Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Research Assistant Position Spring Semester

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Research Assistant Position Spring Semester



Professor Dan Ryan is looking for a paid on-campus research assistant available during spring semester 2013.

The Project

You will work independently helping to build a database of network data on individual and organizational members of the "higher education lobby."  In this project we will collect and analyze data about the network structure of the "higher education lobby" – organizations, foundations, politicians and scholars who are actively engaged in the project of reshaping American higher education.

I am especially interested in characterizing the network of (mostly conservative) think tanks currently working to reform higher education, often in a manner that can be characterized as stealth politics. Although it began much earlier, ever since the "Spellings Commission" Report (2006) higher education been under the threat of being remade along the lines of the "No Child Left Behind."  More than any time since the 1950s and 60s foundations and political organizations are working hard to set the agenda for changing American higher education.

This project will look at how people and money link organizations together in a pattern of "strange bedfellows" and "interlocking directorates" revealing who/what is behind the various claims-making efforts that frame contemporary higher education debates. We will conduct a census of organizations involved in higher education policy and build a database of their staff and board members, funders, policy papers, and other artifacts and a second database of publications on higher education.

Skills, Interests, and Inclinations

Successful candidate will be tech savvy, detail oriented, and able to work efficiently and productively without direct supervision.  You should be a sophisticated and astute user of search engines and other internet based research tools and the Microsoft Office suite (especially important to be comfortable with Excel). You should also be possessed of a genuine hunger to further develop your internet, computer, and data skills (via self instruction, trial and error, online tutorials, how-to books, and demanding to be shown how something is done). Experience with HTML, wiki editing, databases, and any sort of coding are all a serious plus.


Approximately 100-120 hours of work over course of semester (you will be able to earn approximately $1200) expected to be completed on regular weekly schedule February through late April.  We'll communicate mostly via email or e-video but I will be on-campus a few times for face-to-face meetings.

Full access to data for your own use.  Someone interested in sociology of higher education or social networks could incorporate this into senior thesis.

How to Apply

Before 5 p.m. December 5, 2012 apply via form below.  For further information, make appointment for office hours.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Social Words, 762b

From the 18 November 2012 Sunday New York Times Magazine....

That Should Be a WordBy LIZZIE SKURNICK

(WE-zill-EE-ants) n.

1. Power gained by coming together. “The northeast faced Hurricane Sandy with wesilience, neighbors helping each other before the storm even hit.” See also: Gleelectricity (joy at your power returning); exuberinse (joy at hot water).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New York Union Semester


There’s still time to apply for spring 2013 admission to CUNY’s New York Union Semester academic internship or Masters in Labor Studies.  Both provide students with tools for leadership, scholarship and advocacy.

New York Union Semester combines courses with a mentored internship at a labor union or worker organization. We accept college students and graduates who receive: 
ü  a weekly stipend
ü  a scholarship toward the cost of Labor Studies courses at in-state tuition rates
ü  an unlimited-ride MetroCard and
ü  academic credits and a Certificate in Labor Studies.
In the Masters in Labor Studies program, students examine history, current debates and issues affecting working people and unions from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is an ideal degree for students interested in advocacy, non-profit or social justice work; union members; and graduate students with a research interest in labor.  The Masters program offers:
ü  evening, weekend, and summer classes in midtown Manhattan
ü  internships
ü   comprehensive academic resources and
ü   financial aid.

Students who are based in the New York City area may wish to attend one of our Open House sessions. Please contact Laurie Kellogg if you wish to discuss these options:  212-642-2055 or laurie.kellogg@mail.cuny.edu.

For more information on these and other Murphy Institute academic opportunities, go to http://sps.cuny.edu/institutes/jsmi.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Paid Summer Research Internship on Societal Violence


“Hands-on Minds-on”: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Societal Violence

In summer 2013, Virginia Tech will offer a unique interdisciplinary NSF-funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program specifically designed for students from Virginia community colleges and 4-year institutions around the country. The program brings scholars together from the colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and Science to study the topic of societalviolence. Students will be paid a $5,000 stipend, and provided travel, free housing and meals on our campus for 10 weeks from May 28 to August 2.

The application deadline is January 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. For additional information about this program or to download an application please visit, http://www.uri.clahs.vt.edu/NSFREU/index.html.

Diana Ridgwell, Ph.D.
Director of Student Development and
the Undergraduate  Research Institute
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Virginia Tech dridgwel@vt.edu

Friday, November 2, 2012

Summmer Language Fellowships


Are you:
-          a US citizen?
-          Interested in spending an entire summer living abroad and studying:
o   Beginning to Advanced: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu:
o   Advanced beginning to advanced: Arabic and Persian
o   Intermediate to Advanced: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian
If so, this is the program for you: http://www.clscholarship.org/index.php
The deadline is NOV 20.
Applications include:
-          Online application with four essays
-          Two letters of recommendation
-           uploaded copies of your unofficial transcript/s.
The 2013 CLS Program online application is available at www.clscholarship.org.

Martha C Johnson
Assistant Professor of Government

Internships at PARC (birthplace of the mouse)


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We value the fresh perspectives interns bring, so our interns are fully integrated into the daily activities of PARC's highly collaborative, multidisciplinary culture. Interns have the opportunity to work with leading researchers in the physical, computer, and social sciences; engage in different stages of the research and development pipeline; present their ideas; and receive authorship on publications and/or patents.

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