Erica Bender, a UCSD graduate student at the sociology department was selected by the committee on Senate Awards as a recipient of the 2016/17 Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Students.
The Distinguished Teaching Award is a prestigious award bestowed upon up to five members of the Academic Senate, three non-Senate faculty members, and three graduate students at UC San Diego each year.It was created because UC San Diego faculty recognize the important role excellent teaching plays at the University. This Award is a tangible expression of UC San Diego’s commitment to excellence in teaching and to ensuring that this commitment is maintained. The Committee on Distinguished Teaching seeks to select those who exhibit creativity, innovative teaching methods, the ability to motivate students to actively seek out knowledge, and an extraordinary level of teaching commitment.
As a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Students, she will receive an award of $500 and an individualized plaque at the Awards Ceremony to be held at the Faculty Club.
Rawan Arar, a graduate student at the sociology department and recipient of one of this year’s FISP awards, had her work “International Solidarity and Ethnic Boundaries: Using the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict to Strengthen Ethno-National Claims in Northern Ireland” published in the journal Nations and Nationalism.
In the article she writes:
This study examines flags, graffiti, murals and political speech on display in Northern Ireland that advocate for either Israelis or Palestinians. Through the concept of ‘borrowed legitimacy’, I acknowledge the strategic use of the ethnic boundary in expressions of international solidarity.
The UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) awards project fellowships to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars who focus on on the themes meant to build the student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university of the future.
- Understanding and Protecting the Planet
- Enriching Human Life and Society
- Exploring the Basis of Human Knowledge, Learning and Creativity
- Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society
This year, three of the UCSD graduate students were recipients of this award:
- Rawan Arar, who’s research interests are Refugees, international immigration, human rights, the Middle East, and gender.
- Emma Greeson, who specializes in culture, economic sociology, markets, material culture, materiality, and secondhand.
- Lindsay DePalma, who’s areas of specialization include sociology of religion, culture, economic sociology, stratification, and comparative-historical sociology.
Teresa Zimmerman-Liu, a PhD student at the UCSD Sociology department, has an article coming out in the Review of Religion and Chinese Society this spring. She also did a podcast interview with the Center for Religion and Chinese Society, who published the journal that features her article “From ‘Children of the Devil’ to ‘Sons of God'”, where they discussed her life experiences and research paper.
Congratulations to Sociology PhD Cristina Lacomba, who will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Roberto Gonzales at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this Fall. Dr. Lacomba and Dr. Gonzales are seeking to understand how the American immigration policy known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) affects the everyday lives of eligible young people. Dr. Lacomba’s primary responsibility will be to manage and analyze the National UnDACAmented Research Project (NURP) interview-based qualitative data set. In her position, she will be expected to lead particular strands of inquiry and to publish this work with others on the research team.
Congratulations, Cristina, and good luck with this important endeavor!
Congratulations to Stacy J. Williams, who has had yet another research piece accepted for publication. Her article, “Personal Prefigurative Politics: Cooking Up an Ideal Society in the Woman’s Temperance and Woman’s Suffrage Movements, 1870-1920” is forthcoming in The Sociological Quarterly.
Abstract: The literature on prefigurative politics currently suffers from an organizational bias. To reduce this bias, I demonstrate how the personal sphere can be prefigurative. An analysis of woman’s temperance and woman’s suffrage newspaper articles about cooking reveals that these activists advocated cooking in ways that would prefigure their visions of social change within individual families. Therefore, this article broadens the concept of prefigurative politics beyond organizations, expanding it to the home. I demonstrate that the home is a site of social movement action, where women in particular may campaign for social change.
Graduate student Dan Davis and Professor Amy Binder’s research on career services’ “headhunting” practices, originally published in the journal Research in the Sociology of Organizations, was picked up by the online magazine Inside Higher Ed .
In their article, Davis and Binder show that university career centers are embracing a new model of career services. Rather than focus most of their energy preparing students to lead their own career searches, they are increasingly leaning on corporate partnership programs to secure student job-placements and raise funds. The career centers offer a menu of services, with preferential access to the best students chief among them, to the corporations able and willing to pay fees. While this new strategy is good for some students landing jobs, some career centers raising funds, and some companies securing talent; it is also potentially problematic for students whose campuses lacking such partnerships, career centers facing underfunding, and some companies who cannot afford the fees involved.
Featured in the Triton Magazine is an article called Beauty Behind Bars which showcases Sociology alumna Laura Pecenco’s (M.A. ’10, Ph.D. ’15) implementation of arts in prisons through Project PAINT.
…Ian Mullins! Congratulations, Ian, for winning the TA Excellence award in a very competitive year.
Harvey Goldman nominated Ian for his work in SOC 100: Sociological Theory. In his letter of nomination, Harvey noted that Ian “is incredibly imaginative in coming up with ways to get students involved in material that might not be to their taste, and he devotes himself and his time to helping every student who wants to do the extra work needed to become a really excellent student, writer, and analyst of texts.” This is great testament to Ian’s commitment to his students and sociology as a discipline.
The Graduate Program Committee would also note that Ian has been an extraordinary mentor to undergrads he has met in other classes, encouraging several who may not have otherwise considered themselves qualified to take our Honors sequence (many of them first-generation college-goers) to apply for the class and, once enrolled, to seek his help in research questions, design, and analysis. It is no surprise, as Harvey also mentioned, that Ian has a group of “devoted followers” among our majors. GPC faculty were also impressed with the several years of remarkable evaluations that Ian has received from his students.
Thank you, Ian, for improving the experiences of our undergrads in so many ways.
Honorable mention for this year’s TA Excellence Award goes to this year’s Senior TA, Erica Bender, whose extremely rigorous work in her own and instructors’ classes inspire her students and fellow TAs.
Finally, thank you to the six faculty who nominated your TAs for this recognition. We look forward to next year’s even more robust participation!
Michael Haedicke, UCSD Sociology PhD 2008, and now associate professor of sociology at Drake University, has just published Organizing Organic: Conflict and Compromise in an Emerging Market (Stanford University Press 2016).
For anyone studying organizations, movements, food, and/or culture, this is a must read. Or, if you want to know how Whole Foods execs can position themselves as keepers of the public good, this book’s for you. An added attraction: Michael’s tongue in cheek writing style is wonderful.