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Academic Version: Applying my personal experiences and academic research as a professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies to provide a more complete understanding of political, economic, and cultural issues and current events related to American race relations, and Asia/Asian America in particular.

Plain English: Trying to put my Ph.D. to good use.

April 14, 2011

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs, & Announcements #42

Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other related opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

Lecturer Positions: Asian American Studies, UC Irvine

The Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a part-time Non Senate Faculty position with primary responsibility in teaching an upper division interdisciplinary course in Asian American Studies for academic year 2011-12. Minimum base salary per course is $5579. The appointment dates would be as follows: Fall Quarter 2011 (09/19/11 to 12/9/11) or Winter Quarter 2012 (01/04/12 to 03/23/12). We are looking for applicants who can teach the following courses:

  • Asian American Psychology (141)
  • Asian Americans and Race Relations (166)
  • Ethnic and Racial Communities (161)
  • Vietnamese American Experience (151D)

Please see the General Catalogue for descriptions of these courses.

Applicants with a Ph.D. preferred. Applicants who are ABD or have a M.A., M.F.A., or equivalent will be considered. UC graduate students must have filed their dissertation or have a degree in hand by mid-August 2011 to be eligible to teach in Fall 2011 and by mid-December 2011 to be eligible to teach in Winter Quarter 2012. Preference will be given to applicants who can teach in the Fall quarter. You may apply for one, some, or all courses, but please note that all course availability is subject to budgetary approval.

The Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine offers a major, minor, a graduate emphasis, and contributes to the Ph.D. Program in Culture and Theory. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. However, to ensure fullest consideration, all applications materials should be submitted by May 6, 2011. Send materials via e-mail attachment to Jim Lee at jkl@uci.edu to include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching evaluation summaries (no raw data needed)
  • Two letters of recommendations sent directly from the recommender
  • Complete sample syllabi of the course(s) you are proposing
  • Indicate quarters available (Fall/Winter)

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and has an ADVANCE Program for Faculty Equity and Diversity.

James Kyung-Jin Lee
Chair, Department of Asian American Studies
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-6900
o: 949.824.8716
f: 949.824.7006

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Non-Profit Fellowships for Ph.D.s

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the inaugural competition of its Public Fellows program. The program will place eight recent Ph.D.s in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector for two years, beginning in some cases as early as September 2011. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these agencies and receive professional mentoring. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and at the same level as new professional employees of the hosting agency and will include health insurance.

This program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. ACLS seeks applications from recent Ph.D.s who wish to begin careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Fellowship Details:

  • Stipend: $50,000 – $78,000 dependent on position. Health benefits will also be provided
  • Tenure: Two years; start dates will vary but range from September 2011 to as late as February 2012 (if security clearance is necessary)
  • The only way to apply for these positions is through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system. Please do not contact any of the agencies directly
  • Application deadline: May 16, 2011, 3pm (EDT)
  • Notification of application status will occur early July 2011

For more information, please see http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellows/

Position: Project Coordinator in Philadelphia

Summer Youth Career Exploration Program Project Coordinator

Boat People SOS, Inc. (BPSOS) is a national Vietnamese-American community-based organization with 30 years of service. Our mission is to empower, equip and organize Vietnamese-American individuals and communities in their pursuit of liberty and dignity. Our local branch provides programs and services are in the areas of community development, immigration and translation services, health programming, youth programming, and workforce readiness programming.

BPSOS-Delaware Valley seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic and responsible individual for our part-time Project Coordinator position for our Summer Youth Career Exploration Program (SYCEP). This position will be based out of our Philadelphia office in the BPSOS-Delaware Valley Branch. The SYCEP Project Coordinator is part of a seasonal team designed to provide citywide access to Southeast Asian immigrant youth, ages 16-21, who are interested in exploring career opportunities in a broad array of fields over a six week period. This position requires a flexible schedule and the ability to work nights and weekends from May to August.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, interview and support 25 Southeast Asian immigrant youth in SYCEP Program
  • Conduct parent/youth informational sessions for the program as needed
  • Recruit and maintain relationships with employers throughout the program
  • Conduct youth enrollment sessions in accordance with applicable labor laws and practices
  • Assess youth readiness for program referrals
  • Review the quality of youth enrollment files
  • Enter data files into proprietary database
  • Maintain filing system for youth and provider files, including payroll, timesheets, and other HR paperwork as necessary
  • Organize, plan and carry out six professional development for youth on WorkReadiness
  • Embody and integrate excellent customer service into daily work
  • Serve as an example of professionalism
  • Travel to worksites throughout the City of Philadelphia
  • Translation of brochures, flyers and pamphlets of information as needed

Requirements:

  • Must have experience in working with immigrant communities and/or high needs communities
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
  • Highly-developed interpersonal abilities
  • Flexible work schedule (some nights and weekends required)
  • Bilingual in Vietnamese/English preferred
  • Access to transportation preferred
  • PC computer literacy, proficient in Word, Excel and Internet usage

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Salary: Negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications. Seasonal position. To apply: Send cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to:

Human Resources
Fax: 703-538-2191 – hr@bpsos.org

Asian American Short Story Contest

Hyphen and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop are very excited to present the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest – the only, national, pan-Asian American writing competition of its kind. Prize: $1,000, publication in Hyphen magazine and the honor of “Short Story of the Year.”

Now in its fourth year, the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest will name 10 finalists and one grand prize-winner who will win a cash prize of $1000 and have the winning story published in an upcoming issue of Hyphen. Judges for the 2011 contests include renowned Asian American writers:

  • Yiyun Li, a 2010 MacArthur Genius Award winner; author of “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” and, “The Vagrants,” winner of the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction
  • Porochista Khakpour, author of “Sons and Other Flammable Objects,” a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Chicago Tribune “Fall’s Best,” and a 2007
    California Book Award winner

Our first contest winner Preeta Samarasan was discovered based on her contest-winning story. She went on to write the acclaimed novel Evening is the Whole Day (Houghton Mifflin), which was long-listed for the Orange Prize.

The deadline for this contest is May 16th. Open to all writers of Asian descent living in the United States and Canada. Please visit http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/shortstory or http://www.aaww.org for more information.

Held in collaboration between San Francisco-based Hyphen, a non-profit news and culture magazine, and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the preeminent literary arts organization devoted to Asian American literature — the 2011 Asian American Short Story contest is a unique competition highlighting the amazing literary talent coming out of our communities. Garnering hundreds of submissions from all parts of the country and representing all peoples of Asian America, this contest has proven itself as a major cultural event.

Lecturer Position: Hmong American Studies, Wisconsin – Madison

Visiting Assistant Professor in Hmong American Studies
Asian American Studies Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2011-2012

Application Deadline: June 10, 2011 or until filled. PhD required.

Disciplines sought: Hmong Studies, Sociology, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Counseling Psychology, Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, Community Studies, Public Health, Psychology, Communication Arts, or an interdisciplinary or related discipline.

The Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hiring a visiting assistant professor for 2011-2012 who will teach courses about Hmong in the United States with a contemporary focus. We are interested in someone who has already completed their PhD and who already has experience teaching at least one college level course. Experience or strong interest with community based research or service learning is desirable but not required.

A critical race, race relations, or ethnic studies perspective is preferred. This position also includes providing consultation about the future of Hmong Studies as a field and involvement in programming (e.g., speakers, conferences, research institute, etc.) in the Asian American Studies Program. The teaching load will be 2 courses per semester.
This will be the fourth year that we are hiring a visiting assistant professor in Hmong American Studies. It is part of a longer term strategy to identify and promote the development of new scholars in this area, with the hope that we will have a pool of scholars to select from for a permanent tenure line in the future.

During the Visiting Assistant Professor’s year at UW, we provide mentoring, professional development support, and opportunities to strengthen one’s academic profile. The visiting assistant professor will have an office in the Asian American Studies Program and have opportunities to meet and work with members of the academic and local Hmong community. Previous visiting assistant professors have gone on to post-docs and tenure track positions.

We have already put two courses in the timetable for the Fall (generically titled so that they can be tailored to the interests of the instructor).
Asian Am 240 Hmong Experiences in the U.S.
Asian Am 540 Hmong American Studies

This is a 33.33% appointment for the Fall 2011 semester, beginning on August 29, 2011 and ending on January 12, 2012. The salary is $5,700 for the one course (33.33% of the full time academic rate of $34,202.) If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send the following:

  1. Your curriculum vita, including names and phone numbers of teaching references listed
  2. A letter describing:
    • Your teaching perspective
    • A sample syllabi for either of the two courses listed above
    • Discussion of your specific area of expertise in teaching about Hmong Americans and what the course content for a topic specific course in this area might be

Please apply BY EMAIL by June 10, 2011 to both:
luttal@wisc.edu
aasp@mailplus.wisc.edu
with the subject line: VAP 2011-2012 YOUR FULL NAME

If you have any questions about this position, please contact: Lynet Uttal, Director, Asian American Studies Program, luttal@wisc.edu


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