Graduate Student Teaching Symposium

Friday, April 26, 2019
A Graduate Students presentation on how to enliven the test, prompt, critical thinking, and prompt engagement with the text.
  • 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.




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

Schedule, at a Glance

8:30am – 9:00am   Coffee & Bites (free)
9:00am – 10:00am   Opening Presentations
10am – 10:40am   Grad Lighting Presentations
10:40am – 11:45am   Landing a Teaching Job & Thriving: Panel of New and Seasoned Hires (graduating seniors and UCSB alumni)
12pm – 1:00pm   Behind the Curtain: Hiring Practices & Expectations in Higher Ed (Faculty Panel & Free lunch)
1:20pm – 2:00pm   Grad Lighting Presentations
2:00pm – 3:00pm   Closing Presentations

full Schedule

9am – 10am   Opening presentations

Where will you Thrive?  
Arthur Gross-Schaefer, Loyola Marymount University

This fun, interactive workshop will explore the critical importance of understanding your employment opportunities by assembling, then comparing, your core values to the ‘real’ core values of your  employment options.

Writing Your Application for Teaching-focused Positions
Dr. Robby Nadler, Graduate Writing Specialist
Many research- and teaching-oriented job ads look similar: they both ask for cover letters, C.V.s, teaching statements, etc. But there is an unwritten code for these documents based on the position that you are applying for. This presentation will 1) demonstrate how to read a job to determine if it is teaching focused, 2) introduce the common application materials that you will need to write, and 3) discuss what those materials look like for teaching-oriented positions.
10am-10:40am Grad student lightning presentations: Teaching innovations & strategies

A Graduate Student demonstrates her presentation titled: "Google is Your Friend: Using Everyday Technology as Tools for Fostering Racially Inclusive Classrooms".

10:45am-11:45 am  Landing a Teaching Job and Thriving: Panel of New and Seasoned Hires

Two graduating seniors and two UCSB alumni who have been teaching in higher education for 1-3 years will discuss how they landed jobs (including the application and interview process), and how they’ve adapted to their new institutions.  Panelists will candidly answer your questions.  Panelists include:

Hannah Wolfe, heading to Colby College (small liberal arts) as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science

David Stamps, heading to Louisiana State University (LSU) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication

Molly Metz, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto (large public research university), Teaching Stream, Department of Psychology

Ester Trujillo, Assistant Professor at DePaul University, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies

12pm – 1pm  Behind the Curtain: Hiring Practices and Expectations in Higher Ed

Panel discussion with faculty members from UC, state, city and private universities. Panelists include:

Dr. Candace Waid, English, UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Beatrice de Oca, Psychology, Cal State Channel Islands

Dr. Dominic Dal Bello, Engineering, Alan Hancock College

Dr. Arthur Gross-Schaefer, Marketing and Business Law, Loyola Marymount University

1pm-2pm Grad student lightning presentations: Teaching innovations & strategies
A Graduate Student presenting: "Why Identity Matters".
2pm-3pm Closing faculty presentations

What does ‘Teacher-Scholar’ mean at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution?

Dr. Beatrice de Oca, Psychology, California State University Channel Islands

This presentation will focus on what search committees look for when hiring at predominantly undergraduate teaching-focused universities. 

Community College: What We Do – and What You Need to Do to Join the Team.

Dr. Dominic J. Dal Bello, Engineering, Allan Hancock College

This presentation will introduce the California Community College system, teaching opportunities, and what goes on during the hiring process.

Faculty presenter Bios

Arthur Gross-Schaefer has been a member of the faculty at LMU since 1978. He previously served as both chair and co-chair of the Department of Marketing and Business Law. Prior to joining LMU, Gross-Schaefer taught at Western States School of Law, Boston University and USC. Gross-Schaefer is a past president of the Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies, representative to National Conference of the Pacific Southwest Region of Reform Rabbis, and a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Beta Gamma Sigma, the California State Bar Association, the California Society of Public Accountants and has earned more than a dozen teaching awards and published over 150 articles.

Beatrice de Oca is a professor of Psychology at California State University Channel Islands and is currently the chair of the Psychology department. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Psychology specializing in Learning and Behavior and Behavioral Neuroscience from U.C.L.A. She mentors undergraduate students in psychophysiological research concerning visual attention to emotional stimuli.

Dominic J. Dal Bello is Professor of Engineering at Allan Hancock College (AHC) in Santa Maria California. He serves as Chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department, as well as Faculty Co-Chair of the Institutional Effectiveness Council, and was Interim Dean for one semester. Prof. Dal Bello is active with for National Science Foundation grants AHC, partnering with UCSB, Cal Poly and other community colleges. He is Program Chair of the Two-Year College Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and Vice Chair/Community Colleges for the Pacific Southwest Section of ASEE (ASEE/PSW). Prof. Dal Bello was awarded AHC’s first Outstanding Faculty Award in May 2006, and ASEE/PSW’s Outstanding Community College Educator in 2012.

Candace Waid is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also affiliated with the Comparative Literature Program. Her central interests include American literature and culture, African American literature, Southern literature, Native American literature, gender studies, and the visual arts. 


Event Sponsors

The Graduate Student Teaching Symposium is part of Instructional Development’s Teaching and Learning Excellence Series (TALES). This event is made possible by our sponsors: Graduate Division, the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP), the Graduate Student Association (GSA), the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research and Learning (CITRAL) and Undergraduate Education.

Photo Credit: Tony Mastres