CIES 2016 Essentials Workshops

  1. Self-Care, Mental Health and Academic Life | Monday, March 7, 1:15 – 2:45 PM
  2. CV/Resume workshop | Monday, March 7, 1:15 – 2:45 PM
  3. Balancing Family Life and Work | Tuesday, March 8,1:15 – 2:45 PM
  4. Pursuing Non-Academic Careers: Maximizing Your Academic Experiences Outside of Academia | Wednesday, March 9, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
  5. Preparing for an Academic Career: What You Need to Know | Thursday, March 10, 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Self-Care, Mental Health and Academic Life

Monday, March 7
1:15 – 2:45 PM
Room 654 (access elevator to 6th floor)

Organized by Rashed Al-Haque (Western University – Canada)


  • Michael Goh – University of Minnesota, Associate Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity
  • Supriya Baily – George Mason University, Associate Professor
  • Matthew Witenstein – University of San Diego
  • Vanessa Sperduti – Western University, Canada

Stressed out? Finding that doing a Master’s/PhD is draining your mind, body, and spirit? You are not alone. The aim of the panel is to raise awareness of mental health issues in academia, promote healthy work-life balance, to both graduate students and professionals, and direct people to resources they can access to promote overall mental health. This session, set up as a round-table, will allow participants to hear from individuals at various stages of their academic careers on how they make room for self-care and mental health, despite the heavy demands of academia. The workshop will also allow participants to share their own experiences and highlight their own challenges and coping mechanisms. Ultimately, the workshop aims to build solidarity between its participants and underscore the importance of healthy mental health – a topic that is often neglected in many academic institutions.

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CV/Resume Workshop

Monday, March 7
1:15 — 2:45 pm

Organized by Andrea Brown Murga (Institute of International Education)

Faculty/Practitioner Mentors:

  • Halla Bjørk Holmarsdottir, Oslo and Akershus University College
  • Mark Ginsburg, FHI 360
  • Ruth Hayhoe, University of Toronto
  • Karen Monkman, DePaul University
  • David Miller, American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • Val Rust, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Elisabeth Lefebvre, University of Minnesota
  • Ferdinand Mwaka Chipindi, University of Minnesota
  • Rhiannon Williams, University of Minnesota

Are you a graduate student, junior scholar, or early career practitioner who could use some CV/resume advice? Join us for our first ever CV/Resume Workshop, where participants will have the opportunity to meet with senior faculty and practitioners and receive guidance on key aspects of crafting an effective resume or curriculum vitae. Workshop participants will break into groups based on their career paths and will receive advice on all aspects CV/resumes writing, including format, structure, and content.

Space for this session is limited! To attend please register online at

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Balancing Family Life and Work

Tuesday, March 8
1:15 – 2:45 PM
Room 561 (access elevator to 5th floor)

Organized by Malini Sivasubramaniam (University of Toronto)


  • Carol da Silva, Save the Children USA
  • Francine Menashy, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Noah Sobe, Loyola University
  • Katy Anis, Save the Children USA
  • Vandra Masemann, University of Toronto

The field of comparative and International education with its international field work, travel and work demands poses unique challenges to balancing family and workIn this session, panelists from both the academic and non-academic fields will discuss some the challenges they face in striving to balance family responsibilities, children, eldercare and work. The panelists will share some ways they have managed these multiple roles, demands and stresses at different points in their careersThe panelist will also discuss ways in which they have navigated institutional barriers and utilized support systems available to them.

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Pursuing Non-Academic Careers:
Maximizing Your Academic Experiences Outside of Academia

Wednesday, March 9
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Room 554 (access elevator to 5th floor)

Organized by Bethany Wilinski (Michigan State University)


  • Elliott Friedlander (Save the Children)
  • Amber Gove (RTI)
  • Molly Hamm (The DREAM Project)
  • Alla Korzh (SIT Graduate Institute)
  • Kristen Molyneaux (MacArthur Foundation)
  • Audrey-Marie Moore (Mathematica)
  • Annie Smiley (FHI 360)

Have you considered the qualifications that are necessary to help you transition from academia to a non-academic career? This workshop provides opportunities for participants to interact in small groups with individuals from a variety of NGOs to discuss the kinds of skills, research experiences, academic courses, and other qualifications that are sought after for work with their organizations. Participants will gain insight into: laying the groundwork for a non-academic career, finding opportunities and making sense of job descriptions, writing a stand-out resume, and interviewing and transitioning into a job.

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Preparing for an Academic Career: What You Need to Know

Thursday, March 10
1:15 — 2:45 pm

Organized by Dr. Frances Vavrus (University of Minnesota), Dr. Matthew Schuelka (University of Birmingham) and Dr. Matthew A.M. Thomas (University of Sydney)

Are you planning for a career as a faculty member at a college or university? Are you currently working in a non-academic position but would like to consider a faculty post? If so, this workshop will help you prepare yourself as you begin searching for positions and weighing your options when offered a job. We will share lessons learned about publishing and presenting your doctoral research, making realistic assessments of positions for which you might apply, visiting campus as a job candidate, and negotiating a job offer. There will be ample time for you to ask questions of the workshop facilitators, who have served on numerous search committees and have advised many students who have become faculty members.

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