November 30, 2005


Empirically-supported Treatments in Counseling Psychology

Presented by James W. Lichtenberg
Professor of Counseling Psychology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research for the School of Education, University of Kansas

Friday, December 2
Burton Hall, Room125

Posted by kwalter at 11:04 AM

November 29, 2005

Graduate School Student Services Office -- Limited Service

The Graduate Student Service and Progress Office will be closed this Thursday, December 1 from 9-10 for commencement rehearsal and most of the day on Friday December 2, for the Commencement Ceremony.

Limited service will be provided in the Graduate Admissions Office, in 309 Johnston Hall.

Posted by kwalter at 1:13 PM


The MFP's objective is to increase the knowledge of issues related to ethnic minority mental health and to improve the quality of mental health treatment delivered to ethnic minority populations. To further this effort, they award fellowships to doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees interested in research and service careers related to ethnic minority mental health. For additional information and applications, go to their website at

Fellowships are offered in the following areas:
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Mental Health Resarch
HIV/AIDS Research
Substance Abuse Research

Application deadline is January 15, 2006.

Posted by kwalter at 10:33 AM


The Graduate Advisory Committee will be advancing a nomination for the University’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. Information for this award is available at Please forward names of individuals who you think should be nominated; send names to Kathy Walter by December 6.

Eligibility is limited to regular faculty (tenure-track and tenured) and term faculty (non-regular) salaried through the University who hold a 66.66% time or greater appointment and have been at the U for at least five years (including the current year). Previous nominees who did not receive the award may be nominated; previous winners are not eligible.

Posted by kwalter at 9:45 AM


The 6th Annual Graduate Student Research Day will be held on Friday, March 10th from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Memorial Union. Mark your calendars now!

The Department instituted the Grad Student Research Day in 2001 in recognition of the abilities and talents of its students. This annual event has been designed with three purposes:

-- to provide a format for graduate students to present their research and be recognized locally by peers and faculty
-- to provide students an opportunity for professional development and practice for future state or national conferences, and
-- to promote a department-wide activity that brings faculty and graduate students together around a common goal?disciplined inquiry.

Please talk to your advisor and decide if you?d like to do a paper or poster presentation. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, February 3. Watch for email updates about the process for submitting proposals and other details.

Posted by kwalter at 8:32 AM


Join Us for Free Pizza and Talk on:

The Tsunami Disaster in Thailand: Cross-Cultural Dimensions of Counseling and Psychology in Relief Efforts

Presented by:
John Romano & Arunya Tuicomepee, Educational Psychology

Monday, December 5, 2005, Noon to 1:30pm, 250 Wulling Hall, Mpls Campus

Sponsored by the International Education Committee in the College of Education & Human Development.

Posted by kwalter at 8:30 AM


Feeling Lonely? Do you want to reconnect with old friends? Do you want to make new friends?
Come join us at the Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) This FREE Program provides an opportunity for Internationals and US Americans to socialize with those of similar interests in a casual environment. The Small World Coffee Hour Staff invites you to this week's special "Pakistani" event. Come with the appetite for spicy snacks, Pakistani music, exciting games and activities, and prizes to win! Of course, we will also have our freshly brewed hot coffee, flavorful tea, and a relaxed environment where you can meet old friends, make new ones, or simply "network." Come alone or with your friends! Hope to see you there!

WHEN: Friday December 2nd, 2005
TIME: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Heller Hall room 110, West Bank, U of MN Minneapolis Campus

Co-sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services and the Pakistani Student Association

Posted by kwalter at 8:21 AM


The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Yun Jung Kang

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

A Validation Study of the Professional Role Orientation Inventory (PROI)

Monday, December 12, 2005
11:00 – 12:00 noon
240 Burton Hall

Dr. Mark Davison (chair)
Dr. Geoffrey Maruyama (advisor)
Dr. Muriel Bebeau (advisor)
Dr. David W. Johnson

Posted by kwalter at 8:19 AM

November 23, 2005


Registration for Spring 2006 began Tuesday, November 8. Spring Semester begins on Tuesday, January 17. Be sure to register by Monday, January 16, in order to avoid paying a late fee. Remember: You have to register every semester, even if you are graduating in the first week of the semester.

If you don't register within the first two weeks of the semester, you will become inactive and have to reapply to the Graduate School.

If you have a graduate assistantship OR are an international student, you must register full-time (6-14 credits).

If you are a doctoral student and have completed all course work, successfully passed your prelim oral, and registered for all thesis credits, you are eligible for full-time equivalent registration. See details at Advanced masters students must apply for this status in advance.

If you are taking your oral prelim by January 26, be sure to return the Prelim Oral Examination Report to the Graduate School (316 Johnston Hall) immediately following the exam so that you can change your registration to EPsy 8888 (thesis credits) for Spring 2006.

Registration in Grad 999 (no-cost/no-credit) will keep you active in the Graduate School only. This registration is NOT appropriate if you are required to register in order to hold an assistantship or fellowship, because of visa requirements, or if you are trying to defer student loans. Educational Psychology graduate students may only register for Grad 999 four semesters.

If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy Walter (624 16898 or

Posted by kwalter at 1:37 PM


There are currently positions open to teach an intensive English course at LaSalle College in Bangkok. LaSalle is an elemantary and secondary school and there are openings teaching 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades and possible junior high. Thai classes usually have 55 students, however you will have a smaller class of 25-30 students. Applicants should have BA or BS. Salary ranges form 20,000-30,000 Baht per month, equivalent to about 500-750 dollars. This is a common salary for English teachers at a private, non-international school. It will definitely cover living expenses and travel. The first semester starts May 16th, however they are flexible if you need to arrive a bit later. If you are interested in something completely different, please contact Emily at

Posted by kwalter at 1:28 PM


Objective: To promote the mission, services, and outcomes of the Student Conflict Resolution Center to the University community.

Hours: Flexible, Spring Semester (and possibly Summer and/or Fall), 2006
Pay: Stipend Flexible
Commitment: At least a semester, preference for one academic year.
Supervisor: Assistant Director
Status: Must be completed as a part of an academic requirement; preference given to a graduate student;

Minimum Qualifications:
1) Experience and skill at delivering public presentations;
2) Basic understanding of conflict resolution;

Essential Responsibilities:
1) Preparing and delivering presentations and outreach services about the Student Conflict Resolution Center to the University community;
2) Preparing and delivering presentations on conflict resolution techniques;
3) Building collaborative relationships and outreach programs with other University offices;
4) Possibly performing casework as an Ombudsman;

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Student Conflict Resolution Center
211 Eddy Hall
192 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Fax: (612) 626-6677

Posted by kwalter at 1:26 PM


Geography Research Seminar GEOG 8-XXX -- Spring 2006
Designing Materials for Teaching Skills of Spatial Thinking
Professor Phil Gersmehl

Recent brain-scanning research seems to point toward the conclusion that spatial thinking involves at least some brain structures that are both structurally and functionally specialized to do specific kinds of spatial cognition. This seminar will include:
1. a critical review of key research articles and a white paper prepared for a forthcoming National Academy of Sciences report on spatial thinking. Those papers outline a taxonomy of spatial-thinking skills that are partly innate and partly learned: pre-school children perform them more or less automatically, but graduate students can learn how to do them better!
2. a survey of educational standards and practices that focus on spatial thinking. The goal is to examine the taxonomy of spatial-thinking skills, identify appropriate ways of teaching them at various grade levels, and then review and/or prepare educational materials that could assist teachers in presenting those topics.
3. an exploration of how the skills of spatial thinking can be applied in related disciplines, such as math, history, earth science, economics, etc.

Evaluation will be based on discussion and a portfolio of materials, which (depending on the interests and skills of each participant) might include literature reviews, graphics design, materials for student activities, animations, and/or evaluations of existing materials.

The seminar is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 330 - 6:00pm, somewhere in Social Science or Blegen -- but the time and place can/will probably be changed to accommodate individual schedules.

The seminar is related to several large multi-year multi-university Federal grants, one underway and two beginning next year; persons intersted in working on these grants are encouraged to consider the seminar and/or contact me for additional information - the seminar is NOT a prerequisite for hiring, but the burden of proof on others is to demonstrate equivalent background/skills

Questions? please contact Phil Gersmehl at or his temporary fall-semester office in New York, phone 212-650-3534.

Posted by kwalter at 1:18 PM

November 11, 2005


Policy Forum Breakfast Club
Sponsored by Target Corporation

The Value of Standardized Testing: Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Dave Heistad, Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment, Minneapolis Public Schools

Dr. Pat Olson, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education

Kent Pekel, Senior Associate for Policy, National Center on Education and the Economy

Mary Cathryn Ricker, President, St. Paul Federation of Teachers

No Child Left Behind aims to raise the achievement of all students by providing additional federal funding while holding schools and teachers accountable for student performance. In Minnesota, student test scores have risen dramatically since the federal legislation was passed in 2001. But what is really behind the increase in test scores? Are school districts using test score data to improve curriculum or are they "teaching to the test"? Are teachers able to link test results to effective classroom practices, and does test data help them identify and focus on the needs of struggling learners? Do standardized tests accurately measure student achievement and academic preparedness?

Please join us for this special opportunity to meet with local education experts. Moderated by Kent Pekel. Hosted by Policy Forum Co-director Tim Penny and Nate Garvis, vice president of Government Affairs for Target.

DATE: Wednesday, December 7, 2005

TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Complimentary breakfast buffet served at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 8:00 a.m.

PLACE: A.I. Johnson Room, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis (East Bank, University of Minnesota)

PARKING: University Ave. Ramp (, entrance is from University Ave., nine blocks east of I-35W

RSVP: Ellen Tveit at or 612-625-8330 Reservations required before December 1

The Humphrey Institute Policy Forum, co-directed by former Minnesota Congressmen Tim Penny and Vin Weber, is part of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The Policy Forum organizes public conferences and leadership development activities related to current public policy issues.

Posted by kwalter at 10:21 AM

November 9, 2005


Next week is International Education Week. Take a look at the schedule of events.

The College's International Education Committee is sponsoring several events including:

Special International Pizza and Talk: Commanding English
A panel presentation related to the challenges facing multicultural diaspora in the Twin Cities.
Monday, November 14, 11:30-1:00, 120 Burton

Special Panel: Reflections on the Peace Corps Experience
Viewing and then discussion of the controversial film, "The Foreigners," by a group of returned Peace Corps volunteers.
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m., 402 Walter

Annual Dean's Reception in Honor of International Education
A reception to welcome the College of Education and Human Development's new and returning international students, scholars, and visitors.
Thursday, November 17, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Burton Hall Atrium

Reflections of Humphrey Fellows
A panel of Humphrey Fellows will share information on their respective countries, such as Bhutan, Laos, and Cambodia.
Thursday, November 17, 7:30-9:00 p.m., 250 Wulling Hall

Posted by kwalter at 9:59 AM

November 7, 2005


The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Saahoon Hong

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

Cognitive Effects of Chess Instruction on Students at Risk for Academic Failure

Wednesday, November 16, 2005
9:00 10:00 a.m.
240 Burton Hall

Dr. Susan Hupp (chair)
Dr. William Bart (adviser)
Dr. Jeffrey Long
Dr. Aaron Doering

Posted by kwalter at 10:52 AM

November 3, 2005

REMINDER: Announcement of Final Defense

The Graduate School Catalog states, "The final oral examination consists of a seminar in which the candidate presents the thesis and to which the scholarly community is invited." Be sure to send the time, place, and title of your presentation to Kathy Walter ( A notice of each final oral examination will be posted in 206 Burton, outside 210 Burton, and on the EPsy student listserv to inform interested persons. Only the committee members remain in the room and participate in the vote at the end of the presentation.

Posted by kwalter at 11:02 AM

REMINDER: Submitting Thesis Proposal and Thesis Planning Panel Forms

Doctoral candidates are required to submit the Thesis Proposal and the Thesis Planning Panel forms by the end of the semester following completion of your oral prelim.

If forms are not submitted in a timely manner, a hold will be placed on your record. If you completed your prelim oral in Fall Semester, you should be submitting your thesis proposal by the end of this semester. Be sure to contact Kathy Walter ( if you need to request an extension.

For detailed information about these forms, talk with your advisor and refer to the Ed Psych Student Handbook

Posted by kwalter at 10:31 AM

REMINDER: Submitting Degree Programs

Be sure to submit your degree program according to the following timelines:
M.A.: After completing 10 credits (ordinarily no later than the second semester of your first year).
Specialist: After completing 20 credits (ordinarily no later than the second semester of your first year).
Ph.D.: After completing four semesters. The Educational Psychology Department requires doctoral students to submit their degree program forms to the DGS prior to taking the written general preliminary examination. This should be by the end of the second year of graduate study, and at least one semester prior to the term in which you plan to take the prelim oral exam.

For detailed information on submitting the degree program, see the Ed Psych Graduate Student Handbook. You will also need to submit our Examining Committee Consent form.

Remember that degree programs can be changed in the future through a simple petition process. Be sure to submit the petition form prior to taking courses for which you are requesting a change.

PLEASE NOTE: A hold will be placed on your record at the DGS's request if:
-- You are in the M.A. program and do not submit your degree program form by the time you complete 14 credits;
-- You are in the Specialist program and do not submit your degree program form by the time you complete 24 credits;
-- You are in the Ph.D. program and fail to submit your degree program form by the time you complete four semesters.
You will be unable to register, to obtain a transcript, etc. until the hold is released by the DGS.

Posted by kwalter at 10:22 AM


The PFF Retreat -- held on Thursday, January 12th from 8:30 am to 2 pm at 525 Science Classroom Building on the east bank of the Minneapolis campus -- brings together graduate students from multiple disciplines and features workshop leaders with rich experience in teaching, research, and the faculty role at many types of higher education institutions.

This retreat is open to graduate students, teaching assistants, and postdoctoral fellows who have NOT yet participated in Preparing Future Faculty's Grad 8101 (Teaching in Higher Education).

Register at Spaces are limited. There is a $10 registration fee which covers materials, morning refreshments, and lunch.

Posted by kwalter at 10:14 AM

November 1, 2005


As part of the Strategic Positioning process, the Graduate Reform: Student Support, and the Graduate Reform: Discipline Evolution, Task Forces will hold two town hall meetings for graduate and professional students as follows:

Thursday, October 27
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 62 Continuing Education and Conference Center

Thursday, November 10
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 303 Coffman Memorial Union

The charge for each Task Force is posted on the Strategic Positioning Web site.

(For Grad Reform: Student Support, see

(For Grad Reform: Discipline Evolution, see

Posted by kwalter at 3:15 PM