) need you, postdocs! Email the team to get involved! Visit the USPA website to learn what is in the works. Join the UCSC Postdoctoral Scholars LinkedIn group and network with current and former UCSC postdocs. If you are a UCSC postdoc and not in the Postdoctoral Scholars Google Group, email the USPA officers or Sonya Newlyn, the postdoc support person in the Graduate Division.

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The National Postdoc Association (NPA) celebrated National Postdoc Appreciation Week last week, September 20–24, and UCSC celebrated postdocs that week, too! Check out these profiles of UCSC postdocs.


Professional Development

Although registration is now closed for the Professional Communication Certificate Program, most of its classes are repeated during the fall on days other than Friday and are open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Graduate Division and other campus offices also offer some additional career and professional development classes. Below are classes with space available.

kayla-isenberg-250x180.png Using Twitter Professionally
Kayla Isenberg
Senior Director of Digital Engagement
University Relations
Wednesday, October 6
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PDT
Zoom for all
REGISTER
andrea-limas-250x180.png Developing a Digital Reputation
Andrea Limas

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications
Social Sciences Division
Thursday, October 7
11:40 a.m.–1:10 p.m. PDT
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Lunch
REGISTER
leezel-ramos-250x180.png Designing a Professional LinkedIn Profile, Using LinkedIn
Leezel Ramos
Associate Director of Career Engagement
Career Success
Tuesday, October 12
11:40 a.m.–1:10 p.m. PDT
Zoom for all
REGISTER
bri-mcwhorter-250x180.png Public Speaking
Bri McWhorter
Founder, Speaking Coach
Activate to Captivate
Thursday, October 14
11:40 a.m.–1:10 p.m. PDT
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Lunch
REGISTER
sonya-newlyn-250x180.png Slide Presentation Design
Sonya Newlyn
Professional Development Coordinator
Division of Graduate Studies
Tuesday, October 19
11:40 a.m.–1:10 p.m. PDT
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Lunch
REGISTER
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L. Maren Wood, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Beyond the Professoriate
Thursday, October 21
1:00–2:30 p.m. PDT
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Refreshments
REGISTER
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Jason Chafin
Senior Web Developer
University Relations
Tuesday, October 26
11:40 a.m.–1:10 p.m. PDT
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Lunch
REGISTER
veronica-heiskell-250x180.png Interviewing and Negotiating Salary
Veronica Heiskell, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Experiential Learning and Student Employment
Career Success
Wednesday, November 17
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PST
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Lunch
REGISTER

Academic Job Preparation

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Herbie Lee, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Tuesday, November 2
11:40 a.m.–1:10 p.m. PDT
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Lunch
REGISTER
veronica-heiskell-250x180.png Writing the CV
Veronica Heiskell, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Experiential Learning and Student Employment
Career Success
Wednesday, November 3
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PDT
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Lunch
REGISTER
kendra-dority-250x180.png Preparing the Teaching Statement and Portfolio
Kendra Dority, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Graduate Programs
Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
Tuesday, November 9
1:30–3:00 p.m. PST
Zoom for all
REGISTER
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Moderator: Beth Au
Director
California Community Colleges Registry
Learn about the UCSC graduate student alumni panelists here.
Wednesday, November 17
3:30–5:00 p.m. PST
Complimentary Refreshments
REGISTER

Library and VOCES: Publishing and Writing

In addition to the below events and Grammarly Premium (for graduate students), check out the Writing Support page for more writing resources.

martha-stuit-and-erich-van-rijn.jpg Publishing in Academia
Martha Stuit
Scholarly Communication Librarian
UCSC Libraries
Erich van Rijn
Director of Journals and Open Access
UC Press
Tuesday, November 16
11:40 a.m.–1:10 p.m. PST
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Lunch
REGISTER
Go to Library Workshops to learn about fall quarter workshops happening at the library and to register for them. Check out this UCSC Libraries page for the welcome video to graduate students, Six Things Graduate Students Should Know about the Library.

andrea-seeger-250x180.png Psychology of Writing
Andrea Seeger, A.B.D.
Director
VOCES Graduate Writing Center
Tuesday, November 23
1:30–3:00 p.m. PST
Graduate Student Commons 204
Complimentary Refreshments
REGISTER
grammarly_logo_250x180.jpg Grammarly Premium
The Graduate Division maintains an institutional membership with Grammarly, providing free access to this writing assistance online tool at the Premium level for all graduate students and postdocs. To access Grammarly Premium, contact Sonya Newlyn at snewlyn@ucsc.edu.

Professional Organizations to Join

UC Santa Cruz and the Graduate Division belong to the following professional development organizations, providing free access to their resources to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students as indicated. Join with your UCSC email address and Gold Password.

beyond_the_professoriate_logo_250x150.png Beyond the Professoriate
BTP is an online resource for alternative-academic careers for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Join with your UCSC email address and Gold Password to access BTP’s Aurora platform and its resources and to receive newsletters and notices of conferences and other free events.
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UCSC sponsors Imagine PhD, an online career assessment tool for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences, at the Silver level. Create an account!
ncfdd.png National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
UCSC is an institutional member of the NCFDD. All faculty, postdocs, and graduate students have free access to its online resources. Join and sign in with your UCSC email and Gold Password.
npa_logo.png National Postdoctoral Association
The Graduate Division maintains membership in the NPA, providing free access to its resources to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Join and sign in with your UCSC email.

Pedagogy

Teaching as an Ethical Practice (TA Ethics)
Developed by the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning and informed by educational research, Teaching as an Ethical Practice (TA Ethics) on the Canvas online learning platform, provides a foundational introduction to key pedagogical principles applicable across disciplines. TA Ethics also introduces campus resources that TAs should be familiar with. The videos feature campus resource staff and experienced TAs, and content includes case scenarios, personal reflection questions, and quizzes.

First-time teaching assistants must take TA Ethics the quarter of their first teaching assistantship, unless they have taken it previously as part of a required, credit-bearing graduate pedagogy course. Fall 2021 first-time TAs should have received an invitation from Canvas. Contact your graduate student adviser if you are a first-time TA this fall quarter and did not receive an invitation from Canvas. Graduate students who were TAs prior to 2020-2021, the first academic year TA Ethics became a training requirement, may self-enroll to access a version that does not include assignments (and may be taken in any module order) to use as a teaching resource.

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Graduate Certificate Programs and Learning Communities
Find out about CITL pedagogical programs and resources for TAs and GSIs here.

Equity-Minded Mentoring for STEM Postdocs
Find out about CITL pedagogical programs and resources for STEM postdocs here.

Finance Management Coaching

Both graduate and undergraduate students, including students on leave, and recently graduated students may attend one-on-one financial coaching sessions with a certified financial counselor. Hosted by Student Business ServicesSlug Cents, the program aims to democratize access to financial resources for all students and prepare students for life after graduation. The program offers many resources, including quarterly workshops, external resources and referrals, and online education.

The individual coaching sessions are intended to help students address financial challenges. Students may discuss any personal financial topic, from budgeting to retirement, with their coach. During a 30-minute appointment, students can get answers to financial questions, discover university and external resources, and learn about developing good financial habits.

Schedule a coaching session through Slug Success or by emailing the Slug Cents program for students without access to Slug Success. More information on the SlugCents program can be found on the university’s Student Business Services website.

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