August 29, 2008

CSPP Announcements

CSPP Fall Written Preliminary Exam
Sign-up available in the CSPP office (250 Education Sciences Building) from September 2 through September 16

This fall's exam will be held from 8:00am-12:00pm on Monday, October 6 and 1:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesday, October 7. On both days the exam will be held in 10 Education Sciences Building.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for the exam, please consult your handbook (online at http://cehd.umn.edu/EdPsych/CSPP/Handbooks/) and/or your adviser. Additional information and the stats study guide are available with Emily in the CSPP office.

Posted by lind0449 at 1:05 PM

Practicum Info

Note: This site might work as a (paid) practicum placement! Applicants should be mindful of the need to negotiate with the supervisor so that, if hired, it would fit with CSPP practicum guidelines.
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View job in GoldPASS: goldpass.umn.edu

Viewing Job: 35309/Career Educator/Counselor

*Job ID: 35309
*Job Title: Career Educator/Counselor
Organization Name: Minneapolis Employment & Training Program

Linked To: Patricia Behrend

Referenced Schedule:
No of Openings: 1
Work Schedule: flexible hours
Hours per Week: 16
Wage/Salary: $13/hr.
*Job Paid: Yes
Compensation Details: Paid every 2 weeks
Employment Start Date: August 20, 2008
Employment End Date: June 30, 2009
Supervisor: Teresa Harrold
*Job Description: -College intern will deliver career counseling and resource information to Minneapolis high school students for the coming school year (2008-2009).
-The intern will start in mid-August and work 15-17 hours a week at 4 Minneapolis alternative schools, at the Minneapolis South Workforce Center and other community sites
-Deliver comprehensive employment and career counseling and raise awareness of Minnesota’s workforce development system and current labor market
-Introduce students to Minneapolis Workforce Centers' services and programs
-Help students/parents with STEP-UP applications
-Help plan and implement a teen job fair
-Promote the STEP-UP Program in Minneapolis main-stream high schools.
-Provide one-on-one and classroom (group) job search assistance and career counseling
-Receive comprehensive career counseling training
-Develop/Adapt materials and curriculum
*Qualifications: -College Junior, Senior or Graduate Student
-Work or volunteer experience in teaching or counseling
-Experience living or working in a diverse setting
-Work or volunteer experience with teens and/or refugees/immigrants
-Excellent communication and organization skills
-Familiar with web design tools and HTML
-Self-motivated and reliable
*Application Instructions: Applications Accepted until position filled
Email resume and cover letter to: patricia.behrend@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
Questions? 612-673-6220

Posted by lind0449 at 11:57 AM

Employment Opportunities

Job: Resettlement Coordinator - International Institute of MN

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINNESOTA

1694 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
www.iimn.org

POSITION OPENING: Resettlement Coordinator
Posted: 8/28/08
TYPE: Full-time, Exempt, with benefits

SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
SUPERVISEE(S): Caseworkers, Case Aides, Interns
SALARY RANGE: $33,000-$36,500

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
. Administer all aspects of the Reception & Placement (resettlement) program.
o Assist clients with resettlement process: Fill out forms; visit homes; make referrals; complete required activities; document activity in client files. (30%)
o Supervise Resettlement Program staff including periodic meetings. (20%)
o Coordinate activity with U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) national staff. (10%)
o Attend national and local meetings. (5%)
o Prepare program reports and assist with writing program grants (5%)
o Develop and manage program budget (5%)
. Proactively coordinate agency relationships with current and potential collaborators, partners, agencies, and funders. (15%)
. Coordinate Resettlement Program activities with other IIM programs, manage photo service (5%)
. Other duties as assigned (5%)

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
. B.A. degree or equivalent.
. Experience working with people from diverse cultures (Familiarity with USCIS a plus)
. Ability to work compassionately in a sometimes stressful environment
. Ability to utilize a computer (Microsoft programs)
. Familiarity with Minnesota social service organizations and system
. Strong organizational and communication skills: writing, public speaking, management
. At least one year supervisory experience
. Possess a valid MN Drivers' License with daily access to a vehicle
. Willingness to accept flexibility of assignments
. Persons with diverse cultural backgrounds and/or relevant foreign language capacity are strongly encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY:
Send cover letter with resume and references by September 15, 2008. See address above or e-mail: jborden@iimn.org No phone calls.

Posted by lind0449 at 11:52 AM

Miscellaneous

The Office of International Programs invites you to the
Grand Opening of its new home: the University International Center

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008
Open House – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ribbon-Cutting – 4:30 p.m.
331 17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414/
(corner of 4th St & 17th Ave SE – map
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/UIC/UIC-map.html)

Food, drinks, and music from around the world!

No R.S.V.P. necessary. Questions? Contact 612-624-5580 or international@umn.edu.

CARLA • China Center • Confucius Institute • Dean's Office • ISSS • Learning Abroad Center
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Christopher Johnstone, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives, College of Education and Human Development
Research Associate, National Center on Educational Outcomes
131 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-626-1936
Fax: 612-626-7496

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NIH Funding Available - Program Number: 81742
Title: Functioning of People with Mental Disorders (R01)
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS

SYNOPSIS:
The sponsor offers support for the application of biobehavioral science methods and approaches to: a) develop and refine definitions and measures of function, disability, and daily participation relevant to those with mental disorders; b) understand the ecological mechanisms, independent of symptom severity, that contribute to functioning and disability in this population; and c) develop and test novel interventions that specifically and directly target functional capacity and performance deficits of this population. Emphasis will be on the application of basic behavioral processes (e.g., cognition, affect, knowledge, attitudes, motivation, learning, decision-making, interpersonal processes), and environmental parameters (e.g., social support, structural adaptations, community involvement) that influence functional outcome. This program will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

For full announcement: Download file

Posted by lind0449 at 10:47 AM

August 22, 2008

Employment Opportunities

The College of Education and Human Development has recently posted the two advising/academic support positions, listed below, on the UM employment web site.

Assistant/Associate Academic Advisor. Requisition number 157431.
Program Coordinator. Requisition number 157419.

The adviser position is to fill the vacancy left by the recent death of Harvey Carlson. The position is funded primarily by the Federal TRiO/SSS grant, which supports students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The Program Coordinator is a two-year 75% time position to support our efforts with the Access to Success Program, which in CEHD includes TRiO/SSS students and Commanding English students (those whose first language is not English). Both positions are also part of our larger undergraduate Student Services team in CEHD. If you are interested, please consider applying. If you know of others who you think would be interested, please encourage them to apply.

For full job description go to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html and search for the requisition numbers noted above.

Posted by lind0449 at 11:17 AM

Special Programs

August Teaching Enrichment Series

Greetings DGS Assistants,

Just a reminder that next week is the Center for Teaching & Learning's annual August Teaching Enrichment Series. Many graduate students, faculty, and staff participate in this event so if you could please pass on this information to those within your department who might be interested in participating, that would be great.

The Teaching Enrichment Series, held on August 25, 26, and 27, offers workshops and presentations focusing on a variety of instructional issues. Each morning, four workshop topics are offered at two sessions: 9 a.m. (Session 1) and 10:30 a.m. (Session 2). Participants may register for two workshops each day. The series also includes a half-day New TA Orientation on Thursday, August 28.

For more information or registration, please visit our website here:
http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/graduate/enrichment/index.html

There is also a PDF on our website available for distribution. Thank you for your time!

-Brie

Center for Teaching & Learning
315 Science Classroom Building
222 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612/625-3041
612/625-3383 (Fax)

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Series topics will include:
* Course Design
* Teaching Through Active Lectures
* Active Learning
* Resolving Conflicts in the Classroom
* Student Ratings of Teaching
and more!

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The Office of the Vice President for Research and Policy has announced the following funding opportunity to encourage the development of intercollegiate research proposals and networks. Awards range from $1,500 to $10,000 in four categories: travel support; preliminary development of collaborative teams or networks; support for colloquia or meetings; and administrative support to facilitate submission of large, multi-investigator proposals. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Please see below or http://www.research.umn.edu/opportunities/intramural/intercollegiate_research.html for more information.

If you would like to explore this or any grant opportunity, please contact your grant coordinator:

*Ellen Freeman, Institute on Community Integration; Curriculum and Instruction; Family Social Science; Reading Center, efreeman@umn.edu; 5-2708
*Amy Levine, School of Social Work; Institute on Community Integration; Work and Human Resource Education, alevine@umn.edu; 4-3651
*Kara Rose, Kinesiology; Center for Early Education and Development; Institute of Child Development; Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, Rosex025@umn.edu; 6-5196
*Sallie Quammen, Educational Psychology, Post-Secondary Teaching & Learning, Dean’s Office, Educational Policy & Administration, Quamm001@umn.edu; 6-9036

Posted by lind0449 at 11:03 AM

Classes

CEED Fall 2008 Online Courses - Registrations Invited
http://cehd.umn.edu/ceed/profdev/onlinecourses/2008OnlineCoursesFlyer.pdf

Seeing is Believing: Videotaping families and using guided self-observation to build on parenting strengths
Instructor: Jill Simon, MS, LICSW, Therapist, Lifetrack Resources, (Certificate: 24 clock hours), September 8 to December 15, 2008, Please register by September 1

Relationship-based Teaching With Young Children
Instructor: Julie Nelson, Families Together Program, Lifetrack Resources, (Certificate: 24 clock hours), September 15 to November 10, 2008, Please register by September 8

Parent-Infant Pathways
An Educator's Guide to Providing Information and Support to New Parents
Instructor: Jolene Pearson, MS, Minneapolis Public Schools, (Certificate: 36 clock hours), September 22 to November 24, 2008, Please register by September 15

Introduction to Infant Mental Health
Instructor: Marit Appeldoorn, LICSW; St. David's Child Development and Family Services, (Certificate: 24 clock hours), September 29 to December 1, 2008, Please register by September 22

Addressing Needs of Young Children Who Engage in Challenging Behavior
Instructor: Emily Monn, Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, (Certificate: 24 clock hours), October 6 to December 8, 2008, Please register by September 29

Bridging Education and Mental Health
Instructor: Leah Hjelseth, MA, Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, (Certificate: 24 clock hours), October 13 to December 15, 2008, Please register by October 6

Questions?
Contact Karen Anderson at 612-625-6617 or ander352@umn.edu.
Center for Early Education and Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, 40 Education Sciences Building, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN, 55455; phone: 612-625-3058; fax: 612-625-2093; website: http://cehd.umn.edu/ceed.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:54 AM

Conference Information

Center for Early Education and Development (CEED,College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota) forwards this announcement as a courtesy to the Division of Early Childhood (DEC). Please note that Scott McConnell, Professor in Educational Psychology and Director of Community Engagement at CEED is the keynote speaker for this conference.

Please direct responses regarding this email to DEC at dec@dec-sped.org or visit their conference web site (http://www.dec-sped.org/conference/about_the_conference.html).

DEC2008 - 24th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs & Their Families
October 27-30, 2008, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Meet us in Minneapolis this October to help develop the vision for the future of our field, rejoice in the progress we've made, and to look back with pride on all we've accomplished.

DECs 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.

Register early! Best rates until September 26.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:48 AM

Conference Participation

Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Strong Foundations: Minnesota’s Birth-to-Three Conference for Healthy Development
“Circles of Influence: Expanding Your Sphere to Ensure Positive Outcomes?

Pre?conference: Thursday afternoon, January 15, 2009
Conference: Friday (full day) and Saturday (half day), January 16 and 17, 2009
The Program Planning Committee for the 2009 Strong Foundations Conference is seeking presentations for the Conference, scheduled January 15 through January 17, 2009, to be held at Craguns Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota. The purpose of this conference is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, strategies, and alliances of those who work with expectant families, infants, toddler, parents and communities to build a strong foundation for healthy development.

The Strong Foundations Conference is designed for professionals in public health, health care, social work/mental health, child care, early childhood education, ECFE, ECSE, School Readiness, Early Head Start, child abuse prevention, home visiting, those who work with refugee and immigrant communities, and other helping professions. Please consult the RFP and Proposal form for more information. We hope that you will consider sharing your knowledge, skills or experience with this years Strong Foundations Conference participants. Questions about the RFP may be directed to Mary Vanderwert, MDE Head Start Collaboration Director, 651-582-8463 or mary.vanderwert@state.mn.us.

To download the RFP and Proposal Form, go to:
http://www.regonline.com/strongfoundations2009

Posted by lind0449 at 9:56 AM

August 15, 2008

Employment Opportunities

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Research Associate / Research Fellow
Office of Research Consultation & Services
, Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), University of Minnesota, seeks an individual to coordinate the operations of the Office of Research Consultation and Services (ORCS). This is a full-time, professional/academic appointment in a highly regarded college of a major urban research university. Located in the culturally diverse cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University offers unique opportunities for research and participation in varied cultural communities. The College of Education and Human Development is one of the top ranked professional schools of education in the nation. Additional information about the College and the Department can be found on the Internet: http://education.umn.edu.

ORCS has a three part mission:
1. Build the research capacity of the College by providing support to researchers to enhance their productivity and quality;
2. Provide critical opportunities to work with faculty and staff to enhance their research knowledge and skills from study conceptualization to reporting;
3. Promote collaboration and engage the knowledge and expertise of high-level CEHD researchers and methodologists in the development and submission of research grant proposals.
Through these goals, the ORCS strives to maximize the potential contributions of College researchers to the field of education and the community. The office provides research consultation and services, workshops, and other research resources to faculty, staff, and students in the college through the assistance of trained graduate research assistants.

Specific responsibilities of the coordinator include, but are not limited to:

Research: The coordinator will support the research activities in the college by
• Defining, developing, organizing, and coordinating ORCS’s statistical consulting services and capacity with CEHD faculty and staff.
• Marketing ORCS services to CEHD faculty and staff.
• Supporting faculty and staff in the development of research designs and data analysis methods for grant proposals.
• Supervising graduate student consultants.
• Consulting with clients on atypical problems that cannot be routinely addressed by GRAs.
• Developing and conducting periodic professional development activities or workshops for College researchers (2 to 3 per year).
• Developing period research briefs on topics of interest to the College.
• Report to college faculty on activities of the ORCS and seek their support as needed.

Service: Participate in Department, College, University, and other outreach and public engagement activities, including service on internal committees or task forces, making presentations to external constituencies. Participation in the activities of relevant professional organizations is encouraged.

Desired Background and Experience:

Minimum qualifications:
• Advanced degree, with a preference for an individual with an earned doctorate in quantitative methods in educational, quantitative psychology or a related field with an emphasis in measurement, statistics, and evaluation.
• Evidence of research experience and productivity in the form of research proposal development, research papers, peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations in educational contexts.
• Research background and experience in the area of methodology, including design, measurement, and statistics. The individual must be committed to working across disciplines and within a multicultural context.

Preferred qualifications:
• Evidence of successful activity related to securing external research funding.
• Record of supervising research assistants.
• Experience in working in multidisciplinary and multicultural contexts.

Appointment Details: The individual hired will be appointed into a full-time, 12-month academic professional and administrative position, with an annual renewable contract. The anticipated starting date for this appointment is October 1, 2008 and the salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process: This position will remain open until filled, but the search committee will begin its review of applications on August 28, 2008. Completed applications will consist of a letter addressing qualifications, including a description of the focus of the individual's research program and a statement indicating how the candidate meets the stated expectations of the position; curriculum vitae; an academic transcript; and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references. An on-line application is required for this position. Please access the University of Minnesota Employment System at https://employment.umn.edu and search for Requisition Number: 149757. Supporting materials such as the cover letter and curriculum vitae may be attached electronically to the on-line application or mailed to: Research Consultation Search, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, 104 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

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Good morning,
A colleague of mine, who is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education, has recently moved to Minneapolis and is looking for Transcribing services for her dissertation data. I have included her message below. Thank you, Kelly Risbey

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Greetings,

My name is Amanda Niskode-Dossett and I have recently relocated to Minneapolis to collect data for my dissertation. I am in need of Transcribing services. If you, or someone you know of, performs this service, please contact me at aniskode@indiana.edu. I am happy to answer any questions you might have. Thank you so much!

Sincerely,

Amanda Suniti Niskode-Dossett
Doctoral Candidate
Indiana University
School of Education
aniskode@indiana.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 10:03 AM

Assistantships


RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS
INSTITUTE ON COMMUNITY INTEGRATION, College of Ed. and Human Development

Fall Semester 2008 and Spring Semester 2009

POSITION AND APPOINTMENT: Graduate Research Assistant
Hours/Percent Time: 10 to 20 hours per week/25%-50%
Hourly Wage: $16.75
Appointment Dates: 08/25/08 – 05/24/09

DESCRIPTIONS:
**This is a multiple position posting (up to 3) 25%-50% Graduate Research Assistantships available in the Adult Services and Community Living Program Area of the Institute on Community Integration (ICI).

Primary Duties:
Position 1: Serve as assistant editor to quarterly newsletter created for and by direct support professionals. This includes coordinating gathering of articles, editing and assisting with other publication activities. Assist with coordination of activities that promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce. Provide technical assistance on direct support workforce issues and initiatives designed to support and improve the direct support workforce. Provide research assistance to University students and staff.

Position 2: Assist the staff in researching activities related to the human service workforce. Coordinate research implementation and delivery with participating organizations. Providing training and assistance to participating organizations. Collect quantitative and qualitative data. Assist in data analysis procedures. Assist research staff with disseminating results.
Other possible duties assigned by Program Area Director and depending on GRA skills and interests.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Required Qualifications:
Current graduate student at the University of Minnesota enrolled in a degree program related to public policy and/or disability, including educational psychology, public affairs, social work and related fields. Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with constituents. Scholarly and career interests in disability service, policy and research.

Desired Qualifications:
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to work independently and in teams, with high level of attention to detail. Knowledge of services and supports for people with disabilities. Previous work experience in supporting research tasks such as data collection, data entry and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. A doctoral student preferred for second position (see description of duties).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The Institute on Community on Integration (ICI) works with service providers, educators, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, policymakers, and researchers around the world to provide state-of-the-art information on practices that support the community inclusion of individuals with disabilities. ICI is a research center within the College of Education and Human Development. The Adults Services and Community Living (RTC) is a program area within ICI.

All interested applicants must apply online at http://employment.umn.edu.

Applications materials must include a resume, references, and current transcript.

For more information on these positions, please contact Lori Sedlezky, at (612) 624-7668 or sedl0003@umn.edu; or Derek Nord, at (612) 624-0386.

Posted by lind0449 at 9:53 AM

Special Programs

Attend a Multicultural Encounter Group at Asuka Institute of Kansai University in Japan, March 2009, with a CSPP PhD student as one of the facilitators! For more information, download this document: Download file

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GLBTA Student Leadership Retreat
http://glbta.umn.edu/programming/leadershipretreat/
Fri, Sept 19 - Sun, Sept 21
Itasca State Park

The GLBTA Programs Office is proud to offer the 3rd Annual GLBTA Student Leadership Retreat for student leaders throughout the U of M system who are dedicated to working toward a more positive campus atmosphere and experience for GLBTA students.

This retreat will focus on leadership development, small group facilitation skills, and exploring intersecting identities and oppressions through a social justice lens. It’s also a great way to make new friends and meet new people.
This retreat is FREE and open to all U of M students interested in creating change for GLBTA Communities on their campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities. The registration deadline is Friday, September 12, 2008.

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Strengthen your youth development skills, gain experience working with youth, and make an impact on their lives and in the field of youth development!

Urban 4-H is once again hiring interns to lead after school programs for this 2008-2009 school year! We have several community partners who have elected to hire staff through our internship program—this is a testament to the quality of leadership that our interns are exhibiting, so thank you to all those who have worked with us in the past!

So far, we have opportunities available at Jackson Elementary (St. Paul—fitness, art, or science focus with youth grades 3-6), WISE Charter School (Minneapolis—variety of academic and enrichment activities for youth K-8), and 2Excel! at World Cultures Magnet School (St. Paul—leadership focus for 5th and 6th grade). We also anticipate several more to be posted within the month. For a complete description of each unique opportunity, or to check up on the latest postings or download an application, please visit the internship page on our website (link below).
http://www.fourh.umn.edu/urban/opportunities.html

We are looking for strong leaders who have a desire to work with youth and want to build their skills as youth workers. Positions are between 3 and 13 hours a week, which includes both program delivery and planning time. Urban 4-H interns are supported through quality training (paid) and professional development opportunities, in addition to day-to-day support in planning and program development.

Download the application online and email it to me. Call with any questions!

-Jessica Russo
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 9:49 AM

Miscellaneous

A CSPP alum has a 4 bedroom home for rent for $1600/month. She is willing to negotiate rental price if you might be interested in buying the property. It is located at 3907 Bryant Ave North in Minneapolis. Interested people should contact Benita at 612-716-1673.

Thanks!

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CEHD Fall Kickoff Block Party

Celebrate the new school year with CEHD students, faculty, and staff
Thursday, August 28, 2008 +++ 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
On the plaza in front of Burton Hall

Eat delicious homestyle grilled burgers, brats, salad, and more
Music by University of Minnesota students- pop-rock group “Abdomen?
Play games
Free Frisbees
Wear your CE+HD t-shirt to show your college pride!

Rain or shine

Please RSVP by August 22 to cehdbloc@umn.edu or Serena Wright at 612 624-0430.

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Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

The University has new insurance requirements for faculty, staff, and
students traveling abroad on official university business.
The
Learning Abroad Center website details specific instructions for both
students and faculty/staff. Please take a look and pass this
information to anyone in your department that may use it. The website
is http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/healthSafety/healthInsurance.html

In addition, all incoming international student and scholars must also
now enroll in a new university insurance program.
Details of this
program are below.

The University of Minnesota requires all international scholars on J-1
visas and their eligible dependents to enroll in the
University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) (see
exceptions below). We are asking your assistance in helping the
University make sure that international scholars in your department
enroll in the SHBP plan. The SHBP enables scholars and eligible
dependents to receive most services at Boynton Health Service at no
cost and have coverage for services outside of Boynton covered at 80%
of eligible expenses. The major advantages of this policy are that:
• There is no pre-existing condition exclusion. All
conditions will be covered at time of enrollment.
• Scholars and their eligible dependents have access to the
BlueCross/BlueShield provider network. This is the broadest provider
network available, with 98% of the physicians and hospitals in
Minnesota participating.
• The annual out of pocket expense is limited to $2,000 of
covered services processed for payment by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
• Medical evacuation, repatriation coverage and travel
assistance services are provided by MEDEX Assistance. This is
worldwide coverage for medical evacuation in case of serious illness
or injury and repatriation of remains in the event of death. This
benefit is similar to that currently provided to faculty and staff.

The insurance requirement described above applies to scholars and
their dependents with J visa immigration status. Coverage is
guaranteed for incoming international scholars from the time they
arrive at the University of Minnesota and have their documents
validated by International Student and Scholar Services. If
dependents will join the scholar after the scholar has already started
his program at the University, the scholar is required to purchase
SHBP coverage for them at the time they arrive. Coverage continues as
long as the scholar and his/her dependents meet criteria for eligibility.

International scholars and their eligible dependents cannot waive the
University of Minnesota coverage, except when: (1) their University of
Minnesota employment provides them with Employee Benefits Health
Insurance (their J-2 dependents must also be enrolled), or (2) they
come to the University of Minnesota for 31 days or less. In this case,
they are required to carry insurance with a schedule of benefits that
is equal to or greater than the University sponsored Student Health
Benefit Plan. They may elect to enroll in SHBP.
This mandate ensures that all international scholars and their
dependents are compliant with both their immigration visa requirements
and the University mandate to have health insurance. This mandate
also helps support academic success by guaranteeing that scholars have
access to preventive health care and medical care in the event of
illness or injury while they are at the University.

Please ask the faculty and staff in your department who work with J-1
scholars to make sure that each international scholar upon arrival at
the University
• reports to ISSS to complete document check and pick up
important information,
• reports to the Student Health Benefits Office at Boynton to
enroll in the mandatory health insurance plan, and
• understands the University insurance requirement.

If you or scholars in your department have any questions, please
contact the Student Health Benefits Office (612-624-0627) located in
room N323 at Boynton Health Service (email: studins@bhs.umn.edu).

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Christopher Johnstone, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives,
College of Education and Human Development Research Associate,
National Center on Educational Outcomes
131 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-626-1936
Fax: 612-626-7496

Posted by lind0449 at 9:27 AM

August 8, 2008

Assistantships

Either of these quarter-time assistantships might be a great fit for a CSPP MA or PhD student!
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Educational and Health Disparities Graduate Assistant

CYFC is seeking a currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate student in public health, community or youth development, child or family development, education, family social science, psychology, sociology, social work or a related field. A major focus of the Graduate Assistant will be to identify the intersection between health and educational disparities, especially around parents, parenting, parent-school, and parent-community collaboration (broadly speaking, “parent involvement?).

To view the Graduate Assistantship description (requisition # 157060) and to apply, please go to: employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=74746. Questions may be directed to Sara Benning at sbenning@umn.edu.

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Research Assistantship in Educational Psychology

RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING - DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Fall Semester 2008 and Spring Semester 2009

POSITION AND APPOINTMENT: Research Assistant for Office of Research Consultation & Services
Hours/Percent Time: 10 hours per week/25%
Hourly Wage: $16.75
Appointment Dates: 08/25/08 – 05/24/09

JOB DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Research Assistant will support the work of the ORCS, provide consultation support to faculty, staff, and students conducting research in the College of Education & Human Development through sponsored projects. The GRA will primarily be responsible for providing database development and management support. Specifically, the GRA will support research projects by creating databases, providing support to researchers by training staff to enter data and manage databases, and transferring data from one platform to another. Usually, these database activities will be short term, where the GRA will provide some training to research staff to continue use of the database on their own. We are looking for graduate students who are interested in working with teams of researchers to help meet their database needs. The GRA will work with three other GRAs assigned to support research design, analysis, and reporting activities of similar projects. The ORCS Coordinator will supervise the activities of the GRAs.

For more information, please contact Michael Rodriguez (mcrdz@umn.edu).

DESIRED BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE: Graduate student standing with a strong background and experience in database development and management. Applicants must have experience with at least 2 of the following: Microsoft Access, dBase, Oracle, Paradox, other SQL-based systems, and other hierarchical, network, or relational products. Experience with SAS and SPSS is helpful. New students may apply. The student's degree progress and job performance will be reviewed in making each appointment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Send a vita which includes a listing of your coursework and a letter of application indicating:
1) the position
2) qualifications
3) plans for other work during the 2008-2009 academic year
4) how this position will relate to your academic program
5) current vita/resume and transcript

Address applications to: Lori Boucher, Program Secretary
PsyF/QME – Department of Educational Psychology
University of Minnesota
250 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

This position is contingent upon enrollment and current registration as a graduate student. Failure to register by the end of the second week of class will result in termination from the graduate assistantship. Students appointed to assistantships must notify the department of all University appointments. Appointments greater than 75% time must have prior approval from the advisor and graduate school.

POSTING PERIOD: August 8, 2008 until position is filled.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:12 AM

Special Programs

Cultural Competency Workshops - Fall 2008
Sponsored by Neighborhood House in St. Paul, starting in August with workshops through December.
Find full info at http://tinyurl.com/6r5uq8

Posted by lind0449 at 10:06 AM

Employment Opportunities

SPMI (Serious and Persistent Mental Illness) Caseworker for Community University Health Care Clinic
Requirement: Must be fluent in written and spoken Vietnamese and English
For complete description: Download file
or https://employment.umn.edu and search for requisition number 156362.
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Job Posting for HRD and Education Related Students

Please forward this job opportunity to your students:

Applicants must apply online at www.minneapolisfed.org and click on job search.

Training and Development Specialist I or II

If you enjoy presenting, facilitating, designing and developing curriculum, you’ll love this opportunity! The Treasury Services Department has an opening in their training division to identify and analyze training needs according to established procedures and guidelines in assigned areas.
--Investigate available training methods and procedures to recommend feasible and effective solutions for addressing training needs.
--Update or revise existing multi-media instructional materials and training programs and/or assist in the development of multi-media instructional materials and programs to meet business needs. Determine and coordinate schedules and resources.
--Assist in developing, designing and delivering training sessions for groups or individuals in a classroom or work environment using a variety of training methods, including online/e-learning and instructor-led classes.
--Monitor participant progress and performance according to established procedures and guidelines, which may include conducting evaluations, administering assessment tools, and soliciting feedback from participants and others to provide recommendations for updating, revising and improving course content, delivery methods and overall training program effectiveness.
--Stay current with industry trends, information, practices and technology.
--Maintain training records, and update training materials and resources.
--May participate in department, Bank or FRS workgroups or teams or perform other duties as assigned.

Additional responsibilities at a level II:
--Develop, design and deliver training sessions for groups or individuals in a classroom or work environment using a variety of training methods, including online/e-learning and instructor-led classes.
--Participates in department, Bank or FRS workgroups or teams.
--Provide training and direction to less experienced staff.
--Complete special assignments, studies, proposals or other duties as needed or assigned.

Requirements:
--Bachelor's degree in human resources development, training, education, organizational development or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree preferred.
--1-2 years of related experience(2-4 years for a level II) including performing needs analysis, training design, delivery and evaluation.
--Demonstrated public speaking and presentation skills.
--Excellent communication and relationship-building skills.
--Effective PC skills including Microsoft Office Suite.
--Ability to work with people at all levels within the organization.

Market pay ranges:
Level I $32,600 - 48,900
Level 2 $41,300 - 61,900

Deadline Date: August 8, 2008

How to apply:
Applicants must apply online at www.minneapolisfed.org and click on job search.

Posted by lind0449 at 9:50 AM

Classes

EPSY 8400: Special Topics: Prevention Science: Enhancing Well-Being and Mental Health across the Life Cycle

Fall Semester: Thursdays, 2:30-5:00 PM (3 credits)

Course Summary: This seminar will take an interdisciplinary perspective on the promotion of mental health and the prevention of psychological distress across the life-cycle. Major theories of prevention research and applications will be discussed including positive psychology, social justice/advocacy, reasoned action, health beliefs, and youth development. Students will become familiar with best practice prevention interventions in schools, communities, work places, and health care facilities. The seminar will also include research and evaluation strategies for prevention interventions, prevention ethics, prevention within multicultural and international contexts, and prevention and public policy. Students will be asked to tailor assignments to their areas of interest, discipline, and professional goals.

Prerequisite: Graduate student in the social, educational, and health sciences.

Instructor: John L. Romano, Professor, Educational Psychology
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program
College of Education and Human Development
Questions: Contact John. Romano: roman001@umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 9:47 AM

Practicum Info

Hi,

A college of mine over at fahrenHEIGHT360 forwarded me information on a position they are looking to fill for a "Career Development Counseling Practicum/Internship". It's only for 12-15 hrs/wk, so I'm not sure how many students would be looking for something like this, but I thought I'd forward this info on to you. It sounds like they are looking to hire very soon...

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Position: Career Development Counseling Practicum/Internship

fahrenHEIGHT360: (www.fahrenheight360.com) positively impacts society
through our expertise in innovative entry-level talent management.
fahrenHEIGHT360 facilitates career exploration and development for
undergraduates and recent grads as they transition from college to the
professional world.

fahrenHEIGHT360 Core Values:
* Integrity
* Results Oriented
* Passion
* Positive Mind Set
* Change Inviting
* Learning Agile

Position Description: As a Career Development Counselor with
fahrenHEIGHT360, you will be responsible for daily aspects of career
development in the Twin Cities office. The position reports to the
Career Coach and is part of the 360Catalyst Team. Responsibilities include:

* Facilitate group and individual meetings with our undergrads and grads using our 360 Catalyst Program.
* Monitor attendance and participation in groups.
* Collaborate with the 360 Catalyst Team to implement, expand, and deepen our personal and professional development program.
* Administer daily aspects of career development in the Twin Cities office.
* Supervise for-credit undergraduate internships.
* Administer benefit programs, including: pay raises, managing minimum expectations, etc.
* Administrative duties related to the above responsibilities.
* Other duties as assigned.

Location of Position: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hours: 12-15/week for 2008-2009 academic year
Compensation: $500.00 stipend per semester. Good potential practicum
hour fulfillment.

Strong potential candidates possess the following attributes and experience:
* Experience and passion for working with emerging adults (18-28 years of age)
* Education, psychology or student development background
* Experience or desire to work in career counseling / coaching / development
* Ability to apply career development concepts in a for-profit business setting
* Strong interpersonal skills, including group facilitation
* Excellent communication skills, including verbal and written
* Self-motivated and self-directed
* Excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills
* Ability to be flexible and respond to immediate needs
* Strong computer skills in Word, Excel and Outlook

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume and a cover
letter discussing how your skills and personality would make you a good
fit with our company and successful in this position. Please e-mail
materials and/or inquiries to bhaugo@fahrenheight360.com.

Maria Helgerson
Campus Relations and Recruitment Manager
p: 651.894.6369
f: 651-894-6677
mhelgerson@fahrenheight360.com

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Andrew N. Sayre
Graduate Assistant
Student Unions & Activities
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

300 Washington Ave SE, Suite 126
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0371

email. sayre017@umn.edu
phone. 612/625-4208
fax. 612/624-9124
online. http://www.sua.umn.edu/

Posted by lind0449 at 9:40 AM

Miscellaneous

Educational Policy Fellows Program

Colleagues:

The Educational Policy Fellows Program, (EPFP) coordinated by the Department of Educational Policy and Administration provides professional development opportunity during the academic year for individuals interested in policy issues at the local, national and international level.

Again this year, as in most past years, the College will provide funding for up to two individuals from within the College who are interested in participating.

The EPFP program's theme for 2008-2009 is “The World is Here: Cross Currents for Leadership and Policy?. The program typically consists of dinner sessions at the Campus Club or Radisson University Hotel, and two national meetings organized by the Institute of Educational Leadership which is located in Washington, D.C. Past EPFP participants have

For further information, please contact Deanne Magnusson (magnus002@umn.edu) or Bob Poch (poch@umn.edu).

Posted by lind0449 at 9:05 AM

August 1, 2008

Employment Opportunities

Position opening: U of M Admissions

Hello colleagues,

I wanted to make you all aware of a position we have posted in the Office of Admissions for Assistant Director for International Admissions (requisition # 156626). Please visit the University's employment web site for a full description, http://employment.umn.edu. The position will remain on this site through next week. If you know other University of Minnesota staff who might be interested and qualified, please share this announcement with them. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about this position, the description, or the Office of Admissions - I would be happy to speak with you!

Have a great weekend.

my best,

Paula

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Paula Brugge
Associate Director, Office of Admissions University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 240 Williamson Hall
612-625-7325
brugg005@umn.edu

Transfer & International Admissions Welcome Center ---http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/transfer


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Employment Opportunities at Wilder Research

Greetings,

Wilder Research currently has three Research Associate job openings. Details are posted here:

http://www.wilder.org/824.0.html

Please share this with others who might be interested.

Regards,
Chris

Christopher Moore, M.P.P. | Research Associate
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation | Wilder Research
451 Lexington Pkwy. N. | Saint Paul, MN 55104
phone: 651-280-2654 | fax: 651-280-3700

Posted by lind0449 at 1:36 PM

Special Programs

You are invited to the From Structural Racism To Sustainable Communities Conference at William Mitchell School of Law

This conference is for community organizers, community developers, justice advocates, academics, politicians, political activists, and community members on racial equity, social and economic justice, and sustainable communities. This event is presented by community development professionals from the LISC Careership Program and students from William Mitchell College of Law and Metropolitan State University, and is sponsored by Twin Cities LISC and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at William Mitchell College of Law.

Tuesday, Oct, 7, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Auditorium. Cost (includes lunch) is $15 by Sept. 19; $20 after.
Registration deadline: Sept. 30. Scholarships available.

For more information: https://www.wmitchellalumni.net/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=244&srcid=244
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Undergrad recruitment review and Q&A--Curious about how the College and University are recruiting undergraduates? Want to know how you fit into the recruitment and commitment cycles? Have ideas about recruiting, but don't know who to share them with? Then join Kristeen Bullwinkle (College Relations), Jennifer Engler (Student Services), and Arien Telles (Student Services) for a presentation and Q&A. Wednesday, August 13 * 9:00 a.m. * 325 Education Sciences Building. RSVP to Sara Beyer at sbeyer@umn.edu by August 6.

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Curiosity Camp: In Pursuit of Happiness
http://events.umn.edu/event?occurrence=409772;event=121318
Learn the philosophical and practical parameters and practices of living with happiness. In the lush environs of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, explore how happiness is a vital engagement between you and your environment. Learn how to make and enjoy a meal prepared by a leading area chef using recipes designed to enhance your sense of well-being and to redefine the meaning of comfort food.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:31 AM

Volunteer

Welcome Week needs volunteers--The University's Welcome Week program needs faculty and staff volunteers for the week of August 27. Tasks include greeting new students and parents, guarding belongings, helping with traffic flow, and more. To sign up, visit the Welcome Week volunteer page (http://welcomeweek.umn.edu/forms/facultystaffvolunteer.php) by Thursday, July 31.

Posted by lind0449 at 9:56 AM