September 18th, 2009

1.Economics of Education Project: Presentation by Dennis Epple
September 16, 2009, 2:30 p.m., Rm. 113F Erickson Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 16th at 2;30 p.m. Dennis Epple will present a colloquia entitled, "Estimation of Causal Effects in Experiments with Multiple Sources of Noncompliance: The Case of Magnet Programs." The paper is written by John Engberg, Dennis Epple, Jason Imbrogno, Holger Sieg and Ron Zimmer. The paper studies identification and estimation of causal effects in experiments with multiple sources of noncompliance. Dennis Epple is Thomas Lord Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University. He has a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. His research has focused on the political economy of state and local governments, household life cycle location choices, and the economics of education. In education his work has focused on the relationships among school choice, residential choice, and educational outcomes. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Education Finance, and has served on peer review panels for the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics, and former Co-Editor of the American Economic Review.
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Welcome to K-12 Administration News : September 18th, 2009

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

The Spencer Foundation would like to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the 2010 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education, and would like to ask for your help in bringing it to the attention of others. As you may know, approximately 20 Fellowships of $25,000 are awarded each year by the Spencer Foundation to support doctoral candidates in a variety of fields whose dissertations promise to contribute fresh perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of education.

Please note that although the dissertation topic must concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline. In addition, although applicants must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States, they need not be citizens of the United States.

Past applicants tell us they learned about this fellowship from people like you. Thus, we would appreciate it if you would forward this email to any qualified graduate student(s) you might know and/or to any office which might publicize the fellowship to likely candidates. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Please visit our website for more information about the Fellowship as well as to apply online.

2. Graduate Support groups from the Graduate school
NOTE: There are TWO different Doctoral Support Group offerings…Tuesdays (Doctoral Support Group 1) and Wednesdays (Doctoral Support Group 2)!
Doctoral Support Group 1
Fall 2009
Time: Tuesdays, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Where: The Graduate School, 113 Linton Hall
Dates: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10 and 17
Facilitator: Dr. John Lee
MSU Counseling Center
(517) 355.8270
A light lunch will be provided (pizza and beverage).
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please send an e-mail to with the following 4 pieces of information: your name, department, e-mail address, and name of workshop (Fall 2009 Doctoral Support Group 1).

Doctoral Support Group 2
Fall 2009
Time: Wednesdays, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Where: The Graduate School, 113 Linton Hall
Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, and 18

Facilitator: Aislinn Sapp
MSU Counseling Center
(517) 355.8270

This group is to support graduate students who are currently working on their doctoral degrees. A process of sharing, goal-setting, and mutual accountability is used to assist students in the completion of their doctoral degrees. Students are expected to attend ALL support group meetings.

o Group is limited to the first 15 students who register.
o All support groups are confidential.

A light lunch will be provided (pizza and beverage).
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please send an e-mail to with the following 4 pieces of information: your name, department, e-mail address, and name of workshop (Fall 2009 Doctoral Support Group 2).

Leading Through Teamwork: How to be a Successful ProfessionalSaturday, September 26, 2009 from 8:45 am - 3:30 pm at the Kellogg Center This interactive workshop for graduate students and post-docs will focus on identifying the skills underlying successful collaborations and learning to put them into practice. Research on professional success in academic and non-academic environments identifies teamwork and collaboration as key survival skills. Studies of new faculty indicate that although they are hired for their individual expertise, their job satisfaction and promotion often depend on how quickly they learn to be collaborators in research, teaching, and service. In non-academic settings, most projects evolve as group efforts. Some psychologists have even argued that the most important new ideas are the product of "group genius," not individual brilliance. Through a diversity of activities presenters will engage participants in learning about how the so-called "soft-skills" of teamwork and leadership come into play in academic and non-academic settings. By the end of the workshop, participants should come away with concrete strategies for: creating and sustaining collaborations in academia and beyond, managing teams, communicating effectively in and across diverse environments.

WORKSHOP AGENDA 8:45 - 9:00 AM Registration (Big Ten B) 9:00 - 11:45 AM Teamwork and Collaboration in the Workplace: Theory and Practice What do these skills look like in professional practice? How do you create and sustain strategic partnerships? And what are some strategies you can use to develop and practice these skills? Two expert collaborators will talk about what makes a successful collaboration in and across academic and non-academic settings, and they will take participants through activities that will help them identify some of the key components of good collaboration and leadership

Featured Presenters: Thomas Coon and Jim Lautenschleger 10:00 - 10:15 AM Break 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch (Red Cedar AB) 1:15 - 2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions 2:30 - 3:30 PM
The breakout sessions will run concurrently; each session will run twice and participants will be able to attend both sessions. Session A: Working in Teams (Room 61 - Lower Level) Working in and managing teams is a critical component of professional life and is often a primary skill academic and nonacademic employers desire. How can you be both a team player and a team leader? This session will focus on practical skills you can use for working with teams, whether in a classroom, a lab, a committee meeting, or in the workplace.Workshop facilitators: Elaine Yakura, Marsha Carolan, and Laura Julier Session B: Communicating Effectively in Diverse Teams (Room 62 - Lower Level) Teams often are formed of members with diverse backgrounds, interests, and areas of expertise. What is the best way to communicate in these groups in order to achieve optimal agreements? In this session, participants will engage in a team-based exercise that highlights the challenges and potential benefits of making decisions in diverse teams. The post-exercise discussion will emphasize the important aspects of communication that facilitate effective teamwork.

Registration is required. To register send an email to: Please include your name, department, e-mail address, name of the workshop, and date of the workshop. Also indicate if you will need a vegetarian option for lunch. If your plans change, email as soon as possible so that others can participate or we can cancel the ordered meal. Parking passes will be provided for the Kellogg Center parking structure.
A light lunch will be provided (pizza and beverage).

4. Technology Brown Bags Every Friday at noon!
Explorations in Instructional Technology sponsored by MSU Libraries, Computing, and Technology, and the MSU College of Natural Science

Sessions meet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in 105 Natural Science Building.
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Byron Brown (

September 25 Rebecca Lawson, Lansing Community College. "Including Quality in Your Online Courses: The 'Quality Matters' Program."

October 2 Adele Denison, MSU Physiology, Cathleen McGreal, MSU Psychology, and Byron Brown, MSU Economics and LC&T. "Assessment in Online Courses – Part 1." First of a two-part discussion series on assessment practices and issues in online courses.
(complete schedule )
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