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David FitzGerald’s Future of Immigration Reform Discussion

David FitzGerald of the UCSD Sociology Department and Tom Wong of the UCSD Political Science Department join moderator David Lake of the Political Science Department in The Future of Immigration American Academy of Arts and Sciences discussion at the UC San Diego Faculty Club.

The talk begins at 5 p.m.

RSVP to cmcdermott@amacad.org.

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50% Staff Position in Latin American Studies

The Department of Sociology administratively house the Latin American Studies Program at UC San Diego. There is currently a 50% Student Affairs Officer position available:

The Student Affairs Officer (SAO) is part of a team managing undergraduate and graduate affairs in the Latin American Studies Program. Responsible for the day to day management of all aspects of the undergraduate and master’s programs in Latin American Studies.

Involved in the management of a wide array of student affairs functions including counseling students on various undergraduate and graduate programs; analyzing, interpreting and implementing departmental and university broadly defined policies; preparing the annual and quarterly teaching schedules; coordinating the classes and faculty selected to teach in Summer Session; coordinating graduate admissions; managing graduate student support and employment; and organizing publicity for the various programs in appropriate venues.

Responsible for the maintenance of records for majors, minors, master’s students and making recommendations to the Program Director, faculty committees, faculty members and MSO on matters related to the undergraduate and graduate programs in Latin American Studies Program.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday Sept. 8th.

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Staff Position Available for 50% Blank Assistant

The Department of Sociology is looking to hire a Career 50% position as an Blank Assistant 3 with the African and African-American Studies Research Center.

Job Description:

Serve as the administrative contact and coordinator for the African and African-American Studies Research Center (AAASRC) and the African Studies minor. Serve as the Assistant to the Center Director. Organize board meetings, lecture series, conferences, and symposia. Coordinate travel & visa requirements with department administration for international scholars and visitors. Make all travel arrangements for visitors. Prepare minutes, activity reports, CEP reports, quarterly newsletter using desktop publishing, and materials for grants, fellowships and funding-raising. Coordinate participation of undergraduate interns and volunteers in program events. Attend and assist with events. Prepare quarterly minor listings and update courses with departments. Verify catalog copy. Interface with related academic and business departments and organizations. Coordinate invoices, travel expenses, office expenses, and honorariums with department financial administration.

Applications are due Friday August 26th

 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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Sociology Summer Session Courses June 30- Sep 06

Undergrads, are you missing a course for your Sociology major or concentration?

Plan now to take a Sociology course during Summer Session 2014. Session I  is June 30 – August 2. Session II is August 4 – September 6. Course descriptions can be found in the general catalog. For summer session scheduling information, visit the summer session web site at http://summersession.ucsd.edu

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Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research

The Division of Social Sciences is pleased to announce the creation of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at UC San Diego, with initial funding from Dan Yankelovich. The mission of the Yankelovich Center is to promote a paradigm of social science that finds solutions to the nation’s most urgent problems.

Several trends are emerging nationwide that open new opportunities for the social sciences at UCSD. The nation is coming to recognize the importance of evidence-based research and of strategies for transforming social norms. Research of this sort is essential to solving huge national problems such as the decline of social mobility; under-performing schools; the unsustainable rise of health care costs; the urgency of action on climate change, and the destructive impact of political confrontation.

The Center is a pioneering leadership initiative that, if successful, will restore the great social science tradition of pragmatic problem solving and enhance our nation’s ability to cope with global change.  Guiding principles for the Center are attached to this email.

David A. Lake, Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Science and currently Associate Dean of Social Sciences, has been appointed as the founding Director of the Center. He will be advised by an Executive Committee composed of former Executive Vice Chancellor Paul Drake (chair), Richard Madsen (Sociology), Amanda Datnow (Education Studies), and Dan Yankelovich.

The Yankelovich Center provides catalytic funding for projects designed to yield promising hypotheses, innovative interventions, and plans for larger-scale funding. Seed grants range from $5,000 to $30,000 per year. Small grants like these cannot, by themselves, solve overwhelming problems. But they can permit the preparatory work so essential to the discovery of ambitious solutions.

In its first months of operation in 2012, the Center awarded seed grants and support mainly to promising research in progress. These covered such topics as:

?         How to advance the academic achievement of students in diverse and underserved communities.

?         How to connect the theoretical knowledge of UCSD faculty with the practical knowledge of local community leaders.

?         How to change destructive norms in developing nations.

?         How to ensure more free and fair elections in emerging democracies.

Starting in 2013 its seed grants and support will go primarily to promising new problem-solving research initiatives.

Jeff Elman, Dean of Social Sciences

David A. Lake, Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research

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Nominations are still open for the annual Association for Africanist Anthropology student paper awards

Nominations are still open for the annual Association for Africanist Anthropology student paper awards. Please send nominations for the Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Essay Award to bjulesro@ucsd.edu. Nominations for the Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Student Essay Award should be directed to w.h.osborn@gmail.com. The submission deadline for both awards is June 20.
Additional award information is pasted below and can be found online athttp://www.aaanet.org/sections/afaa/  under the awards tab.
*Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Essay Award*
The Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) sponsors the annual Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Student Essay Award. The prize is awarded to the best graduate student essay in Africanist anthropology. Contributions from all sub-fields of anthropology are welcome. Special emphasis seeks to highlight emerging perspectives with promise to develop as a major contribution to the fields of Africanist anthropology, African studies, or African diaspora studies. Submissions should be sent to *Bennetta Jules-Rosette bjulesro@ucsd.edu. In determining the award, the following criteria will be applied:
– Originality of scholarship, creativity of insight, and quality of writing.
– Clear potential for contribution to the fields of Africanist anthropology, African studies, or African diaspora studies. Special consideration will be given to work that incorporates emerging perspectives or interdisciplinary methodologies, which promote the further understanding of sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora by a broader audience.
– Clear potential for continued innovative research, leading toward a dissertation or major publication on the part of the author.
– The deadline for submission is June 15, 2012. Submissions should include a letter of nomination by a scholar other than the author, a copy of the nominated paper, and a full C.V. of the author.
– Candidates must not have completed their PhD at the time of nomination, and all award recipients must be members of the AfAA.
– The Award consists of a $500 prize. Awardees will be recognized and receive their prize at the AfAA reception during the annual meetings of the AAA.
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*Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Student Essay Award*The Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) sponsors the annual Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Paper Award. The prize is awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Africanist anthropology. Submissions should be sent to *J.R. Osborn (w.h.osborn**[**@**]**gmail.com)*. In determining the award, the following criteria will be applied:
– Originality of scholarship, creativity of insight, and quality of writing. A well-argued and innovative perspective on a current issue of concern to Africanist and African diaspora scholarship or to the issues facing Africa more generally.
– Clear potential for supporting future research at the graduate level or beyond. Special consideration will be given to undergraduates planning to pursue a career in anthropology or in service and education on the African continent.
– Original research involving primary materials or fieldwork is useful, but not essential for consideration.
– The deadline for submission is June 15, 2012. Submissions should include a letter of nomination by an academic mentor and a copy of the student paper.
– Candidates must not have completed their undergraduate studies at the time of nomination, and all award recipients must be members of the AfAA.
– The Award consists of a $250 prize. Awardees will be recognized and receive their prize at the AfAA reception during the annual meetings of the AAA

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