Update: There were some typos on the original flyers.
I just wanted to send out a quick THANKS! to the African Student Association. Saturday evening they held their annual cultural event. This year it was titled “Ariya: The Beats of Africa”. At the end of the event I was extremely surprised to discover they had an award for me! Both Professor Alice Hadler and myself were honored for our support to the African Student Association. As a professor, this is one of the greatest things that can happen: to have your students honor you in this way. So Thanks!
The Department of Government at Wesleyan University invites applications for a position as Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in International Relations. This one-year, non-tenure-track appointment will begin August 2012 and is not renewable. Primary responsibilities will include teaching three undergraduate courses in the fall 2012, two undergraduate courses in the following spring, and supervising up to two senior theses. One course each semester will be an introductory course in IR. Another course will be International Security. This amounts to four preps. The other courses are subject to negotiation, but there will be a strong preference for courses with an international security theme. Candidates with an earned doctorate are preferred, but we will consider candidates who have achieved all-but-dissertation status. The successful candidate should have prior experience teaching his or her own courses.
To apply, please send a letter of application, a curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, a brief statement outlining your teaching and research experience, and teaching evaluation statistics or other evidence of teaching effectiveness (but please do not send copies of individual student evaluations). The search committee will begin reviewing files as they are received and will continue work until the position is filled.
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To stay on the theme of the great work our students are doing here at Wesleyan, I wanted to highlight the summer research projects that students completed with our Quantitative Analysis Center.
Each summer, a group of students is given the opportunity to do original research under the guidance of a professor here at Wesleyan. In a certain sense, this replicates for the social sciences what already happens in the sciences here (notably the Hughes program). The summer program culminated this year with a joint poster session that included work conducted by students in the sciences and the social sciences. It was a great fun to walk through Exley Science Center and talk with the students about these great projects, many of which are likely to be published.
I’ve been meaning to post on this. Kennedy Odede, one of our majors, was recently published in the New York Times on the subject of “Slumdog Tourism”. It is definitely worth a read, especially if you are a Westerner considering a trip to a developing country. See it as an opportunity to reflect on what it means to travel and interact with people who live under such drastically different conditions. What Kennedy does here is try to have us see and feel the experience of being observed by such a tourist.
I notice Chris Blattman has a few posts on the subject of development, or poverty, tourism. Besides the New York Times, which has covered the issue a couple times, the Christian Science Monitor, also had a nice story a year ago.
I definitely recommend that you go to the Huffington Post site (see below) and watch the video of her win.
Congratulations Jessica and Kennedy for all of your success!