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November 2008

Published by the McGill CAPS Career Centre

Hello Grad Students and Post-Docs:

Academic Careers Week was well attended - thank you to all students, faculty and artists who participated. The Artists Among Us fundraiser raised $750 for the Underwear Affair. A special thanks to the GPSO, CAPS & the Redpath Museum for sponsoring the week. For those of you who could not attend, most of the sessions were taped and copies can be found in our library.  

We are happy to announce that November is Post Doc Month - a great chance for postdocs to network with their peers and explore opportunities in various industries.

Take the time to peruse this newsletter. For those of you looking for a TA position, important information on how to find them on myFuture can be found below. As always, we have our usual slate of workshops and there is a Graduate PACE workshop series later in November.

In this issue:

TAships at McGill
Building a Teaching Portfolio
PhDs@Google Seminar Series:  Beyond Computer Science
Career Development Workshops for Grad Students
Contact me

TAships at McGill

Are you looking for TAships at McGill?  myFuture is now where you will find them.  Login to CAPS myFuture, now part of the McGill portal, or go directly to https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/.  If this is your first time logging into myFuture, you will be required to read the privacy policy before being permitted to view and apply to any jobs. 

The fastest and easiest way to located TAships from your department is to click on the "Employers" tab from your homepage and keyword search McGill.  Click on your department to view all available positions posted.

You can also search for TAships by clicking on the "Jobs" tab and selecting McGill Teaching Assistantship as the Position Type and/or selecting the major from the dropdown picklist.

Building a Teaching Portfolio

If you are making Academic Applications, you will need to build a Teaching Portfolio.

McGill's Teaching & Learning Services, will be pleased to give you a handout on Building Teaching Portfolios. They are located at:

McLennan Library Building
3459 McTavish Street
Suite MS-12 (ground level)
Tel.: 514-398-6648

For more information on what to include please refer to the resources below.

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). (2006). Teaching Dossier. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association of University Teachers. Retrieved March 2008 from http://www.caut.ca/uploads/teaching_dossier_en.pdf

Haugen, L. (1998). Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement. Iowa State University, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/philosophy.html

PhDs@Google Seminar Series:  Beyond Computer Science

It takes all kinds of people to fulfill Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google is a growing, fast-paced company where intellectual horsepower and entrepreneurial spirit are valued and expected. It's an environment where your ideas come to life. We've got an ideal combination of really smart people, amazing technology, and an innovative business environment. Every day, millions of users search for information on Google.com and use products like Gmail, Google Scholar, and Google Earth. When you join the Google team, the impact of your work touches people's lives around the world.

Googlers represent disciplines as diverse as Psychology, Cognitive Science, Economics, Linguistics, Statistics/Math, Chemistry/Chemical engineering, Geosciences, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science/Engineering, Management Science, Operations Research and more. Are you interested in learning more about opportunities at Google for PhD students studying disciplines beyond Computer Science?

We are hosting a virtual seminar series this Fall that will highlight what PhDs do at Google.  Please visit http://groups.google.com/group/phdsgoogle to check-out the line-up and register for one or more sessions. 

Do you have friends (at your school or others) that may be interested in participating? Feel free to pass this message along.

If you have questions, please send them to Dr. Jennifer Petoff at PhDInfo@google.com.

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Federal Government Info Sessions

For a full listing of all events offered this month and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops/Panels/Events" or "Information Sessions" tab. Click on the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

Career Development Workshops for Grad Students

Registration for all of the following workshops is available through myFuture. Click on the "Workshops/Events" tab and select the "Workshops" tab.

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