September 2010 Archives

NRC Published Rankings-Minneapolis Star Tribune

A Note from the Chair: Although there is much to review prior to my reporting in detail about the recently published NRC rankings, I thought you all might like to read this brief mention in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

"Reclaiming the University: Renewing the Promise to Students and the Public"

In response to the Renewing the Promise "great conversation": Faculty for Renewing Public Education in collaboration with the Education Action Coalition (, has organized an exciting event in response to "Renewing the Promise."In their view, the administration's event will not generate the critical conversation that is needed at this time. So they have organized an event that promises to do so: "Reclaiming the University: Renewing the Promise to Students and the Public." The event will take place on Thursday, September 30, 5:00-6:30, in Blegen Hall 5 on the West Bank.

Understanding Archives: Intro to Archival Principles & Practices

The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) is pleased to announce their two-day workshop, Understanding Archives: Into to Archival Principles & Practices, November 12-13, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Andersen Library.

The Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy, and Political Science at Northwest Missouri State University is now accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in American History/American Studies to begin in the Fall of 2011. Application deadline: December 1, 2010.

3rd Year Students: The fall semester date on which Written Preliminary Portfolio Exam materials are accepted by the department is November 1. If you are planning to submit your Portfolio Exam materials for this semester, contact Melanie ( regarding your intent to submit on November 1 and to confirm the members of your examination committee.

Community Fund Drive

Note from Laura: The University's Community Fund Drive starts this Friday, October 1st. Look for a University-wide e-mail with more information soon. I am our Department's Community Fund Drive volunteer, so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (

Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project Celebration

Celebrate the Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project on October 22, 2010 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the West Bank Social Center. Members of the Oral History Project editorial board include many graduate students and faculty from/or affiliated with American Studies including: Michael David Franklin, Larry Knopp, Kevin Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer L. Pierce, Jason Ruiz, Alex Urquhart. See flyer for details.

Associate Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program Position

The George Mason University, Women and Gender Studies Program invites applications for the position of Associate Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program. This administrative faculty position is full-time and requires expertise in developing co-curricular programs related to gender and women's issues. The Associate Director is expected to teach one course per semester. Master's degree or Ph.D. in a related field is required. Review of applications begins October 15, 2010.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies [GIGSS] First Annual Kick Off Event will be held Wednesday, October 6th at 5pm in Nolte 140.

Syracuse University-Department of Sociology Assistant Professor Position

The Department of Sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin Fall, 2011. They seek a scholar with a strong program of research on race, with a specific focus on African Americans and / or Black immigrants to the United States. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Sociology by the time of appointment. They will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.

Social Science Position in African American Studies

The African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship to begin August 16, 2011. They are seeking a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in African American Studies or a related social science discipline. Screening begins on November 15, 2010 and continues until the position is filled.

The Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA) Conference, The Life Of The Object: An Experimental Workshop And Conference On Production, Consumption, and Creative Reuse In American Culture, will be held at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 7-11, 2011. Submission deadline: October 15, 2010.

PCard Receipt Reminder

Please submit receipts for all September PCard purchases to Laura by Friday, October 1, 2010.

Grad students are able to request the use of Department funds for research and conference travel on an on-going basis.

Online Flu Shot Sign-up

Online sign-up for scheduling a flu shot at the University (free of charge) is now open. For more information and to schedule an appointment please go to

Elaine Tyler May at the U of M Bookstore

U of M professor and author Elaine Tyler May will discuss her book, America and the Pill, at the University of Minnesota Bookstore on Wednesday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m.

The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations' have announced a call for papers for their 2011 conference. The 32nd annual conference, American History and Culture, will take place April 20-23, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Proposal deadline: December 15, 2010.

Grant-in-Aid due Sept. 20, 2010

Fall Grant-in-Aid applications are due September 20. For information on specific categories of awards, see:

LeaderQuest 2011 Undergraduate Nominations

LeaderQuest 2011, a program run through the University, is seeking recommendations for potential sophomores and juniors at the U. The ideal student is one who is a leader in the classroom,self motivated, and excited about learning. Application deadline: October 8, 2010.

Infrastructure Reinvestment Initiative (I3)

OVPR is accepting proposals for funding through a new Infrastructure Reinvestment Initiative (I3), which is designed to invest in an develop shared infrastructure through interdisciplinary and inter-college collaborations. Arts and humanities are strongly encouraged to apply. Pre-proposal deadline: November 16, 2010.

American Studies Annual Potluck Gathering is Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 - 7:00pm

REMINDER: The annual department potluck gathering of students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the beginning of the academic year is Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 - 7:00pm at the CW Lofts Clubroom. Please bring a dish to share.

DGS Office Hours for Fall Semester

DGS Office Hours for Fall Semester: The Director of Graduate Studies, Tracey Deutsch, will be holding her fall semester office hours on Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in her Scott Hall office, room 311. Please contact the department directly to schedule a DGS appointment and provide your name and a topic/description for the appointment.

Twelfth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women's and Gender History

The Executive Committee of the Twelfth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women's and Gender History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce a call for papers. The Symposium is scheduled for March 3-5, 2011. To celebrate and encourage further work in the field of women's and gender history, thyey invite submissions from graduate students from any institution and discipline. The Symposium organizers welcome individual papers on any topic in the field of women's and gender history. Submission deadline: November 1, 2010.

NYU-Department of History Tenure-Track Position

The Department of History at New York University invites applications for a position in 19th-century US history, including transnational approaches. This is a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor. Appointment will begin September 1, 2011, pending budgetary and administrative approval. Application deadline: November 15, 2010.

Fall 2010 Legal History Workshop Schedule

The Program in Law and History is pleased to announce their Fall 2010 Legal History Workshop Schedule. The workshop will meet on Thursday, 4:05-6:00 p.m., the Law School-Mondale Hall room N202.

Assistant Professor in Queer Studies-The Ohio State University

The Department of English at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-eligible assistant professor position in queer studies. We will consider candidates in any field of literary, ethnic, and/or cultural studies with expertise in GLBTQ theory and criticism. Ph.D. required. The successful candidate will teach courses in English and Sexuality Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Application deadline: November 1, 2010.

Import-Export-Transport Queer Theory, Queer Critique and Activism in Motion

The Gender Research Office at the University of Vienna has announced a call for papers, "Import-Export-Transport Queer Theory, Queer Critique and Activism in Motion". The conference will take place April 28-30, 2011. The aim of this conference is to open up a space for dialogue between different methodological approaches, forms of activism, research fields and interests of the "Import -- Export -- Transport" of queer theory, critique and activism. Proposal deadline: November 1, 2010.

New Approaches to America and the World: University of Chicago Graduate Student Conference

The University of Chicago invites graduate students to submit proposals for a conference exploring the role of America in the world. It will take place at the University of Chicago on April 8-9, 2011. This conference will bring together scholars of various disciplines whose work focuses on the role of the U.S. in the world. Proposal deadline: December 1, 2010.

Rod Ferguson Office Hours

Rod Ferguson will be holding office hours on Mondays from 11 -12 and on Tuesdays from 3-4 for fall semester. To make an appointment please call the front desk at 612-624-4190 or email

Humboldt State University Tenure-Track Position

Humboldt State University's Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Comparative Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in African American Studies. Ph.D. or equivalent in Ethnic Studies or related field is preferred at the time of appointment. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than October 1, 2010.

The most up-to-date version of the American Studies Graduate Program
Handbook can be found on-line under the Graduate section of the
Department website:

American Studies Annual Potluck Gathering is Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 - 7:00pm

The annual department potluck gathering of students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the beginning of the academic year is Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 - 7:00pm at the CW Lofts Clubroom. Please bring a dish to share.

Imagine Funds Awards

Imagine Funds Awards support faculty at the University of Minnesota. The Annual Faculty Awards support innovative research in the arts, design, and humanities. For the 2010-2011 academic year, up to 150 awards of $5,000 will be awarded. The deadline for proposals is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.

Fall 2010 Syllabi & Office Hours

Fall 2010 Instructors & TAs: Please submit a copy of your course syllabus electronically to Laura at by Monday, September 13, 2010. Please also include the time(s) and day(s) you will be holding office hours for the upcoming semester.

Employee Self Service

The Human Resources Self Service website allows you to sign up for direct deposit, view your pay check statements, update your address, and more. The location of the site is:

Graduate Student Health Insurance

To register for Graduate Student Health Insurance please follow this steps on this web page. Be sure to review your student account and ensure you are charged for the Graduate Health Plan, not the Student Insurance Plan. Please contact Colleen at 612-624-1871 if you have any questions.

Paycheck Information

Fall TA appointments began August 30th 2010. The first pay date of the semester is September 22nd, and checks are distributed every two weeks on Wednesdays. Please contact Colleen at 612-624-1871 if you have any questions regarding pay.

Fellowships and Taxes

Those of you on fellowship may find the University website site about fellowships and taxes informative We are also including a link to the pdf form to request withholding of graduate fellowship income tax Please feel free to contact Colleen with questions.

Call for Papers-Thinking Gender 2011

UCLA Center for the Study of Women announces a call for papers for the 21st Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, Thinking Gender 2011. Thinking Gender is a public conference highlighting graduate student research on women, gender and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels. The conference is Friday, February 11, 2011, at the UCLA Faculty Center. Submission deadline: October 22, 2010.

Grad Instructors & TA Office Assignments

Grad Instructors & TAs: Scott hall offices are available for Fall 2010 semester. You can stop by 104 Scott to pick up a key from Laura, if you don't already have one.

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