You are Invited! – Summer 2017 Luncheon with the Vice Provost

Hello MAT and MAT-TESOL Trojans!

If you are in the USC-area over summer, please consider signing up to participate in a luncheon with Sally Pratt, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs. This is a great opportunity to network with peers from different programs, as well as offer input on your experience so far as a graduate student at USC. Please see the email below and reach out to Ashley Brooks if you have any questions.

Dear Graduate Student,

The USC Graduate School’s Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, Sally Pratt invites you to attend one of the Summer 2017 Graduate Student Luncheons.

The luncheon will serve as an opportunity to create an inclusive community for graduate students from both the University Park Campus and the Health Science Campus. You have the opportunity to talk with the Vice Provost about a variety of graduate and professional student topics that range from Diversity, Inclusion, and Access to International Student experiences to Academic Professional Development; including your own concerns and discussion items. Vice Provost Pratt is interested in hearing your news, updates, and concerns as well as what you think the USC Graduate School does well and what it can improve upon and how.

The event is open to all USC Graduate Students, and attendance will be capped at 20 Graduate Students per luncheon. Since space is limited, please remember that your RSVP does not guarantee you a seat at the luncheon. The exact location of each luncheon will be communicated through a confirmation email sent to the first 20 students, per event, who have expressed interest in the particular meeting date.

The menu for these events consists of salads, sandwiches, beverages, and dessert.

Reserve your space for one of the luncheons by filling out this form.


Ashley Brooks

Program Specialist for Diversity, Inclusion and Access

University of Southern California


T:  213-740-8509

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Former superintendent and Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Deborah Jewell-Sherman offers advice for school leaders to dismantle bullying and create a culture of kindness and inclusion.”Bullying and harassment are just not acceptable,” says Jewell-Sherman. “And as educators, we are powerful in shifting that narrative.”


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STUDY ON! – May 1-3, 2017

Hello MAT and MAT-TESOL Trojans!

If you are an on-ground student, I would encourage you to check out STUDY ON! This is an event hosted by USC Office of Wellness and Health Promotion. Please see details below as well as a link to the flyer here: Study On Spring 2017v3-01.png

STUDY ON! Available to all students, this 3-day event will include many exciting and FREE giveaways from the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion, Student Counseling Services, USC Libraries, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

STUDY ON! activities and resources include the following:

  • Study Snacks & Refreshments (free!)
  • Mindfulness Activities
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Sleep Health Resources
  • Professor Beau (USC Wellness Dog) Meet-and-Greet
  • and Much more!

Study On! will take place at the Leavey Library Reflection Pool.  Hours for the event are: Monday through Wednesday, May 1-3, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

Study On! is free of charge, as the event is already covered by the student health fee.

For more resources about health and wellness, students are always welcome to visit the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion, located at the USC Engemann Student Health Center in Suite 203, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Visit for more information.

Please feel free to share the attached graphic with your students via email or social media, or invite them via Facebook:​


Employment Opportunity: Qingdao Baishan School

Greetings Trojans,

Please see below for an employment opportunity with Qingdao Baishan School. Please email Irene Cheng for any further inquiries:

There are 12 job openings for teaching overseas this Fall at a reputable K-12 school, Baishan School, in Qingdao, Shandong Province—a so-called “ bay area city”  in China.  I have known this school and the principal for over a decade; it is located on a very safe, beautiful campus on a hill.  There are more than ten teachers and director(s) from USA and other countries working at this school.  With housing, weekday lunch, and medical insurance are provided along with low tax for income, it is an excellent chance for your graduating seniors to teach overseas with an attractive and stress-free accommodation package.

Qingdao Baishan School is the most famous private school with academic excellence in Qingdao, Shandong Province, where Qingdao American International School ( and BMTEI (Montessori training school) are all under the same Baishan Group.  QAIS is an accredited international school with a full English website.

We would appreciate it if you could put these job openings to your Career Center, Department of English, and graduate programs (especially Master of Arts in Teaching or TESOL program) so that students could have access to these great opportunities and apply before the end of April, 2017 so it allows sufficient time to apply and prepare for work overseas.

Should you have further inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Best regards,

Irene Cheng, Ph.D.
Recruiter on the behalf of Qingdao Baishan School

Employment Opportunity: Westgate Corporation (Japan)

Greetings Trojans,

Please see email from Tim Donlon below for a job opportunity with Westgate Corporation, a Japanese company that teaches at Japanese universities. Also, more information on this flyer here: 2017 Westgate Flyer.


I was on campus at USC on Monday and I was given your contact information. I work for Westgate, a Japanese company, and I recruit MATESOL graduates to teach at Japanese universities. I think some of your students might be interested in our program as it is a great way to get international university teaching experience.

Here are some highlights of our program: Westgate offers short-term contracts (3 to 5 months). We run programs at 59 schools and universities in Kanto (Tokyo/Kanagawa/Saitama/Chiba) and Aichi. The classes are primarily conversation classes. We reimburse flights up to $1200, arrange apartments, airport pick-ups, working visas and National Health insurance. The Spring term runs from March/April/May to July/August, and the Fall term runs from September to December/January. We hire more than 200 teachers for each term. We begin recruitment in May for the Fall 2017 term.

If you have any interested students or alumni, please have them contact me ( and I would be happy to answer any questions. I am also available to meet with professors or speak with classes or student groups.

Have a great week!


Tim Donlon

TEL: +81-3-3836-0362

FAX: +81-3-3836-0256

Mobile: 323-217-6922



Check Out connectRossier for Networking and Job Opportunities!


In the job market? Thinking about a job change? Look no further. USC Rossier’s connectRossier, part of the USC Career Center’s career management system,  features job postings; employer research tools; document storage (résumés, cover letters) for students; email alerts when jobs are posted matching students’ career interests; and a searchable employer database.


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USC SPRING FEST!! Saturday, April 1st 2017


No April Fool’s. It’s actually happening.

Come thru McCarthy Quad on April 1st for an absolutely fuego lineup of music and food.

There will also be ticket giveaways and super fun games.
Special thanks to our friends at Progam Board, USG, GSG, ESA and Trojan Pride

Check the Springfest Facebook page for the full lineup!

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