Alt-Ac Mentoring: Publishing/Nonprofits/Education

Date(s) - Monday, April 20, 2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CUNY Graduate Center, room 3312

Perhaps you’re interested in learning more about non-faculty careers (whether you call them alt-ac careers, nonacademic careers, or alternative careers) in the areas of nonprofit, publishing, government, and education. (We are working on an event that’s more science and business focused for later in the semester.)

In that case, join us for a chance to network with GC alumni working in non-faculty roles inside and outside the academy.

Monday, April 20, 4-6 PM, GC Room 9204

Mentors will include:

Jaime Cleland, English PhD, Senior Editor, Scholastic

Jaime Cleland received her Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center in 2007.  After working as a visiting assistant professor for four years in the midwest, she returned to New York City and began a career in publishing.  She is now a senior editor in the education department at Scholastic, where she works on products for reading encouragement and intervention at the K-12 level.

Kecia Hayes, Urban Education PhD, Director, TC REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem), Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Hayes currently is the Director of the Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem (REACH) at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is responsible for the design, implementation, and data-driven monitoring of all aspects of REACH, which is a university-assisted community school model to provide Harlem youth in six partner traditional public schools with comprehensive educational opportunity.  For more than 15 years, she has accumulated multi-faceted professional experience in key organizations in urban education. Her professional work has primarily focused on urban school leadership and she is particularly interested in collaborative approaches to innovative urban school turnaround and transformation.  Prior to joining Teachers College, Columbia University, she was an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University and a Leadership Development Facilitator/Senior Program Officer at New Visions for Public Schools. She received her PhD in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center where she was a MAGNET Scholar. Her dissertation documented the educational experiences of young men at Rikers Island and examined the impact of a Sternberg’s multiple intelligence literacy program on the young men’s skills.

Gwynneth C. Malin, History PhD, Director, Humanities Initiative, New York University

Dr. Malin is the Director of the Humanities Initiative at New York University, where she oversees academic programs that highlight the University’s research and teaching in the humanities.  As an historian of 19th century New York, her research interests include the intersection between local government, natural resources, and water infrastructure.  She holds a Ph.D. in History from the City University of New York, an History and an Advanced Certificate in Archival Management from New York University, and a B.A. in History from Columbia University.  As an academic administrator for over fifteen years, Malin has experience raising the visibility of the humanities, globalizing the campus, and developing study abroad programs.  While at NYU, she has established new academic programs in Barcelona, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Florence, Paris, and Sicily.

Anthony J. Maniscalco, Political Science PhD, Director, Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs, CUNY

Dr. Maniscalco holds a MA, M. Phil, and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Center. His dissertation examines contests over public space and free expression on commercial property. He has taught politics at several colleges and has served as campus faculty coordinator of the Government and Public Affairs Internship Seminar at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and John Jay College. Dr. Maniscalco produces the “CUNY Forum” and has led two civic engagement projects: the Model New York State Senate Session Project, and the Model New York City Council Project. He lives in Brooklyn.

Dana Milstein, English PhD, Academic Technology Specialist for the Humanities, Yale University

Dana Milstein is the Academic Technology Specialist to the Humanities at Yale University.  She recently earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also completed a certificate in Instructional Technology and Interactive Pedagogy. She has held faculty and academic technologist positions in the Humanities at several New York universities and distance education institutions, and worked as a freelance curriculum designer and writer for the W. W. Norton series for World Literature and Drama.

Michael D. Porter, Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD, Director of Data Use and Strategic Analysis, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Michael Porter is an informatics specialist with a focus on public health, geographic information systems, and the emergency management. Mike currently works as the Director of Informatics in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy (BESP). In that role, he coordinates the development and management of tools used for the collection, analysis, and presentation of day-to-day environmental and emergency environmental data. Prior to his work in BESP Mike served as the Director of Data Use and Strategic Analysis in the Office of the DOHMH’s Chief Operating Officer and as a senior analyst in DOHMH’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Mike brings to the job over 20 years of experience as a software engineer, data manager, and researcher. He has a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, an MA in Geography from Hunter College, and BA in  History from Princeton University.

Timothy Wilson, French MPhil, Associate, Foundation Relations, Carnegie Hall

An ABD doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, Tim Wilson will be taking a leave of absence beginning in September 2015 to concentrate on his dissertation while continuing to pursue a nonacademic career in institutional giving. Tim has been Associate, Foundation Relations at Carnegie Hall since June 2014, following an internship at Museum of the Moving Image from October 2013 – May 2014. Prior to this, he taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter College, and the College of Staten Island. In 2011-2012, he completed a Graduate Writing Fellowship at LaGuardia Community College. From February 2013-May 2014, he was a Research Assistant with the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context, which is housed in the Graduate Center. He has served as the webmaster for the Ph.D. Program in French since 2011. As a graduate student, Tim has presented original research and organized panels at a range of professional and graduate academic conferences, including the Society for French Historical Studies, the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Yale University, and Brown University. In 2011 and 2013, he was the lead organizer for the Ph.D. Program in French’s annual graduate conference, collaborating with Chris Brandon in 2011 for a conference on “Collective Identities” with a keynote by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and with Chris Brandon and Eric Lynch in 2013 for a conference on “Idiosyncrasy / Idiosyncrasie” with a keynote by Françoise Lionnet.

You’ll have a chance to meet these professionals in small group settings on the 20th. They will share details about how they started out in their career, offer tips for students about how to do the same, and explain what they like and find challenging about their jobs.

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