January 10th, 2010

Reminder: Deadline to Apply to College and Department Friday, January 14, 2011, 5:00 P.M.

We encourage all EAD students to consider carefully the various scholarships and fellowships available to current students. College guidelines about scholarships as well as application instructions are available at the following sites:
To review the different criteria for each scholarship, see Web site:
The on-line application site is located at:

1. A Retrospective with Philip Cusick: 50 Years of School Reform
Friday, January 14, 2011 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Location: KIVA Erickson Hall
The Department of Educational Administration is pleased to announce a special presentation by Professor Philip A. Cusick, who is retiring this
spring after 40 years in the College of Education. Cusick's talk, "A Retrospective: 50 Years of School Reform," will be followed by a reception. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable perspective on how schools have changed and shifted from an intellectual giant in the field of educational
Can't make it to the presentation? Live stream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cusick-presentation

2. Strategies for Increasing the Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty in STEM Fields: Lessons from the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Program
Ann Austin, Department of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education
Friday, January 14
201 International Center
How can universities most effectively create institutional environments that support the success of women scholars? Through the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program, universities have been developing strategies designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and success of women scholars, particularly those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Drawing on data gathered in the first year of a three-year NSF-funded study, this session will explore the range of strategies and processes that universities are using to create more supportive work environments. While the impact and effectiveness of particular strategies relate to institutional context, the range of strategies offers possibilities and ideas of interest to faculty and administrative leaders considering approaches to institutional change.
Ann E. Austin is a Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests concern faculty careers, roles, and professional development; the academic workplace; organizational change and transformation in higher education; reform in graduate education; and the improvement of teaching and learning processes in higher education. She is the Principal Investigator for a three-year National Science Foundation-funded study concerning organizational strategies to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. She also is Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a multi-institutional NSF-funded Center focusing on the preparation of the next generation of STEM faculty.
Flyer available at: http://gencen.isp.msu.edu/documents/Austin_flyer.pdf

3. Through the College of Education’s Office of Student Writing Assistance (OSWA), Professor Douglas Campbell provides support to College of Education undergraduate and graduate students in improving their writing.

Professor Campbell’s availability for this support will resume with the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester (see below for weekly schedule of office hours).
Office of Student Writing Assistance
College of Education

(occasionally some office hour times are not available due to Professor Campbell’s other duties)

Mondays: 10:00 am-12 noon, 1:30-5:30 pm Thursdays: 1:30-6:00 pm
Tuesdays: 10:00 am-12 noon, 1:30-5:30 pm Fridays: 10:00 am-12 noon, 1:30-5:30 pm

Professor Campbell assists students across a wide variety of writing types and requirements, including but not limited to course papers; literature reviews for various purposes; funding, thesis, dissertation, and publication proposals; formulating and writing up research “results” in relation to their supporting evidence and literatures; thesis and dissertation chapter drafts; job application letters and resumes; drafts of articles or book chapters for publication; responses to dissertation committees’ or journal/book editors’ comments and critiques; etc. Professor Campbell is particularly interested in helping students improve in conceptualizing, constructing, and revising their writing in terms of the positions they wish to take, and/or the arguments they wish to make.

Depending on a student’s interests and needs, Professor Campbell’s support includes attention to the specifics of English grammar and vocabulary, the substantive issues that the student’s writing addresses, and the consistency of the student’s writing and its responsiveness in relation to:

• the course, program, or publication requirements being met
• the types of writing expected/required of the student
• the larger personal and socio-cultural contexts that affect the student’s writing and determine its persuasiveness
• the overall need and strategies for assuring the “fit” and “flow” of one’s writing across the components of a particular piece in the production of a clear and coherent argument/”storyline.”

Professor Campbell’s office hours are listed below; appointments can be made by email (campbell@msu.edu), by telephone (517-432-0425 [OSWA], 517-449-1849 [cell]), or by stopping by the OSWA office when Professor Campbell is there. Telephone and online meetings can also be arranged, both within and outside these hours.

Students are encouraged to send Professor Campbell any writing on which they seek assistance in advance their meeting with him, by email attachment or by drop-off at the OSWA. (Please note: he will more likely be able to read your paper before your meeting if you email it to him by 6:00 pm the day before your appointment.) Professor Campbell is also pleased to meet with students without a specific piece of writing to review and discuss.

4. Explorations in Instructional Technology
sponsored by MSU Libraries, Computing, and Technology, and the MSU College of Natural Science

Spring 2011 Explorations in Instructional Technology
sponsored by
MSU Libraries, Computing, and Technology,
and the MSU College of Natural Science

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions meet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 105 Natural Science Building. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Byron Brown (brownb@msu.edu).

January 14 Steve Weiland, MSU College of Education, "What Do We Want From Writing in Online Learning?"

January 21 William Hart-Davidson, and Jeffrey Grabill, MSU Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures, "Coordinating and Evaluating Online Peer Review: Tools and Strategies."

January 28 Theresa Bernardo, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, "Serious Social Media: Learning from Applications to Global Public Health."

February 4 Byron Brown, MSU Economics and LC&T, "Accessing and Using ANGEL Tracking Data to Evaluate Student Learning and the Use of Online Materials."

February 11 Sean Pue, Linguistics & German, Slavic, Asian & African Languages, "Hindi, Urdu and Beyond: Web-based Video and Handwriting Widgets for Mobile and Traditional Devices."

February 25 The College of Engineering, the College of Education, and the Office of Libraries, Computing and Technology present the Third Annual Mini Conference on Instructional Technology. This event, which will include lunch, will take place in the new learning spaces on the first floor of Erickson Hall.
March 18 Jason Aubrey and Perry Samson, University of Michigan, "Using U of M's 'Lecture Tools.'"

March 25 Christina DeJong, MSU Criminal Justice and Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science. "An Application of E-Portfolios in Undergraduate Education: Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science at MSU."

April 1 Gerd Kortemeyer, Lyman Briggs College, "Mathematical Functionality in LON-CAPA: Numerical, Symbolic, and Graphing Functions."
April 8 Angie Leslie, "MSU Fisheries and Wildlife, "Lecture Recording Beyond PowerPoint Slides Voice-Over."

April 15 Staff from MSU Virtual University Design and Technology, and Academic Technology Services, "Update on MSU's Moodle Project."

Except as noted, all sessions meet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in 105 Natural Science Building. The session on November 5 will meet in a room to be announced, but at the usual day and time.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Byron Brown (brownb@msu.edu).

5. Free workshop for MSU Postdocs and graduate students:
Strategic Persuasion: A skill development session specifically for post-docs and graduate students on negotiations

Topics include how to negotiate your first academic job offer, how to develop your package request, problem solving and conflict resolution. Discussions and practice activities are conducted in small groups with feedback from the facilitators.

January 27, 2011
1:00 - 4:30 PM
Room 3540 Engineering
Limited enrollment: 36

RSVP/register at gradwrsp@msu.edu
Please include the following four pieces of required information: Name, Department, Email, and whether you are a Postdoc or Graduate Student

This session, conducted at MSU in 2009, has received outstanding reviews from other MSU students and faculty.

Parking and Room Information:
The closest parking is in the Communication Arts and Sciences Parking Ramp or in the lot just west of the Engineering Building. Room 3540 faces Wilson Road and is visible from outside - it is the room with the large circular window.

About the Facilitators:
Barbara Butterfield has over thirty-five years of service in higher education. She is currently executive consultant to the University of Michigan, senior consultant to the Segal Corporation and a consultant educator for COACh through the National Science Foundation and support Advance Program seminars in the area faculty development. Dr. Butterfield holds a Ph.D. in education administration and is an alumna of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program

Jane Tucker has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education in both the administrative and teaching areas. She has taught negotiation skills in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke and is currently a consultant educator for COACh through the National Science Foundation. She has also taught ADVANCE program seminars in negotiations and is adjunct faculty for the Center for Creative Leadership, where she works with leaders from both non-profit organizations and corporations. Dr. Tucker holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from the University of North Carolina and is an alumna of Wellesley College. She has published papers on learning strategies and organizational development. Her current research interest is focused on early adopters in change processes.

SPONSORED BY: the Graduate School and the MSU Advance grant

Persons with disabilities should contact the Graduate School at 517.353.3231 to request accommodations no later than two weeks prior to the session date. Requests received after this date will be met when possible.

6. FREE Workshop for Doctoral Students! Navigating the PhD Workshop Series
These two interactive writing workshops, given at least once a semester, are designed to help you develop an individualized plan for graduate writing. The morning session is designed for doctoral student early in the PhD process. The afternoon session is designed for doctoral student later in the PhD process. Lunch will be provided at noon. Each workshop will be limited to 25 doctoral students.
9:00 AM – Noon
Navigating the PhD: Managing Time and Academic Relationships
In this 3-hour workshop, plans for time management and working with others will be the main focus. Participants will create academic timelines for their PhD work at MSU and discuss technologies and habits that can help them stay on task. Participants will also discuss how to manage the stress that often pervades the life of PhD students and share strategies for overcoming writer's block and procrastination. Additionally, discussion about selecting and working with committees will provide a space for sharing about and learning how to communicate with faculty members about participants' research and writing. This workshop is better suited to students in the first 2 or 3 years of PhD work.
1 PM - 4 PM
Navigating the PhD: Writing Processes & Strategies for Academic Writing
In this 3-hour workshop, the focus will be on writing processes and practices. The PhD programs at MSU require written comprehensive exams, dissertation proposals, and dissertations. In the workshop, participants will explore and share their current writing practices and be given practical writing and revision strategies. The latter half of the workshop will focus on developing a plan for approaching comprehensive exams or the dissertation (depending on the student's current needs). Such a plan will help students develop goals, ask questions, and address writing strengths and limitations to successfully complete their degrees. This workshop is better suited for students who are working on their dissertations or preparing for comprehensive exams.
Choose the Date that works best for you:
Friday, January 21, 2011 or Saturday, February 12, 2011
Workshop Leaders: The Writing Center Staff
For questions about content, please contact facilitator Marilee Brooks at brook127@msu.edu .
To register: contact The Graduate School at gradwrsp@msu.edu. Please include the following required information: your name, department, e-mail address, the name of the workshop (include AM or PM), and if you will be attending the pizza lunch.
Reminder: Study tours

7. College of Education International Study Tours Summer, 2011

The College of Education is sponsoring international study tours for full-time students currently enrolled in any doctoral program in the College of Education. This sponsorship is part of the college's goal of providing global learning experiences for our students that can contribute to their global competencies. Developing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of other cultures and their educational systems is important to becoming an educator, policy maker, or researcher. These study tours provide experiential opportunities for doctoral students to learn about the educational system and culture of another country including its education policies, structure of schooling, curriculum, pedagogies, educator and administrator preparation and professional development, and priorities for research in higher education. This knowledge and understanding is expected to inform their own teaching practices, research and engagement in education policy issues.

These study tour opportunities are available for doctoral students during the first three years of their academic program. The college sponsorship will likely include travel and housing although the exact amount provided for each traveler will depend on the destination and the projected costs.
At this stage there are three international study tours planned for Summer 2011 in China, Vietnam, and Botswana. Applications guidelines for the China (application deadline: January 24, 2011), Vietnam (application deadline: January 31, 2011) and Botswana tour are attached. The study tour to China will be facilitated by Barbara Markle and Dan Schultz, the trip to Vietnam will be facilitated by Dr. John Dirkx (Application deadline: January 31). The Botswana Study Tour will be facilitated by Deborah Feltz and Evelyn Oka, with an application deadline of January 31st.

Remember, the program will only accept electronic applications submitted to:

China: boshea@msu.edu
Vietnam: dirkx@msu.edu
Botswana: dfeltz@msu.edu

While students can apply to more than one study tour, they can only participate in ONE trip.

If there are general questions about the International Study Tour Program, please direct these to Dr. Reitu Mabokela (mabokela@msu.edu) or by phone at 353-6676. If students have specific questions about a particular study tour, please contact the faculty coordinator(s) of that program.

8. AERA Division L student representative opportunity

Division L will soon appoint a new student representative to the Graduate
Student Council. This representative is appointed by the Vice-President of
Division L for a two-year term beginning at the 2011 AERA meeting. Faculty
members who are Division L members should send a letter of nomination and
vita for the student of their choice to Bill Firestone, Division L Vice
President at william.firestone@gse.rutgers.edu. Nominations will be
accepted until January 28, 2011.

The position of student representative is described below.
*GSC Basic Facts for Division Representative*

GSC Mission: The mission of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is to
facilitate and promote the transition from graduate student to professional
researcher and/or practitioner by providing opportunities within AERA for
growth, development and advancement. In addition, the GSC seeks to help
graduate students navigate the obstacles, rewards, challenges, and support
networks of academic life. Further, the GSC will carry out the mission of
AERA through the research, scholarship, and professional endeavors of
graduate students

*Division Representative* (two per division; senior and junior)
Senior and Junior Representative (work as a team)
- Report to graduate student council executive board on division
activities relevant to graduate students (to post on GSC website,
announce in newsletter, include information on GSC campus liaison blast)
- Write narrative for division newsletter (three times per year)
- Write narrative for GSC newsletter (three times per year)
- Email correspondence with graduate students within division
- Recruit graduate students to division, membership with AERA
- Maintain AERA GSC division website (through GSC Web Secretary)
- Maintain facebook link for division
- Plan fireside chat for AERA
- Plan UCEA sessions with Div A reps
- Develop a poster to display at annual meeting in GSRC
- Attend annual meeting
- Attend 2 required GSC session meetings at AERA, GSC resource room and
info center

Senior Representative
- Attend annual planning meeting (traditionally senior representative)
- Recruit junior representative (person should be selected prior to
annual meeting and is announced at the AERA annual meeting division
business meeting and GSC business meeting)
- Prior to annual meeting the outgoing senior representative needs to
send contact information about division (Junior/Senior representative) to
GSC Secretary/Historian
- Include: First and last name, email address, phone number, home
address, pictures of junior/senior representative
Junior Representative
- Serve as Division L web master.
*The GSC, in short:*
*Activities of the GSC*
- Maintain a website with resources for grad student in education
- Publish a newsletter, via the website, with articles of interest to
grad students in education
- Run the graduate student resource center (GSRC) at the annual meeting,
a place for grad students to relax, get meeting information, and network
- Hold sessions at the annual meeting on topics of interest to graduate
students, including Fireside Chats, orientation and an open business
*GSC Responsibilities*
- Annual Meeting
- Annual PreProgram (Sunday and Monday of Annual Meeting)
- Student Advocacy
- Information Dissemination
- Community Building
- Self Governance
More information on the web :http://www.aera.net/divisions/Default.aspx?menu_id=88&id=530

9. “How to Find a Job Outside of Academia, Even if You Aren’t Sure That You Want One”
Wednesday, January 26th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center
Dr. Susan Basalla, author of “So What Are You Going to Do With That: Finding Careers Outside Academia,” offers real-life examples and practical step-by-step advice for M.A’s and Ph.D.’s seeking fulfilling work outside academia.
First 100 attendees will receive a FREE copy of her book!
Registration REQUIRED. Limit of 200. To register, send an email to: gradwrsp@msu.edu and include your name, department, email address, and the name of the workshop (How to Find a Job Outside of Academia, Even if You Aren’t Sure That You Want One).

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