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Gaining and Finding Experience that Matters – Thursday, October 18th
Experience changes everything. Trying things can help clarify your goals and prepare you for what’s next. Gaining experience also makes you a marketable candidate for opportunities within your field. There are numerous options for gaining experience as a student, including: internships, job shadowing, involvement, volunteering, research or part-time work. This session will help you identify various ways to pursue meaningful experiences that will help you grow personally and professionally as an EduGator. Register here.

  • Thursday, October 18th at 2pm  |  Norman Hall – Terrace Room  
  • Can’t make the session? Register, here and I’ll send you a recording of the presentation.

Please contact Daneen Johnson, Assistant Director for Career & Industry Engagement at if you have any questions.

International Education Week Planning Meeting – Friday, October 19th 
The College of Education will be organizing a festival spotlighting the countries and regions of all of our students who have international experiences and/or backgrounds. We are asking all COE students to participate and volunteer by having a table that would introduce a country or region to our college community.

In order to make this a successful event, we need your help! Please contact: Dr. Jo Kozuma ( by OCTOBER 19th or join the planning meeting at COE Terrace Room on Wednesday, October 19th at 1PM. See attachment for additional details.

Black Educators: Florida’s Secret Social Justice Advocates, Exhibition Opening October 22nd
I am excited to announce the opening of a three-site exhibition focused on the pedagogy, role, and activities of Florida’s Black Educators during Jim Crow. I invite you to visit the exhibition and attend the opening reception on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:00 pm in Smathers Library, room 100. Michele Foster, Henry Heuser Jr Endowed Chair for Urban Education Partnerships and Professor, University of Louisville, the author of Black Teachers on Teaching will be speaking.

Please see the attachments for information about the exhibition and Welcome Reception. *Note- An online exhibition will be available on November 4th.  You can also access more information on the project on Diedre Houchen’s website.

Gator Graduate Programs Fair 2018 – Thursday, October 25th
This is an opportunity for UF students and other interested parties to explore graduate education options right here on campus — slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on the UF campus.

This event is part of UF Graduate Education Week (October 22-26, 2018), hosted by the UF Graduate School, the UF Career Connections Center, and the UF Office of Undergraduate Research. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Erin Rice in the UF Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives at

Yappy Hour 2018!Thursday, October 25th
Join Beau the Bear and Gift of Life Marrow Registry on Thursday, October 25th. Refreshments Served.

Volusia County Fall Instructional Job Fair – Friday, November 2nd  
Volusia County Schools will be hosting an invitation only, instructional job fair to hire talented teachers. All certifications are welcome to apply. Prior certifications listed here. To express your interest in being considered for an invitation to this job fair, complete all steps listed below prior to noon on Thursday, October 25. Additional resources for candidates can be found on our webpage

Science Cafe “How is Science Changing the Future of Human Health?” – Monday, November 5th
Come join us for an evening of food, drinks and most of all science at Florida’s first ACS Science Café!

Over a First Magnitude brew, learn and discuss how science is changing the future of human health from four University of Florida professors. People of all ages and all backgrounds (scientists and non-scientists) are welcome. For more details, visit our Facebook page at

SAGE Panel Forum – Wednesday, November 7th
Research and Writing in Academia: Being on Top of your Skills” panel forum scheduled on Wednesday, November 7th, 12-1 pm at the Norman Terrace Room, will feature Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt, Dr. Maria Coady, Dr. Tina Smith-Bonahue, and Dr. David Miller as speakers. The main goal of the activity is to provide masters and doctoral students a conversation about academic writing and publishing, and all the processes involved within these challenging endeavors.


The Writing Studio has moved
The home of free Writing Tutoring on the UF campus has moved to a new, convenient, central location on campus!  The University Writing Program and the Writing Studio are now up and running in 2215 Turlington Hall.  The Studio provides free writing help to all UF students, and we work with graduate students and undergrads from all academic fields.  We are available in the daytime – M-F from 9:30 – 3:30 in Turlington 2215 – and in the evenings in Library West 339 – M-R from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.   You can see our schedule and make an appointment at

Career Planning Appointments
We encourage all students, regardless of year, to schedule a Career Planning Appointment through Gator CareerLink.  This is a 30-minute session on-campus or virtual session where you can talk to a career advisor about anything related to your career path. Whether you need help gaining experience, developing your resume, or just figuring out what’s next, a Career Planning Appointment is a great way to get started. See flyer for additional details.

Earn $20 in Cash    
Looking for college students to participate in a study about multimedia learning. Details and contact information located on the attachment.

Projects for Peace   
Undergraduate students are invited to create a grassroots project to be implemented anywhere in the world during the summer of 2019. These projects should promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. Winning proposals will be awarded $10,000 to implement the project over the summer semester. Students are encouraged to attend an info session, and refer to our website for additional information. If you would like to schedule a BCLS representative to talk to your class or organization about this opportunity, please email

380 School Science Fair Judges Needed!      
This year nine Alachua County Public Schools are hosting science fairs, and we need to fill 380 judges slots.  If you understand the scientific method, are qualified to judge at least one category, and enjoy working with middle and high school youth in a positive manner, please consider serving as judge!  Please review the attached 2018 Science Fair Flyer for details about judging, categories, dates and times.  Use this flyer to determine which fairs fit your schedule and which categories you’re qualified to judge.

Next, each judge must complete the following:

  1. Online Volunteer Application at – Use this attachment for guidelines in completing and submitting your application.  Once you receive an approval email from Raptor, go to Step 2.  If you don’t receive an approval email within a few minutes, check your SPAM filter!  Or contact my office to assess your eligibility.
  2. Science Fair Judge Registration (attached).  Submit to Pam Fitzgerald,  I will review and let you know your placement(s).  Once your placement is set, a confirmation packet will be emailed to you for each fair you will attend.

Please contact Pam Fitzgerald if you have questions or need help submitting your application or registration.

Save the Date! COE Research Symposium   —  Please submit ideas for a theme for the 2019 symposium!
Save the Date for the 4th annual College of Education Research Symposium that will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the Reitz Union. The symposium is presented by The Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE), the Education College Council (ECC), and the College of Education.

The COE Research Symposium offers multiple opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. We are looking for your help! Please submit ideas for a theme for this year’s symposium by clicking here.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Reef Relief Internships in Key West
Currently looking to fill several internship spots. See attachment for internship details and visit the Reef Relief websiteReef Relief® is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving & protecting our coral reef ecosystem.

FL Check and Connect Facilitator
The Learning and Development Facilitator (Project Facilitator) will serve the South Central Region of Florida for State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)/Check & Connect Project and will support the Project Director in the delivery of training and technical assistance to districts and other programmatic project activities. For qualifications, responsibilities, and other position information, click here.

Middle School Math Teacher
Resilience Charter School is seeking a full-time Middle School Math Teacher for the 2018-19 school year. Resilience is a pioneering, leading-edge educational environment that is designed to truly engage and empower students and teachers. Seeking a Math Teacher certified to teach middle school in Florida with at least two years secondary teaching experience and/or completion of a teacher preparation college program. For additional details and application information, please click here.

Casa de Esperanza – non-profit in Houston, Texas
Casa de Esperanza provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  Care is provided in our neighborhood by our Hands of Hope interns.  Our interns, most of whom are recent college graduates, join us for a year of service (a twelve-month full-time post-graduation internship).  We provide on-site housing (interns live with the children they are caring for) and interns join us from all over the United States to be part of our internship program.  Information about our internship may be found here.

Interns in our program gain valuable experience that can be relevant to a number of fields and future career goals while simultaneously making a meaningful difference in the lives of a vulnerable group of children.

Paid Teaching Residency – KIPP Metro Atlanta
The KIPP Metro Atlanta Teaching Residency provides a unique and rigorous opportunity for aspiring educators to enter the profession through a supportive training process. Residents will learn alongside mentor teachers, while earning a master’s degree in teaching. This selective, paid, two-year program immerses residents in intensive training through graduate coursework and thoughtful practice with a gradual on-ramp into teaching. See attachment for more details.

Fernandina Beach High School – Nassau County, FL
Currently has an opening for a teacher of environmental science and physical science. The position might also include the opportunity to teach physics. The position is currently filled by a long-term sub and is available immediately or beginning with the spring term that begins in January. If interested, please contact Chris Webber at

STEAM Education Opportunity at the Cade Museum
The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention is looking for a passionate, engaged and committed intern to assist education staff in rotunda educational programs. The internship will provide the student with real-world experience in:
+ Teaching in classroom, museum, and science center settings with students of all ages 
+ Curriculum implementation 
+ Informal science education techniques in the STEAM fields

For more information and to apply, please visit

Childcare – Tutoring

Looking to hire a reliable person to babysit our 3 year old son a few days a week starting immediately.  Would prefer Tuesday and/or Thursday from 8am to 4pm with some variability in hours. Responsibilities would primarily be for our preschooler but would need some after school assistance with 10 year old twins on a rare occasion.  Some light household chores would be required at times (general straightening up, folding toddlers clothes, some dishes, etc)
Requirements: Prior experience as a babysitter/nanny, safe driving record, good references, non-smoker, and reliable car. Please contact Janna at with references/resume.

Spring 2019 – Courses and Seminars

African Americans in Paris Spring Break Class
Dr. Sharon Austin, Director of the African American Studies Program and Professor of Political Science, is teaching an African Americans in Paris class during spring break 2019. Students can earn 2-3 hours of credit hour and the course is open to all students, all majors, and to both graduate and undergraduate students. In Paris, we will visit a number of historic sites of significance to African Americans.  The $2750 cost for undergraduates doesn’t include airfare, but does include lodging, some meals, transportation in Paris, and tickets to all of the site visits.  Please contact Dr. Austin at or click here for more information.  If interested, please apply here.

EDG 6931: Doctoral Seminar on Rural Education 
Although nearly one-third of Florida’s schools are considered “rural” following US education definitions of rurality (NCES, 2004, 2006), we know very little about how schools function in rural settings (Nugent, Kunz, Sheridan, Glover, & Knoch, 2017) and ways to improve learning for rural students. This advanced graduate level seminar explores rural education, and unpacks ‘rurality’, stereotypes and beliefs surrounding rural schools. Additional course details here.


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