Fourth Annual PhD Colloquium 2014: Expanded Pathways to Teaching Careers, Part III

The nature of teaching careers is undergoing important changes and, though the reasons are multiple, technological advances and the continued growth of online offerings are having a profound impact on teaching at all levels, not only at institutions dedicated to education but also in the industry. This impact will continue to increase as offerings evolve and diversify and as more experimentation takes place. While the looming changes and disruption are to some a source of trepidation, they are also a great source of opportunity. 

The third and final part of the Annual PhD Colloquium features a plenary speech about the nature of online education, with an overview of the present and a peek into the near future, as well as the speaker's personal experience of a successful transition to a career in online education. This will be followed by two panels, in which you will learn of recent success stories from graduate school to careers in these settings.  Our guests will speak about their personal pathways and the victories that led to their current careers, as well as provide specific advice on how you can acquire and promote the relevant teaching skills so that you too can successfully gain meaningful employment.

A continental breakfast will be served at registration and a light lunch will be served during a reception after the second panel.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Chevron Auditorium
International House
2299 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA

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Registration and continental breakfast

Isabell Stamm, PhD
Board Member, Humanities and Social Sciences Association, UC Berkeley

Keynote Address “The State of The Art, The Future, and Your Future”
Alberto Todeschini, PhD
Technology and Online Education Officer, UC Berkeley

Alberto Todeschini started off with Physics, earned a PhD in the history of South Asia, and currently works in computer science specializing on online education and on natural language processing.  He is a consultant on online education to the Office of the CIO at a large university in the Bay Area and in his "spare time" is a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley's Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department.  His transition from teaching faculty to specialist on online education took about a year.  In his keynote address, Alberto will give an overview of online education, a glimpse into what the future holds, and a step-by-step description of his transition with practical suggestions on how to progress in your own career.

Panel 1: Online Education
Chair: Andrew Green, PhD, UC Berkeley Career Center

This panel features speakers who work at the intersection of teaching and technology. They will talk about what skills are required in the field of online education and where you can start when you want to explore the digital world of teaching.

Justin W. Lipp, PhD, ETS EducTechnology
Sara Schwartz, PhD, Vice President, Research and Evaluation at Kramer, Blum & Associates
Stephen Wilcox, PhD, Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education and Rutgers University

Coffee Break

Panel 2: Corporate Training
Chair: Alberto Todeschini, PhD

You like to teach but are also considering a corporate career?  This panel will show you how to combine the best of both worlds. You will learn what a corporate trainer does, how she or he helps managers and employees, and if this career path might be an option for you.  

Sheila Woods, Training Specialist , Chubb insurance
Russ Powell, Peregrine Performance Group and American Society for Training and Development
Rae Ann Ianniello, Director of Business Development for Henderson Communication Consulting & Associates/Cabrillo College

Stay for a light lunch and chat with our panelists!