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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.

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December 8, 2010

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs & Announcements #35

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.

Job Announcement: Asian American Studies, UMass Boston

The Asian American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2011. Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring students within the undergraduate Asian American Studies program and within the newly developing interdisciplinary Transnational, Cultural and Community Studies (TCCS) doctoral program.

Specific areas of focus are open but applicants should be able to teach core courses within Asian American Studies as well as courses in the TCCS graduate program. In addition, applicants’ engaged scholarship, teaching focus, and prospects for or record of grant development should reflect a local/global approach with attention to transnational and diasporic issues, and with strong possibilities to create connections with local Metro Boston Asian American communities.

Requirements include an earned doctorate by the time of appointment with research focus on Asian American issues, prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level, and familiarity with the pedagogical approach and goals of Asian American Studies. Although all competitive applications will be considered, preference will be given to candidates with interests, experiences, and linguistic/cultural competencies relative to Southeast Asian American populations and issues or intersections with Asian Americans and Arab American and Muslim American populations and issues. Preference will also be given to applicants with successful records of teaching with diverse urban populations.

Please apply online with a C.V. and statement of research and teaching interests along with (p)reprints of publications, and three letters of recommendation. Questions should be directed to Karen L. Suyemoto, AsAmSt Search Committee, Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. We expect to schedule interviews in February, 2011. Please send confidential letters of reference to Cheryl Harris, Please include a subject heading of “AsAmSt letter for ___”

Conference: LGBT Youth, Families, Allies, & Counselors

True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. We are having our 18th annual conference on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus on March 11 and 12.

The conference is for LGBT youth, families, allies, school guidance counselors, therapists, and employees of state agencies that work with LGBT youth. Last year the total attendance for both days was over 2500 people and in addition, there were about 140 presenters who gave over 300 workshops. If you or someone from your organization would like to give a workshop you can find the form to submit workshops here (the deadline to submit a workshop proposal is Dec. 10). The deadline for attendee registration is Feb. 14.

Blakemore Foundation Language Grant

The Blakemore Foundation was established in 1990 by Thomas and Frances Blakemore to encourage the advanced study of Asian languages and to improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. Deadline: December 30, 2010.

Dissertation Scholarships for Korean American Studies

The Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College of CUNY encourages submissions for The Global Society of Korea and America Dissertation Scholarships, its annual dissertation scholarship program created to promote doctoral students’ academic research on Korean Americans.

In 2011, The Center plans to award three scholarships of $3,000 each. Additionally, scholarship recipients will also be asked to attend the Center’s annual research conference to accept their awards and give presentations of their findings. The Center will cover all conference-related expenses.†The applicant must be a currently enrolled student in the dissertation stage of an accredited doctoral program in the social sciences at a United States university. Deadline: December 31, 2010.

Five College Fellowship Program for Minority Scholars

Five College Fellowships offer year-long residencies for doctoral students completing dissertations. The program supports scholars from under-represented groups and/or scholars with unique interests and histories whose engagement in the Academy will enrich scholarship and teaching. Normally, four fellowships are awarded each year. The fellowship includes a stipend of $30,000, a research grant, health benefits, office space, housing or housing assistance, and library privileges at all five campuses belonging to the consortium. Deadline: January 3, 2011.

Job Announcement: Asian American Studies, UC Santa Barbara

The Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for Assistant or Associate Professor in the social sciences to begin in Fall 2011. Area of specialization is open, but applicants with Ph.D. degrees in sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, urban studies, ethnic studies, or related social sciences are preferred. Expertise on Filipino Americans, South Asian Americans, or Southeast Asian Americans is especially welcome. The University is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Review of applications will begin on January 12, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a publication or writing sample, two Asian American Studies course syllabi, teaching evaluations, and three letters of references. Send materials to: Diane Fujino, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4090.