A key element of supporting scholarship is directly preparing graduate students for their careers. Providing systematic professionalization programs that meet on a regular basis permits PhD students across USC Dornsife to access valuable mentors and networks. Topics include public speaking, work-life balance, and the profession itself.

An RSVP is required in order to attend a seminar. This series is restricted to USC graduate students.
The Graduate Student Professionalization Series is co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center and the Korean Studies Institute.

2022–23 Schedule
11:30 am–12:30 pm
RSVP Required
This series is not recorded.

Crafting a Class: Course and Syllabus Development

September 29, 2022
Jenny Chio, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Anthropology
Victoria Chonn Ching, Postdoctoral Scholar in POIR
Benjamin Uchiyama, Associate Professor of History

Moderated by Sonya Lee, EASC Director

Crafting a Syllabus seminar with USC alumni and USC Professors

Diverse Career Paths After a PhD

November 17, 2022
Melissa Chan, Engagement Manager at TalentCompass
Ellen Kim, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Moderated by Gregory Treverton, CIS Director

Diverse Career Paths After a PhD lecture with USC alumni Melissa Chan and Ellen Kim.

Navigating Grad Life: Funding & Building Networks

February 23, 2023

Adrian De Leon, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
Youngmin Choe, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Moderated by Sonya Lee, EASC Director

Navigating Graduate Life seminar with USC Professors Adrian De Leon and Youngmin Choe

Job Search: Succeeding in Academia

April 20, 2023
Jenny Lin, Associate Professor of Critical Studies
Audrye Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Wayne Sandholtz, Professor of International Relations and Law

Moderated by David Kang, KSI Director

Job Search for PhD students panel featuring USC Professors Jenny Lin and Wayne Sandholtz