Monthly Archives: April 2019

Luxembourg opportunities for faculty

The annual call is open for proposals from faculty interested in a teaching appointment at the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg for the 2020-21 academic year, and subsequent summer. From Erik Jensen, committee chair, and Dean Leterre:

We are pleased to invite proposals from qualified faculty interested in a teaching appointment at the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg for the 2020-2021 academic year, and subsequent summer. MUDEC is one of the oldest and most well-established American study abroad programs. Since its inception in 1968, it has welcomed over 11,000 students from Miami and partner universities. The Center is housed in a beautifully renovated 15th-century château in Luxembourg’s third-largest city, Differdange, lying 17 miles southwest of Luxembourg City and in the heart of western Europe. Approximately 110 Miami students attend MUDEC each semester, living with host families and engaging in a rigorous curriculum that focuses on European studies. A smaller summer program has also been in place since 2008.

There are several options for teaching at MUDEC, and we invite you to take the first step in the process by submitting a one-page statement of interest. The due date for the statement of interest is Monday, April 22, 2019.

Interested faculty can see me for more information, Paul for personal experience, or Erik Jensen or Kerry Strader with the program.

Nominate outstanding undergrads for alumni board

At their recent meeting, the alumni board decided on recruiting two undergraduate student members. Eligible students should have received an email, but you are also encouraged to reach out to your talented research assistants, etc. Erika Minnick (B.A. ’11) is organizing a selection process for the board, and writes:

The Psychology Alumni Board is looking for a rising Junior (graduating in ‘21) and a rising Senior (graduating in ‘20) to join them as student representatives on the board for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the Miami Psychology community and to connect with Alums. As an Alumni Board Student Liaison, your role would involve: Representing the voice of the Psychology Major Miami student to the Alumni Board meetings (2x per year – Sept/March); and providing feedback on proposed Alumni board areas of focus and events to ensure the board is best serving the Miami Psychology Majors.

Point your interested and eligible students to the application link, or to Erika or Vaishali for further questions. This is a great opportunity for any of our majors, especially if it can offer broader representation to the board.

Intergroup dialogue FLC

Tarah Trueblood from the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) has been coordinating the intergroup dialogue sessions this semester, in which some of our majors, 112 students, and graduate students are participating. Next year, they are extending this to faculty and administrators as an FLC; she writes:

I want to give you a heads up that the CAWC will be facilitating an FLC next year to help develop a strategy for embedding intergroup dialogue campus-wide. We are hoping to create a group with about 50% faculty members. Would you share the information below about this FLC with your faculty?

The Center for Teaching Excellence has accepted the proposal to fund a 2019-20 Faculty Learning Community (FLC) called Intergroup Dialogue for Miami Faculty, Staff, and Administrators.

The purpose of this FLC is to forge an internal partnership of faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to learning and embedding IDG pedagogy. The FLC will work to adopt an IGD model/s, assessment plan, and strategy for embedding IGD theory and practice among Miami faculty, staff and administrators. Such embedding will involve the formation of peer-facilitated intergroup dialogue groups who will engage in purposeful, facilitated, dialogue across social identity differences.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019

This FLC will be co-facilitated by Alicia Castillo Shrestha and Tarah Trueblood starting in the fall. We will work out a meeting day and time that works with most schedules. I hope you will join us!

Contact Tarah directly for more information if you are interested, but I would encourage you to consider this opportunity.

Diversity & inclusion events next week

John Singer, PhD: Black Male Athletes’ Education Matters: What’s College Sport Got to do with It?
When: Monday, 4/8 @ 6-7:50pm
Where: 001 Upham Hall
Description: Dr. John Singer will present a talk on his research, which identifies “intersections between race, gender, sport, and education…and diversity and social justice matters in sport organizations, with an emphasis on historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.

Chinese Skit Competition
When: Tuesday, 4/8 @ 6-8pm
Where: Leonard Theatre Peabody Hall
Description: The Confucius Institute and the Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures is co-hosting this event for Chinese language students, where they will act out skits and demonstrate their Chinese fluency.

Valeria Luiselli: Asylum Under Siege: Nations, Borders, and Refugees in the Age of Global Migration
When: Wednesday, 4/10 @ 5:30pm
Where: 1000 Farmer School of Business
Description: Working as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking children in the New York City Immigration Court, Valeria Luiselli realized that rather than just translating 40 questions on an intake questionnaire, she was “providing triage to a humanitarian emergency.” She will be presenting a talk related to her book entitled “Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions.”

Kate Welling Lecture: Intelligent Lives
When: Wednesday, 4/10 @ 7pm
Where: 152 Shideler Hall
Description: The first part of this event includes a screening of a film called Intelligent Lives, which details the lives of three young adults with intellectual disabilities. After the film, the night’s host will lead a Q&A.

Dr. Mich Nyawalo: “I’m Muslim Don’t Panic”: Responding to French Islamophobia through Hip-Hop
When: Thursday, 4/11 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Where: 040 Irvin Hall
Description: Dr. Mich Nyawalo will present a talk entitled “I’m Muslim Don’t Panic”: Responding to French Islamophobia through Hip-Hop.