Graduate Student Teaching Symposium

Friday, May 4, 2018
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The Grad Student Teaching Symposium is an opportunity to:

  • Learn about teaching jobs, and how to secure them, from faculty members representing UC, state, community colleges, and private universities.
  • Participate in lightning presentations about teaching from top UCSB graduate student instructors and TAs.
  • Ask questions about the application and interview process for teaching positions.


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9am-3pm, UCen, State Street and Lobero Rooms

Schedule, at a Glance


9am – 10am   Opening faculty presentations

Preparing for your First Teaching Demo” with Dr. Elizabeth Lowham, Department Chair, Political Science, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Teaching Careers at the Community College” with Dr. Jens-Uwe Kuhn, Dean of Math, Sciences, Languages, ESL, Santa Barbara City College

10am-11am Grad student lightning presentations: Teaching innovations & strategies

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11am-11:45 am  Landing a Job in Higher Ed

Three UCSB graduate students who have received offers for teaching jobs will discuss  the application and interview process, and answer your questions.  Panelists include: Cecilia Wu (Media, Arts and Technology), Alexandra Miller (Physics) and Lucas Bang (Computer Science).

12pm – 1pm  Teaching Careers in Higher Education (Panel discussion and Lunch)

Panel Discussion with faculty members from UC, state, city and private universities.

1pm-2pm Grad student lightning presentations: Teaching innovations & strategies
2pm-3pm Closing faculty presentations

Making the Cut: Navigating the Job Search Process” with Dr. Damon Willick, Department Chair of Art History, College of Communication and Fine Arts, Loyola Marymount University

What Chairs Want (when they hire someone to teach)” with Dr. Diane Mackie, Department Chair, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UC Santa Barbara

Faculty presenter Bios

Elizabeth A. Lowham is a Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Since arriving at Cal Poly in 2007, Elizabeth has also served as the Director of the Master of Public Policy Program and the Director of the Center for Expressive Technologies. Elizabeth is a winner of the 2017 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2017 CLA Early Career Award for Teaching, and the 2014 CLA Early Career Award for Achievement in Institutional Professional Service. Elizabeth earned a BA in Geology from Carleton College, and a MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Elizabeth’s teaching focuses on providing active learning experiences that engage students in the production, analysis and use of information; developing leadership and management skills; and sometimes, when she is very lucky, politics and science fiction.

Damon Willick is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Loyola Marymount University. He teaches courses in modern and contemporary art and has a particular research concentration on American visual culture of the post-World War II period. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA in 2004 where he also completed his undergraduate studies. He is the author of Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley, ca. 1970-1990 (Angel City Press, 2014) and has written for journals including X-TRA, Art Lies, Artpulse, Spiritus, East of Borneo, and NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art as well as numerous book chapters and museum catalog essays. Dr. Willick is an active curator and art critic, and currently serves as a contributing editor of the journal X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly.

Dr. Diane Mackie, Department Chair, Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara.   After receiving her BA and MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Diane Mackie worked as a research assistant for a year at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She received her MA and PhD in Social Psychology from Princeton University in 1984 and was hired by UCSB in the same year. The author of more than 1​50 articles and chapters on social influence and intergroup relations, Dr. Mackie is also co-author of an introductory social psychology textbook, Social Psychology​, of Affect, Cognition, and Stereotyping: Interactive Processes in Group Perception​, and Beyond Prejudice: Differentiated Reactions to Social Groups. A fellow of APS​, SPSP, SESP​, SPI​SSI, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has served on the Editorial boards of most major social psychology journals, and has served as Associate Editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and Personality and Social Psychology Review. ​ She helped develop the UCSB Certificate for College and University ​Teaching and has served as its Director since its inception.

Dr. Jens-Uwe Kuhn is Dean for Math, Sciences, the School of Modern Languages, and English as a Second Language at Santa Barbara City College.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCSB and taught at several institutions before coming to Santa Barbara City College ten years ago, where he served as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.  He also acted as a Department Chair for five years prior to moving into his current administrative position as a Dean.  He collaborates extensively with the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at UCSB, represents SBCC on the Regional Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions, and has served as a Project Director and PI on several STEM-related projects and initiatives funded through Department of Education and National Science Foundation grants.

Event Sponsors

The Graduate Student Teaching Symposium is part of Instructional Development’s Teaching and Learning Excellence Series (TALES), and is co-sponsored by Graduate Division, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and The Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP).

Photo Credit: Tony Mastres