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TLC Statement of Teaching Philosophy Workshops

Please join the staff of the Teaching and Learning Center for upcoming workshops for Graduate Center students who are planning or preparing statements of teaching philosophy for the job market.

On Monday, September 16, from 6:30-8:30pm in Room C201 at the Graduate Center TLC staff will lead a discussion about what makes a strong statement of teaching philosophy and how to frame what’s distinct about the CUNY experience within the context of this document.

This event will be followed by a workshop on Monday, September 23rd, from 2:00-4:00pm in Room 3317 in which attendees will peer review drafts of each other’s statements.

You can register for either or both events here: http://cuny.is/tlc-registration.

In preparation for these workshops, please see the TLC Guide, “Preparing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy.”

Office Hour Meetings
Select TLC staff are available to meet one-on-one with Graduate Center students during to discuss strategies for drafting a statement of teaching philosophy. To set up an appointment, please email TLC Director Luke Waltzer at lwaltzer@gc.cuny.edu

TLC staff are also happy to read and respond to drafts, and to share our feedback during an in-person meeting. If you would like TLC staff to review your statement, please email a full draft of your statement to tlc@gc.cuny.edu with the subject line “Statement of Teaching Philosophy Draft,” along with three 30 minutes blocks of time at least one week later when you will be available to meet with a staff member.


Please also see these related events from the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development

Written Materials for Your Faculty Job Search
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Fall is upon us and the academic job market is in full swing. In this workshop session, we will discuss how to best position yourself for the academic job market. We’ll talk about:
– Where to find information about position openings;
– Finalizing job documents such as CVs, cover letters, and writing samples;
– What is a postdoc and why you might apply for one.

You can read more about these documents and see samples from GC alumni at: https://careerplan.commons.gc.cuny.edu/resources/guide

Intensive Academic Interviewing
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, room 7209

Congratulations! You’ve done all the hard work to find job openings, you’ve prepared and sent in all your application materials, and it’s paid off: you’ve been invited for an academic job interview! Unfortunately, all this hard work could be for naught if you’re not prepared for the interview. The best way to prepare for an academic interview is by practicing, and in this workshop, you will improve your interviewing skills by practicing the most-asked academic interview questions. You will also learn how to handle some unusual or unexpected questions. We will also delve into some body language and eye contact techniques that will help you ace the academic interview.

Register for these events and get our CP&PD’s most updated list of events here: https://careerplan.commons.gc.cuny.edu/events

In addition to getting help from the TLC staff, you can also get feedback on your teaching statement by scheduling a one-hour consultation at The Writing Center. The WC staff ask that you bring a printed copy of your statement along to your appointment.