Thursday, August 25, 2016

CivicLEADS- A New Data Sharing Archive for Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action

ICPSR has created a new archive of data drawn from the multiple disciplines researching civic education and involvement, funded through a grant from the Spencer Foundation. We are pleased to announce the launch of CivicLEADS – Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing – and its website at

We would like to invite you to visit this new resource for researchers who explore diverse topics including civic and political engagement, curricula and learning, social networks, media literacy, activism, and social movements. We will be adding data and resources regularly, so please be sure to sign up for our mailing list. We will be presenting a webinar this autumn—please be on the look-out for an invitation to the webinar and sign up for the mailing list to ensure you are invited to future webinars and data training opportunities.

We are always searching for high-quality data from research into civic education, involvement, action, and the intersection of the three. If you have conducted a study or know of an existing study which would make an excellent addition to CivicLEADS, please read more about how to share your data and contact David Bleckley to recommend a study. 

Thank you for taking a look at CivicLEADS. 

Dr. Susan Jekielek, Johanna Bleckman, and David Bleckley
CivicLEADS team

Position Available: Assistant/Associate Professor, Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; review begins 10/1/16

Position Available


1. Assistant/Associate Professor, Socio-Cultural Foundations of
Education, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; review begins 10/1/16

Educational Leadership: Assistant/Associate Professor to envision,
teach and coordinate graduate teaching of the College’s required
socio-cultural studies in education course for pre-service teachers;
teach graduate courses in social and cultural theory related to
education and educational leadership; advise master's and doctoral
students and serve on student committees; mentor graduate students in
teaching and research; assist with program development and
administration; participate in university service; conduct high
quality research that contributes to the theory and practice of
inclusive, engaging learning environments for all students.  The start
date for this position will be in August, 2017.

Required: An earned doctorate in Socio-Cultural Foundations of
Education, Educational Studies, or a related field, by time of
appointment. Evidence of excellent teaching. Evidence of established
(for associate rank) or emerging (for assistant rank) scholarly
agenda. Knowledge of and experience with multicultural populations.

Strong candidates will possess experience with critical and liberal
arts approaches to social foundations of education courses for
undergraduates in teacher education programs. Experience with
international, comparative, or transnational studies in education.
Experience or interest in teaching research methods/methodologies.
Experience with online or hybrid teaching. Experience in securing
external funding to support research and programming.

Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching
effectiveness (associate rank) or, statement of teaching philosophy
(assistant), transcripts (for assistant rank upload as “other”), and
writing sample to  Direct
inquiries to Dr. Kate Rousmaniere, or
513-529-6843.  Screening of applications will begin October 1, 2016
and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action,
and eliminating discrimination and harassment. Miami University does
not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender
identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national
origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or
protected veteran status in its application and admission processes,
educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or
employment practices. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for
disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.

Miami University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with
information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: Hard
copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required.
All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Job: Director of Programs, ConTex, Office of the President, The University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Job Description

Job Title:                     Director of Programs, ConTex                       
Salary Grade:              ($80,000 annual, with flexibility based on qualifications)     
FLSA Status:             
Department/Division: Office of the President
Reports To:                Executive Director, ConTex


·      Function:  As the Director of Programs, position is responsible for the broad oversight of ConTex academic and research programs.

·      Scope:  Academic program responsibilities include oversight of the selection process for program participants in graduate student programs, exchange of researchers, and non-degree student training; and the development and alignment of resources to provide academic, research, and logistical support to ensure success for program participants. Research program responsibilities include the evaluation and selection of projects for ConTex collaborative research grants and other research activities. Other responsibilities include coordinating selection committees, monitoring and reporting on ConTex program deliverables, and ConTex program marketing.

ConTex is a new office and program established by the University of Texas System to support a program of cooperation with Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).  ConTex supports binational academic and research activities in graduate education, postdoctoral and faculty exchanges, mobility of non-degree graduate students, and collaborative research projects. The UTSA Office of the President will be responsible for overseeing ConTex program and office.


·      Typical:

Graduate Student Fellowships/Exchange of Researchers/Non-Degree Student Training
1.     Directs and oversees the implementation, and evaluation of international cost sharing agreements in support of graduate education of Mexican students at UT System institutions, and postdoctoral and faculty fellows, non-degree student training, and research activities between Mexico and UT System higher education institutions.
2.     Develops detailed annual program plans, including development of specific program goals within the guidelines of the ConTex mission.
3.     Collaborates with UT System institutions, graduate deans, and program coordinators to facilitate a streamlined, intuitive, and accessible application process for program participants.
4.     Designs, coordinates, and oversees recruitment and selection of high caliber graduate students and postdoctoral researchers between Mexico and UT System institutions.  Oversees development, selection, and participation criteria.  Ensures that established policies are followed. Provides recommendations for exceptional enrollments and researchers. 
5.     Provides academic and professional advice and guidance to graduate students and researchers.  Facilitates coordination with Academic department heads and UT System institutions to deliver robust and responsive academic services and research support for program participants.  Collaborates with UT System institutions, and university administrators to enhance academic success of program participants, research success of postdoctoral fellows, and an enhanced experience for visiting faculty.
6.     Oversees the development and deliverance of tools and systems for program evaluation and reporting on the performance of ConTex graduate, postdoctoral research, and non-degree student programs, and the benefits and outcomes of faculty exchanges.
7.     Directs and oversees development and rollout of promotional and marketing programs to market ConTex program participation for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty mobility, and non-degree student training.
Grant and Other Research Programs
1.     Directs competitive grant programs, including special grant projects on focused topics.
2.     Oversees and directs the design and implementation of grant evaluation criteria and processes.  Directs the monitoring, tracking and reporting on approved projects.
3.     Coordinates the identification, establishment, and development of goals and priorities for research programs commissioned by ConTex. Oversees development of annual research plans.
4.     Provides advice and guidance to potential graduate students, researchers and visiting faculty regarding their potential participation in ConTex grants and research projects.
5.     Ensures that established ConTex, UT System, and International policies regarding selection criteria and research guidelines are followed.
6.     Establishes promotional/marketing strategies to encourage and advocate grants and research projects between Mexican and UT System institutions, facilitating collaborations between students, postdoctoral researchers and scholars between Mexico and the UT System institutions for ConTex commissioned research.
7.     Oversees ongoing analyses and reporting of program activities to all concerned higher education institutions, and government agencies in Mexico and UT System institutions.
1.     Markets ConTex research programs and opportunities to a wide range of potential funding sources.
2.     Participate in the planning and production of conferences, symposiums and public educational events in collaboration with the Director of Operations.
1.     Develops and manages credible application and peer review processes, eligibility criteria, evaluation criteria; and in collaboration with the Director of Operations, terms and conditions of awards and presents to committee members.
2.     Serves as an ex-officio member and facilitator of evaluations committees and ConTex advisory committee.
3.     Presents results of review processes and makes recommendations to the Executive Director for the allocation of funds to projects.

·           Periodic:
1.     When specifically requested, the Director of Programs acts on behalf of ConTex Executive Director on the development of academic institutional partnership, agreements and linkages between educational and research institutions and governmental offices in Mexico, and with any of the UT System institutions.
2.     Supports the Director of Operation on preparing budgets and participates in negotiations for cost-sharing support for programs participants in all academic and research programs.
3.     Ensures the production of quality writing and provides editing for all publications generated by ConTex.
4.     Edits, provides materials and advisement for items posted on the ConTex website.
5.     In concert with the Executive Director and the Director of Operations, often assumes lead role in the coordination of special events and exhibits at UT System institutions and institutions in Mexico.


Ph.D. from an accredited institution.

Other Requirements

An in-depth understanding of graduate level education and research programs at higher educational institutions in both Mexico and the United States.

A working understanding of academic, research, and education functions, and the operation principles of a major research university environment.
Demonstrated ability and experience in data analysis and report writing.

Demonstrated experience with, and the ability to work effectively with others in analyzing, modifying, implementing, and evaluating academic research programs.

A working understanding of academic, research, and education functions, and the operation principles of a major research university environment.

The ability to communicate in both English and Spanish at a professional academic and administrative level.

Criminal Background Check (CBC).


7 years of progressively responsible supervisory, administrative and academic management experience. 
10 years of similar experience. 
Experience in Higher Education.
Experience in International Education.
Demonstrated experience working in a fast pace environment with multiple deadlines.


Knowledge of personal computers, Microsoft Office Software Suite, various accounting software and standard office equipment.

Working Conditions

Normal office conditions.
Some travel (including international) is required.
Occasional evening and weekend work required.


Overall review for efficiency and effectiveness in obtaining organizational goals and objectives.
Direct supervision of assigned staff.


Proficiency in all phases of the duties performed.

Security Sensitive

Specific job requirements or physical location of some positions allocated to this classification may render the position security sensitive, and thereby subject to the provisions of section 51.215 Texas Education Code.

Internal Control

Within the scope of position duties, responsible for seeing that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, reliable financial data is maintained, and applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures are complied with.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Faculty Position: Associate or Full Professor in Elementary Bilingual Education, Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas

Associate or Full Professor in Elementary Bilingual Education,
Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas

Position description:
Texas State University is a designated Hispanic serving institution.
To this end, we value community engagement, diversity, student
success, and a special focus on social justice. We are seeking to fill
a tenured faculty position at the rank of associate professor or
professor in elementary bilingual education in the Department of
Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. This is a
full-time position with a nine-month academic year appointment
beginning in Fall 2017. The selected faculty member will: 1) deliver
quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses in the
elementary bilingual education program; 2) expand a focused area of
scholarship in bilingual education or in a closely related field
(i.e., multilingualism, multiculturalism, multilingual literacies,
language policies and practices, teacher education) that culminates in
nationally/internationally refereed publications, professional
presentations, submitted grant proposals (i.e. external funding), and
scholarly projects with faculty and students; and, 3) provide
leadership by helping to grow the bilingual education graduate and
undergraduate programs. The salary is competitive and commensurate
with qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following website for full position description,
requirements, and application materials: