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  • February 20, 2014
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CEPS Program Newsletter #043 – February 20, 2014

Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago

CEPS Students and Alumni-
The CEPS theatre excursion to see “Gidion’s Knot” at Profiles Theatre was a great success with about 15 students and faculty attending.  A fascinating, troubling play that raises lots of questions about childhood, schools, parenting and contemporary society.  If you were unable to join, please still consider going [A.2.] — when making reservations mention that you are part of the Loyola group and you should still be able to get discounted tickets.  And as typical, lots of exciting things coming up, including a great event being put on by Dr. Michael Wannah, a CEPS PhD graduate [B.3.]!  If you were at Gloria Ladson-Billings’ lecture and want to learn more about spoken word performances, please check out “Louder Than a Bomb” [B.1.] below — information on which comes from CEPS MA student Crystal Pfeiffer who is also a coach for the team from Roosevelt High School.  Please also note upcoming CGSA meetings [A.1.] as well as an education career fair [B.2].  Best of luck to all of those heading to Toronto for CIES the week after LUC Spring Break!  Remember that March 1st is the deadline to submit a proposal to present at School of Education’s 16th Annual Research Symposium on April 12th [A.6.].  And as usual, if you learn of events or opportunities that can be shared via this newsletter please email them to my graduate assistant David Boven at dboven@luc.edu.
~Prof. Noah W. Sobe, CEPS Program Chair and Graduate Program Director

CEPS Program Newsletter #043 – February 20, 2014

Table of Contents:

1. Upcoming CGSA meetings –  February 24, March 17, and April 7 at 5:30pm.
2. Profiles Theatre performance of “Gideon’s Knot”, through March 9th.
3. CHRC presentation of the film “Girl Rising,” Thursday, February 27 at 6:00pm.
4. Loyola co-sponsors Spring 2014 Education Job Fair Consortium on Wednesday, March 5 2014 from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
5. Going to Toronto? Please attend Loyola Reception at CIES Annual Conference, Wednesday, March 12 from 7:00pm-10:00pm.
6. Save the date for the SOE Annual Research Symposium on Saturday, April 12th at 10:00am.

1. “Louder Than A Bomb” spoken word competition, February 19th to March 16th.
2. Discussion on education in Finland and South Korea, Monday, March 3, 2014 at 12:00pm.
3. Liberian Studies Association, Thursday, March 27 through Saturday, March 29, 2014.

1. Call for Papers, Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, June 15-20, 2014 (Nessebar, Bulgaria). Deadline: February 28, 2014.
2. Call for Papers, British Association for International and Comparative Education, September 8-10, 2014 (Bath, UK). Deadline: February 28, 2014.
3. Call for Proposals, Comparative Education Society in Europe, June 10-13, 2014 (Freiburg, Germany). Deadline: February 28, 2014.
4. Call for Proposals, History of Education Society, November 5–9, 2014 (Indianapolis, Indiana). Deadline:  March 3, 2014.

1. Twelve-month faculty position (Alliance for Catholic Education) at University of Notre Dame, Deadline: March 7, 2014.
2. Summer research fellowship (Policy research and application) at National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, Deadline: March 7, 2014.
3. Postdoctoral scholar (Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California) at University of California-Santa Cruz, Deadline: March 17, 2014.
4.  Postdoctoral research associate (urban education and urban teacher education) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Deadline: March 28, 2014.


A.1. The CEPS Graduate Student Association (CGSA) will be meeting several times in the next few months. The meetings will be February 24, March 17, and April 7. The room for each meeting has not yet been determined, but the meetings will start at 5:30 on each of those Mondays. Be sure to save those times! Additional info will be sent out in advance.

A.2. Profiles Theatre is presenting Johnna Adam’s play “Gidion’s Knot” which a CEPS group attended on February 6th.  Tickets should still be available at the $20 discounted Loyola rate, just mention this when you make a reservation.  Additional information at http://profilestheatre.org/box_office.html

A.3. The Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC) would like to invite all interested people to their film presentation of “Girl Rising” on February 27, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Damen Center Cinema at the Lakeshore Campus. This revolutionary film is about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film presents the stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors. This event is being sponsored along with a food drive, benefiting local refugee children and families at Heartland Alliance’s Marjorie Kolver Center. Those who attend the screening and bring a donated item for the food drive will receive a free raffle ticket to be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information about “Girl Rising” see the film’s website at http://girlrising.com/. To attend the film presentation, please RSVP at http://www.evite.com/event/0329OPY4ZU2RBE2HOEPDQOC7CVVPJQ.

A.4. Loyola’s Career Development Center is sponsoring the Spring 2014 Education Job Fair Consortium on Wednesday, March 5 2014 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. to take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, Illinois Room (3rd Floor), 750 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60607.  This yearly event supports job seekers in connecting with potential employers. 65+ schools and educational organizations will be present with over 300 openings for the 2014-2015 school year. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with school administrators and even secure a job upon graduation!  Target your navigation of the fair by reviewing details of the employers and specific positions available at: https://depaul.experience.com/stu/cf_registered_employers?fhnd=6518. Free to Loyola, DePaul and UIC Students and Alumni. Non-Loyola, DePaul and UIC students are welcome with a $10 entrance fee.

A.5. Loyola University Chicago will be co-hosting a reception at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Meeting in Toronto, ON this coming March.  Please join current faculty, students and alumni on Wednesday, March 10 from 7pm – 10pm at the conference hotel.

A.6. Save the date for the SOE 16th Annual Research Symposium, April 12th from 10:00am-4:00pm on Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus.  This promises to be a wonderful event celebrating and supporting the many research efforts of our students and will feature Dr. David Stovall of UIC as the keynote speaker.  To sign up to present a paper please contact Stefanie Sferra by March 1st, ssferra@luc.edu.


B.1. “Louder Than A Bomb”, a spoken word competition put together by an organization called Young Chicago Authors runs February 19th to March 16th. 100 teams will compete in preliminary bouts and those that advance will compete in the semi-finals and then onto finals. The competition includes both group poetry and individual poetry and the theme of this year’s competition is “Freedom in Education”.  Over 1000 students from all over Chicago-land and Northeast Indiana will compete over the course of a month.  The individual finals are March 12th and the team finals are March 15th. Louder Than a Bomb documentary trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81hXGdFF6TQ Spoken Word piece from by Steinmetz team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dgt2dBqazw Purchase tickets at:  http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/?page_id=1493​

B.2. All are invited to attend a discussion series in Chicago on Monday, March 3, 2014. This talk will feature Eun Yi Jeong, the Director of the Korean Education Center in Chicago, and Olavi Göös, the Honorary Consul of Finland in Chicago. The topic will be Best Practices in K-16 Education in Finland and South Korea. The discussion will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (1120 E Delaware Place) from 12:00pm-1:30pm. To RSVP, go to www.concepttalks.org.

B.3. CEPS PhD alumnus, Dr. Michael Wannah was recently elected President of the Liberian Studies Association and invites interested people to attend its 46th annual conference. The LSA is a scholastic group where intellectuals interested in Liberian and African issues meet to discuss educational and development issues in Africa. Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois will be hosting the conference from from March 27 – 29, 2014. Topics at the conference will include civic education as a framework for democratization and governance in post-war Liberia, human and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, Liberia’s integration into the global economy, preservation and improvement of political stability and human rights, and settlement of Liberian refugees of the civil war and return of Ivorian refugees to Cote d’Ivoire. Registration is required to attend the conference. General registration is $125.00 and student registration is $50.00. There will be on-site registration. For program information and inquiries, contact Jim Simon (jimsimon@rci.rutgers.edu) or Michael Wannah (Michael.Wannah@cuchicago.edu).


C.1. The Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society will be held in Nessebar, Bulgaria, June 15-20, 2014. The conference theme is “Education’s Role in Preparing Globally Competent Citizens.” Thematic sections include comparative education and history of education; pre-service and in-service teacher training; education policy, reforms, and school leadership; and higher education, lifelong learning and social inclusion. Prospective participants are invited to submit papers. Papers should have up to 3000 words and consist of text only in English, French, German, Russian, or Bulgarian. The deadline for submitting full texts of papers is 28 February 2014. For more information, contact Professor Nikolay Popov, BCES Chairperson at bces.conference@bgcell.net, or visit the conference website at http://bces.conference.tripod.com/.

C.2. The British Association for International and Comparative Education will hold its annual conference from September 8-10. 2014 at the University of Bath. The theme will be “Power, Politics and Priorities for Comparative and International Education” and it challenges participants to consider how comparisons are used as part of wider political agendas, to investigate power relationships in educational policy and practice, and to critically consider priorities for contemporary research. Details on the venue, travel, sub-themes, fees and registration can be found at http://baice.ac.uk/. The symposia abstracts deadline is February 28, 2014 and the paper abstracts deadline is April 25, 2014. Questions can be directed to Robin Shields (r.a.shields@bath.ac.uk).

C.3. The Comparative Education Society in Europe will be holding its 26th conference in Freiburg, Germany June 10-13, 2014. The theme will be “Governing Educational Spaces: Knowledge, Teaching and Learning in Transition.” Registration is now open. Early bird registration ends April 15, 2014 and the final registration deadline is May 15, 2014. Abstract submission is now open, as well. Papers can be presented in one of six working groups including Governing Knowledge and the Politics of Education (WG 1), Governing Schooling and Schools (WG 2), Governing Teachers and Teaching (WG 3), and a New Scholars Working Group. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014. For more information, visit www.cese-europe.org/2014.

C.4. The History of Education Society will be holding its annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 5–9, 2014. The Program Committee invites proposals on all topics relevant to the history of education in any time period or nation, and especially papers or panels that cross cultures, time periods, or national boundaries. The Committee defines ‘education’ broadly, to include all institutions of socialization as well as schools and universities. For 2014, they encourage  members to consider submitting proposals on research methods in the history of education, teaching the history of education, and the role of philanthropy in the history of education. Proposals are due on or before Monday, March 3, 2014. To submit a proposal, please go to the proposal submission website (available beginning January 15): https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/HES2014. For questions about proposals, please contact Christine Ogren, program chair, at chris-ogren@uiowa.edu.


D.1. The University of Notre Dame invites applications for a faculty position in the Alliance for Catholic Education. Responsibilities of this position include leadership of a research unit that supports internal assessment of program effectiveness and state and federal reporting requirements for unit accreditation, as well as collaborating on research that addresses pressing questions of educational reform. The successful candidate will have expertise and experience in research design, quantitative analysis and program evaluation. An earned terminal degree is preferred. This is a 12-month permanent position with appointment to the university’s non-tenure professional specialist track in the Institute for Educational Initiatives. Applicants should submit a cover letter of no more than three pages describing their background, credentials and experience in the area evaluation and assessment as well as their research and teaching interests; a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Applications and questions about the position should be directed to Kathleen Fulcher, Program Manager (ace1@nd.edu). Applicants are encouraged to learn more about ACE programs at http://ace.nd.edu. Applications received by March 7 will receive full consideration.

D.2. To help inform how programs and policy can better serve Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates are pleased to announce the creation of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families. The Center is comprised of a team of national experts on Hispanic issues, and is a hub of research to improve the lives of Hispanics across several priority areas. This newly launched Center is pleased to announce a new Summer Research Fellowship program for 2014. In its inaugural year, the goal of the Summer Research Fellowship Program is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues concerning low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. This 12-week program is open to those currently enrolled in an advanced graduate program (master’s, PhD, or ABD) and will provide graduate students with the opportunity to carry out policy-research in an applied setting, and in ways that can impact both policy and programs serving Hispanic children and families. They are currently accepting applications for summer 2014 research fellowships. Please go to http://www.childtrends.org/careers/ for more information on how to apply. Applicants should be sure to submit applications by the deadline of March 7, 2014.

D.3. The Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar for a Spencer Foundation funded project on ethical issues in community-based research, under the direction of Ronald Glass, CCREC Director. The Postdoctoral Scholar will assist in the development of a casebook on the ethical issues in collaborative community-based research, in the preparation policy briefs in relation to the codes of ethics of professional associations of researchers, in the organization of an invitational conference on the ethical issues in collaborative community-based research, and participate in CCREC seminars, colloquia, and training projects as related to the Spencer Foundation funded work. See ccrec.ucsc.edu for more information about CCREC. The salary will be $50,000 per year. Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in a social science discipline, education, or philosophy by July 2014. This is a one year appointment with the possibility of extension. Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application addressing how you meet the basic qualifications; curriculum vitae; name, affliation, and contact information for 3 references; and a sample of published work. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Apply at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00090. Review of applications will begin on March 17, 2014.

D.4. The Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applicants for a one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Social Foundations of Education. Applicants with an educational focus utilizing a critical analysis of urban teacher education preparation programs through the lens of postcolonial studies, feminist studies, or critical historiography are strongly encouraged to apply. The Postdoctoral Research Associate requires participants to teach one course per semester. This is a full-time position from August 16, 2014 through August 15, 2015. Applications are invited from persons with an earned doctorate prior to August 2014. The successful applicant should demonstrate a professional commitment and interest in the social foundations of urban education and urban teacher education. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a resume, transcripts for all graduate course work and three letters of references electronically at https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=39778 no later than March 28, 2014. Please refer to the department website (http://education.uic.edu/academics-admissions/departments/department-educational-policy-studies#overview) for more detailed information.