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The Chalkboard: Weekly News and Events for College of Education Students
Web Resources for COE Students

The current students section of the COE website contains academic and student life resources for students in all degree programs.  Access information on advisors, dates and deadlines, student events, forms, archived versions of the Chalkboard and more.  Visit

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Add/Drop Deadline

Don't forget you must add or drop all classes by September 2.  Students who drop a class after September 2 may have a Withdrawal (W) posted on their transcript.

In-Home Math Tutor Needed

We are looking for in home math tutoring for our ten year old son, who is entering 5th grade.  He has been diagnosed with dyscalculia and needs help learning basic math facts. We live in Downers Grove. Please contact me at  Thanks! Elena

Teacher's Aide at UIC Children's Center

UIC's Children's Center provides early childhood education and care to preschool age children of UIC students, faculty and staff.  Their on-campus site offers students the opportunity to work in NAEYC accredited classrooms alongside experienced early childhood profesionals.

Email or call 312-413-5326 for more information.

COE Professor Hiring GAs

Dr. Shelby Cosner will be hiring up to three 1/2-time graduate assistants beginning in September for the start of October with two of the positions running through December 2017 and one of the positions running through August 2016.  The first two positions are GA positions that will require a range of duties including locating, annotating and reviewing literature; locating and storing a variety of principal preparation and development program materials; and a range of other duties as assigned by Dr. Cosner. The third position (running through end of summer 2017) will involve extensive library and qualitative field research including participant interviews, most of which will be conducted in schools with principals and teachers.

Individuals: a) interested in various issues related to school leadership, b) who have strong library research skills, and c) who have excellent project management skills/proven track records with on-time quality work submission are encouraged to forward a resumes to Dr. Shelby Cosner at as soon as possible. In addition to these expectations, individuals interested in the third position must have transportation for traveling to/from interview sites and flexibility in their weekly schedules for conducting interviews.

With the electronic submission of a resume, please also provide a brief email that includes information about your current program of study at UIC and why this position seems like a fit and is of interest to you.

TechBytes: The Unintended Results of Tech

What happens when students use technology exactly the way you intend, but undesirable outcomes happen?  TechBytes blogger Jeremy Riel answers this question through the lens of the Pokemon Go craze.  Read more

New Certificate Program in Foundations of College Instruction

The certificate consists of three courses which provide the framework for effective teaching at the college level.  The Graduate College has previously been offering two of the courses that comprise the certificate (GC 593 and GC 594), and students who have taken these course have been overwhelming positive about them.  Increasingly, both tenure-track and non-tenure positions nationally have been requiring teaching experience.

It is well established that graduate students and postdocs are usually not properly trained to teach at the college level.  Being an expert on a topic, and effectively communicating that expertise to others require different skills. Typically, graduate students are given a teaching orientation in their department, which may be as little as a few hours, and are not adequately exposed to techniques and pedagogy of teaching.  Through trial and error, some students develop into effective teachers, while others do not.  This causes stress for the graduate student instructor, their students, and the lead instructor of the course.  The purpose of this certificate is to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills useful in their current and future careers as college/adult-learning teaching professionals.

This certificate will enhance a candidate’s CV/resume and make them more competitive candidates for the dwindling numbers of university and college faculty positions. Teaching experience has become very important in hiring new professors, and completion of this certificate will provide an advantage in this area.

GC 593 will be offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.  GC 594 will be offered Spring 2017.

Student who do not wish to complete the certificate are eligible to take GC 593, Foundations of College Teaching.

More information

Babysitter Needed

Hello! My family lives in University Village and we are looking for a babysitter. We are blessed with a 2 year old and and set of 1 month only twins. This would be 1-2 times a week from 5-9ish. Either my hubs or myself would also be home. We are looking for an extra pair of hands when either of us has to work late or cannot be around to entertain our oldest son while we manage to keep the twins happy! We live in University Village right by UIC. Is there a UIC Teachers job posting site I can use? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Students  can email me or call/text:

Olivia 708.705.4538 and

Fall 2016 Babysitting Position

Looking for a reliable late afternoon – early evening weeknight babysitter starting in the fall/September 2016 for an 8 and 12 year old in the South Loop neighborhood.  Hours would be 3:30 to 7:30 on Mondays through Thursdays (can be flexible on some days depending on your school schedule).  Responsibilities include picking up children from school, driving them to after school activities (we will provide car & insurance; just need current driver’s license), and helping with night time routine (dinner, homework, ready for bed).  There is the possibility of additional weekend babysitting if desired.   We have had a terrific UIC student babysitter for the last 3 years who is graduating, so we are looking for someone else who would like to help our family.  Pay is $15 per hour.   If you are interested, please call 312-961-2461 or email Jennifer Rakstad at

Early Childhood Job Opportunities

Currently, Green Beginnings childcare & early development center is in search of dedicated assistant teachers for full-time/part-time opportunities.

In order to be considered a candidate to be interviewed for Green Beginnings, we request: a resume be sent to, as soon as possible. This will allow us to effectively and efficiently choose the best candidate to develop Green Beginnings and get our interview process underway.

More information

Meditation and Nursing Mother's Room - Now Open

ETMSW Room 1440 is reserved as a meditation and mothers' nursing room in the College building.  If you need a private space for personal reasons, please make use of this space.

Tenure-Track Position at George Mason

The George Mason University Psychology Department invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning in the Fall semester 2017. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The position has been approved at the Assistant Professor rank, with possible consideration for a more advanced rank for an individual who has a demonstrated track record of research productivity and external funding. The area of specialization is open; however, the department is especially interested in applicants whose scholarship centers on developmental psychopathology, developmental assessment/intervention, social-emotional development or human developmental neuroscience.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in developmental psychology or a related field, and will be expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Candidates for a more senior rank must demonstrate a record of external funding. All candidates should demonstrate scholarship that is capable of attracting external funding, and strong teaching potential/experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates capable of teaching advanced statistics/methodology courses are desirable. Candidates from minority and underrepresented populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F5074z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and representative reprints/preprints (to be submitted as “Other Doc” under the Optional Documents field). In addition, three letters of reference should be submitted, either by e-mail to or via regular mail to Ms. Susan Ridley, ADP Search Coordinator, George Mason University, MS 3F5, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444. The search committee will begin reviewing applications after October 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

At UIC, Kate Zinsser, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, can answer questions about the position.  Contact her at

Kindergarten Aide Position

Hawthorn Scholastic Academy is hiring for a position that works closely with the kindergarten teacher(s) and students to support learning in the classroom, as well as lunch/recess supervision, clerical support, and any additional responsibilities as given by administration.

This position is paid at an hourly rate of $15, with no benefits included. We are looking for a candidate who is able to give Hawthorne a 1 year commitment. Throughout the school year we will work with you to develop your skill set, and provide opportunities for advancement. We are committed to preparing you to be as successful as possible.

Contact Jessica Plaza at

Study Participants Needed

Take part in a research study on adults' participation in learning activities. To participate, people need to be 18 years of age or older, able to read and write in English, and have access to the internet. Here is the anonymous link:

Second Grade Reading Teacher Position

Leif Ericson Scholastic Academy is hiring a second grade reading teacher.  Send resumes to principal Leavelle Adams at

CampusCare Reference Guide

Students participating in or interested in participating in the CampusCare student health care program can access this guide, describing the program for the 2016-17 year.