Month: September 2014
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM invites applications for its 2015–16 Resident Scholar Fellowships.
SAR awards fellowships each year to scholars who have completed their research and analysis and who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from anthropology or from related fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy.
Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
SAR provides resident scholars with low-cost housing and office space on campus, a stipend of up to $40,000, library assistance, and other benefits during a nine-month tenure, from September 1 through May 31.
Four types of fellowships are available:
- Weatherhead Fellowships. Up to two nine-month positions are available for a pre- or postdoctoral scholar who works in the humanities or social sciences.
- Campbell Fellowship. One six- or nine-month postdoctoral fellowship is available for a female scholar whose research both documents the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity, and general well-being.
- Katrin H. Lamon Fellowship. One nine-month fellowship is available for a Native American scholar, either pre- or postdoctoral, who works in the humanities or the social sciences.
- Anne Ray Fellowship. One nine-month fellowship is available for a Native scholar with a Master’s or PhD in the arts, humanities, or social sciences to work on their own writing or curatorial research project. This may include research and writing for a future exhibition at an arts or cultural institution. In addition, the fellow will provide mentorship to the two Anne Ray interns working at the Indian Arts Research Center and help guide their intellectual development while facilitating their engagement with other scholars on the SAR campus.
Deadline for applications is November 1, 2014.
For more information on resident scholar fellowships and other SAR programs, please visit our website.
The Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta, invites applications for a full time, tenure track appointment in the area of Adult, Community and Higher Education. The appointment will commence January 1, 2015 and will be made at the Assistant Professor level.
The Department of Educational Policy Studies is a multidisciplinary department that excels in graduate and teacher education. Research and scholarship explores educational policies and contemporary practices, particularly their foundations as they pertain to leadership, society, culture, and lifelong learning. The Department enrolls a large number of graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs and fulfills a major commitment to the undergraduate programs of the Faculty of Education. The Department fosters flexible and collaborative programming for graduate studies in four specializations: Adult & Higher Education, Educational Administration and Leadership, Indigenous Peoples Education and Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies in Education. The effectiveness of the department is enhanced by collaborative relationships with practitioners, practitioner organizations and community groups outside the university.
The adult, community and higher education specialization provides advanced study for individuals who work with adults in educative roles within a variety of institutional, community, and workplace settings locally, nationally, and internationally.
The candidate must be well grounded in aspects of adult, community and higher education especially focusing his/her scholarship in the study of higher/postsecondary education. The candidate is expected to be active within the larger associations of adult, community and higher education scholars. Applicants may have a focus in one or more of the following areas: policy and governance of higher education/postsecondary contexts, international studies, curriculum and instruction, gender studies, and disability studies (other areas in adult, community and higher education will also be considered).
Responsibilities of appointment would include: teaching graduate and undergraduate students, graduate student advisement and doctoral supervisory committees, department administration and committees, and other duties as negotiated with the Educational Policy Studies Chair. The ability to contribute to one or more of the other areas of specialization in the department will also be considered.
by Professor Philip N. Howard
“When you apply for an academic job, your cover letter helps a hiring committee interpret your curriculum vitae and conveys your excitement about and dedication to your work.
Your mission is to land an academic job. The immediate goal is to use the cover letter to get you on two shortlists—the shortlist of a dozen people who will be invited to submit more writing samples and have references checked, followed by the shortlist of three or four people who will be invited to visit the hiring department.
Cover letters should include 12 pieces of information that hiring committees are seeking:
I would like to be considered for the position of [title copied from job ad] in [exact department name from job ad] at the [exact institution name from job ad]. I am an advanced doctoral candidate in [your department].
This opening should be short and can certainly vary. The odds are that you will submit for many jobs, be shortlisted for a few, and be offered one or two. In all the cutting and pasting, make sure these letters are correctly addressed to the chair of the search committee or the chair of the department.
My doctoral project is a study of [cocktail party description]. Much of the research on this topic suggests that [characterize the literature as woefully inadequate]. But I [demonstrate, reveal, discover] that contrary to received wisdom, [your punch line].
This is the key statement about your doctoral project. Demonstrate how you will contribute to an intellectual conversation that is larger than your project– but unable to advance without your findings. The next paragraph should detail your research with one sentence on each chapter in your manuscript.”
“Communal Land and Autonomy
Entering into the heart of indigenous communities in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, land of the Mixtecs and the Zapotecs, is like opening a door to a world of shapes, textures, colors and flavors that contrasts with the Western culture that governs daily life in big cities and westernized families. These indigenous communities are strongly tied to the mountains, to the smell of coffee that mixes with the smell of pines and the fragrance of flowers, to the legends that are woven by looms into clothing. All this takes place in lands that cannot be bought or owned.
If poetry, legends, clothing and food are the ways in which the ancestral culture of the indigenous Oaxacans is materialized and maintained, then “uses and customs” is the living expression of the political system of these communities, which has maintained its legitimacy historically, like any other state system. Of the 570 municipalities in the state of Oaxaca, 418 are governed through the traditional form of political organization of “uses and customs.” Only 152 have adopted a conventional system using political parties, a striking reality that is not just relevant in Mexico but in all of Latin America.
As an example, Bolivia is the country with the largest indigenous population in Latin America; according to the UN, 62 percent of Bolivians are part of an indigenous group. Only 11 local governments, however, are recognized as autonomous, with the right to elect their authorities through their own “uses and customs” system.
Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s 31 states, has the country’s highest level of diversity as well as the largest indigenous population. Of the 3.5 million inhabitants in the state, according to official statistics, more than one-third of the population is of indigenous origin (1,165,186 individuals). However, it wasn’t until 1995 that all the municipalities’ normative systems of “uses and customs” were legally recognized in Oaxaca’s state congress.”
Bilingual Aboriginal Advisor Position at the Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
Le Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF) recherche une personne dynamique et polyvalente pour combler un poste de conseiller pédagogique pour les services autochtones. Les heures de travail spécifiques seront déterminées par le superviseur, tout en respectant les paramètres de la convention collective.
Le rôle principal du conseiller pédagogique est l’appui aux enseignants du CSF.
|The University of Prince Edward Island will host a conference entitled “Versions of Canada,” September 25-28, 2014. This interdisciplinary conference marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, the initial meeting of the Fathers of Confederation. Dr. Ged Martin and Dr. Joseph Yvon Theriault will provide keynote addresses, and the programme reflects a diverse range of approaches to the question of Canadian identity, past and present. Registration is now open on the conference website.|
By Calindra Revier
“This semester marks the beginning of the first certificate program to be offered in Pacific Island Studies, not only at City College but the first in the nation outside the region and states of Hawaii.
Program Coordinator Professor David Ga’oupu Palaita is offering this17-unit program with a choice of an elective.
The program is for all students wishing to study and celebrate the “ocean” culture and participate in something that is first of its kind.
“The key question in our course is the concept of ocean. For islanders the ocean is central. In fact it is the organizing principle of their livelihoods, their lives, their cultures and the community,” Palaita said, reflecting on the ocean inspired curriculum.”