On March 27, 2014, the EPSA Department, TC Student Senate, Alumni Relations, and Career Services collaborated to host the first Co-sponsored EPSA Alumni Career Panel and Networking Event at Teachers College! With over 80 current students, alumni, faculty and staff members present, the event was a huge success.
The panel was hosted by our own Professor Jeff Henig and students heard from four talented alumni representing each of the EPSA programs. It included:
- The Director of Data Management at Democracy Prep Mark Cheng (MA, Economics and Education);
- The Team Lead for Data Management at the New York City Department Of Education, Chrissy Maloney (MA, Politics and Education);
- The Director of Knowledge Sharing at the New York City Department of Education, Cricket Heinze (MA, Sociology and Education); and
- The Vice President of Research and Metrics and TurnAround for Children, Joan Stamler (PhD, Education Leadership, Policy, and Politics).
The panelists gave us some insight into which courses to take at TC, what they do in their current positions, and how to be a competitive applicant in the job search. Many students took rigorous notes as they heard from our alumni and enjoyed meeting the panelists as well as many other esteemed alumni from the department. First-year Sociology and Education MA student Maya Simpson reflected on the night:
“I appreciated the diverse experiences and perspectives brought to the event by the panelists. I feel that the group really demonstrated the many routes TC grads take in pursuing their work in education within NYC.”
As the semester begins to wind down and another EPSA class approaches graduation, we hope that this event was helpful to our EPSA students and that everyone enjoyed meeting some of our incredible TC alumni. Don’t worry– if you were unable to attend, we have the entire panel on film, which we are working to upload and will share via this page as soon as it is ready.
If you have any suggestions at all for further EPSA department programming, please let us know!
On behalf of the EPSA Student Senate Representatives and the EPSA Student Advisory Council,
MA, Sociology and Education
EPSA Departmental Representative to the TC Student Senate