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Professional Development Courses

The Writing Center manages a range of professional development courses designed to help students at the Graduate Center in their careers and professional activities. These courses do not carry credit, are ungraded, and do not appear on the student’s transcript.  Students register for these courses as they do their academic classes: log into CUNYFirst; go to Student Center and select “Search,” which takes you to the “Search for Classes” page. Select the institution (Graduate Center) and term, and enter the course number (listed below).

Note: Because these courses are zero-credit, Level 3 students are eligible to enroll.

Spring 2021 Courses

Effective Academic Writing for Native English Speakers (PDEV 79403)

This course grounds students in the fundamental elements that inform all argument-based academic writing in order to help them better understand and navigate the sometimes bewildering array of genres in which they are expected to write, from seminar papers and conference presentations to grant applications and dissertation proposals to theses, dissertations, job letters, abstracts, and journal articles. At once a seminar and a workshop, this course combines opportunities for peer review with instruction in the genres of academic writing, revision techniques, advanced outlining, the art of the paragraph, methods for overcoming writer’s block, and other skills. The syllabus will be developed in coordination with students’ stated interests and needs.

Professor: David Hershinow

Time: Mondays, 11:45 AM-1:45 PM

Effective Academic Writing for Non-Native English Speakers (PDEV 79403)

This course is a workshop that aims to help non-native English-speaking students take control of their writing process as they move forward in their graduate studies. We look at the conventions that shape academic writing, keeping in mind that these conventions vary from discipline to discipline and from genre to genre. We focus on the writing process by looking at various steps we can take in order to create “effective academic writing,” with emphasis on discussing writing in progress. Students work on improving writing projects connected to their coursework. We deal with grammar and other writing convention issues as needed.

First Section

Professor: Sharon Utakis

Time: Tuesdays, 11:45 AM-1:45 PM

Second Section

Professor: Maria Jerskey

Time: Thursdays, 2-4 PM

Advanced Spoken English: Teaching and Presentation Skills (PDEV 79400)

This course introduces students to teaching and presenting in university classrooms. Students will improve their spoken English through increased interactional awareness. This course will prepare students to make informed choices about leading and facilitating classroom interaction, including consideration of the role of technology in teaching and presenting.

Professor: Christine Jacknick

Time: Tuesdays, 2-4 PM

Teaching Strategies (PDEV 79401)

This course provides Graduate Center students with community and structure to help them prepare for and reflect upon their development as teachers. Work in the course proceeds from an understanding of the social contexts of teaching, as well as the positionalities of graduate student instructors and adjuncts. Short theoretical readings will help guide participants’ exploration and development of their teaching philosophies and materials. The course curriculum and structure will be responsive to the group’s needs and the realities of the moments when we teach. In Spring 2021, the course will address the challenges faced due to the current public health and social crises, and how it impacts teaching and learning.
Foundational topics explored in the course will include classroom community, student-centered and active learning approaches, accessibility, course design and policies, lesson planning, assignment design, assessment, educational technology, writing pedagogy, affective responses in classroom settings, and culturally-responsive pedagogy.

Professor: Luis Henao Uribe

Time: Fridays, 11:45 AM-1:45 PM

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