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CEPS Program Newsletter #026 – March 7, 2013


Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago


Greetings CEPS Students and Alumni-

Below please find information on a CEPS Summer course we are offering during the May-June six week session.  And for those of you looking for a good Spring Break detox and ed policy retox check out the Northside P.O.W.E.R event on Sunday March 10th [B2].  If you know of events or opportunities that can be shared via this email newsletter please email them to my graduate assistant David Boven at dboven@luc.edu.

~Prof. Noah W. Sobe, CEPS Graduate Program Director



CEPS Program Newsletter #026 – March 7, 2013



Table of Contents:



1. CEPS Summer 2013 Course

2. CEPS Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Course Offerings

3. CEPS Graduate Writing Tutor Available, Tuesdays 3:30-6:30.

4. Volunteers Sought for Diversity Abroad Conference, April 1-2.



1. International Women’s Day Global Health Symposium, Friday, March 8, 2013, 7:30am.

2. North Side P.O.W.E.R. Forum against Charter School Expansion, Sunday, March 10 6:30-8pm

2. Forum on: The Case Against High-Stakes Testing, Tuesday, Marcy 18, 2013, 7:00pm



1. Association of Caribbean Historians, May 12-17, 2013 (San Ignacio, Belize). Deadline:  March 15, 2013.

2. International Symposium on Higher Education, October 27-28, 2013 (Beijing, China). Deadline: March 30, 2013.

3. Critical Studies in Education, Call for Papers.



1. SIT Graduate Institute, Faculty Position in International Education

2. Kendall College, International Student Services Coordinator Position






A.1. CEPS 2013 Summer Course — ELPS 491 Issues in Educational Policy (Professor Sobe), First summer session (May 20-June 28)


Course description:  This seminar-style course will examine severalsets of policy challenges that currently face education systems in theUS and around the globe.  We will begin by examining changingrelations between schools and the world of work especially aroundquestions of the knowledge economy, lifelong learning and changingfamily & childrearing patterns.  A second unit of the course willdirectly take up the issue of educational meritocracies and policyquestions around equity, democracy and social inclusion/exclusion.The final unit of the course will be dedicated to policy challengesrelated to quality control, accountability and the new formsgovernance that appear to be emerging as we move into the seconddecade of the 21st century.  The course will examine schooling at alllevels pre-K to higher education and have both a domestic-US and aninternational comparative focus.  Students in the course will be ableto identify, review, and critically analyze significant educationalpolicy issues.  Assignments in the course will involve group andindividual projects that both analyze educational policies and preparerecommendations.


The six-week summer session course will be run as a hybrid course thatblends face to face classroom experience with asynchronous onlinelearning.  The course will run May 20-June 28 and will entail5:30pm-8:30pm face to face class sessions at the Lake Shore Campus(Mundelein 607) on Monday May 20, Wednesday May 29, Wednesday June 3,Wednesday June 12, Monday June 17 and Wednesday June 19.  Studentswill be responsible for participation in the required onlinecomponents of the course over the entire period May 20-June 28.


Please feel free to contact Prof. Noah Sobe nsobe@luc.edu with any questions.


A.2. CEPS Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Courses [tentative schedule]


In Fall 2013 we plan to offer the following courses:


* ELPS 410 Sociology of Education (Instructor TBD), WTC Wednesdays 7:00-9:30

* ELPS 420 Philosophy of Education (Shuffelton), WTC Mondays 4:15-6:45

* ELPS 455 Comparative Education (Jules), WTC Thursdays 7:00-9:30


In addition, in Fall 2013 we will offer the following advanced courses and seminars:


* ELPS 447 Modern European Education (Sobe), WTC Tuesdays 7:00-9:30

This course will examine the historical development of pedagogy and schooling in Europe, together with current trends and transformations in European education.  We will cover the period from 1800 to the present, which means that we will move from examining the emergence of universal public education in the nineteenth century to, in the second half of the course focusing on education reforms of the last two decades, including post-socialist transition and EU/ Europeanization initiatives.


* ELPS 520 Seminar Philosophy of Education,  Topic: Justice (Shuffelton) WTC Mondays 7:00-9:30

This course will explore major philosophical conceptions of justice.  Many educators express a commitment to “social justice,” but less often do we have the chance to think systematically about what justice entails: what it means, what a conception of justice implies about the character of human beings and about the good life for human beings, what justice implies about a “good society,” and what demands justice places on educational institutions.  Readings will include major theories of justice proposed by philosophers, with a particular emphasis on contemporary conceptualizations and critiques.


In Spring 2014 we will anticipate offering the following courses:


* ELPS 405 Intro to Educational Policy (Jules) WTC Thursdays 7:00-9:30

* ELPS 412 Sociological Analysis of Urban Education and Policy (Phillippo) WTC Wednesdays 4:15-6:45

* ELPS 420 Philosophy of Education (Shuffelton) WTC Tuesdays 4:15-6:45

* ELPS 444 American Schooling and Social Policy: A Historical Perspective (Instructor TBD) WTC Mondays 7:00-9:30


And in Spring 2014 we anticipate offering the following advanced courses / seminars (descriptions forthcoming):


* ELPS 457 Comparative Theory (Jules) WTC Thursdays 4:15-6:45

* ELPS 510 Seminar in the Sociology of Education (Phillippo) WTC Wednesdays 4:15-6:45


A.3. As announced earlier, Beth Wright, a CEPS PhD student, has joined Loyola’s Writing Center as a volunteer graduate writing tutor who will specifically work with graduate students in the CEPS program.  Tutoring sessions will be scheduled between 3:30 and 6:30pm on Tuesdays are available to anyone, regardless of your writing prowess or your stage in the writing process.  This is not a place for copy-editing, but rather for conversation about your ideas and how to communicate them.  Whether you consider yourself a writing expert or novice, love writing or hate it, tutoring sessions seek to push your ideas and your writing to new levels.  In order to sign up for a tutoring session, students need to go to https://luc.mywconline.com/ to first register an account, and then sign in. Whenever students sign in, they should select Corboy Law, Room 700, Graduate from the pull-down menu. This will ensure that they can sign up with a graduate writing tutor rather than an undergrad. When they sign in, they’ll see a weekly calendar. You may (always) sign up to work with any tutor, but if you’d like to work with Beth please look for her name in the left column and sign up for an available slot on Tuesdays between 3:30 and 6:30.


A.4. Diversity Abroad will launch its first conference sponsored by Loyola University Chicago on April 1-2, 2013. The theme for the conference is Changing Landscapes: Strategies and Opportunities For Greater Access, and it constitutes the most comprehensive national forum on issues of diversity and inclusion in international education. The conference will focus on institutional change to expand opportunities for access and success for diverse and underrepresented populations in international programming. Participants in the conference will identify and share best practices, engage in critical dialogue, stay abreast of trends and new resources, participate in hands-on sessions & training, and be able to establish and maintain relationships with other professionals. For more information, visit the website at http://diversitynetwork.org/conference/.

** Kelly Heath in Loyola’s Office of International Programs is looking for a total of 15-20 volunteers for each day of the conference.  All volunteers must commit to at least one full day, 8pm-5pm, either on April 1 st or April 2nd.  A brief orientation for volunteers will be provided at the beginning of each day of conference.  Volunteer responsibilities/roles include: o Room captains (help to set up presentation, IT support, hand out evaluation) o Registration table (check attendees in, provide general conference/Chicago info) o Floaters (help usher attendees to sessions and are available for questions).  Some volunteers will be asked to help with social media during the conference (i.e. interviewing attendees and also posting updates on Twitter and Facebook about the conference) Benefits: Volunteers would be able to attend the conference for free the day they are volunteering, receive breakfast (Tuesday only), lunch and entrance to conference receptions, and opportunities to network with professionals in the study abroad field. If you are interested in volunteering for the conference, please contact Kelly Heath in the Office for International Programs at Loyola kheath2@luc.edu to sign up.





B.1. In honor of International Women’s Day, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host a half-day Global Health Symposium on Friday, March 8, 2013. It will be held under the auspices of the Council’s Women and Global Development Forum. The purpose of this symposium is to examine the complex economic, political, geographic, and cultural factors involved in addressing global women’s health, and the symposium seeks to be a culmination of the Council’s programming on women and health issues. Women’s health issues are interdisciplinary in nature and significantly impact the lives and productivity of women, their families, and communities around the world. The topics to be discussed include: maternal mortality and health, family planning, infectious diseases, indoor air pollution, food security, and health equity. The keynote address will be given by Stephen Lewis, the co-director of AIDS-Free World, the former Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, and the former United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. The registration fee is $50 for members of the Council on Global Affairs and $75 for non-members. The symposium will be held at the Chicago Club at 81 East Van Buren Street (business attire is required).


B.2. North Side P.O.W.E.R. Forum against Charter School Expansion (Sunday, March 10 6:30-8 p.m) Northside P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Work, Educate and Restore) is an institution-based people’s power organization whose members are located in the North Side of the City of Chicago and North Shore Communities.  Northside P.O.W.E.R. is the community organizing arm of A Just Harvest and will be holding a form to discuss public policy changes related to Charter Schools, Affordable Higher Education and the Closure of Illinois Corporate Tax Loopholes.  State Senator Heather Steans and State Representatives Robin Gabel and Kelly Cassidy will attend. Northside P.O.W.E.R. will ask them to make a public commitment to support corporate tax transparency and to close corporate tax loopholes.  Loyola University students will be present to discuss the ballooning costs of higher education.  The event will take place at Willye White Field House, 1610 W. Howard St., Chicago.


B.3. Forum: From Seattle to Chicago: The Case Against High Stakes Standardized Testing.  On Tuesday March 19th at 7pm at Mt. Carmel MB Baptist Church, 2976 S. Wabash, at an event co-sponsored by CReATE, More than a Score and the  CTU, Karen Lewis of the CTU and Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle and leader of MAP test boycott will discuss the overuse and misuse of high stakes standardized testing.  Childcare will be provided.  Discussion will cover many options for becoming involved in the growing movement against excessive standardized testing in our schools.  Additional information at https://www.facebook.com/events/530649816955732






C.1. The 45th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians will be held in San Ignacio, Belize from May 12 to 17, 2013. The conference program is now available on their website (http://www.associationofcaribbeanhistorians.org/annualmeeting.htm). All sessions are scheduled at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Information on how to reserve a room, as well as transportation and registration, is also available through the link provided above. Please note that the ACH will post pre-circulated papers online in advance of the conference. Presenters must submit their papers by March 15, 2013. They will then be uploaded to a protected section of the website by April 1, a month before the meeting.  To access these papers, members must register for the conference (either online or by mail), whereupon they will receive a password. The latest issue of the ACH “Bulletin” (January 2013) is also on the website (http://www.associationofcaribbeanhistorians.org/bulletin.htm). In addition to information about the conference, it includes details about this year’s Executive Committee election.


C.2. The International Symposium on Higher Education is issuing a call for proposals for its conference: Student Learning and Development in a Globalizing Time. The conference will be held October 27-28, 2013 at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The theme of the conference will be the shift from increasing the quantity of higher education opportunities to increasing their quality in a globalizing world. Against such a backdrop, this conference aims to bring together scholars from home and abroad to share their research findings with respect to assuring higher education quality, and pushing for a quality assessment system that centers on “learning,” and stresses student learning process and outcome. For submission purposal and registration details, visit the conference website at http://cies2013thu.com, or contact Shao Xiujuan at shxiujun@126.com. Proposals must be submitted by March 30, 2013.


C.3. Critical Studies in Education (CSE) is one of the few international journals solely devoted to a critical sociology of education. CSE focuses on the following questions: (1) whose interests are served by current social arrangements in education? and (2) from the standpoint of the least advantaged, what can be done about inequitable arrangements? They are also seeking papers in line with the following themes. Increasingly, education is being reduced to what can be measured, often in quantitative terms that do not adequately capture all there is to education and which are then used to compare students, institutions, and nations. We also live in a world that is becoming increasingly complex where these accounting systems do not seem adequate. In this context, how can we create spaces for different imaginations for education? How can we create opportunities for education to be different? Manuscripts can be submitted to CSE online by visiting http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcse. For more information and a sample copy of the journal visit: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcse20/current





D.1. The SIT Graduate Institute is seeking a to fill a faculty position (rank to be determined), with responsibilities for on-line and classroom teaching, practicum supervision, and development of the capstone, an applied research project and paper. The faculty member also will participate in the further development of the M.A. in International Education (IE) degree and other educational programs related to it. Successful SIT faculty members are able to work well in experiential higher education, helping students integrate theory and practice, teaching both face-to-face and on-line, and advising students individually and in small groups. The successful candidate will have the preparation to teach at least two courses in the IE degree program. Applicants must have a Ph.D., other doctoral degree, or equivalent knowledge and research experience in international education along with five or more years of international education experience. The first review of applications is to be conducted the week of March 25, 2013. To apply, visit www.worldlearning.org. For more information on the SIT Graduate Institute, see www.sit.edu.


D.2. Kendall College is currently seeking an International Student Services Coordinator for its campus based in downtown Chicago, Illinois. This position will be responsible for all activities in support of providing exceptional service to the college’s international students. As its international student population grows, this position will be a key resource to ensure a positive student experience by coordinating incoming paperwork and student database requirements for all international students. The position will also assist with the college’s outbound study abroad programs. A bachelors degree is required, but a master’s degree is preferred. More information can be found at http://www.kendall.edu/about/jobs-at-kendall-college (Req Number 2296BR).