Reminder: Urban Education Perspectives Speakers Series: Pedro Noguera
The Urban Education Perspectives Speakers Series invites you to attend its third presentation for this academic year.
Tuesday April 5, 2011 6:30 p.m
Wharton Center Pasant Theatre
Dr. Noguera will present “Still Leaving Children Behind: Urban Education & Civil Rights in the 21st Century.”

Dr. 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 Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).

1. College of Education Dean candidates

After reviewing many sets of credentials and conducting a series of video interviews, the College of Education Dean Search Committee has selected four candidates for campus visits. The candidates and the dates of their visits are listed below:
Walter Secada is Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Teaching and Learning, University of Miami. His visit will be April 14 and 15.
Gloria Ladson-Billings is Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will arrive on April 19, for a campus visit on April 20 and 21.
Edward Silver is William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor, School of Education and Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. He also serves as dean, University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Education. His visit will be April 25 and 26.
Donald E. Heller is Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education and Professor of Education and Senior Scientist, The Pennsylvania State University. He will arrive the evening of May 4 for a visit on May 5 and 6.

2. Graduate School Certification in College Teaching Institute

May 12-13, 2011 MSU Union

Interested in completing the Certification in College Teaching Program? The Graduate School invites you to an intensive program that fulfills workshop requirements for the MSU CCTP. Over the course of two days, featured speakers will focus on teaching with technology, using assessment in the classroom, creating learning environments for adult learners, and creating a professional development plan for teaching in 2- and 4-year institutions. Through a combination of interactive group sessions and focused breakouts, you will gain skills in core competency areas of the Certification, AND you will plan your teaching project and develop the template for your final portfolio, to be completed in the 2011-2012 academic year. Writing reflections for the portfolio will be incorporated into the workshop.

The Certification is designed for doctoral students preparing to teach as faculty members in a college or university. Students who successfully complete all CCTP requirements will receive a designation of the Certification on their transcript. The CCTP culminates in an e-portfolio that will help students prepare for academic job interviews and plan for their professional development as early career faculty. For more details, go to: ****
For more on the schedule, see the attached PDF.
How do I sign up?

To register for the workshop, send an e-mail with the subject line “Certification Institute” to ****. Include the following information: name, department, e-mail address. PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND ALL SESSIONS during both days of the institute, and they must either have applied to the Certification program before attending, or prepare their application at the institute. Registration limited.
3. Versatile PhD Career Panel Discussion

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 and register.

The week of April 11-15, a web-based discussion of the non-academic job application process will take place on The Versatile PhD website. Several experienced Human Resource Professionals, representing all employment sectors, will introduce themselves to the site on Monday April 11 and answer your questions for the rest of the week.

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 April 11 and Friday April 15. 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.

4. 2011-2012 Dissertation Fellowship Opportunities

The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, at the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), is pleased to announce two fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2011-12 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU’s Graduate School has allowed for the development of three $10,000 fellowship opportunities in the following categories:

GJEC Dissertation Research Fellowship

Eligibility for Dissertation Research Fellowship: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree with the exception of their dissertation research. Applicants must have dissertation projects that focus specifically on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Eligibility for Dissertation Completion Fellowship: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree program including dissertation research. Applicants must graduate by Spring 2012, and their dissertations must focus on gender as it relates to environmental and/or agricultural change.

Funding must be used during the 2011-12 academic year. Applications are due April 15, 2011, and are available at and

Application requirements for GJEC Research Fellowship:
  • Completed Application Form with Research Budget
  • Copy of Approved Departmental Dissertation Proposal
  • Five-page (double-spaced) Summary of the Dissertation Proposal
  • Letter of Recommendation from Dissertation Committee Chair
Application requirements for GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship:
  • Completed Application Form
  • Five-page (double-spaced) Summary of the Dissertation Research
  • Letter of Recommendation from Dissertation Committee Chair
Submit completed application and all supporting documents by April 15, 2011 to:

GenCen Specialist Advisor
Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change Program
c/o Center for Gender in Global Context
206 International Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Tel: 517-353-5040
Fax: 517-432-4845

5. The Back Door of Heaven: Poems out of Rwanda

Laura Apol, Department of Teacher Education

April 8, 2011 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm 201 International Center

For the past several years, Dr. Laura Apol has facilitated a collaborative project involving educators and mental health professionals in the US and Kigali, Rwanda. Based on a writing workshop model, the project uses narrative writing to promote healing among high-school-aged orphan survivors of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda, working with the stories written by survivors to create a literature for the children of Rwanda and of the world. Since the inception of the project, Laura has made several trips to Rwanda to plan the project and train facilitators in the writing workshop model, in the process gathering a number of survivor testimonies. At the same time, she has also written her own poetry based on her experience of post-genocide Rwanda. In this poetry reading, Laura will introduce the writing project in Rwanda, then read from her collection, The Back Door of Heaven: Poems out of Rwanda. She will also address, briefly, the challenges and responsibilities of writer as witness.

Dr. Laura Apol is an associate professor at Michigan State University, specializing in children’s literature and creative writing. In 2004 she won the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry for her collection, Crossing the Ladder of Sun.
Taking Possession of the New World: The Powerful Female Agency of Early South American Encomenderas

6. Rocio Quispe-Agnoli
Friday, April 15
204 International Center

This presentation will examine the production and impact of written texts produced by Spanish and Indigenous women who acted as settlers and/or land grant owners in the first decades of the European intervention in South America. Contrary to those assumptions that excluded traditionally considered peripheral subjects from being part of historiography and canonical lists of academic knowledge, the group of women that will be discussed here learned to use a variety of legal texts for their own means, not only to satisfy immediate domestic needs for themselves or their families, but also for their personal gain. The presentation intends to demonstrate the textual ways in which Spanish and Indigenous women of sixteenth‐century South America learned to display their social, economical and political power through the patriarchal authority invested in the perceived "masculine rhetoric" that framed the production of legal documents such as letters or accounts of Indies (cartas de relación or relaciones de Indias), as well as point out how these women related to the act of writing and the production of texts in their time.

Rocio Quispe‐Agnoli is Associate Professor of Colonial Latin American Studies in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at MSU, affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies Program and core faculty of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Gender Studies in a Global Context. She directed the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities from fall 2007 until fall 2010. Professor Quispe‐Agnoli’s current project is a book‐length manuscript on women’s textual agency and writings of sixteenth‐century Peru’s encomenderas.
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