Teaching Careers Week

Teaching Careers Week is a week of events devoted to your future in a teaching-focused career. This spring these events will be offered virtually on Zoom between May 3rd and 7th. See below for the schedule and registration information. 

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Williams College, ranked #1 Liberal Arts College by US News, enjoys beautiful fall foliage outside Hopkins Hall.


Please note that if you are attending the Teaching Development Track in order to apply for the University Teaching Certificate program, you must register for and attend all sessions. These sessions are marked with *Teaching Development Track.

**For sessions except the Teaching Development Track sessions, one gift card will be raffled among attendees for each session. Each attendee can win a gift card only once.** 


Registrations are now closed. 


Monday, May 3, 2021  |  9 – 10am  |  Life at Liberal Arts Colleges Panel

Join faculty and administrators who represent the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO), a consortium of 24 liberal arts colleges, to talk about teaching faculty positions at liberal arts colleges. Hear about their careers and specific advice about preparing applications to these types of institutions. Here are the panelists: 

  • Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo, Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Professor of Latina/o/x Studies and Religion at Williams College
  • Dr. Damian Turner, Assistant Professor of Biology at Williams College. 
  • Dr. Christopher Goh, Professor of Chemistry and Faculty Fellow of the Davis Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Williams College. 
  • Dr. Shivon Robinson, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Williams College. 

In addition to this panel, faculty members from LADO/Williams College will hold one-on-one meetings with graduate students to review their application documents and answer any questions graduate students may have about getting hired and working at liberal arts colleges. Dr. Sara Dubow, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of History at Williams College, will also be available for one-on-one meetings.

Note: Registrations for one-on-one meetings are no longer available. If you have any questions, email GSRC Coordinator Dr. Yelda Serin at

Monday, May 3, 2021  |  3 – 3:50pm  |  Writing an Effective Diversity Statement Workshop

Faculty job postings increasingly ask for diversity statements allowing applicants to explain their distinct experiences and commitment. Discover the general principles and strategies for drafting an effective diversity statement, learn how to tailor them to reflect differing contexts and criteria. Join Christina Trujillo, Coordinator of Graduate Writing Center, for this workshop. 

Note: On May 3, 2021, a nationwide day of refusal will be observed throughout the country to kick off Abolition May. While we stand in solidarity, since the sessions we will be offering on May 3rd were scheduled long time ago, we are unable to cancel them. We understand if you cannot join us on May 3rd, but please know what we will be recording each session and posting the links on this page. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021  |  9:30 – 10:20am  |  How to Incorporate Effective Retention Strategies: Evidence from Cognitive Science
*Teaching Development Track

There are many pedagogical approaches we can pursue as instructors, but their effectiveness is partly determined by how our students engage with course content on their own. In this workshop/lecture, you will learn about effective study strategies that promote long-term retention and how to encourage the use of these strategies in your future classes. This workshop will be presented by Jenna Merenstein (Psychology). 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021  |  11 – 11:50am  |  How to Talk About Online Teaching in Your Job Materials and Interviews

Join Dr. Anne Soon Choi, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills, for a workshop that will help you determine the best way to present online teaching in your job materials with a focus on pedagogy, equity and student outcomes. It will also prepare you to think about how you might answer interview questions about online instruction. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021  |  2-2:50pm  |  Diversity Statement Clinic

Work directly with Graduate Writing Center Consultants to have your diversity statement reviewed and make yourself a compelling job candidate. 

Note: If you sign up for and then miss the clinic without canceling it by 9am on Monday, May 3, 2021, it will count as a missed writing consultation in the Graduate Writing Center.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021  |  3 – 3:50pm  |  Adapting Techniques for Teaching Large Classes to Online Settings at a Variety of Different Institutions
*Teaching Development Track

In this talk, we will discuss synthesizing techniques for teaching large classes and online classes to better prepare for large online classes. We then discuss how we may adjust our courses to meet the needs of a diverse student population at a variety of institutions. This workshop will be presented by James Alcala (Mathematics) and Marziye Jafariyazani (Physics and Astronomy). 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021  |  10 – 10:50am  |  Discussions Deepen Student Learning
*Teaching Development Track

Discussions provide opportunities and a safe environment for students to learn and develop important skills such as speaking, listening, critical thinking, and team-working. In this workshop, we will discuss and explore elements and characteristics of effective discussions that help to deepen student learning. This workshop will be presented by Jin Chen (Environmental Toxicology) and Rebecca Tuckerman (Psychology). 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021  |  1 – 1:50pm  |  Unlocking the Mystery of College: Supporting First-Generation College Students
*Teaching Development Track

The session discusses what challenges first-generation college students face in academia and how instructors can facilitate learning for this group. Participants will engage in small group activities and generate concrete ideas they can implement in their own courses. This workshop will be presented by Sarah Bobardt (Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics) and Valerie Zarco (Graduate School of Education). 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021  |  3 – 4pm  |  Virtual Coffee Social with the University Teaching Certificate Program

Want to connect with fellow grad students and the GradSuccess staff? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us on Zoom for a chat and check in. You will also be entered a weekly raffle to win a $25 gift card. This session will be hosted by GradSuccess and University Teaching Certificate Program. If you are interested in applying for the UTC Program, make sure you attend this session to talk to the UTC Coordinator, Kyla Rankin, on any questions you may have about the program. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021  |  10:30 – 11:50am  |  Getting Hired: CSUs and Community Colleges Panel

Interested working at a California State University or a community college? Come hear panelists share their experiences and advice on creating competitive applications as well as their experience in their current positions. Here are the panelists: 

  • Dr. Belinda Lum, Professor in Sociology at Sacramento City College. 
  • Dr. Michelle Vogel Trautt, Assistant Professor in Psychology at Mt. San Jacinto College. 
  • Dr. Lauren Cappiello, Assistant Professor in Mathematics & Statistics at California State University, Sacramento. 
  • Dr. Michael Plotkin, Associate Professor, Department Chair in Biological Sciences, Health Science, Nutrition at Mt. San Jacinto College. 
Thursday, May 6, 2021  |  1 – 1:50pm  |  Using Social Media to Motivate Continuous Learning
*Teaching Development Track

As we are spending more and more time on social media in this pandemic, why don't we transfer parts of our class to these online communities? In this workshop, we are going to talk about using social media to motivate students' continuous learning via enhanced communications and interactions. This workshop will be presented by Dr. Daniela Cassol (Botany and Plant Sciences) and Dr. Haiyang Wang (Chemical Engineering). 

Friday, May 7, 2021  |  1:30 – 2:20pm  |  Implementing High Expectations to Encourage Higher Order Thinking
*Teaching Development Track

Effective teachers convey their expectations to students in a variety of ways including, making students aware of expectations, goal setting, and motivation. This promotes higher order thinking that allows students to analyze, reason, comprehend and evaluate. This helps in developing cognitive skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. This workshop will be presented by Aya Shhub (GSOE Special Education) and Ravleen Kaur (Chemistry). 

Please note that if you are attending the Teaching Development Track in order to apply for the University Teaching Certificate program, you must register for and attend all sessions. These sessions are marked with *Teaching Development Track.

Registrations are now closed. 

If you have any questions, email GSRC Coordinator Dr. Yelda Serin at