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October 6, 2009

Conference Call for Papers: The Ethics and Politics of Research with Immigrant Populations

Martha BigelowBic Ngo

The Ethics and Politics of Research with Immigrant Populations
President's Interdisciplinary Conference
June 4-5, 2010
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Conference chairs Assistant Professor Bic Ngo (Curriculum and Instruction), Associate Professor Martha Bigelow, (Curriculum and Instruction) and Professor Stacey Lee, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, announce the conference and extend a call for papers. Submission deadline: December 21, 2009.

Details are available at the conference Web site.

Download conference call for papers [pdf] and conference flier [pdf]

January 5, 2009

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2009 Teaching and Learning Conference

The University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers, along with the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Information Technology, and Instructional Development Services are sponsoring a one-day teaching and learning conference:

Making Connections between Teaching and Learning
Monday, Apr. 27, 2009
McNamara Alumni Center

This is a free conference but registration will be required. For more information about registering and/or proposal submission guidelines please go to http://www.adt.umn.edu/conferences/tlc2009/index.html or e-mail herna220@umn.edu.

Presentation and poster proposals on teaching and learning are now being accepted with preference being given to those related to the conference's focus.

Submission deadline: Monday, January 26, 2009

September 17, 2008

Call for papers: Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Student Paper Contest.

Papers must have a central theme of social work values or social work ethics. The two winning papers will be published in JSWVE. Deadline is March 15, 2009. Download full contest details [.pdf].

September 10, 2008

Call for submissions: Research videos

The ResearchChannel Advisory Committee announces a call for video submissions to be considered for the University's ten hours of programming during the 2008-09 academic year.

ResearchChannel was founded by a consortium of leading research and academic institutions to share the work of their researchers with the public through video programs available via satellite and cable television and its Web site.

The University became a member in 2008 and may broadcast 10 hours of programming per year. Campus college, department, or center representatives may submit programs on a semi-annual basis. A University-wide advisory committee selects the programming that best represents the University, and OIT Video Solutions works with ResearchChannel staff to broadcast the programs.

To learn more about selection criteria, visit OIT Video Solutions - ResearchChannel.

July 21, 2008

Job - Bilingual survey interviewers

Wilder Research is looking for part-time interviewers that are bilingual in Hmong, Somali, or Karen.

Starting rate is $11.52 to $12.80 an hour. We are conveniently located on the bus line on University Avenue and Lexington Parkway.

Responsibilities: Work on human services related survey research projects. You will phone individuals, identify respondents, and conduct interviews using computer software and/or pencil and paper surveys. The position requires a minimum of 12 hours a week.

Qualifications: Qualifications include the following: excellent interpersonal communication skills, professional attitude, good computer and typing skills, promptness, attention to detail, and good listening skills. Must be able to fluently read and speak both English and Hmong, Somali, or Karen.

How to apply: Send your resume to Wilder Research, Dan Swanson, Assistant Survey Research Manager, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 or e-mail dds@wilder.org. You can also call Dan at 651-280-2712 for more information.

July 17, 2008

Job - Tutors for McNamara Academic Center

Attention students (graduate and undergraduate): The University's McNamara Academic Center is currently seeking tutors for the 2008-2009 school year.

They are interested in hiring tutors who clearly possess the following qualities:

  • experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds

  • maturity

  • flexibility

  • reliability

  • great communication skills

  • take pride in your work

  • ability to be a great team member

  • ability to follow directions

  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • teaching experience is a plus

All majors are encouraged to apply! For more information contact William Gill at 612-626-8130 or e-mail gilli114@umn.edu.

Job - Callers for U of M Foundation

The University's Foundation is seeking fundraising callers! This is a part-time evening position (5:30 to 9:00 p.m.) in which callers talk on the phone with alumni and friends of the University. Salary is $9.50 per hour. Employment with the Foundation is contingent upon a successful background check. For more information visit the Foundation Callers Web site or call 612-626-9589.

July 16, 2008

Call for volunteers: Professionalism in Practice Conference

The second annual Professionalism in Practice Conference, "Setting the Standard: Creating High Quality Learning Experiences," will be held on August 12 in Coffman Memorial Union, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Help make this ground-breaking teacher research conference a success (and attend free!) by volunteering.

Two types of volunteers are needed:

  • Session host: Introduce session and assist presenters with logistical issues as needed. Monitor time and ensure dedicated reflection time at the session’s end. Read proposal and any supporting information in advance, and keep discussion flowing if needed. Administer and collect session evaluations. Additional CEUs are available for outside preparation time. Please indicate your first, second, and third choice of sessions to facilitate.

  • Conference host: Assist with greeting, registration, participant needs, and logistical issues as needed.

To volunteer, please email Sharon Ornelas at Sharon.Ornelas@mpls.k12.mn.us, indicating which type of volunteer opportunity you are interested in and the timeframe during which you would like to contribute: before, during, and/or after the conference (minimum 3 hours to have conference fee waived).

Conference details can be found at www.professionalisminpractice.org.

July 11, 2008

Internship opportunity: Strong Schools Strong City

The 2008 Strong Schools Strong City campaign is in need of interns for the summer and fall. Strong Schools Strong City is the citizen-led campaign in support of the Minneapolis Public Schools property tax levy, which will appear on the ballot in November. Interns will have the opportunity to organize parents, teachers, students, and citizens in support of the referendum. Interns will also have the opportunity to lead discussions and give speeches about the referendum and the future of the Minneapolis Public Schools. Please e-mail info@StrongSchoolsStrongCity.org or call Ona Keller, Volunteer and Technology Coordinator, at 612-824-7712 if you are interested.

July 7, 2008

Volunteer opportunity in urban education

Looking for a great volunteer experience in an urban education setting? A volunteer opportunity is available at Anne Sullivan Communications Center in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Sullivan is located at 3100 E. 28th St, Minneapolis , MN. 55406. This is an urban school that has a population of 12% American Indian, 4% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 21% White and 58% Black/East African. 30% of the students have limited English proficiency. Anne Sullivan is an open enrollment school for grades K-8. 80% of the students are eligible for free and reduced price lunch and 15% of the students receive special education services.

Opportunities are available for volunteers to work with students under the direction of highly qualified teachers to enrich students' reading, math and science instruction by working one on one. This experience is a great way to fulfill university requirements for observations and field experiences while building your résumé. Qualifications include enrollment in an education program and a commitment of a minimum of one hour a week for nine weeks.

Any questions or to express interest in volunteering, contact Jean Hanson, Special Education Teacher at Sullivan Communication Center, at 612-668-5034 or Jean.Hanson@mpls.k12.mn.us.

June 5, 2008

Job - Project Home

Project Home, a partnering agency with HEARTH Connections, announces an opening for a full-time case manager.

Project Home is housed in a community mental health clinic in Owatonna, MN, and serves the five-county surrounding area: Steele, Dodge, Waseca, Rice, and Freeborn Counties. They are looking for a full-time case manager who will provide housing services and intensive case management services to the long-term homeless population.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's or master's degree in social work or a human services field and 2 years experience in housing, adult mental health, chemical dependency, ARMHS, and Targeted Case Management. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M - F (some flexibility in hours is required on an 'as needed' basis). Project Home will train as needed.

To apply, send your resume to: Willie Pfieffer, 610 Florence Ave., Owatonna, MN, 55060. Or e-mail your resume to
williep@schrc.com. No phone calls please.

May 20, 2008

Early childhood opening in Botswana

The University of Botswana Department of Home Economics Education has a vacancy for a sabbatical leave position from Aug. 1, 2008 to July 31, 2009 for a senior academic in the area of Early childhood education and development (prenatal to 5 years). More information and an application are available online.

March 26, 2008

Volunteer Opportunity - Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect is a project managed by School of Social Work graduate Matthew Ayres who works at Hennepin County. It’s a one-day opportunity for businesses, service providers, faith communities, and government agencies to help end homelessness. Volunteers are needed for the April 28 event that will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Please visit this link for more information and details on volunteering: http://www.homelessconnectminneapolis.org/

March 12, 2008

Job - Concordia Language Villages

International students: Are you interested in a summer opportunity to share your language and culture with young Americans who are eager to learn?

Since 1961, Concordia Language Villages (CLV) has pursued a vision of peace and understanding by educating young people in world languages and cultures. Located in northern Minnesota, this program provides an opportunity for students to share their language and culture in an innovative, nationally and internationally recognized language education program. During one-, two-, and four-week sessions, participants ages 7-18 are immersed in language and culture through the food, music, sports, arts, and crafts that are typical of the target language. Some programs include a one-week family session as well.

CLV hires international staff, both those studying or living in the United States and those abroad, in addition to U.S. citizens who are proficient. A teaching credential is not necessary; CLV provides an orientation. Some specialized positions ("credit teacher") require a teaching credential.

Programs are offered in 15 other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English (ESL), Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. International staff may apply for a J-1 visa (in the camp counselor category) through CLV. For international students in the United States, those on an F-1 student visa may be employed through use of OPT or CPT and those on a J-1 student visa need a letter from the advisor stating that employment is related to course of study.

For more information on CLV job opportunities, visit www.concordialanguagevillages.org or contact Concordia Language Villages at 1-800-222-4750 (218-299-4544).

N.B.: In addition to Minnesota locations, where all 15 languages are offered, small Spanish and French programs take place in Georgia and a small Italian program takes place in New Jersey.

February 12, 2008

Call for nominations: Lowell Hellervik Chair

The Lowell Hellervik Endowed Faculty Chair in Adult Career Development search process has been launched. The search committee asks for your help in identifying strong candidates for this position. The position will be shared between the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Work and Human Resource Education.

Please forward the position description to people you think may be a good match for the position, or nominate people for the search committee to contact. Sasha Ardichvili (Work and Human Resource Education) and John Romano (Educational Psychology) are co-chairing the search committee. Other search committee members are: Tom Skovholt (Educational Psychology), Shari Peterson (Work and Human Resource Education) and Lou Quast (Personnel Decisions Inc). Linda Elrich is staff for the search. For more information, please access the University's Employment System at https://employment.umn.edu and search for requisition number 153386.

February 4, 2008

Call for proposals: 2008 Multiple Perspectives

The Eighth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability conference, to be held April 22-23 in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking undergraduate and graduate student research; performance, writing, visual art; or applied and community service projects to be presented during a poster session and reception on April 22. Posters that relate to the conference theme, “looking back and thinking ahead,? will be given preference in the review process. Conference fees will be waived for all accepted presenters. For more information visit http://ada.osu.edu/conferences/2008Conf/posters2008.html.

Application deadline: March 21, 2008

January 25, 2008

Call for proposals: CEHD international grants

Heidi Barajas, associate dean for outreach and community development, and Christopher Johnstone, director of international initiatives and relations for the College, are pleased to announce a series of small grants to promote international initiatives in the College. Four grants totaling $1,250 each will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for international initiatives. Grant money may be, but does not need to be, used for international travel relevant to priorities. Faculty and staff interested in travel grants outside of these priorities (such as for international conferences) should consult the Office of International Programs Web site (www.international.umn.edu/funding) for other opportunities.

UPDATE: Download details about the grant program here: International Initiatives Small Grant Program [DOC]; Small Grants Cover Sheet [DOC]

Grant Priority 1: Visiting Scholars
Grant Priority 1 will provide $1,250 to faculty, staff, or students to develop or sustain a program that will promote a Collegewide vision on visiting scholars. The College benefits greatly from its international visitors, both through their work on campus and by promoting our reputation as a world class university abroad. The Priority 1 grantee will work closely with the Director of International Initiatives on developing sustainable programming that will enrich our College’s relations with visiting scholars.

Proposals for Priority 1 grants are a 1,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:

  • A thoughtful approach to improving relations with visiting scholars

  • Evidence that the program can sustain itself after the grant period is completed

  • Collaborators within the College who will contribute to the initiative

  • A summary budget

Grant priority 2: Cross-Institutional Collaboration

Grant Priority 2 will provide $1,250 to faculty, staff, or students to develop or sustain a program that will promote collaboration with an institution (or institutions) of learning abroad. The College of Education and Human Development is both a resource for and recipient of knowledge with its international partners. The Priority 2 grantee will work closely with the Director of International Initiatives in developing sustainable programming that will enrich our College’s relations with institutions abroad.

Proposals for Priority 2 grants should be a 1,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:

  • A thoughtful approach to improving relations with international institutions of learning

  • Evidence that the program can sustain itself after the grant period is completed

  • Collaborators within the College who will contribute to the initiative

  • A summary budget

Grant priority 3: International Experiences for U.S. Students

Grant Priority 3 will provide $1,250 to faculty, staff, or students to develop or sustain a program that will promote international study for College of Education and Human Development students. College students benefit greatly from international experiences and can use these experiences to broaden their worldview, increase their knowledge in their majors, and become better communicators.

Proposals for Priority 3 grants should be a 1,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:

  • A thoughtful approach to promoting international experiences for undergraduate and graduate students

  • Evidence that the program can sustain itself after the grant period is completed

  • Collaborators within the College who will contribute to the initiative

  • A summary budget

Grant priority 4: Distance Education

Grant Priority 4 will provide $1,250 to faculty, staff, or students to develop or sustain a program that will promote a Collegewide approach to providing distance education to international students. International demand for University of Minnesota coursework is high, but travel costs are prohibitive for many international students. Grantees will develop a model for providing distance education (such as online courses, short courses at international institutions, video conference courses, etc.) that can be replicated across College units.

Proposals for Priority 4 grants should be a 1,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:

  • A thoughtful approach to promoting distance education for undergraduate or graduate students

  • Evidence that the program can sustain itself after the grant period is completed

  • Collaborators within the College who will contribute to the initiative

  • A summary budget

All applications are due Friday, February 8 and should be delivered in hard copy to Beth Gusenius in 104 Burton Hall.

January 16, 2008

Students with disabilities: Apply for an Emerging Leaders summer internship

Emerging Leaders is a competitive program that places college students with disabilities in summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Students are matched with businesses through a careful screening process that helps ensure that the internship placement is a good fit for both parties. Eligible applicants must have a qualified disability under the ADA, have completed at least 60 university-level credits, have at least a 3.00 GPA, maintain full-time student status for the semester following the internship (graduating seniors immediately continuing to graduate school may apply), and be U.S. citizens or legal aliens.

Application deadline: January 31, 2008.

More information.

January 10, 2008

Call for proposals: Public Engagement Day

The Office for Public Engagement is looking for proposals for workshops at Public Engagement Day on April 22.

CEHD colleagues who have been asked to participate in the plenary sessions include Dean Bailey, who will be a speaker as well as facilitate the closing panel, and Martha Bigalow, who will be part of a faculty panel presenting in the morning session.

Download the call for proposals [DOC]

December 18, 2007

Job - Lecturer or teaching specialist

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is looking for a lecturer or teaching specialist to begin in the fall of 2008. Read on for further details.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction invites nominations and applications for the position of Lecturer or Teaching Specialist in the area of reading/literacy education, with an emphasis on reading in the elementary grades. This is a full-time academic professional position in a highly regarded college of a major urban research university beginning August 25, 2008.

The individual in this position will collaborate with literacy faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and across the College to support ongoing and new efforts to investigate and create excellent literacy education in grades K-6, with a special emphasis on multicultural urban settings and students in the elementary school. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Teaching and advisement: Strengthen the existing preparation and development of licensure students and graduate students in elementary reading. Teach and advise students in elementary reading education licensure and graduate programs.

Service: Support the literacy education program area and coordinate the K-12 reading licensure program. Participate in College, University, and community service or other outreach activities, such as service on internal committees or task forces and/or collaborating with external constituencies such as the public schools. Participate in the activities of relevant professional organizations.

Desired Background and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned master's degree in reading/literacy education (for Teaching Specialist); an earned doctorate in reading/literacy education (for Lecturer). Applications from ABD candidates will be considered provided the individual is on track to complete the doctorate by 8/25/2008.

  • Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and academic program development at the postbaccalaureate and graduate level, and service/outreach activities.

  • At least two years of teaching experience in the elementary grades in US schools.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in education with an emphasis on elementary reading or a closely related field. Applications from ABD candidates will be considered provided the individual is on track to complete the doctorate by 8/25/2008.

  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching and working with schools in multicultural urban and rural settings

  • Evidence of leadership skills, organization, and ability to coordinate literacy program components, particularly the reading licensure program, and work with faculty members on literacy initiatives, scheduling, and program planning

  • Demonstrated current knowledge of research in reading/literacy related to primary-grade instruction and ability to communicate this information

Appointment Details: The individual hired will be appointed to a full-time, 9-month position beginning August 25, 2008 as a lecturer or teaching specialist. Summer and Intersession employment is a possibility but is not guaranteed. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process: This position will remain open until filled. To receive fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by January 21, 2008, when the search committee will begin its deliberations. Completed applications will consist of an application letter addressing qualifications, a curriculum vita, an academic transcript, the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references from whom you have requested letters to be sent to the search committee, and the three letters from the references.

Apply online by accessing the University of Minnesota employment system at https://employment.umn.edu. Search for requisition number 152197. Supporting materials, such as the application letter and curriculum vita, academic transcript, and names of references and their contact information may be attached electronically to the online application or mailed to: Reading/Literacy Search Committee, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 125 Peik Hall, University of Minnesota, 159 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455. The letters of reference should be mailed directly to the search committee at this address. For additional information, contact Assistant Professor Lori Helman, Search Committee Chair, at 612-624-2034; e-mail address: lhelman@umn.edu.

December 10, 2007

Job - Student office assistant / CEED

The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) has a job position available for an undergraduate student office assistant. Applicants must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, and hours are flexible between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Download more details about this position, including responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply:
CEED Undergraduate Student Office Assistant [PDF]

December 3, 2007

Call for proposals: DEC*2008

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is seeking proposals for the DEC*2008 conference program. The conference will be held from October 26-29, 2008, in Minneapolis.

DEC’s conference is designed to cover a wide range of vital issues facing those who work with young children with special needs and their families. Every year DEC brings together experts, students, practitioners, and family members to learn about important research, policy, and practice happening in the field of early childhood special education.

For information about submitting a proposal please visit the conference page at the DEC Web site at www.dec-sped.org/conference. Proposals are due January 15, 2008 and submissions are accepted through the DEC online system only.

November 14, 2007

Call for proposals: Early Childhood Leadership Conference

The Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education (MNAFEE) is soliciting proposals for the Family & Early Childhood Leadership Conference, formerly known as the Early Childhood Administrators Conference. This conference is for people interested in leadership roles within the early childhood programs of our state. It will address the needs of current and future program administrators and practitioners.

Do you have an idea you would like to share in the area of program leadership, practice or policy? If so, you are encouraged to present a workshop session for the conference. The planning committee would like to see a balanced program which examines current issues related to program standards, philosophy, practice, policy, local influences, new initiatives, current trends, leadership, customer service, and more.

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 26. Download the call for presentations application.

If you have questions, please contact Julie Ritter, ECFE/SR/SAC Coordinator, Montgomery-Lonsdale Schools, 507-364-8116, julie.ritter@montlonsdale.k12.mn.us; or Laurie Denn at 952-848-3968 or laudenn@edina.k12.mn.us.

November 5, 2007

Call for proposals: Society for Disability Studies conference

The Society for Disability Studies is soliciting proposals for presentations for its 21st annual conference, to be held June 18 to 22, 2008 in New York City. Suggested topics include public health; violence, war, and terror; mobility and metaphor; housing, home, and homelessness; access and spatiality; immigration and translation; education; globalization and transnational critique; artistic practices, cultural production, and crip culture; history and memory; categorization and citizenship; public policy in the global city; bodies and borders; surveillance and security, visibility and invisibility; activist communities, strategies, and identities; architectural mappings and geographical textures; and pollution, garbage, and environmental devastation. Submission deadline: December 1, 2007.

Call for papers/posters: PacRim 2008

The Center on Disability Studies is soliciting proposals for papers and posters to be presented at PacRim 2008, to be held April 14 and 15, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Suggested topics include autism; independent living; the future of disability studies; building an innovative, inclusive workforce; family supports; hidden disabilities; international disability rights; native Hawaiian education; teaching to reach all learners; technologies for realizing potential and building community; and transition. Submission deadline: November 26, 2007.

October 2, 2007

Call for presentations: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

The Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference will be held from April 28 to 30, 2008. The conference provides parents, caregivers, and professionals the opportunity to learn and share new information, state-of-the-art techniques, and successful strategies for working with children who have mental health needs and their families. Held in Duluth, the conference is the largest of its kind in the nation and will include over 75 breakout sessions as well as national keynote speakers. All presenters receive complimentary registration for the day of their presentation and a special rate to attend an extra day. Download the call for presentations form on MACMH's Web site. Deadline: November 15, 2007.

September 21, 2007

Submit a workshop proposal for the National Afterschool Association Conference

The National Afterschool Association Conference, to be held March 12 to 14, 2008, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is seeking proposals for conference workshops, including those sharing research, promising practices, practical program activities and curriculum, and innovative ideas. Presenters may include afterschool program staff and leadership, professional development providers, and afterschool systems developers. Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2007.

September 12, 2007

Data collector positions

If you are a CEHD graduate student and would like to work as an hourly data collector this fall ($16.22/hour, 4 to 12 hours per week, according to your availability), please read more:

The Computer-Based Assessment System in Early Reading (CBAS) is a research and development project led by Dr. Ted Christ and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. CBAS will be in elementary schools this fall collecting reading data from students in kindergarten to grade 3. Data collectors can expect to monitor students as they participate in individual, computer-based assessments. All work except training will take place during elementary school hours. We require that you be available to work at least one half-day per week for most weeks in October and November. Transportation to school sites is not provided. If interested, please contact Cindy Jiban, project coordinator, at jiban001@umn.edu.

RTC seeks project coordinator

A full-time position for a project coordinator is available in the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI).

Description and responsibilities: The position involves working on a variety of tasks related to the College of Direct Support (CDS), a national, interactive, Web-based training curriculum for direct support professionals (DSPs). Approximately 55,000 DSPs in the United States use the CDS each day.
The primary responsibilities of the project coordinator include authoring new, high quality CDS courses as assigned as well as in-depth editing and revision of existing CDS courses. The project coordinator is also responsible for assisting with the planning of new courses with stakeholder groups and working with and supporting the National Board of Editors. The project coordinator will also attend regular team meetings, communicate information about the Center with the University and general public, and support other outreach activities.

Required qualifications: A bachelor’s degree is required in special education, educational policy and administration, social work, instructional design, or a related field. Candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills; they need to have confidence in their own personal writing skills. Candidates should also have organizational skills and be able to track and manage details. Candidates must have experience in researching, developing, and authoring content for training curriculum or programs and have strong ability to coordinate multiple tasks. Candidates must also possess experience in planning, developing, and implementing activities with groups of people. Demonstrated experience in human services with a comprehensive understanding of the role of Direct Support Professionals is essential.
Candidates will be required to supervise graduate students, support staff, and other professional staff as assigned. Some travel outside Minnesota is required.

Desired qualifications: A master’s degree is desired in special education, educational policy and administration, social work, instructional design, or a related field. Experience in adult learning and training/teaching. Copyediting skills. An in-depth understanding of disability services and issues related to DSPs is desired, as is experience developing and evaluating interactive, Web-based education materials or curriculum for DSPs.

Appointment: The salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Initial appointment and annual re-appointment will be made depending on the availability of funding. The estimated start date for the position will be November 1, 2007 (or sooner as available) and will be negotiated with the candidate selected for this position.

Application procedures and deadline: Completed application materials will include a letter of application, vita, transcripts, at least two writing samples, and names and addresses of three professional references. The application deadline is October 12, 2007. Applicants interested in this position must apply online at the University's HR Web site and include all application materials required. They must have the requisition number (150889) when applying. Address cover letters to Amy Hewitt, Senior Research Associate, Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration.

Call for papers: HEATH Resource Center Publications and Newsletter

Masters and experienced practitioners in secondary education, special education, or disability support services; scholars; professors; and other individuals experienced and interested in the intersection of students with disabilities and continuing post-high-school education and career development are invited to submit original articles for publication in the HEATH Resource Center Publications and Newsletter. College, university, or career-technical school students with disabilities are invited to submit original articles for publication in the newsletter's new “Student Voices? section.

August 21, 2007

Local nonprofit "searching" for research assistant

Search Institute, a Minneapolis nonprofit dedicated to promoting healthy children, youth, and communities, has an opening for a research assistant.

Position summary:
This position will be responsible for providing research assistance and administrative support for Applied Research and the Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence (CSD) at Search Institute.

Essential job duties:
1. Serve as research assistant

  • Assist in the identification, review, synthesis, and reporting of relevant literature in psychology, sociology, anthropology, religious studies, and other relevant disciplines

  • Assist in the writing of research proposals

  • Assist in the design of research protocols and instruments, data collection methods, and analysis procedures for research studies

  • Assist with qualitative and quantitative data collection

  • Assist in writing project reports for clients and funders and contribute to the writing of scholarly journal articles and other publications

  • Assist in presentation of research findings to external audiences

2. Provide administrative support

  • Maintain the CSD Access database, including data entry, information retrieval, and adding or editing forms

  • Perform data entry and generate reports using Reference Manager, Access, and Excel software

  • Research, summarize, and report on upcoming relevant conferences, staff participation and presentations, and communications outreach

  • Participate in regular research and CSD staff meetings, taking notes and making status reports

  • Assist with a variety of miscellaneous office tasks, including scheduling meetings and travel, correspondence, filing, copying, meeting preparation, contact with vendors, ordering supplies, etc.

3. Assist in Web site content development and maintenance for CSD

  • Assist with content maintenance of the CSD Web site, to include entering resources into the online library, editing existing information, adding new Web pages, and assisting with content development and planning

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the CSD on-site library, to include labeling resources, shelving and re-shelving resources, keeping the library organized and user-friendly for visitors, and tracking library usage

Qualifications/Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required:

  • Bachelor's degree and some applied research experience

  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience in online and database information retrieval

  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Ability to work on multiple projects with multiple responsibilities and deadlines

  • Periodic travel may be required

Preferred:

  • Coursework in the social sciences, international studies, child development, or theology

  • Commitment to advancing the well-being of children and youth

  • Familiarity with the Search Institute's Developmental Assets Framework

  • Familiarity with Web site maintenance
  • Work experience in a library setting

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access

  • Familiarity with Procite, Reference Manager, and/or NVivo software a plus!

Physical demands/Working conditions:

  • Intermittent physical activity including bending, reaching, and prolonged periods of sitting

  • Intermittent lifting of 25 lbs. or more

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. Search Institute reserves the right to change or modify job duties at any time as needs of the business require. This job description does not constitute any form of contract, expressed or implied, with the incumbent.

Deadline: August 31, 2007

Submit résumés and cover letter to resumes@search-institute.org

Graduate research position in EdPA

The Department of Educational Policy and Administration is seeking a graduate research assistant.

Position title: SAGE research assistant

Position category: Student - Graduate Assistants

Appointment term: A = 12 months

Appointment type:

  • Number of years restricted (Y)

  • Up to 2 years

Work hours: This is a 25%, 10 hour per week appointment starting in September 2007.

Hourly rate: $16.22

Job open date: 08-20-2007

Job close date: 08-31-2007

Required qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled for coursework in a University of Minnesota graduate or professional degree program during the academic year

  • Doctoral student in EdPA

  • Interviewing skills

  • Statistical knowledge and SPSS experience

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Excellent verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently with good attention to detail

Preferred qualifications:

  • Background in study abroad administration or other international educational exchange area

  • Survey research/survey development skills

  • Strongly prefer individual with interest in research topic

Duties/responsibilities:

  • Immediate: assist in conducting pilot survey, help finalize survey instrument, maintain communication with 24 partner institutions

  • Long-term: write interview protocol and conduct interviews with select survey respondents, analyze data, write research findings, present findings at various conferences

Program/Unit Description: The University of Minnesota was awarded a three-year Department of Education Title VI International Research and Studies (IR/S) grant in May 2006 (2006-2009). The title of the study is "Beyond Immediate Impact: Study Abroad for Global Engagement" (SAGE). This DOE-funded research program seeks to examine the near-term and long-term personal, professional, and social capital outcomes associated with study abroad experiences that occur during the college years. The researchers define 'social capital' as the contributions a person makes to the common good by means of civic engagement, knowledge production, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. With a focus on long-term impact, this study will be a retrospective tracer study using a design developed by the co-principal investigators Gerald W. Fry and R. Michael Paige. It is expected to involve some two thousand individuals from across a broad spectrum of U.S. universities.

Application instructions: Applicants must submit a current CV, a cover letter explaining their background and interests as they relate to the position, and the names and contact information for two references. Applications should be sent by e-mail to Professor Michael Paige at r-paig@umn.edu (phone: 612-624-7456), and to Professor Gerald Fry at gwf@umn.edu.

Cultural competence forum: proceedings, call for papers

Inside / Out reported back in June that Professor Susan Wells (School of Social Work), the Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy, hosted a national invitational forum on evidence-based practice in child welfare in the context of cultural competence on June 11. The forum proceedings, including video footage, are now available online at the Gamble-Skogmo Chair Web site.

Susan is also co-editing an upcoming special issue of Children and Youth Services Review on culturally competent child welfare practices. The journal is currently seeking papers on this topic. Download a PDF of the call for papers or contact Susan at swells@umn.edu if you have any questions. Articles are due by October 15, 2007.

August 20, 2007

Teaching assistant position in PsTL

A graduate teaching assistant position is available in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning.

Position: Graduate teaching assistant

Appointment: 50% (20 hours per week), B-term (9-month base) for the 2007-08 academic year (appointment dates are August 27, 2007, through May 25, 2008)

Salary: $16.22 per hour

Duties: Assist instructor in teaching PSTL 1851: Multicultural Relations. Primary duties include:

  • teach and/or lecture in the course as needed

  • read and help grade the writing assignments

  • enter writing assignment grades and exam scores in the computer grade book

  • use the Scantron machine to score mid-semester exams and quizzes

  • help monitor the mid-term exams

  • hold office hours to assist student learning

  • hold tutoring sessions in preparation for mid-semester and final exams

  • attend classes

Qualifications:

  • CEHD graduate student with graduate work in human resources or educational psychology at the master’s level or above

  • knowledge of and experience working with multicultural issues and students from different cultures

  • knowledge of identity issues that students face when studying multicultural issues

  • experience of personal journey of self-transformation around the issues of race, class, gender, and homophobia

  • ability to take on course responsibility as needed

To apply, submit the following materials:

  • current résumé or vita

  • letter of application detailing interest and background

  • transcript(s) (unofficial copies are fine)

  • names of and contact information for three references who can address the relevant qualifications

Apply to:

Multicultural Relations GTA Search
Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
University of Minnesota
140 Appleby Hall
128 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-4560
Fax: 612-625-0709
E-mail: Annette Digre, a-digr@umn.edu

Deadline: open until filled; review of applications will occur as they are received

August 16, 2007

Lecturer position in Kinesiology

The School of Kinesiology invites applications for a lecturer to teach, to coordinate research labs, and to advise students in the life and physical sciences.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching and Development:Instruction in courses such as exercise physiology, health/wellness/fitness courses, research methodology. Develop undergraduate and/or graduate coursework. Advise and mentor graduate students and serve on committees.

  • Advising: Help direct/coordinate lab activities in research laboratories. Facilitate interdisciplinary research projects both within and outside the School of Kinesiology. Assist in grant writing and preparation, as well as helping to locate funding sources. Facilitate IRB and study design on student projects; educate students on the process; instruct students in study design twchniques, particularly instruction in hands-on evaluation techniques.

  • Service: Serve on the curriculum committee or other internal committees deemed appropriate. Participate in local activities within relevant organizations; make presentations to external groups relevant to Kinesiology. Participate in college, University, and community service, or other outreach activities such as service on internal committees or task forces and/or making presentations to external constituencies.

Minimum qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree in kinesiology, public health, or other closely associate field.

  • Relevant related college level experience in teaching, laboratory research, and publication of findings.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Education and experience in a clinically based degree; healthcare experience

  • Experience in health/wellness/fitness/healthcare field

  • Evidence of potential to teach and contribute to academic program development at both undergraduate and graduate level in exercise physiology, research methods, fitness and health topics, general kinesiology

  • Working knowledge of the uses of technology in teaching and research

  • Involvement with University and community healthcare organizations (for research collaboration) and professional organizations involved in sport and exercise sciences

Appointment Details:
The individual hired will be appointed into a 75-100% time, nine-month position. Salary will be in the mid 40s. The start date is the beginning of the academic year, August 27, 2007.

Application Process:
This position will remain open until filled, and the search committee will receive application materials as they are received. Completed applications will consist of a letter addressing qualifications as they relate to the position, a curriculum vitae, an academic transcript, and the names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three references. Apply online at http://www.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ .

August 7, 2007

Another grad position in PsTL

A 25% graduate research assistant (GRA) position is available to assist a faculty member in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning for Fall 2007/Spring 2008 (August 27, 2007, through May 25, 2008) with research in the area of developmental mathematics.

Salary rate: $16.22 per hour.

Duties include:

  • analyzing non-parametric developmental mathematics data collected using SPSS, SAS, and EQS

  • knowledge of logistic regression and path analysis with nominal or ordinal data

  • reviewing the literature on developmental mathematics performance and attitudes by race, gender, SES, entry-level mathematics courses, and high school preparation

  • compiling a bibliographic archive of related materials

  • making recommendations for fine-tuning survey form(s) and collection process

  • preparing a report of all the statistically significant findings data with a relevant literature review

Qualifications:

Required

  • enrollment in a CEHD Graduate School program with a heavy emphasis in statistical data analysis processes and techniques

  • an interest in or familiarity with developmental mathematics research

  • excellent writing and interpersonal skills

  • experience with non-parametric statistical tests

  • experience using SPSS, SAS, and EQS

  • excellent time management and self-discipline; ability to work independently and to meet timelines

  • knowledge of and experience in multivariate statistics with discrete data

Preferred

  • familiarity with qualitative research techniques

  • excellent background in multivariate statistical techniques and limitations when using discrete data

  • experience preparing data for reports and publication
  • To apply, send:

    • resume or curriculum vitae

    • a cover letter summarizing relevant experience and education related to the required and preferred qualifications
      college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

    • a sample of non-parametric research project output or paper from one’s educational or work experience

    Apply to:

    Math GRA Search
    c/o Annette Digre
    140 Appleby Hall
    Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
    University of Minnesota
    128 Pleasant Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Phone: 612 625-4560
    Fax: 612 625-0709

    Deadline:
    The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on August 13th.

Graduate position available in PsTL

A half-time graduate research assistant (GRA) position is available to assist a faculty member in the Department of Post Secondary Teaching and Learning for Fall 2007.

The position will run from August 27, 2007 through January 10, 2008, with possibility for renewal at 25% in Spring 2008 (January 11 through May 25, 2008). The salary is $16.22 per hour.

DUTIES
The position involves interviewing first-generation college students regarding experiences in learning communities. This longitudinal study is one part of an ongoing study of the experience of first-generation TRiO students in learning communities with multicultural curriculum. The GRA in this position will also help set up and facilitate a learning community mentor program. Other responsibilities will include transcribing the interviews, coding data, and managing the data base using MAXQDA software.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Enrollment in a CEHD graduate program in education or educational psychology

  • Experience working with underserved student groups, particularly first-generation, low-income college students and students of color

  • Ability to work independently

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience conducting interviews

  • Experience transcribing interviews

  • Experience with coding qualitative data

  • Familiarity with the MAXQDA software

  • Familiarity with multicultural curriculum and/ or learning community literature

  • Familiarity or direct experience with TRiO programs

TO APPLY
Submit the following materials to Rashne Jehangir (140 Appleby Hall / jehan001@umn.edu):

  • Letter of application detailing strengths in relation to the qualifications

  • Current resume or vita

  • Names, titles, and contact information of three references who can speak to the relevant qualifications of the applicant
    • DEADLINE
      The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on August 13th.

August 3, 2007

Position open at ICI

The position of Principal Administrative Specialist (i.e. office manager, full-time) in the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) Publications Office is open for application by University employees through August 7. The requisition number is 149759. The position description and application form can be found online here.

The position will be vacant at the end of August. For further information email Vicki Gaylord, Publications Coordinator at ICI.

July 25, 2007

Two positions available in Ed. Development Office

The Educator’s Development Office has two open P&A positions, to be filled immediately. Both of these positions are posted on the University Employment Web site.

Coordinator of Teaching and Learning Collaborations for Educator Development (Requisition #149378)

This position will, among other responsibilities:

  • Promote opportunities for the College to be involved collaboratively with schools, working under the direction of the Director of the Educator Development Office;

  • Develop and support opportunities for Teaching and Learning faculty and staff to work with school-based personnel to assess and plan for the continued development of the professional practice schools; and

  • Coordinate the Holmes partnership program and incorporate Holmes Scholars with the professional practice schools.
  • Coordinator of College Collaborations for Field-Based Professionals (Requisition #149379)

    This position will, among other responsibilities:

    • Seek opportunities for the College and University to provide continuing professional support to field-based professionals served through Collegewide programs, working under the direction of the Director of the Educator Development Office;

    • Develop and support school-based partnerships and collaborations with College and University faculty and staff;

    • Coordinate the Urban Leadership Academy for metro-area school and district administrators; and

    • Develop, manage, and support non-credit initiatives within the College, related to continuing education initiatives.

    Both positions require a Master’s Degree in Education or a closely related field. Successful work experience in a P-12 education and/or a higher education setting is preferred.

    For further information and to apply please see the University Employment Web site..

July 18, 2007

Job - Graduate Research Assistant / Educator Development Office

The Educator Development Office (EDO) is looking for a part-time graduate research assistant.

Job Description
A 50% research assistant position has been established to support the assessment and evaluation needs of the Educator's Development Office. The research assistant will report to the Director of EDO but will work closely with the Coordinator of Program Review.

Job responsibilities will include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Supporting the implementation of program evaluations.

  • Assisting with the development of survey instruments for various evaluation projects.

  • Analyzing evaluation data in SPSS and/or other statistical programs as needed.

  • Summarizing data for internal and external reports.

  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and organizing data for programmatic decisions.

  • Consulting with faculty/staff on use of data for program development.

  • Providing support to other EDO programs as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Training and experience in program evaluation.

  • Successful experience using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

  • Successful experience in analyzing, interpreting , and reporting data.

  • Ability to use a variety of computer programs and applications related to qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

  • Ability to effectively present program evaluation results, in both written and oral forms, to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Successful experience working both independently and as a team member.

  • Contextual knowledge of P-12 systems. Actual work experience in a P-12 setting is desirable.

Interested candidates who meet the specified qualifications should e-mail a letter of interest and current resume to: Jane Gilles, Coordinator of Program Review at jfgilles@umn.edu by July 27, 2007.

July 6, 2007

Internship - Education Program Evaluator / Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is seeking an intern to evaluate several of their education and outreach programs.

Position Title: Education Program Evaluator

Function of Organization: Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization committed to providing women and men with confidential reproductive health care and education at an affordable cost. The Education and Outreach department at Planned Parenthood offers programs designed to prevent unintended pregnancy, the spread of sexually transmitted infections, and promotion of sexual health through curriculum-based sexuality instruction, peer education and service learning.

Description: This intern will administer existing evaluation tools, including pre- and post-tests and focus groups, and compile and analyze the resulting data. The intern will also assess evaluation tools currently being used and recommend changes as needed, and develop new evaluation tools and processes to determine whether the program goals are being met.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of evaluation techniques essential; experience conducting focus groups and/or administering and analyzing pre- and post-tests a plus.

  • Basic level of knowledge about current topics in sexuality.

  • Experience working with teens desirable.

  • Ability to travel to Rochester and/or Duluth is a plus.

Hours: 10 hours per week. 150 hour minimum. Flexible, daytime hours.

Compensation: Unpaid

Location: Minneapolis location with the opportunity to travel to Rochester and/or Duluth to observe the teen councils in action.

Application Procedure: Submit resume and cover letter to Volunteer Program, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, 1200 Lagoon Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. Questions may be directed to 612-821-6113 or email volunteers@ppmns.org

Job - Grad assistant / Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center is hiring a 20 hour/week Graduate Assistant.

Duties for this position include:

  • coordinating the creation of an online study abroad pre-departure orientation using PowerPoint and Breeze technology (60%)

  • developing and implementing student and staff evaluation tools, and compiling data on online orientation (20%)

  • participating in meetings, trainings, and presentations (20%)

For details, including requirements and application process visit the University's employment Web site and search for requisition number 148830.

Call for Papers: Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

Download this announcement for information on the new Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Submission guidelines are included.