January 21st, 2010
AAAS African American and African Studies
Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
present the Urban Speakers series

Dr. Pedro Noguera
Professor of Education
New York University
“Still Leaving Children Behind: Urban Education & Civil Rights in the 21st Century.”
Thursday, January 27, 2011
6:30 PM-Wharton Center Pasant Theatre
Reception Immediately Following

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Noguera is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. Dr. Noguera is also the Executive Director of the Metropoli-tan Center for Urban Education and the Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
Dr. Noguera was a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, RI and Oakland, CA. He has held tenure faculty appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000-2003), where he was named the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools and at the University of California, Berkeley (1990-2000), where he was also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change. His work has appeared in multiple major research journals.
Dr. Noguera is the author of City Schools and the American Dream (Teachers College Press 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools (Josey Bass, 2006) City Kids, City Teachers, with Bill Ayers and Greg Michie (New Press 2008), and The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008).

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Don't forget to check out the study tours offered for PhD this summer by the College of Education located in the sidebar at left.

1. From Graduate Student to Professor: How To Be Effective in the Academy
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm

Graduate education is the first step in a long professional career; preparing for that career requires not just disciplinary training, but the development of a range of skills necessary for the various roles that faculty play. The workshop will help you identify those skills and learn how and where to acquire them, from the beginning of your graduate experience, through a post doc, and beyond. As you transition from being a graduate student or a postdoc to a working professional at an academic institution what “insider knowledge” do you need to be successful? Presenters at this workshop will discuss and answer questions on what research reveals about the match between graduate school training and life as a faculty member, as well as on survival skills students should cultivate now to better prepare them for future academic positions, including developing strong mentoring relationships in graduate school and during your first faculty position. The afternoon breakout sessions will focus on expectations for promotion and tenure, on making the transition from graduate student or post-doc to faculty member, and on managing and leading teams in the classroom, lab, and professional work environments. A panel of nationally known researchers, educators, and administrators from Michigan State University will also present their insights and answer questions on how to prepare for and survive the tenure and promotion process.

This workshop is aimed at doctoral students at all levels of their programs, from those just beginning their coursework and planning ahead to acquire the skills they need to successfully navigate academic culture, to those starting on their job searches and making the transition from graduate student to faculty colleague. Post-docs are also welcome and are encouraged to attend.

Registration is REQUIRED. To register, send an email to: gradwrsp@msu.edu and include your name, department, email address, and the name of the workshop (From Graduate Student to Professor).

Workshop Agenda
8:30-8:45 am Registration – Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center
8:45 am Welcome and Introductions, Drs. Judith Stoddart and Rique Campa, The Graduate School, Michigan State University
9:00 am Research and Practice of Faculty Professional Development: What do we know about early career faculty? Dr. Ann Austin, Professor, Department of Educational Administration, MSU
9:30-11:45 am Graduate Student Mentoring and Faculty Mentoring Faculty The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Players, University of Michigan
11:45-1:00 pm Lunch – Red Cedar Room
Afternoon Break-Out Sessions
1:15-2:15 pm Transitioning Into Faculty Life, Room 103
Dr. Joseph Lonstein, Department of Psychology
Dr. Zarena Aslami, Department of English
From Doctoral Student to Post-Doc, Room 106
Dr. Kay Holekamp, Department of Zoology
Dr. Meredith Gore, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Dr. Sky Pike, Post-Doc, Center for Integrative Toxicology
2:30-3:30 pm Setting Expectations in Academia, Room 103
Dr. Julie Brockman, School of Labor and Industrial Relations
This session is designed for students who are early in their graduate career (before comprehensive exams).
Leading and Managing Teams in the Classroom, Lab, and Professional Environments, Room 106
Dr. Shawn Riley, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
This session is primarily for students who are past the comprehensive exam stage and for post-docs.

2.The MSU Technology Showcase 2011 will take place on Friday, February 25, 2011. This is the fourth annual event in this series, and is sponsored by the College of Engineering, the College of Education, and the Office of Libraries, Computing, and Technology.

The theme of MSU Techology Showcase 2011 is "Mobile Apps, Google Apps, Everywhere Apps."

How it works: We begin with lunch and a brief keynote statement. Participants who want to show their work then take up positions at computer monitors scattered about in designated rooms on the first floor of Erickson Hall. Think poster sessions, but with laptop computers instead of physical posters. Bring your own laptop, and use the monitors provided in the rooms. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., and the whole thing ends before 1:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is to encourage as demonstrators anyone who wants to show a mobile application, or use of Google Apps, or other computer application they have developed, either for instruction or research.

We are just now in the set up phase for the event. If you are interested in being a presenter this year, please complete the web form at:
We will get back to you with further details.
It is only with your and your colleagues' participation that this event can continue to be a success. In the past this has been a fun and collegial event that provided opportunities for sharing ideas.

3. Thesis and Dissertation Electronic Submissions Workshop
The Graduate School is ONLY accepting electronic submissions of theses and dissertations via ProQuest. Detailed formatting and submission information for preparing electronic documents is available from the Graduate School website, http://grad.msu.edu/etd/

Friday, February 11th, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 pm (check-in begins at 2:30 pm)
Room 105 South Kedzie

Registration is REQUIRED. To register, send an email to: gradwrsp@msu.edu and include your name, department, email address, and the name of the workshop (Thesis/Dissertation Formatting). Please bring your student ID for attendance.
As you may already know The Graduate School and Ph.D. Career Services have provided a very useful career resource, the Versatile Ph.D., for all Michigan State students for no charge. Versatile Ph.D. helps humanities and social science graduate students envision and prepare for potential nonacademic careers. Included on the site are auto-biographies from real-life ?Versatile PhD,? hiring success stories, a referral service and more. To access this resource please go to https://login.msu.edu/?App=CSP_StudentResources and register.

On Monday January 24, a web-based discussion of "Careers in Higher Education Consulting" will take place on The Versatile PhD website. The panel discussion starts on Monday January 24 and goes till Friday January 28. Several guest speakers, all humanists or social scientists currently employed in that field, will introduce themselves on Monday and answer your questions for the rest of the week.

Higher Education Consulting is an excellent field for MAs, ABDs and PhDs to consider because it draws on the skills you learn in your graduate work--research, critical thinking, synthesizing information from a variety of diverse sources, writing and presenting, knowledge of the academy--towards the goal of improving some aspect of a university's performance.

To partake of this free panel discussion, you do not have to go anywhere, tune in at a particular time or make any phone calls. Just register on the VPhD site and read the discussion as it unfolds between Monday January 24 and Friday January 28. You can even receive postings by email if you like; after registering, visit your profile, click "settings," and open the Notifications tab to adjust your email settings.

The Versatile PhD is a confidential, members-only site. No one at this or any university will know you are participating. When you register, please be sure to read the Code of Conduct, which spells out exactly how to be a good participant.

We hope you will take advantage of this very informative learning opportunity.

4. The Japanese Program will show Tokyo Sonata on Monday, February 7th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm at 107 South Kedzie Hall. This movie won the award for Best Film at the 3rd Asian Film Awards and received 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards nominations for Achievement in Directing and Best Screenplay. At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival it won the Prix Un Certain Regard.
Please contact Dr. Mariko Kawaguchi (kawaguc7@msu.edu) for the details about this film event.
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