Message from the Dean
Dear graduate students and postdoctoral fellows,
The beginning of the new year is usually a time of celebration and hope as we look toward new adventures with a clean slate—a time to begin or begin anew. With a new incoming administration, 2017 promises to be a year of substantive change. In less than two weeks, we will celebrate the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16. I encourage you to take full advantage of Vanderbilt’s weekend of events in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr as we prepare ourselves for the work of justice ahead while maintaining hope and health.
From weekend service projects to the annual Freedom March to attending a teach-in and the candlelight vigil, I hope that you connect with the community, scholars, and each other so that what you begin this year will be sustained. In particular, Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw will be delivering the keynote address on Monday, January 16 at 7pm in Langford Auditorium (tickets are available at no cost from Sarratt box office). Her work has been foundational to the development of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality, and I expect that her address will be rich in context and value as we explore this year’s theme, “Justice and Democracy? Revolutionizing Our American Myths.” For a full schedule of events, go to https://www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk/.
Dr. Mark Wallace, Dean of the Graduate School
In this issue…
Scholarly Communications Workshop Series: Open Source Collaborations
All workshops meet at 11am on Fridays in 418a of the Central Library
The purpose of these workshops is to introduce students, postdocs, faculty, and staff members at Vanderbilt University to new tools and techniques in the field of scholarly communications and digital scholarship. All are welcome! No need to RSVP. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gists, January 20: Learn three accessible, (re)usable, and visually-appealing ways to share your data and research online.
- Github, January 27: GitHub is a resource-rich, version-controlled repository for code and digital initiatives. Learn how GitHub can help you organize individual and group projects from beginning to end.
- Github Pages, February 3: GitHub Pages hosts personal, organizational, and project websites. Learn how freely to publish your own website and show off your digital scholarship.
English Language Center Dissertation Workshops
Spring 2017, English Language Center (ELC), 1208 18th Ave. South
The ELC will offer free dissertation workshops for individuals who have a first language other than English in Spring 2017. The workshops will cover a variety of topics that are essential for PhD students:
- Improving speaking and writing skills for communication with advisers and committees.
- Recognizing and replicating organizational patterns in writing dissertations for your discipline.
- Improving skills, such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and editing.
Final class time will be selected based on student enrollment. Placement is first-come, first served and is based on schedule availability.
Career & Professional Development
Paying Uncle Sam: Understanding Taxes for Stipends, Grants, and Fellowships
Tuesday, January 10, 6-7:30pm, Wilson Hall 103
So you have a fellowship that doesn’t take out any federal tax. Do you have to pay it during tax season? What about the other funding that is taxed? What tax credits and deductions should you take advantage of? Back by popular demand, CPAs Briana Mullenax and Cindy Anderson, senior managers of Lattimore, Black, Morgan, & Cain, will answer your tax questions. They will cover issues about how to file taxes for both domestic and international students and postdocs. Sponsored by Graduate School Career Development.
LinkedIn Is Your Friend
Wednesday, January 18, 5-6:30pm, Alumni Hall 201
Learn how to effectively use LinkedIn for your job search, even for those with advanced degrees. There are many good tools that LinkedIn can provide that makes connecting and finding jobs easier. We will demystify these and highlight its best uses for graduate students and postdocs. Sponsored by Graduate School Career Development.
Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement
Monday, January 30, 3-4:30pm, CFT Classroom
In this workshop we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & postdocs from across disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome. Facilitators will be Lydia Bentley and Alexis McBride, Graduate Teaching Fellows. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching.
From CV to Resume
Wednesday, February 1, 5-6:30pm, Alumni Hall 201
You’ve created a great CV for academic jobs–but what is this résumé thing? Learn how to create an effective resume for jobs in business, non-profits, industry or government. Open to graduate students and postdocs. Sponsored by Graduate School Career Development.
Versatile PhD: STEM Careers in Conservation
February 6-10, online panel discussion
STEM PhDs can make a positive impact on the planet by working in Conservation – the protection and preservation of biodiversity, the environment, and natural resources toward sustainable use for future generations. Versatile PhD will host a free AMA-style panel discussion on PhD Careers in Conservation, Feb. 6-10, 2017. All panelists are PhDs or ABD in STEM disciplines and all are currently working in conservation in a variety of settings.
If you already have an account, start here. If not, sign up for free as a Vanderbilt member (graduate students and postdocs).
Health & Wellness
Weekly Wellbeing Practices
The Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW) building is across from Student Health and offers weekly wellbeing practices:
- Grad Student Silent Meditation: Fridays, 10-10:30am starting January 13 in the CSW Meditation Room.
- Recovery Support Meeting: Tuesdays, 12-1pm in Sarratt 208
Tuesday, January 10, 3-4pm, Center for Student Wellbeing
Resilience 101 focuses on the development and application of real-world skills that students can use during times of challenge and personal growth. Students will learn what resilience is, be given the opportunity to begin crafting a personal narrative that demonstrates their ability to thrive, and examine resilience-based strategies and skills. The central themes of these skills will revolve around internal and external gratitude as well as developing meaningful relationships.
Introduction to Mindfulness
Wednesday, January 18, 4-5pm, Center for Student Wellbeing
Do you ever find your thoughts wandering to your never-ending to do list and five minutes later to that time two weeks ago when you said something embarrassing? Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, and non-judgmentally in a present moment. Students will become more knowledgeable about mindfulness practices, the science of and research related to mindfulness, exercises that foster a deeper understanding of mindfulness, and relaxation techniques to use when faced with stress.
Equal Pay for Equal Work: Lilly Ledbetter & the Fight for Gender Equality in the Workplace
Tuesday, January 24, 12-1pm, Flynn Auditorium at the Law School
After 19 years at Goodyear, Lilly Ledbetter learned that she made thousands of dollars less than her male counterparts. Lilly filed a sex discrimination suit against Goodyear that made it to the Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS found that Lilly could not bring her claim because she filed it more than 180 days after receiving her first discriminatory paycheck despite her having no knowledge of the discrimination, but she did not give up the fight. President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 that amended the 180-day statute of limitations so that it resets every time a discriminatory paycheck is issued. Lilly shared her story in her 2012 book, Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond. Now, Lilly is coming to Vanderbilt Law School to discuss her fight for equality. This event is free and open to the public and is made possible by funds from the Wayne S. Hyatt ’68 (BA’65) and his late wife, Amanda M. Hyatt (BA’67, MA’74) Student Activities Fund and the Vanderbilt PhD Program in Law and Economics. Lunch will be served.
Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales
Tuesday, January 24, 7-8pm, Wyatt Center Rotunda
Dr. E. Patrick Johnson, scholar/artist and Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern Univeristy, will perform his one-man show, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales,” as part of Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series. Johnson is a prolific performer and scholar, and an inspiring teacher, whose research and artistry has greatly impacted African American studies, performance studies, and sexuality studies.
Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture: Workshop on College Preparation and Success
Thursday, February 2, 1-4pm, Wyatt Center Rotunda
Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will present a workshop on college preparation and success. Her research has focused on assisting students who, like her, grew up in poverty with hopes and dreams but not knowing how to realize them. Rendón is credited with developing the theory of validation, which colleges and researchers have employed as a framework for working with and affirming low-income students. Rendón is a teaching and learning philosopher and thought leader. She developed a pedagogic framework called Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy that emphasizes intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual student development along with social activism.