Syracuse University

Calendar of Events
October 2014
  • Friday, October 3, 12:00-1:30pm in 202 Hall of Languages- TA Program Series: Teaching in the STEM Disciplines: Good Questions and Student Thinking with Dr. Sharon Dotger & Erica Layow. Teaching assistants in STEM fields require a unique set of skills to understand how their students think, interpret and apply content. This session, applicable for new and returning TAs, will assist in building this skill set by exploring how to listen to student thinking and engage them in thinking critically. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, please email Shawn Loner at
  • Friday, October 3, 2:00-4:00pm in 347 Hinds Hall-NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Essay-Writing Workshop I: Current and former NSF scholars, faculty, and staff will attend this session. (co-sponsored with Office of Research and CFSA). View Flyer. RSVP for all sessions here:
  • Wednesday, October 8, 12:45-1:45pm in 3rd floor Tolley Humanities Building- SU Humanities Center Library Series: HUMGRAD Workshop: Writing with Scrivener Presented by Sarah Barkin, 2014-15 HC Dissertation Fellow. Writing a dissertation? Trying to organize a book project? Writing a seminar paper? In this workshop, we’ll explore the world of Scrivener, a word-processing program that is about so much more than word-processing. We’ll talk about how Scrivener can help you with organizing and drafting your ideas, long- or short-form writing projects, research, and teaching materials. Time permitting we’ll also discuss integration with bibliography software. Everyone is welcome, and it might also be helpful if you download a free trial of Scrivener (it lasts for 30, non-consecutive days) from before coming to the workshop. Bring your questions and experiences!
  • Wednesday, October 8, 5:15-6:30pm in 125 Bowne Hall- CUT seminar series: Leading an Effective Classroom Discussion? Questions Are the Answer, presented by Prof. John Tilotson, Teaching & Leadership and Science Teaching. One of the critical features of an active learning environment revolves around students having opportunities to engage in productive classroom discussions about important concepts. Classroom discourse can take on many forms and requires thoughtful consideration and planning by the instructor to be truly effective. This workshop will focus on facilitating effective classroom discussions using a variety of questioning strategies to promote student engagement, at the same time serving as an assessment tool for instructors. Participants will observe a model teaching lesson that highlights various questioning techniques in action, critique a short videotaped lesson segment regarding the instructor’s questioning skills, and learn tips for improving their own questioning skills in various instructional situations. Click here to register.
  • Wednesday, October 8, 12:30pm in 209 Eggers Hall- The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, in cooperation with SU Abroad will be hosting an information session about spending the summer with the UN's Humanitarian and Social Policy Hub in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Thursday, October 9, 5:00-6:30pm in 107 Hall of Languages- International Graduate Student Workshop series: Citing, Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Quoting: A Workshop for Avoiding Plagiarism presented by Rebecca Howard. Are you interested in learning how to avoid plagiarism and academic integrity issues in the classroom? Are citation formats, styles and rules sometimes confusing to you? Please join Professor Rebecca Howard from the Writing Program as she provides an overview of U.S. college instructor’s academic integrity expectations and provides useful techniques on how to avoid plagiarism in your own academic work. Light refreshments provided.  Click here to register.
  • Thursday, October 9, 6:00-8:30pm in Maxwell Auditorium- A New York Academy of Sciences Webinar: Granstmanship for Graduate Students and Postdocs. The ability to write research grants is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdocs should be practicing grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career opportunities. This livestreaming NYAS seminar, given by Dr. Jamie Rubin, will focus on best practices for effective grantsmanship, specifically applied to individual pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship applications. The webinar will conclude with a panel discussion featuring graduate students and postdocs who have successfully applied for various types of fellowships. Snack provided. Click here to register.
  • Wednesday, October 15 & Thursday, October 16- 14th Annual SyracuseCoE Symposium- Advanced Building Systems: Integrating Efficiency, Quality and Resilience. Visit for more details.
  • Friday, October 10, 12:00-1:30pm in 214 Hall of Languages- TA Program Series: Freedom Fighters: Joining the Rank & File of Higher Education. With the recent drawdowns of military troops and recent changes to Veterans education benefits Syracuse University has seen a rise in the number of student veterans pursuing higher education following their discharge from the military.  Student Veterans have proven to provide great contributions to the classroom and to the workforce.  Creating a Veteran friendly classroom and campus can assist Veterans in succeeding in their education goals and at the same time provide a more well-rounded learning experience for their classmates.  This session will consider the new opportunities and experiences that veterans bring, as well as the new challenges for TAs and instructors. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, please email Shawn Loner at
  • Monday, October 13, 5:15-6:30pm in Heroy Geology Lab 113-CUT seminar series: The Art and Science of Effective Lesson Planning presented by Prof. Marcelle Haddix, Reading & Language Arts. In this workshop, participants will learn the essential elements of an effective lesson plan and how to create lesson plans for a diverse student population. We will consider strategies to identify and articulate concrete objectives for student learning that align with dynamic and creative teaching activities. Participants will learn how to craft an effective lesson plan, how to assess student learning and monitor for student understanding, and how to revise lesson plans after teaching them. FPP participants will have the opportunity to develop lesson plans, along with examples of teaching activities, for inclusion in their CUT teaching portfolio. Click here to register.
  • Thursday, October 16, 12:45-1:45pm in 3rd floor Tolley Humanities Building- SU Humanities Center Library Series: GradBag with Caolina Arango-Varagas: Carolina Arango-Vargas of the Anthropology Department will present a chapter from her dissertation"Searching for the ‘feminine essence’: paradoxes of the symbolic content in feminist discourse among Colombian women's organizations"  followed by open discussion. 
  • Friday, October 17, 11:00 am-12:30pm in Kittredge Auditorium, HBC- TA Program Series: Teaching and TA-ing in an Online World presented by Karen Zannini Bull, University College. As noted by many in recent years, the landscape of Higher Ed is changing.  One way this change is being demonstrated is in the increasing presence and reliance upon online courses.  As a TA and instructor, it is more important than ever to be able to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of the online classroom and student. This session will discuss how a TA can extend the reach of the instructor through effective communication and collaboration and how TAs can refocus their thinking from a traditional face-to-face classroom to an online environment. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, please email Shawn Loner at
  • Friday, October 17, 3:00-4:30pm in 114 Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons- Topics in Higher Ed: Rethinking Graduate Programs in the Humanities PhD. Speaker will be Russell Berman, Comparative Literature and German Studies, Stanford University. For years, those inside and outside the humanities have noted the mismatch between graduate programs that prepare students for traditional, tenure-stream faculty careers at research institutions and the actual opportunities that greet those students upon completion. Professional organizations across the humanities are calling for reform in PhD programs, including shortening the time to degree, expanding the range of projects that satisfy the dissertation requirement, and equipping graduate students with new skills to apply humanistic learning in nonacademic settings. But what would these reforms look like in practice, and how can PhD-granting departments – populated as they are by holders of the “real” faculty jobs no longer in great supply – go about implementing them? As chair of the MLA task force that has recently reported on these issues, Prof. Berman shares his insights. Respondents will include Prof. Amanda Eubanks Winkler (Art & Music Histories), chair of the SU Humanities Council, and Prof. Gail Hamner, Director of Graduate Studies for Religion. Light refreshments provided. Click here to register. View Flyer
  • Friday, October 17, 2:00-4:00pm in 347 Hinds Hall- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Essay-Writing Workshop II:  Follow-up from October 3rd session for informal exchange of draft materials among applicants. (co-sponsored with Office of Research and CFSA). View Flyer. RSVP for all sessions here:
  • Monday, October 20, 12:45-2:15pm in  Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages- Religion Graduate Organization’s interdisciplinary symposium, Theory and Things. Session One:Theory in Sensation and Perception.FeaturingKarmen MacKendrick (Philosophy, LeMoyne), Robert Van Gulick (Philosophy, Syracuse), Mark Linder (Architecture, Syracuse). What is theory?  What is a theory? Is all knowledge “theoretical?”  If not, why not? Is theory only a cognitive, linguistic pursuit, or does it involve the body, the senses, and the emotions? View Flyer
  • Monday, October 20, 4:00pm in Life Sciences Complex Room 106 (Lundgren Room)- The Department of Science Teaching presents The Myths of Science:  Reconsidering What We Think We Know about How Science Works. A Special Seminar on Science Education, with Prof. William F. McComas. Most science teachers are fascinated by but generally unaware of the interaction of the major issues of the philosophy of science and science teaching and learning. This presentation offers an overview of the nature of science and how misconceptions regarding the philosophy of science impact science teaching and learning. In addition to exploring the definition of science, we will discuss common myths involving the nature of proof, the role of evidence, the value of falsification as a demarcation criterion, models of knowledge generation, the social dimension of science model building in science, and the fallacy of the single scientific method. View PDF Flyer
  • Thursday, October 23, 3:00-5:00pm in 207 Hall of Languages- It's Your Career...What's Your Game Plan? A career workshop for STEM grad students and postdocs. Speaker: Dr. Philip Clifford, Associate Dean for Research, University of Illinois at Chicago. Do you want to find a career that's enjoyable and rewarding?  Of course … but how do you find the right path, especially when there are so many career directions scientists and engineers can follow? Attend this interactive workshop to learn a logical, step-by-step process for exploring your career options and deciding which will provide the best fit for your own set of skills, interests, and values.Philip Clifford is recognized nationally for championing career and professional development for PhD scientists. He is a co-creator of the widely acclaimed career website,, and a frequent speaker at seminars, workshops, and symposia on career issues for PhD scientists. In 2012, he was awarded the National Postdoctoral Association's Distinguished Service Award. Refreshments will be served. To Register: Log in to MySlice. Click on OrangeLink under Student Services > Career Services. Click RSVP to Workshop under Quick Links on the right. Find the event in the list and click RSVP. Presented by GSO, Career Services, The Graduate School, and the Office of Research. View PDF Flyer
  • Monday, October 27, 12:45-2:15pm in  Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages- Religion Graduate Organization’s interdisciplinary symposium, Theory and Things. Session Two:The Materiality of Theory. Featuring Amy Kallander (History, Syracuse), Jenny Doctor (Belfer Audio Archive, Syracuse), Donovan Schaefer (Theology and Religion, Oxford).What, if anything, do we take to be “concrete?” How do we conceptualize the subjects and the objects of our study? How does our materiality affect our approach to our “material?” View Flyer
  • Wednesday, October 29, 5:15-6:30pm in Kittredge Auditorium, HBC- CUT seminar series: Active Learning: How to Make the Most of "Lecture" Time  presented by Jason Wiles, Biology. At universities everywhere, the academic teaching day is divided into blocks typically labeled as laboratory sessions, recitations, and lecture time, with lectures being the most common mode of instruction. However, education research has clearly shown that didactic lecture is probably the worst way for students to learn. So why is it so ubiquitous? Perhaps it is because teachers tend to teach the way they were taught. If this is true, it’s up to us to break the chain of passing down ineffective lecture modalities and move to more student-centered methods. In this workshop, we will explore a few ideas about how to use “lecture” time in more engaging ways. Click here to register.
  • Friday, October 31, 12:00-1:30 pm in 214 Hall of Languages- TA Program Series: Passing Midterms and Racing towards the Finish Line: End of the Semester Issues Facing TAs presented by Teaching Mentors. As the semester winds down, Teaching Assistants face a plethora of new situations and challenges.  Time management pressures, unreasonable student demands, and a declining amount of student motivation are just a few of the issues TAs face as the semester is ending.  Join a panel of experienced Teaching Mentors as they discuss their experiences dealing with the challenges associated with the last part of the semester.  This is an interactive session so please feel free to raise any issues that you are concerned about or are facing. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, please email Shawn Loner at

November 2014

  • Monday, November 3, 12:45-2:15pm in  Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages- Religion Graduate Organization’s interdisciplinary symposium, Theory and Things. Session Three: Theory in History, Ethnography and Activism. Featuring Gareth Fisher (Religion, Syracuse), Himika Bhattacharya (Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse), Elizabeth Lasch-Quinn (History, Syracuse). How do activists, ethnographers, and historians “apply” theory in very rigorously contextualized studies? View Flyer
  • Friday, November 7, 1:30-3:00pm in 107 Hall of Languages- Topics in Higher Ed: Corporatization of the Academy. Presented by Risa Lieberwitz from Cornell University. 
  • Friday, November 7, 4:00-5:00pm in 530C Huntington Hall- Psychology Dept. and FPP sponsored Professional Writing Seminar- Scientific Writing : Tips, tricks, and how to combat writer's block. Dr. Laura VanderDrift will be joining us to present her insights into the scientific writing process.  Dr. VanderDrift will discuss tips and tricks to dealing with writers block and ways to get published.  We would greatly appreciate everyone's attendance, as we are honored to have Dr. VanderDrift in attendance
  • Thursday, November 13, 12:45-1:45pm in 3rd floor Tolley Humanities Building- SU Humanities Center Library Series:HC Information Session: Seeking Grants & FUnding in the Humanities
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2:00-3:30pm in TBDl- International Graduate Student Workshop series: Introduction to American CVs and Resume Writing.

December 2014

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2:30-3:30pm in 218 Bowne Hall- Teaching Mentor Information Session

For more information on the Graduate School Programs offered click on the titles below:

Teaching Assistant Program (TA Orientation, English Language Proficiency Services, Teaching Mentors, Outstanding TA Award, Course Assessment, Graduate Assistants)

Future Professoriate Program (FPP Participation, Primary Faculty Liaison, Certificate in University Teaching, Teaching Portfolio)

Resources (Graduate School Press, Critical Incidents in College Teaching vignettes, Research Ethics and Academic Integrity vignettes)

The Graduate School Press In order to promote excellence in scholarship and teaching, the Graduate School maintains a book publication program providing resources on topics relevant to graduate education and the university classroom.

International Graduate Students The Graduate School provides many academic programs and community initiatives to support the educational experiences of international graduate students and to highlight their academic achievements at Syracuse University.