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The Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago offers master's and PhD degrees as well as an undergraduate minor in Education Policy Studies. Faculty and students in the program use the tools of the social sciences and the humanities to study issues of educational policy and practice.

CEPS Program Newsletter #027 – March 20, 2013

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Noah W. Sobe

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Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago

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Greetings CEPS Students and Alumni-

Lots being accomplished across the department with student projects and faculty projects, including some notable leadership positions in professional associations [A.3.].  This is also a season when some of you are completing doctoral dissertations and master’s theses.  For those of you in the latter category — or eventually heading this way – you might find the following somewhat inspirational (or amusing!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S5UpGx6470

As always, 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

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CEPS Program Newsletter #027 – March 20, 2013

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Table of Contents:

A. CEPS PROGRAM AREA NEWS

1. Loyola Team Guest Edits Special issue of _Current Issues in Comparative Education_ (CICE).

2. Prof. Phillippo Co-Authors CReATE Research Brief on School Closings

3. CEPS Faculty Assume Leadership Positions in Professional Associations

4. CIEGSA Social Event, Monday, March 25, 2013, 7:00pm.

5. Debra Baron Dissertation Defense, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 11:00am WTC.

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

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

B. LOYOLA AND CHICAGO-AREA EVENTS

1. CHRC Film Screening of “Not My Life”, Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:00pm.

2. CHRC Conference on Building Peace, Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:30am.

3. CHRC Child Trafficking Issue Brief, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00am.

C. CALLS FOR PAPERS AND UPCOMING CONFERENCES

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

2. Critical Studies in Education, Call for Papers.

D. JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

1. Multiple Teaching and Research Positions, Renmin University of China.

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A. CEPS PROGRAM AREA NEWS

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A.1. Congratulations to CEPS Professor Tavis Jules and a team of students who have guest-edited an issue of _Current Issues in Comparative Education (CICE)_, one of the leading journals in the field of comparative and international education.  The issue dealt with education in small states in a number of innovative and creative ways.  For their contributions to Vol. 15 Nr. 1 “Education in Small States: Fragilities, Vulnerabilities, and Strengths” we are pleased to congratulate and recognize the following students and alumni of Loyola’s Cultural and Educational Policy Studies graduate program: Beth Wright, Landis Fryer, Sophia Rodriguez, Terry Han, Yao Chen, Brad Kirshenbaum, Joy O’Keefe and Patricia Castillo.  The issue is available at http://www.tc.columbia.edu/cice/

A.2. CEPS professor Kate Phillippo is the co-author of a new research brief released by Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE). This brief focuses on the proposed school closures in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system. If CPS follows the city’s Commission on School Utilization March 2013 recommendations, 80 CPS neighborhood schools (13% of the entire system) will be closed, disrupting the lives of nearly 25,000 children. CPS expects that students will need to travel an added 1 to 1.5 miles to get to their new schools. Over the years, CPS has mobilized three different types of arguments to justify school closings: underperformance, cost savings, and underutilization. In this new brief CReATE researchers examine each of these arguments in relation to current educational research. The brief can be downloaded from createchicago.blogspot.com.

A.3. We are pleased to announce that several CEPS faculty members have recently assumed prominent positions of leadership in professional academic research associations.  Dr. Tavis Jules was recently elected Co-Chair of the Globalization & Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).  Dr. Noah W. Sobe, elected last year to the CIES Board of Directors, has recently been appointed to serve a two-year term as CIES Treasurer.  And, Dr. Amy Shuffelton is serving as the Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women for the Philosophy of Education Society (PES) and in April will begin serving a two-year term as President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)’s Philosophy and Education SIG.

A.4. Debra Baron will be defending her dissertation titled “Social Emotional Learning: An Argument for Religious Pluralism” on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. The dissertation will take place at the Water Tower Campus in Lewis Tower room 1030 and all are welcome to attend. Her dissertation abstract is reproduced here: The purpose of this project is to argue that in order for social and emotional learning (SEL) goals to achieve their intended outcomes for students and society, religious pluralism must be reflected in student instruction. SEL involves the use of evidence-based practices to provide opportunities to develop competencies related to self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making which are intended to enable students to demonstrate morally appropriate actions and ethical decisions, which I am calling “right behavior.” It is my argument that one’s understanding of right behavior embodies both implicit and explicit moral beliefs based on one’s worldview which reflects a certain conception of the good life and the good society. In many cultures this concept is shaped by the dominant, organized religion of the group (Samovar, Porter, & McDaniel, 2010). However, the religious diversity in the United States since its inception led to an American tendency to privatize religion and avoid meaningful public deliberation of competing views about the good life and the good society (Marty, 2000). However, I content that this paradigm is no longer adequate for equipping twenty-first century students with the background knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving, and ethical judgment skills required for full participation in the social, political, and economic spheres of society. Instead, I am proposing a SEL-religious studies model that values religious freedom, equality, and neighborly affection and recognizes the presence of moral and religious pluralism in American society.

A.5. 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.6. 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.

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B. LOYOLA AND CHICAGO-AREA EVENTS

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B.1. Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children will be screening the documentary “Not My Life” on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:00pm on the fourth floor of the Information Commons Building at Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. The film focuses on human trafficking and was filmed on five continents over a period of four years. It depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry of child sex trafficking.

 

B.2. Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children will host a one day conference commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the historic encyclical Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). The conference is entitled “Building Peace in Chicago and Beyond” and is designed to explore a range of actions and strategies that have been effective in reducing violence and building peace at community, regional, national and international levels. It will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:30am until 12:30pm at Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus.

B.3. Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children will be holding a child trafficking issue brief on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 9:00am until 10:30am on the fourth floor of the Information Commons Building at Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. This is an educational forum to help advance understanding of the unique issues facing those who are fighting child trafficking in the United States. The keynote speaker will be Virginia Kendall and other speakers include Katherine Watts and Deborah Baskin of Loyola University Chicago. Please RSVP to chrc@luc.edu.

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C. CALLS FOR PAPERS AND UPCOMING CONFERENCES

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C.1. 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.2. 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

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D. JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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D.1. The School of Education at Renmin University of China is seeking to fill several positions. Renmin is a top research university with strong programs in humanities and social sciences. These teaching and research positions will commence with an initial three-year contract that will be renewable upon mutual agreement. They offer internationally competitive salaries and housing accommodations for those hired. English is the working language of the positions but familiarity with Chinese is preferred. The positions include one senior professor, two professors, two associate/assistant Professors, and two research fellows in the fields of higher education, educational administration, comparative education, sociology of education, curriculum studies or another related field. Interested applicants should send their complete CVs/resumes, copies of academic publications, three letters of recommendations and other relevant materials to: Dr. Donghui Zhang, School of Education, Renmin University of China, No. 59 Zhongguancun Avenue, Beijing. Phone: 8610-82509612; 86-13718416696. Email: donghuiz@ruc.edu.cn. Review of the applications for each position will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. On-site interviews are available on the 2013 AERA Conference in San Francisco.

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