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Spring CTL Workshops

Common Classroom Challenges for International TAs

Wednesday, April 16, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Sweet Hall 403 *Note New Location!
Tim Randazzo, PhD, Anne-Laure Cuvilliez, Kai Zang, and Yen-Hsiang Wang
Are you trying to make sense of U.S. classroom culture? Are you facing challenges in the classroom because English is not your first language? In this session we will discuss common challenges faced by International TAs and some ways to avoid and/or address them. Please register at

On-Camera Interviewing Techniques for Skype, Street, and Studio (All Fields)

Thursday, April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hume Center, Bldg 250 #106
Luciana Herman, PhD
In today's media-rich world, you are likely to face an on-camera interview sooner than you may expect. From the candid man-on-the-street caught at the scene to the highly structured television studio interview--with Skype in between--this workshop teaches strategies to prepare you to speak easily in front of a camera. Limited to 10 participants, the workshop teaches strategies to help you stay calm, on message, and ready for questions. Join us with a paragraph on a topic in your area of expertise--something that might bring the media calling--for a studio- or Skype-style interview. Or, if you prefer, join us without a script and we will interview you impromptu as a man-on-the-street at the scene of an interesting event right here at Stanford. You will leave the workshop with personal feedback and a video clip of yourself on camera. When you are soon faced with a journalist and a microphone, you'll be thankful you had this opportunity to practice your message.
Register for this workshop.

Eat. Talk. Teach. Run!

Friday, April 18, 12-1 p.m.

Sweet Hall 029 (basement level)
Eat: pizza from Patxi’s
Talk: meet grad students from across campus
Teach: Hear short 4-minute flashtalks from other grad students
Run: Get back to the lab or library on time!
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CTL/CDC Teaching Statement Clinic

Thursday, April 24th, noon-1:30
CDC conference room, 2nd floor
Mariatte Denman, Ph.D.

This hands-on feedback session is open to any graduate student or postdoc who has already written a draft teaching statement. Bring three copies of your draft and receive feedback from a Center for Teaching and Learning staff and your colleagues. Light lunch will be served. 

Limited space; RSVP required:

  • Sign up through the Cardinal Careers system (For questions about website registration or login, please email crstudents@mailman.stanford.edu).
  • Click on “Meetups/Events” on the top menu bar and then open the “Meetups” tab.  Use search functions to locate your workshop (tip: type "PhD" into the keywords field to search for all PhD events). 
  • Select your session and then click the RSVP button to secure your reservation.

See a full list of upcoming PhD workshops at the Career Development Center

Designing an Effective Syllabus

Date and time to be announced
Location to be announced
Tim Randazzo, PhD, Jennifer Haskell, and Lorin Dole
The ability to create a successful syllabus is critical to the academic job search and your future academic position. In this workshop, we will discuss the process of developing a well-structured syllabus that articulates and addresses your course topic and learning objectives. We will also analyze real examples of syllabi. Please register at https://vectctl.stanford.edu/signup.do?eid=12005

Syllabus Feedback Session

Date and time to be announced
Location to be announced
Tim Randazzo, PhD, Jennifer Haskell, and Lorin Dole
In this hands-on workshop, we will address the key elements of a syllabus, including course description, learning objectives, and a coherent structure. Students will have the opportunity to share and discuss their own syllabi with the aim of gaining feedback for revision.  Please register at https://vectctl.stanford.edu/signup.do?eid=12006

Creating Effective Multimedia Presentations (All Fields)

Tuesday, May 13, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Hume Center, Bldg 250 #106
Chris Kamrath, PhD and Alya Raphael, PhD
This hands‐on workshop discusses the choices available to presenters in the use of slideware (PPT, Prezi, Keynote, etc).  This will not be a how‐to tutorial on technology but rather a workshop on options for selecting images, text, designs, and content for discipline‐specific presentations.  Students will learn how to develop a presentation with attention to audience and purpose, how to determine the design of their slides, how to customize slide material for a particular context, and best practices for delivering with multimedia. Attendees are required to bring materials toward a slideshow in progress and their own computers. Computers and sample materials will also be provided. Register for this workshop.
 Learn more about Hume Center workshops

Communication Matters Workshop Series

Audience: Grad Students

The Communication Matters Workshop Series is sponsored by the VPGE but led by Doree Allen and Tom Freeland of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. This three-part workshop focuses on improving the oral communication skills you have already begun to develop as scholars and teachers and on adapting these skills to suit the range of rhetorical situations you will inevitably encounter in your careers .

Learn more about the series and sign up

Academic Chat Series

The Academic Chat Series is sponsored by the VPGE for grad students. Lunch is served at each monthly meeting. Registration is required.  Spring 2014:

April 8, 2014 - 12:00pm
Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building
May 20, 2014 - 12:00pm
Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building
June 3, 2014 - 12:00pm
Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building

See details and sign up

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