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Humanities Views - Katina Rogers, Ph.D., Scholarship for the Public Good

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Critical Thinking - Soft Skills Series: Dan Klamm, ‘08
In this episode, Tracy Bauer, G’15, is joined by Dan Klamm, ‘08, Vice President, Global Head of Social Media (Marketing). Dan uses Critical Thinking skills all the time as he makes important decisions in his work, and life. He’ll talk about what critical thinking is and how you can strengthen these skills that employers want. Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. Career readiness is made up of eight career competencies that all employers want, regardless of industry or discipline: Career and Self-Development, Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity and Inclusion, Leadership, Professionalism, Teamwork, and Technology.
April 19, 2022
Grad Views - Yousr Dhaouadi, GSO President
This episode's Grad Views features Yousr Dhaouadi, a Chemical Engineering doctoral candidate and the current president of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO). Yousr and Dan Olson-Bang discuss her experience coming here from Tunisia, what she's enjoyed about Syracuse University, and her perspective on the GSO--and she has a lot to share, having served in several roles leading up to the presidency. 
April 12, 2022
Being Yourself with Trenna Hill, ’14, G’18
Trenna Hill, ’14, G’18, is the Director of Athlete Development at Fire Lacrosse and a certified life coach. Trenna played lacrosse at Syracuse University, worked in Career Services, and went on to earn her master’s degree in higher education and C.A.S. in Athletic Advising and Administration before moving to Los Angeles. Trenna talks about her experiences being bi-racial and how being yourself is your superpower. Within the intersections of being biracial, indigenous, and a female athlete, Trenna became passionate about helping other athletes, biracials, and anyone struggling through their own identity crisis, build a strong core of confidence and authenticity, and redefining belonging while embracing what “fullness” really means. Not ironically, she is known for her ability to create and build strong team cultures with belonging, refreshing realness, and contagious confidence at the center. Trenna obtained her ICF Life Coaching Certification in 2020. You can follow her at @trenski23 or @_thegirlscoach on Instagram, and follow along at Her podcast, Full of Myself, debuts in Spring 2022.
March 15, 2022
Soft Skills Series - Equity & Inclusion: Diane Wiener, M.S.W., Ph.D.
We talk about equity and inclusion with Diane R. Wiener, M.S.W., Ph.D. (Pronouns: she/they/Diane), Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute and College of Law at Syracuse University. Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. Career readiness is made up of eight career competencies that all employers want, regardless of industry or discipline. Resources: Sins Invalid: Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature: Wiener, D. R. (2021, August). Dis/Ability and Critical Cultural Studies. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Wiener, D. R. (2020, June). Rev. of Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century, edited by Alice Wong (Vintage Books, 2020). In Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, 14(2). Wiener, D. R. (2018, December). Rev. of Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People: Crip Wisdom for the People, edited by Alice Wong (Disability Visibility Project, 2018). In Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, 12(4). Penner, P., & Wiener, D. R. (2018). Language Guide – Disability Cultural Center (2018 edition). Syracuse: Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center. Pollack, K., & Wiener, D. (2018). A Guide to Planning Inclusive Events, Seminars, and Activities at Syracuse University (2018 edition). Syracuse: Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center. Wiener, D. R., & Harris, J. (2017, 28 Feb.). On fortune cookies, neurodiversity, and accessibility. Huffington Post. Wiener, D. R. (2016, 21 Nov.). Intersectional politics and accessibility. Huffington Post. Wiener, D. R., & Hsu, M. (2016, 6 Sept.). Disability rights and the Sagamihara 19: A dialogue with Mizuki Hsu. Huffington Post. Wiener, D. R. (2016, 23 June). ‘Suck it, bipeds’: Finding Dory’s disability narratives. Huffington Post. Wiener, D. R. (2016, 25 May). On mad advantage: A letter to ‘the normals’ (and to the rest of us). Huffington Post.
March 08, 2022
Soft Skills Series - Communication: Shannon Feeney Andre, '09, G'17
Communication is defined as: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization. Shannon Andre, ‘09, G’17, serves as the executive director of communications for the student experience at Syracuse University. She leads the division’s communications strategy and planning, along with a team of communications professionals who manage digital content, design, social media, campaigns and writing efforts for divisional departments and student-focused initiatives. Shannon joined the University as a staff member in 2011 after working at the United Way of Central New York. She earned a master's degree in communications management and a bachelor's degree in public relations and political science from Syracuse University. Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. Career readiness is made up of eight career competencies that all employers want, regardless of industry or discipline.
March 01, 2022
Soft Skills Series: Leadership - Gregory J. Victory, G’04
Leadership is defined as: Recognizing and capitalizing on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals. In this episode, we hear from Greg Victory, G’04, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs and Fannie Mitchell Executive Director, Career Center at Duke University. Greg received his master’s degree in higher education from Syracuse University’s School of Education. Previously, Greg served as Executive Director of the Tufts Career Center from 2016-2020, and as Executive Director of Continuing Education at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he was previously Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of the RISD Career Center. At Syracuse University, Greg taught in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, led the First-Year and Transfer Programs office, and served as a lead with employer engagement in the Career Center. Greg has also held positions at Colgate University and Ithaca College and taught junior high school social studies. One of Greg’s favorite jobs was serving as “Scooch,” mascot for the Syracuse Mets (formerly the Syracuse Chiefs), a AAA baseball club. That position allowed him to “be as goofy as I wanted to be, to bring joy, laughter and excitement to fans,” he said. “It offers a glimpse of my spirit, energy and enthusiasm.” In his free-time he enjoys traveling, food (cooking and exploring new restaurants), and spending time with his partner, David, and puppy, Faya. Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. Career readiness is made up of eight career competencies that all employers want, regardless of industry or discipline.
February 22, 2022
Grad Views: Prajakta Mane
In a new series in partnership with the Graduate Student Organization, Syracuse University Gradcast is featuring the voices and perspectives of graduate students on campus. Today we hear from Prajakta Mane, a master's student in the iSchool, about life in the US, the differences between the Indian and American educational systems, and her thoughts on life at SU. 
February 15, 2022
Soft Skills Series: Career & Self Development - Geoff “DeafGeoff” Herbert, ‘05
Career and Self-Development is defined as: Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization. In this episode, we hear from Geoff, “DeafGeoff” Herbert, ‘05, about his career and self-development as a student and professional. Syracuse University alumnus, Geoff “DeafGeoff” Herbert, ‘05, is a New York Emmy-nominated reporter and SEO Lead for | The Post-Standard, where he's worked since 2010. He has also been a DJ for more than 20 years known as "DeafGeoff," and previously worked at Syracuse radio station Hot 107.9 (WWHT-FM) for six years. He was born with a profound binaural hearing loss, gives motivational speeches about growing up with a disability/different ability, and is known on Twitter (@deafgeoff) for lipreading Jim Boeheim during Syracuse basketball games. Herbert grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School in 2005. He now lives in Syracuse with his wife and two children. Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. Career readiness is made up of eight career competencies that all employers want, regardless of industry or discipline: Career and Self-Development, Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity and Inclusion, Leadership, Professionalism, Teamwork, and Technology.
February 08, 2022
Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide, with Chris Caterine, Ph.D.
Chris Caterine holds a classics Ph.D., worked in academia for a few years...and then wanted to get out. As with many, life had complicated the once-clear path that he'd expected and wanted, and he found himself casting about for new opportunities. Now, Chris works at Deloitte as a Lead in the Pursuit Center of Excellence and puts the skills he learned during his doctorate to work every day. His recent book, Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide, is essential reading for anyone wondering what their next step might be. Hear Chris's story, his thoughts on the pandemic, and on academia in general right here. 
February 01, 2022
Consulting in STEM with Kim White, Numerof & Associates
Ever wondered if you could put your STEM PhD to work in consulting? Kim White, Vice President and Senior Consultant with Numerof & Associates, certainly thinks so. Numerof & Assoc. is a strategy consulting firm that helps businesses across the life sciences sector develop and implement strategies for competitive advantage in dynamic markets. The firm has a number of PhDs on its staff, many from STEM backgrounds. Join us to hear about the work they do, about consulting in general, and advice about how to succeed in such a role. 
January 24, 2022
Alumni Insights: Graduating into a Pandemic with Bekka Burton, G’20
Bekka Burton, G’20, M.A., Linguistic Studies, is now a User Experience Content Writer at Paychex in Rochester, NY. Prior to securing this position, she went through a lengthy job search process filled with rejection. She shares her tips for if you’re experiencing the frustrations of the job search.
November 02, 2021
Self-Awareness and Self-Compassion with Caitlin Dawson Brown, G’15
Alumna and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Caitlin Dawson Brown, G’15, discusses developing more self-awareness and self-compassion throughout your life. If you would like more assistance with these topics at SU, please visit the Counseling at Barnes Center at the Arch.
October 26, 2021
Gradcast Bloopers for Midterm Laughs - Volume 2
Last year we compiled a bunch of our bloopers and we’re back again with more; we hope you enjoy it!
October 19, 2021
The Difference Between a Recruiter and a Hiring Manager
What does a recruiter do? What is a hiring manager? These roles at companies are incredibly important to understand as a job seeker and are incredibly different. We’ll go over the differences and give you insight to help you improve your strategies with navigating the hiring process with both a recruiter and hiring manager.
October 12, 2021
Teaching Demos for Academic Jobs
Teaching demos are an often-overlooked part of an academic job interview, and they’re just as mysterious as their cousin, the teaching statement or “philosophy.” Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., breaks down the elements of a good demo, suggesting how to avoid inevitable pitfalls and, equally important, how to succeed at this sometimes-tricky assignment.
October 05, 2021
Alumni Insights: Getting Multiple Job Offers with Saad Sayed, G’21
Engineering Management alumnus Saad Sayed, G’21, earned four job offers by the time he graduated. We’ll learn how he strategized and planned for his job search, what he learned along the way, and what he wishes he handled differently.
September 28, 2021
How to: Introduce Yourself and Participate in Small Talk
Whether you’re at a networking event or going to an interview, you’ll need to figure out the best way to introduce yourself to professionals. Not only that, but “small talk” is important to participate in as a way to warm up to a conversation with someone new. In this episode, we discuss tips for how you can prepare.
September 21, 2021
Insights from a Former Tech Recruiter
Join Jeffrey D’Andria, G’12, M.S., Student Affairs Counseling, former Technical Recruiter and liaison to tech and start-ups in Silicon Valley as he gives us insight into how to get a job in Big Tech (with advice applicable to other industries), advice he has for students that are struggling to land interviews, as well as what it’s like to live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
September 14, 2021
The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education by Leonard Cassuto and Robert Weisbuch
Graduate school trains scholars to work at research universities, even though only a small fraction of them will ever gain a permanent position at one of these institutions. For most doctoral students in the humanities and allied fields, the jobs they are being trained for don’t exist. In their recent book, The New PhD, Leonard Cassuto and Robert Weisbuch seek to overturn conventional wisdom in a clarion call for student-centered, career-diverse graduate education. I sat down with the authors, one of whom was an influential figure in my own doctoral program, to hear their take on how to fix the problems of a PhD that “turns inward,” rather than one that “looks outside the walls of the university.”
September 07, 2021
What is Handshake and how do I use it? - Frequently Asked Questions
We tell you to make an appointment on Handshake all the time, but what is Handshake, what is it good for, and how does it help advance your career goals? Tracy Bauer, G'15, and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., take you through the platform so that you know how to use its many features, from making an appointment, to learning about in-person and virtual events—and events to connect with employers through career fairs. Log in using your Syracuse University email address and start exploring today! In addition, Handshake posts articles with career advice that may be helpful to you, too.
August 31, 2021
Fall 2021 Preview
We’re back for season two! Join Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer G’15, as we discuss fall opportunities to advance your career and what we learned from season one. After over 55 episodes and over 7500 downloads, we have come a long way—and hope you’ll tune in this year. Resources mentioned in this episode: - Book individual appointments via Handshake - Use VMock to get your resume reviewed - Explore careers and learn more in Aurora for PhDs - Visit Big Interview for interviewing help - Register for workshops with Jaime Weisberg on growth mindset and emotional intelligence - Attend virtual career fairs and participate in challenges (information in Handshake) Check Handshake and your email for news and events happening throughout the semester.
August 24, 2021
Job Offers & Negotiation - Frequently Asked Questions
Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer G’15, answer the most frequently asked questions on job offers including: What should I say when I receive a job offer over the phone? How do I research salary? What are some of the aspects of a job offer I can negotiate? And more!
April 20, 2021
How to: Think Like a Recruiter
Time to dive into the mindset of the person who may hold your job or internship in their hands! Former recruiter and current career development specialist Tracy Bauer, G’15, offers tips on what recruiters think and how you can think like a recruiter in your job search. 
April 13, 2021
How to: Start a New Job or Internship
Join Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G’15, for their take on how to succeed in a new position once you have accepted an offer. We’ll go over questions to ask, things to remember, and ways to impress from the start!
April 06, 2021
Careers in Consulting - Carli Flynn, PhD, McKinsey & Co.
Sometimes a graduate student's career path really stays with you, and that's the case with Carli Flynn, Ph.D. Carli and I worked together on two career trajectories--first, she was a postdoc at RIT in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, before she shifted gears to become a consultant for McKinsey & Co. Listen as Carli tells us about her work, about adaptability, and about why being a graduate student in the sciences is really about entrepreneurship. 
March 30, 2021
Debunking Job Search Myths
Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G’15, tackle some of the most common myths they hear from students and provide alternative ways to approach the job search in a more strategic way.
March 23, 2021
Miscellaneous Questions - Frequently Asked Questions
Listen to some of your frequently asked questions about the job search answered by Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G’15. We talk about some common anxieties about being employable, how to balance your job search and your academics, and what to do when you’ve been rejected from a job.
March 16, 2021
Humanities Views - Katina Rogers, Ph.D., Scholarship for the Public Good
Katina Rogers, Ph.D., author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom (Duke UP, 2020) gives a little background on the talk she gave during the initial publication of this episode, Scholarship for the Public Good: Expanding Definitions of Academic Success. Katina also shared her path from a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Boulder to her current work at CUNY Graduate Center, including her work in the Futures Initiative.   Scholarship for the Public Good: Expanding Definitions of Academic Success Doctoral education opens doors to engaging and often unexpected pathways, with opportunities for significant public impact—an essential element of reinvesting in higher education as a public good. In this talk, Katina Rogers, author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom (Duke UP, 2020), will consider how building a university that is truly worth fighting for means thinking more expansively about what constitutes scholarly success—not only to support individual career pathways, but also to work toward greater equity and inclusion in the academy. Rogers will talk about her own pathway and her current work with the CUNY Graduate Center, including the Futures Initiative that aims to design new structures for higher education. 
March 09, 2021
All About the 3-Minute Thesis Competition
Glenn Wright, Ph.D., joins Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., as they discuss one of the best opportunities to hone your research communication abilities: the 3-Minute Thesis Competition. 3-Minute Thesis is a research communication competition hosted by over 900 universities in 85 countries worldwide. It challenges graduate students in all research programs to present a compelling oration on their dissertation/thesis and its significance in just three minutes, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.  Glenn and Dan talk about the competition, how to be effective, and most of all, what prizes you'll get if you win! Register to enter the 3MT each semester it's offered. 
March 04, 2021
Alumni Insights: A Holistic Approach to Job Seeking with Alumnus Akshay Bagde, G’20
Alumnus Akshay Bagde, G’20, (Information Management, iSchool and now Cloud Support Associate at Amazon Web Services) answers questions about how he secured a position in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and what he did prior to graduation to create success. Akshay shares what he focused on in his job search, how he balanced his academics and job search, as well as advice for current students and for those starting a new role remotely.
March 02, 2021
PhD Careers - Transferable Skills and Beyond
People talk about "transferable skills" that PhDs possess all the time. But what are they, and do you have them? If you're not in a technical field, what "skills" do you have? And what do we mean by "Beyond?" This episode is here to help you wade through the quagmire and to show you how you already are a match for jobs--regardless of the skills they name. 
February 23, 2021
References and Letters of Recommendation - Frequently Asked Questions
Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G’15, answer questions on references and letters of recommendation, such as, What is the difference between letters of recommendation and references? Who should I ask to be a reference? How many should I have ready? When should I ask them? References and letters of recommendation can be a maze whether you are a master's or PhD student, and we hope this episode will offer some much-needed clarity. 
February 16, 2021
Alumni Insights: Job Search Tips from a Dual Career Couple
Joshua Ratel-Khan, G’20, and Mariann Fant, G’20 both graduated with master’s degrees in Communication and Rhetorical Studies in May 2020. As a couple, they navigated a successful job search both securing positions in the same geographic location during a pandemic. Whether you’re searching for a job with a partner, or not, their experience and advice will help with your own job search.
February 09, 2021
PhD Careers: What to do when you don't know what to do
Glenn Wright, Ph.D., and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., provide an overview of our next PhD/postdoc challenge, this time focused on Career Exploration. They outline and provide helpful tips for ways of, well, doing something when you're not sure what to do!  Make sure to sign up for our challenges (happening each semester) so you can learn a step-by-step guide to career exploration!
February 04, 2021
Welcome to the Spring Semester!
Welcome to our brief introduction to the spring semester. This episode includes an introduction of our new team member, Tracy Balduzzi, Ed.D., notes about upcoming challenges and wellness events, VMock (a resume review platform), Handshake (our career portal) and how we can help!
February 02, 2021
Alumni Insights: Networking Tips with Christina Faulkner, G’17
We’re excited to share an interview on networking with Christina Faulkner, G’17. She graduated from Syracuse University with a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling but has since has changed career paths. Now, she is graduating Data Analytics and Information Systems in May 2021 and is starting full time as a Data and Security Engineer at IBM. We discuss what makes a good networking request, what are some types of messages that aren’t as effective, and what is the biggest thing she’s learned from being on the networking receiving side vs. teaching side.
January 26, 2021
InterSECT Job Simulations - With Thi Nguyen, Ph.D.
Thi Nguyen, Ph.D., a career expert, scientist, and founder of, joins us to describe her career path, an in-depth rundown of what InterSECT Job Sims offers, and how you can benefit from it! is a website that gives you bite-sized chunks of tasks--job simulations--of a variety of career paths, with the intention of helping PhDs and postdocs to discern what careers would be most interesting to them. 
January 25, 2021
Written Communication in the Job Search
Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G’15, provide general tips in writing professional emails; responding to recruiters and how to respond to emailed offers.
January 19, 2021
How to: Develop a Job Search Strategy (Yes, You Need a Strategy!)
If you’re not sure how to conduct a strategic job search, or have never conducted a job search before, take a listen as Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G’15,  discuss the steps so you can be more proactive in your search.
January 12, 2021
Get to know Aurora - for Ph.D. students!
We're delighted to introduce you to Maren Wood, Ph.D., founder of Beyond the Professoriate and Aurora, an e-learning platform available for students to use.  Aurora is designed to help you: Explore different career paths, and hear from PhDs currently in those fields; Develop the materials and skills you will need on a job search such as resume writing, interview techniques, and networking strategies; Translate your academic experiences into transferable skills; and so much more! 
January 06, 2021
Tips for the Semester Break
Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G’15, discuss their top tips and for the semester break in our last episode until January 2021. While we take a break, catch up on previous episodes.
November 10, 2020
Self-Care with Caitlin Dawson Brown, LMHC, G’14
Caitlin Dawson Brown, LMHC, G’14, helps us better understand self-care and how to reframe our thinking on what it is and why it is incredibly important to incorporate it into our daily lives. Caitlin can be found on Instagram at @cdbrowncounseling.
November 03, 2020
Careers In - Hugo Hao, Ph.D.
It's not often that you get a chance to talk to an expert in quantum computing about his experience of transitioning from quantum physics into industry, but that's the opportunity we had when we interviewed Hugo Hao, Ph.D., a MEMS development engineer II at SiTime. When Hugo was at Syracuse University, we were privileged to learn about his work and to help him in his job search, and in this podcast, he explains how he got to where he is--as well as what he gleaned along the way. 
October 26, 2020
Gradcast Bloopers for Midterm Laughs
We’ve worked really hard on our 30+ episodes so far. While we’ve worked hard, we’ve also messed up and laughed hard. In this short episode, to bring you laughs during midterms, Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G'15, share a few of the times they’ve messed up. We hope it makes you laugh!
October 20, 2020
Careers in - Sonali Pandhe, Ph.D.
Sonali Pandhe, Ph.D., Hematology-Oncology Medical Science Liaison (MSL) at AMAG Pharmaceuticals, gives a sense of "a day in the life" of an MSL.
October 13, 2020
How to: Learning and Implementing Networking
If you're new to networking, and unsure where to start, this episode is for you! Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., and Tracy Bauer, G'15, will cover the steps to take to get started.
October 06, 2020
Careers in - Chilisa Shorten, Ph.D., USGS
Chilisa Shorten, Ph.D., a postdoc at the US Geological Survey, a coveted role for many grads in Earth Sciences. Chilisa reflects on her time at SU, what she enjoys about her work, and how you can make your own transition. If you are interested in working in government, make sure to give this one a listen!
October 02, 2020
A Strengths-Based Approach to Resilience with Jaime Weisberg
Tracy Bauer, G'15, interviews Jaime Weisberg of Northbound Coaching and Consulting about our upcoming 3-part workshop series on A Strengths-Based Approach to Resilience. What is the strengths-based approach to resilience about? What can students expect from the sessions? Should students plan to attend all three sessions or can they attend one or two and still get something out of it? What will students walk away from the sessions with?
September 22, 2020
Careers in - Ryan Curl
We are pleased to bring you "Careers In," a series that profiles the paths that PhDs from Syracuse have taken and the advice they have for current students and postdocs. In our first episode, we hear from Ryan Curl, Associate Researcher at The NeuroLeadership Institute and a PhD candidate in Cognition Brain & Behavior at Syracuse University. Ryan tells us about his transition, lessons he learned in grad school, and shares what it's like to work in a competitive field like his. 
September 17, 2020
Informational Interviewing - Frequently Asked Questions
Tracy Bauer, G'15, and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., are back to offer some guidance in the all important informational interview where they answer questions such as: What is an informational interview? What can I expect from an informational interview? How do I find people to interview? How should I reach out to someone? What do I do during the call to start and finish it? What kinds of questions should I ask? How should I follow up with the person I spoke with after the informational interview?
September 15, 2020
Susanna Harris - PhD Balanced
We are very excited to bring Susanna Harris, Ph.D., founder of PhD Balance, a community dedicated to creating spaces to discuss wellness and mental health in academia. Susanna recently finished a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She tells us her story, tells us about PhD Balance and, most importantly, tells about sessions that she'll be doing at Syracuse University during Fall 2020.
September 08, 2020
Balancing Your Priorities with Rob Pusch, Ph.D.
This helpful interview with Rob Pusch, Ph.D., discusses strategies for students balancing multiple priorities and advice for unstructured time (such as conducting a job search or completing a dissertation). Rob Pusch, Ph.D. is Senior Associate Director of Syracuse University Project Advance and an Adjunct Assistant Professor, in the Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation program in the School of Education.
September 01, 2020
NSF GRFP - Hear from Recipients
Dr. Melissa Welshans from the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising is back with our final installment on the NSF GRFP: tips from two grant recipients. Melissa speaks with Jane Pascar, a PhD candidate in her third year of the Biology PhD Program, and Katie Piston, a PhD candidate in her fourth year of the Bioengineering PhD program.
August 27, 2020
Working with Us - Frequently Asked Questions
Tracy Bauer, G'15, Graduate Career Development Specialist, and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., Director of Career and Professional Development at the Graduate School want to help you know how to work with us! We briefly discuss how we help students, when you should start working with us, how to make appointments and more. 
August 24, 2020
Applying to Ph.D. Programs
Join Tracy Bauer, G'15, as she interviews Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., to learn about applying to Ph.D. programs. This episode answers your questions on when you should get started, how to find schools that are a good fit for you, what to include in a successful statement of purpose essay, and more!
August 21, 2020
The NSF GRFP - An Insider’s Take
Melissa Welshans, Ph.D., G’14, from Syracuse University’s Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising interviews Mary Beth Monroe, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Monroe received an NSF GRFP grant while a PhD student at Texas A&M University, and served as a reviewer for the award during last year’s application cycle. If you haven’t listened to our previous episode, the NSF GRFP – And Why It Matters, make sure to listen to that episode first. * Applicants must be US Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, be pursuing a research-based master’s or PhD degree in STEM or social sciences, enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution by the fall after they receive the award, and either applying to or recently enrolled in graduate school.
August 18, 2020
The NSF GRFP - And Why it Matters
The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) is one of the most prestigious (and lucrative!) awards one can get as a grad student. It will pay for 3 years of both tuition and a generous stipend for students in STEM or Social Science. Melissa Welshans, PhD, Assistant Director of the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA) sat down with me to share what students need to know and how to prepare for the fellowship. Melissa tells us that there is no better time to get started on your application, and this podcast is a great way to start.  * Applicants must be US Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, be pursuing a research-based master’s or PhD degree in STEM or social sciences, enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution by the fall after they receive the award, and either applying to or recently enrolled in graduate school.
August 13, 2020
On-Campus Interviews - Academic Job Market Series
Carlos Castaneda, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology and Chemistry at Syracuse University, shares his experience and thoughts on the on-campus interview--including whether there will be such things this year! Carlos and I discuss all the crucial bits: the meals, the meeting with the dean, even shoes. If you are wondering how to make a good impression during the second round, this podcast is for you.
August 11, 2020
Digital, Video, Phone Interviews - Frequently Asked Questions
Join Tracy Bauer, G'15, and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., as they discuss digital, video, and phone interviews as more and more companies recruit virtually. What is a digital interview like? What is a video call/zoom interview like? What is a phone interview like? How should I prepare for a digital or video conference call interview? How should I prepare for a phone interview? How and when should I follow up after an interview?
August 04, 2020
Using an Agile Mindset to Adapt with Elvi Caperonis
Elvi Caperonis, Technical Program Manager at Amazon and Life & Agile Career Coach, talks about how to stay adaptable in your job search and career using some of the techniques of Agile Methodology (used in software development). She also encourages you to increase your emotional intelligence and to discover and use your own super powers.
July 28, 2020
First-Round Interviews - Academic Job Market Series
In this episode we are joined by Dr. Rebecca Schewe, Assistant Professor of Sociology and O'Hanley Faculty Scholar. Dr. Schewe takes us through the first-round or "screening interview" that colleges and universities use to determine whom they should invite for on-campus interviews. These meetings are short, to the point, and most often happen over Zoom or the phone. What are they looking for, and how do you make the cut--and get the invitation for the campus interview? Find out here. 
July 27, 2020
Alumni Insights: Self-Reflection and Self-Worth in your Job Search with Shaundel Sanchez, Ph.D., MPA, G’14, G’20
Shaundel Sanchez completed her Ph.D. in spring 2020 in Cultural Anthropology just as the pandemic hit, causing her postdoc in Germany to be cancelled and her to reevaluate her post-Ph.D. life and career goals. Throughout our interview she describes how she evaluated herself through self-reflection and refined her job search with networking successes along the way. Shaundel begins a Visiting Assistant Professorship this fall at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.
July 21, 2020
Reference Letters - Academic Job Market Series
In this episode, Dr. Romita Ray, Associate Professor of Art and Music Histories, discusses the thorny issue of the reference letter, and encourages us to get started asking for them now! But before you ask, there's plenty to know: whom to ask, what information your referees need, how to "pop the question," and more. 
July 20, 2020
Working from Home - Tips from Alumni
As many professionals work from home, we interviewed several alumni on their top tips for working well in your personal space. On today’s episode we’ll hear tips from: Tanya Achhra, G’18, Information Management, is a Program Manager at Amazon Web Services, and began her job working from home this past spring. Janak Khilnani, G’15, Information Management and Managing Consultant at IBM and has been working from home for five years. Jessica Garay Redmond, Ph.D., G’18, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University. Jessica is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS),  Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) and 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. You can connect with Jessica on Twitter, @CuseSportsRD.
July 14, 2020
Alumni Insights: Conducting a Strategic Search with Zhicheng (Mike) Zhao, G’14
Zhicheng (Mike) Zhao, G'14, Computer Science graduate from the College of Engineering and Computer Science is currently a Tech Lead at Alibaba in China. Mike formerly worked as a Senior Software Engineer at eBay and lived in San Francisco where he created a large orange alumni community. Mike will provide tips for conducting your job search.
July 07, 2020
Teaching Statements - Academic Job Market Series
Join Syracuse University alum Laura Spenceley, PhD, who is assistant professor of School Psychology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at SUNY OSWEGO to explore the ins and outs of effective teaching statements. A good teaching statement, Dr. Spenceley says, are "teasers for what faculty and students can expect from you when you're on campus." Yet so many statements let the reader down, so how do you write one that makes faculty want to see what you're like as a teacher?
July 06, 2020
Research Statements - Academic Job Market Series
Christa Kelleher, an assistant professor of (this is a mouthful!) Comparative Hydrology, Urban Hydrology, & Hydrologic Modeling in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, joins us this week to give us her take on the research statement. Given her preference for "shiny things," as she calls them, what makes a research statement shine? Listen to find out. 
July 06, 2020
Alumni Insights: Getting a Job as an International Student with alumnus Tony Gollopeni, G'19
In this podcast we welcome alumnus Meriton (Tony) Gollopeni, a December 2019 grad from the College of Engineering and Computer Science with a Master of Science in Structural Engineering. He now works as a Bridge Engineer at STV Incorporated in Baltimore, Maryland. Tony answers questions on how he secured a summer internship and full-time job. He gives advice for students conducting jobs/internship searches and mentions what he wishes he knew as a student.
June 23, 2020
Cover Letters - Academic Job Market Series
This edition of the Academic Job Market Series tackles the crucial and sometimes under-appreciated role of the cover letter in an effective academic job search. We answer so many questions: How long should your cover letter be? What is its purpose among so many other documents? How do you organize it,  and most of all, how do you save time when you have lots of applications to complete?
June 22, 2020
Coping in a Pandemic for Graduate Students
This episode features an interview with Shasta Savage, MSW. Shasta is also a Registered Yoga Teacher-200 (RYT). She is a Finger Lakes native with a background in the trauma-informed lens, human rights perspective, mindfulness and resilience. She strives to instruct wellness practices in the most accessible way. Questions we addressed: How is mental health, in general, being affected by the pandemic? What are some effective ways to cope? With spending so much time at home, what suggestions do you have for separating work/student life from recreational/relaxing life?  What are some easy, inexpensive, beginner-friendly ways that students can start to engage in more self-care? How can I support friends or family members who are struggling? For more accessible wellness tips and resources from Shasta Savage, MSW, visit and follow @cascadillawellness on Facebook and Instagram! Additional Information and Resources: Insight Timer Mindful Magazine Yoga With Adriene Dianne Bondy Yoga The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Kristen Neff Syracuse University resources: If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency or you are in immediate danger, call 911. Syracuse University students experiencing a mental health crisis, seeking support for sexual assault or relationship violence, or needing medical consultation can receive free confidential services 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 315.443.8000. Please note, routine consultations should hold until the next business day. You can find more information at the following links for Counseling at Barnes Center at the Arch and Recreation at Barnes Center at the Arch.
June 16, 2020
CVs - Academic Job Market Series
Glenn Wright, Ph.D., and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., discuss creating a great CV for academic jobs, maybe the most important part of your application packet. This discussion includes: what are the key differences between a resume and a CV? What information goes on the CV and how should you organize the information? For research jobs, is there a way to organize your categories and information? What publications should be listed on the CV and are they important? For teaching-intensive institutions, how should you communicate your teaching experience and how do you include related teaching information? How important is university service and how can you build a record of university service as a graduate student? How many different versions of your CV do you need to have?
June 15, 2020
LinkedIn - Frequently Asked Questions
Join Tracy Bauer, G'15, and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., as we answer your frequently asked questions on LinkedIn, such as: What is LinkedIn and why do I need an account? What should I include on my profile? How do I write a headline? How do I write a good “About” section? How do I find people to connect with? How do I network on LinkedIn? What should I post about in the news feed? What other features are helpful?
June 02, 2020
Getting Started - Academic Job Market Series
Glenn Wright, Ph.D., and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., discuss the fundamental steps to get started (and when!) with the daunting process of applying for academic jobs. When do you get started? What kinds of materials are needed to apply to most jobs? And, of course, what is the process of interviewing for these jobs like? 
June 01, 2020
Interviewing - Frequently Asked Questions
Join Tracy Bauer, G'15, and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., as we answer your frequently asked questions on interviewing. - How do I prepare for the interview? - How do I start the interview? What’s small talk? (not asked but sometimes implied: Can’t we just get to the point?) - How do I know what the interviewer will ask me? - What questions do I ask in the interview? - What tips do you have for digital, video chat, and phone interviews? - How do I follow up after an interview?
May 19, 2020
Cover Letters - Frequently Asked Questions
Join Tracy Bauer, G'15, and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., as we answer your frequently asked questions on cover letters. - I found some jobs that ask for cover letters. What are they and how do I write one? - Do I use the same cover letter for every job? - How is a cover letter different from a resume? - How do I speed up the process of writing cover letters?
May 14, 2020
Resumes - Frequently Asked Questions
Join Tracy Bauer, G'15, and Dan Olson-Bang, Ph.D., in answering your frequently asked questions on resumes. - What are some basics to know about resume writing? - Do you use a different resume for all positions? - As a joke: “Is this good? How about this? How about this? - I get a lot of conflicting advice about my resume. Who’s right? - How much information is enough for my resume? I want to include every course or project I’ve ever taken, can I? - I updated my resume and have had it reviewed 10x so what is wrong with it, why am I not getting interview calls?
May 12, 2020
Networking - Frequently Asked Questions
Join Tracy Bauer and Dan Olson-Bang as we answer your frequently asked questions on networking. - What are the benefits of networking? What is the point? - How do I network as an introvert? - Who should I reach out to? - I asked someone for a referral but they refused.   - If I network won’t it really be like someone else got me the job?   - Networking isn’t working. No one is getting back to me. What do I do? 
May 07, 2020
The Job Search - Frequently Asked Questions
Join Tracy Bauer and Dan Olson-Bang as we answer your frequently asked questions on the job search: - When do companies hire? - I heard from a senior/my friend/roommate that…. - I reached out to recruiters but they aren’t getting back to me (or under networking) - I’ve applied to 200 jobs but no response. What’s wrong with my resume? - I’m panicked, or know I’ve been lazy, and have trouble staying focused with my job search. What can I do? - Do I have to customize all of my applications?
May 05, 2020
Gradcast - Trailer
Learn more about Syracuse University Graduate School's podcast, GradCast. Our episodes will offer a wide range of information for graduate students from career and professional development to speakers and event information. Subscribe today!
May 04, 2020