Workshops

Our Workshops: A Great Opportunity for Scholarly Development

The HSSA regularly organizes academic and career development workshops aimed at informing our community on new or important topics related to research, publishing, teaching, and the job market. Attending our workshops is an excellent way to keep informed about these significant issues or new developments as they will help you understand the requirements, expectations, and future directions of being a professional scholar. 

Past Workshops

Interdisciplinary Teaching Seminar: How is Big Data changing the way we learn today and educate future generations tomorrow?

The Humanities and Social Sciences Association (HSSA) and the Berkeley Postdoc Association (BPA) are proud to announce the next lectures for the 2017 Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching Series (OFIT) at UC Berkeley.

In this lecture we emphasize the challenge of preparing future generations for their future new Jobs and the skills they require. We introduce the Big Data landscape and motivate its adoption in new industrial applications. More particularly, we discuss Big Data use cases in online social networks, finance, law, oil field, and bioinformatics.

Interdisciplinary Teaching Seminar: The future is now: How entrepeneurship is shaping nanotechnology applications

The Humanities and Social Sciences Association (HSSA) and the Berkeley Postdoc Association (BPA) are proud to announce the next lectures for the 2017 Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching Series (OFIT) at UC Berkeley.

Interdisciplinary Teaching Seminar: The invisible lines that divide us: Stratification and “identity” and their role in shaping human cultures and behavior

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching Series seminar by Beatrice Sasha Kobow, Behnoosh Payvar, and Arnaud Richard. Please register here.

How to get a postdoc in the humanities and social sciences - part II

Because of the extremely saturated faculty market, it's become increasingly common for fresh PhD graduates in the humanities and social sciences to search for postdoc positions. But how do you get a postdoc and how do you make the most of it?

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching Workshop - Course and Syllabus Design

Learn how to design effective courses by articulating goals for student learning and working out criteria for selecting course materials, assignments, and methods of assessment.

In this workshop we will also discuss reasons students may tend to hold back and practical strategies to encourage them to participate more fully.

If you are interested in joining us, please register as soon as possible.

This workshop is open to all graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars from all disciplines.

How to get a postdoc in the humanities and social sciences

Because of the extremely saturated faculty market, it's become increasingly common for fresh PhD graduates in the humanities and social sciences to search for postdoc positions. But how do you get a postdoc and how do you make the most of it?

The Nuts and Bolts of Leaving Academia, Part II: One-On-One Sessions

These sessions are for graduate students and postdocs who are beginning to feel like an academic career may not be in their future, either because they've lost interest in their field or because they are tired of facing another round of rejections on the job market.  Whatever stage of the process you are in, feel free to sign up for a chat with Dr. Segran.  The session will be more helpful if you come prepared with questions and ideas about potential new career paths you might be interested in exploring.

The Nuts and Bolts of Leaving Academia, Part I: Workshop
As a starting point, it is important to realize that leaving academia and finding a new career will most likely be a long process, filled with bumps along the way.  In this workshop, Dr. Elizabeth Segran will discuss the process of leaving academia across two dimensions: coping with the emotional stress and dealing with the practical steps to making the move. 
 
Finding Meaning in Life After Academia - Workshop

During this afternoon workshop, Dr. Elizabeth Segran will:

  • Facilitate a discussion on the following questions:
    • What do you fear most about leaving academia?
    • What are some strategies you can undertake as you make the switch? How can you best prepare?
  • Answer specific questions that arose from her talk and other questions about resumes, job hunting and networking

 

Finding Meaning in Life After Academia - Drop In Session

During this drop-in session, Dr. Elizabeth Segran will provide one-on-one advising about the nuts and bolts of transitioning from an academic career into a non-academic one.  More specifically, she invites you to:

Unlocking the Secrets of the English Language: Class 3 - SUFFIXES

Would you consider yourself a logophile or a logophobe? Not sure? In this workshop we’ll explore many English suffixes and use individual and group exercises to connect them with roots and prefixes from our prior workshops. You may be a logomaniac by the time we’re done!

Unlocking the Secrets of the English Language: Class 2 - PREFIXES

How would you describe your feeling towards learning vocabulary as apathy, empathy, antipathy, or sympathy? In this workshop we’ll learn many common English prefixes and use both group and individual exercises to reinforce our understanding of their relationships to English roots.

Unlocking the Secrets of the English Language: Class 1 - ROOTS

Have you ever wondered why English seems to have multiple words for the same thing or idea? We’ll (start to) answer that question with a short lecture on the history and development of the English language. Then we will engage in small group and individual exercises to expand and reinforce our knowledge of English roots.