December 28, 2007

Employment Opportunities

University of Minnesota - College of Liberal Arts Student Services
Department of Sociology - Assistant Academic Advisor
Approximate Start Date: 2/25/08

Job Description
College of Liberal Arts (CLA) assistant academic advisors participate in three major areas of responsibility: advising, program operation, and professional growth. Assistant academic advisors are expected to perform a range of advising activities, provide significant contributions toward program development, and continue professional development.

This assistant academic advisor will have an appointment in the Department of Sociology and will work with CLA Student Services to develop strategies to optimize service to departmental undergraduates. This advisor will meet regularly with students, pursue programming and best practices initiatives, and establish and monitor key success indicators such as retention and timely degree progress. The advisor will also collaborative and coordinate with colleagues in CLA Student Services to facilitate student progress and degree completion. The advisor is expected to develop a thorough familiarity with the subject matter and curricular requirements within the Sociology degree program and with CLA liberal education requirements in order to advise students regarding curricular planning and academic progress.

The Department of Sociology houses a single two-track major (a) 鈥済eneral sociology鈥? and (b) 鈥渓aw, criminology, and deviance.鈥? The department also offers a minor degree option as well as a Bachelor of Science option. The undergraduate advisor will provide students with information and guidance in planning their degree programs, on local and national internships, civic engagement, study abroad, and post-graduate study and career options. The advisor also will be responsible for students pursuing Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major (IDIM) and inter-college programs. The Department currently serves about 600 students. For additional information, see our detailed web site:

For responsibilities and qualifications, please download complete description: Download file

Posted by lind0449 at 10:35 AM

December 21, 2007


Research Assistantship

Graduate Research Assistant (.5FTE)
鈥淔ive Hundred Under Five鈥?
Center for Early Education and Development

Background and Position Description
The Center for Early Education at the University of Minnesota seeks two half-time graduate research assistants for the 鈥淔ive Hundred Under Five鈥? (500u5) research project, a new community-based research project that will be conducted in two geographic focus areas in North Minneapolis. The GRAs will join a multi-disciplinary team of researchers. 500u5 research is a longitudinal study of the factors that support and/or impede the early development of children and relevant social determinates of health leading to or impeding school readiness among children aged 0-5 in two geogrpahic focus areas. The research will use standard child development assessments and tailor-made surveys to gather relevant information from families. The research is one component ofa much larger initiative that seeks to increase school readiness, coordinate and enhance services to families with children age 0-5, reduce educational disparities, and increase life chances of children in neighborhoods challenged with povery, disinvestment, crime, and other negative factors. The whole 500u5 initiative is coordinated by a leadership team of five agencies: the Youth Coordinating Board, Hennepin County, Way to Grow, Minneapolis Public Schools and University of Minnesota-CEED. The research will be conducted via 500u5 Family Support Advocates (FSA) housed at Way to Grow. The FSAs are a novel approach to community engagement that draws on the skills and knowledge of peer paraprofessionals who will work with eligible families in the project focus area and identify possible research participants. The GRAs will work closely with the FSAs to conduct family-focused, meaningful research.

Desired Background and Experience
路 Bachelors degree in relevant field and some graduate-level coursework
路 Research experience is a plus
路 Some familiarity with databases
路 Ability to work with diverse populations and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
路 Knowledge of early education and development a plus but not required

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
路 Work with FSAs to recruit research participants
路 Conduct consent processes with participants
路 Day-to-day management of scheduling assessments and research contacts
路 Manage hourly staff at monthly assessment/research events
路 Responsible for monitoring data collection and data entry
路 Facilitate returning assessment results to partners
路 Data analysis

To be considered, please submit the following to Lauren Martin (Ph.D.) by January 14, 2007: a cover letter describing your background and what you think you could bring to 500u5 and a resume or academic CV. Send your materials to:, or Lauren Martin, CEED, 56 East River Road, Room 40, Minneapolis, MN 55455. (Email submissions are preferred.)

Posted by lind0449 at 1:44 PM

Employment Opportunities


Job Description

The mission of CLA Student Services is to promote undergraduate student success by enhancing students鈥 connection to the university and the college, supporting and promoting their timely connection to a major department, and creating a bridge to the wider world beyond the university by means of career exploration and special learning opportunities. CLA Student Services offers programs that meet students鈥 developmental needs, support their search for fields of study appropriate to their vision and potential, and facilitate their academic progress. CLA Student Services has ten academic advising offices divided into student communities. In addition to offering computers, workshops, and specialized programming to foster a sense of community and enrich the student experience, the student communities provide students with the tools to address academic and related issues through individual and group advising.

CLA academic advisors participate in three major areas of responsibility: advising, program operation, and professional growth. Academic advisors are expected to perform a range of advising activities, provide significant contributions toward program development, and continue professional development. The academic advisor is expected to have a thorough familiarity with the subject matter within the degree programs represented by the student community and with the liberal education requirements in order to advise students regarding curricular planning and academic progress.

鈼? Academic advising: Advise students on degree program planning, registration, and transition to other programs or offices; refine proactive advising techniques to enhance advising efforts; maintain student records on advisees and monitor academic progress; monitor student progress in order to intervene, advise, and recommend solutions to academic difficulties; improve students鈥 academic planning skills; evaluate students鈥 curricular plans.
鈼? Advising support and evaluation: Make, review, and consult on advising assignments; coordinate advisor outreach and special projects; act as resource for departmental advisers. Provide back-up advising support as needed; act as referral for front desk questions. Evaluate student community advising activities; assist unit leadership to conceptualize and implement the advising philosophy and policies of CLA Student Services.
鈼? Orientation/Registration: Help plan and revise new student orientation program and materials; select, create, and present information during orientation; assist students with registration process.
鈼? Outreach and liaison: Function as a liaison with academic departments, programs, and units; participate in University advising organizations and programs; act as an intermediary between students and University faculty and community experts.
鈼? Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Appointment: 100%, 12-month Academic Professional, annual-renewable based on funding and performance. Starting salary of $37,000 with excellent benefits.

鈼? Required: Master鈥檚 degree. Two years of college-level advising or teaching experience. Commitment to equal opportunity and diversity issues.

鈼? Preferred: Master鈥檚 degree in liberal arts discipline. Academic advising experience in higher education. Familiarity with liberal arts programs and with student support services. Leadership experience. Program development and planning experience. Experience with career enrichment programming. Strong computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft programs, PeopleSoft, and web-based advising software. Experience interpreting complex policies and ability to learn and disseminate detailed information. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate meaningfully with undergraduates. Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and under supervision. Excellent time management, organizational, and problem solving skills. Ability to work with complex systems in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

Application Instructions
All applicants must apply online at and include a cover letter, resume, and three references.

Please reference requisition number 152774 in your cover letter.

Priority will be given to completed applications received by January 7, 2008.
Position is open until filled.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


Academic Initiatives Coordinator
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

Required Qualifications:
鈥 B.S degree
鈥 Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
鈥 Evidence of working effectively in a team environment
鈥 Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently
鈥 Evidence of compiling information and problem-solving ability
鈥 Evidence of project leadership and management experience
鈥 Evidence of excellent customer service skills
鈥 2 years of work experience with in responsible administrative position dealing with scholarships, student services, or related areas.
鈥 Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Preferred Qualifications
鈥 Experience in dealing with scholarships and donors
鈥 Knowledge of and experience with University of Minnesota policies, systems, and procedures, and working understanding of different levels of the University governance system
鈥 Experience in multi-cultural environment
鈥 Excellent time management and organization skills; ability to multi-task, and to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
鈥 Evidence of ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality
鈥 Experience working with students and/or faculty
鈥 Experience of working with computerized databases; such as experience with Excel, Access, or similar programs
鈥 Experience with conflict management

Description of Duties
The position provides coordination and management of certain programs under the responsibility of the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Responsibilities include managing the student award scholarship process, preparing reports, collaborating with appropriate departmental, collegiate, and university offices, preparing presentations, and communicating with faculty on development issues such as leaves, new faculty orientation, and development grants. The successful candidate will work as part of a team dedicated to serving undergraduate student needs and faculty development issues.

Scholarship Awards Programs and Student Affairs 60%
鈥 Coordinate CFANS, department and Office of Admissions process to award scholarships to new and returning students
鈥 Collaborate with departments in building management tools to match donors and potential scholarship recipients.
鈥 Work with the college development office to evaluate scholarship availability and determine academic areas with greatest need
鈥 Develop scholarship procedures and policies and improvements; monitor student performance for continued scholarship eligibility. Resolve issues related to student eligibility.
鈥 Serve as key member of the CFANS Scholarship Committee
鈥 Serve as informational resource to current and incoming students and resolve issues raised by parents.

Faculty Affairs 30%
鈥 Coordinate and organize various collegiate initiatives, projects, events, and/or efforts related to faculty development.
鈥 Provide staff support for the faculty development committee
鈥 Coordinate semester and sabbatical leave process working with the Associate Dean and Faculty Development Committee
鈥 Manage priority projects (e.g. 7.12 statements, diversity, etc), working with college administration, academic departments, and other University units.
鈥 Serve as liaison for Associate Dean to Central offices.

Undergraduate Program Indicatives Support 10%
鈥 Participate in events related to the CFANS undergraduate programs as needed. For example, limited assistance with student service events such as orientation, admissions functions, and collegiate-level student events.
鈥 Participate in strategic planning activities for undergraduate programs.

Posted by lind0449 at 1:24 PM

December 14, 2007

CSPP Announcements

Thanks to all who attended and made the CSPP Student/Faculty potluck a success! There was a fantastic crowd, wonderful food, and great conversation. In addition, there was (from what I hear) an excellent compassion fatigue circle that preceded the potluck. Thanks also to the student and faculty representatives whose work and planning made the event possible!

Thanks student reps
: Tricia Wallace (MA First Year Rep); Allison Bell (MA Second Year Rep); Katie Joachim (Doctoral Student Rep) and faculty reps: Carrie Burke and Kay Herting Wahl!!

Posted by lind0449 at 10:09 AM

Conference Participation

International LGBT Psychology Summer Institute Taking Workshop Proposals
The International LGBT Psychology Summer Institute, scheduled for August 3 - 8, 2008, at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, is now taking workshop proposals. To submit or for inquiries, contact LGBT-Summer-

Posted by lind0449 at 10:06 AM

Practicum Info

Here is another prac site announcement for students applying to do advanced practicum next year.

Concordia University Counseling Services, Advanced Practicum Student position:
Download file

Posted by lind0449 at 9:20 AM

December 7, 2007

CSPP Announcements

There's lots of news today, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the list, so you don't miss anything!


CSPP Students,
Are you cold, hungry, or stressed out?
Relief is here!
End of Semester Treats for CSPP Students in Conference Room 108 EdSciB!
Wednesday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Good luck as you complete Fall Semester 2007!
Treats courtesy of CSPP Faculty.
See invite for full details: Download file


On a related note, CSPP students have asked me to express to CSPP faculty that the treats have been much appreciated! Thanks for the kindness and generosity during this hectic time of year!


In other food-related news, you are invited to the CSPP end-of-semester potluck celebration!

WHAT: An end-of-the semester CSPP potluck celebration

WHO: Any CSPP student or faculty member (the more the merrier!)

WHEN: Thursday, December 13th from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Room 325 in the Ed. Sciences Building

QUESTIONS: Email Allison Bell at

***Please bring a dish or something to share and please come!***


And last but not least, here are notes from the Student/Faculty meeting on 12/3/07:

1st Year Master鈥檚 Cohort:
鈥 We discussed the anxiety of the cohort in regards to finding a practicum placement and how that is a normal reaction seen every year.
鈥 Student may contact Dr. Kay Herting Wahl or their advisor if they have specific questions.

2nd Year Master鈥檚 Cohort:
鈥 We discussed the potluck that will be held on December 13, starting in the late afternoon
鈥 In addition to each student bringing a dish to pass, there will also be a self-care activity in which all may participate.
鈥 This self-care/potluck is for both masters and doctoral students to attend. More information will be sent out regarding the exact timing and location; posters will be placed in Burton Hall.

Doctoral Cohort:
鈥 We discussed the possibility of the doctoral students joining the yearly practicum meeting after the first hour since it is mostly review for those students.
鈥 We also discussed the possibility of scheduling all doctoral level courses at different times so there is no overlap between courses that would need to be taken.
鈥 The topic of the practicum supervision doctoral course was also raised. There have been student concerns that the course would be ending, and the students did not want this to end because they thought the course is/would be beneficial. The faculty response was that they have not heard about the course being cut and that at this point, it is just a rumor.

鈥 Reminder to have students read the blog.
鈥 The faculty has been discussing the budget at the faculty meetings. Each department has their own budget and the faculty will not know what the budget will be until this spring.
鈥 The faculty has finished the summer course schedule, which is available online. The Child and Adolescent course will be taught during the May term (as well as in the fall).
鈥 We also discussed the topic of a student lounge. At the new Education Sciences building, students are allowed to use the kitchen and microwaves on each floor. Also, throughout the building there are spots called 鈥淏ump 鈥榥 Greets鈥? where students are allowed to eat lunch and talk with one another.

Posted by lind0449 at 1:49 PM

Practicum Info

Applying for practicum next year? Need to review information that was presented at the CSPP practicum advising meeting? Here is the powerpoint presentation from that meeting for you to review: Download file

Also, read the posts below for more pertinent info.


Are you a Community and Student Personnel student looking to do practicum next year (2008-2009)?

Here is a list of possible practicum sites for you: Download file, Download file, and Download file.

If you have any questions about this list, please contact clinical assistant, Fengqin Lian,

Are you a School Counseling student looking to do practicum next year (2008-2009)?

You can consult the following website for information about Minnesota sites:


Are you a PhD student looking to do advanced practicum next year (2008-2009)?

Here is a list of possible practicum sites for you: Download file

If you have any questions about this list, please contact clinical assistant, Fengqin Lian,

Posted by lind0449 at 11:33 AM

Employment Opportunities

The University of Kansas is hiring for Psychologist and Clinical Social Worker positions! For complete descriptions and more information about the U of K, see below:
Psychologist: Download file
Clinical Social Worker: Download file


Urban 4-H Youth Development looking for people to lead after school programs through their internship program.

Looking for strong leaders who have a desire to work with youth. There are 4 positions open that start in January; they are paid, each position is a unique learning experience.

Information about the positions and how to apply is on their website (see the link below), where you can also read more about Urban 4-H.

For more information, contact:
Jessica Pierson Russo, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
Urban 4-H Youth Development
University of Minnesota Extension
495 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-7625
Fax: (612) 624-7793

Posted by lind0449 at 11:24 AM

Journal Manuscripts

Journal About Women in Higher Education 鈥 Call for Manuscripts
JAWHE seeks scholarly essays and research-based manuscripts that illuminate important issues related to women in higher education and that make an original contribution to the knowledge base about these women. Additionally, JAWHE seeks book reviews and brief program descriptions. All manuscripts must be submitted no later than March 15, 2008. Submitted manuscripts must follow the guidelines stated on the journal's Web site.

Posted by lind0449 at 11:18 AM