The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Writing Center – Spring 2022 Professional Development Program Courses

The Writing Center is offering a range of (no-credit) professional development courses designed to help students at the Graduate Center in their careers and professional activities.

Students register for these courses as they do their academic classes:

Log into CUNYFirst; go to Student Center and select “Search,” which takes you to the “Search for Classes” page. Select the institution (Graduate Center), the term, and enter the course number listed below.


Writing the Dissertation
(PDEV 79407)

Writing the Dissertation is a course that supports you through the writing process as you work toward completing the dissertation.

Professor: Elizabeth Dill
Time: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 (online)


Effective Academic Writing for Native English Speakers
(PDEV 79403)

This course grounds students in the fundamental elements that inform all argument-based academic writing in order to help them better understand and navigate the sometimes bewildering array of genres in which they are expected to write.

Professor: David Hershinow
Time: Mondays, 11:45 AM-1:45 PM (online)


Effective Academic Writing for Non-Native English Speakers
(PDEV 79403)

This course is a workshop that aims to help non-native English-speaking students take control of their writing process as they move forward in their graduate studies.

First Section
Professor: Sharon Utakis
Time: Tuesdays, 11:45 AM-1:45 PM (online)
Second Section
Professor: Maria Jerskey
Time: Thursdays, 2-4 PM (in-person)


Advanced Spoken English: Teaching and Presentation Skills
(PDEV 79400)

This course, for both novice and experienced teachers, focuses on teaching and presenting in university classrooms.

Professor: Christine Jacknick
Time: Tuesdays, 4:15-6:15 PM (hybrid)


Teaching Strategies
(PDEV 79401)
This course provides Graduate Center students from all disciplines with community and structure to help them prepare for and reflect on their development as teachers.
Professor: Laurie Hurson
Time: Fridays, 9:30 AM-11:30 PM (online)