News: Call for GSR Applications: 2018 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator

April 18, 2017 - 9:15am

The Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is accepting applications for the position of 2018 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator. This Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) position offers a rare opportunity to plan and facilitate an internationally recognized graduate student research conference.

Thinking Gender is an annual public conference that draws scholars from across disciplines – humanities, social sciences, life sciences, arts, law, education, public health, and public policy – to share research on women, sexuality, and gender. Thinking Gender 2018 will be the 28th year of the Conference and will be held on March 1-2, 2018. To find information on past Thinking Gender conferences, please visit our website at   


  • This position provides a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment at 25% during Summer and Fall 2017 and a 50% appointment during Winter 2018. During the academic year, fee remissions will be included. There is a possibility for an additional GSR appointment during Spring 2018, depending on remaining work and needs of the Center.
  • GSRs must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units during the academic year and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the duration of the appointment.
  • The start date of the GSR appointment is dependent on selected GSR’s availability.


Under the supervision of the CSW Director and Management Services Officer and in collaboration with the CSW Program Coordinator, the Conference Coordinator will:

  • Plan and oversee an international, interdisciplinary conference 
    • Develop conference themes
    • Develop and implement plans that will aid the conference goal of serving graduate students
  • Head the conference selection and program committee
    • Curate conference panels and presentations
    • Review and critique submissions
    • Lead and prepare agendas for conference planning meetings
    • Write and prepare conference documents, including but not limited to calls for submissions, publicity materials, manuals, etc.
  • Build and engage with a network of prominent scholars and administrators to create an interdisciplinary program
    • Develop cross-campus fundraising strategies and hone academic development skills
    • Interact with high-level university administrators
    • Spearhead outreach initiatives 


  • Registered UCLA graduate student in 2017-2018 academic year
  • Experience organizing or participating in research conferences 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead networking, fundraising, and outreach initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to lead meetings and discussions
  • Strong organizational skills, including:
    • Demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines and priorities
    • Ability to organize and present information effectively and concisely
    • Ability to set and maintain a reliable work schedule
  • While the applicant’s personal academic interests should be compatible with CSW’s core research on women, sexuality, and gender, we encourage students in any discipline to apply. 


The following materials are required when submitting your application through the online application system:

  • Cover Letter that outlines how you would adapt the traditional conference format to best serve the needs of graduate students (1 page maximum)
  • CV
  • Unofficial UCLA Transcript
  • List of References: Provide at least two references, one of whom must be a UCLA faculty member. We advise that references be able to comment on your organizational skills and your capacity to oversee the production of a conference.


If selected for an interview, please be prepared to suggest and discuss possible topics/themes and formats for the conference.




Please submit your application at   




Application materials MUST be received by 11:59pm PST on Monday, May 15, 2017. 


Questions? Email Kristina Nyden, Management Services Officer at

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