Congratulations 2013 Graduates!
Graduates from the Master's in Policy Studies and Master's in Cultural Studies programs enjoyed a bit of pomp and circumstance at the 2013 UW Bothell Commencement that took place at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW Seattle campus Sunday afternoon. Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of Costa Rica, Dr. Oscar Arias, delivered the commencement address.
IAS Adds 14 new full-time faculty members for 2013-2014
IAS had a very busy faculty hiring season this year. In order to keep up with campus growth and to build out our undergraduate and graduate degrees, we have added fourteen new faculty members, most of whom will be starting in fall 2013. Their fields range from Community Psychology and Critical Media Studies to Comparative Ethnic Studies and Interdisciplinary Arts. More information about them, the classes they will be teaching, and their areas of intellectual and scholarly interest is available here.
IAS Students Exhibit Work from UWB Literary and Arts Journal in Seattle
IAS students opened an exhibit of their work at the Shift Collaborative Studio in Seattle's Pioneer Square as part of the monthly first Thursday Art Walk. The exhibit draws on publications from Clamor, the UW Bothell Literary and Arts Journal. It includes creative writing, visual art, and sound and video. The exhibit runs through the month of June, so be sure to check it out, even if you missed the opening. The 2013 issue of Clamor will be available online soon.
MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics Announces Fall Convergence
The MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics will hold its second annual Fall Convergence on Poetics at North Creek Events Center Oct. 3 to 5, 2013. MFA students and faculty will participate in workshops with Tisa Bryant and Carla Harryman, who will begin serving as additional thesis advisors to second-year MFA students in the fall. The Convergence will also feature a reading and conversation with poet and author Kathleen Fraser. Please get in touch with Meredith Field for additional information.
2013-2014 IAS Research Colloquium Series Line-up is Set!
The schedule for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Research Colloquium Series has been announced. This monthly showcase of research-in-progress by IAS faculty members is open to the campus-community and the general public. Participants are invited to interact with faculty in conversations about their research, gain a sense of how research practices shift as they move across disciplines and sectors, and think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design.
The presentations take place the first Tuesday of each month, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in UW1-280 (Rose Room). Mark your calendars for the next year's presentations:
October: Karam Dana - "What Caused the Arab Revolts?: Exploring State-Society Relations in the Arab World"
November: Jungyeop Shin - "Reappraisal of the Urban Sprawl in the Metropolis and Detecting its Methodologies: The Case of Seoul Metropolitan Region, Korea"
December: Wanda Gregory - "Mindful Games: Games and Health"
January: Emily Thuma - "We are Attica or We are Nothing": Women Radicals and Antiracist Resistance to the Carceral State in the Long 1960s"
February: Ted Hiebert and Jin-Kyu Jung - "Re-Mapping Imaginary and Imagined Communities"
March: Susan Harewood - "Another 'History of the Voice': Researching 'Fans,' 'People,' and 'Citizens'"
April: Christian Anderson - "The Astounding Social Geographies of Everyday Life on a Single New York City Street"
May: Becca Price - "What Do You Know about Evolution?: Assessing Undergraduate Students' Conceptions"
June: Sarah Dowling - "Animality and Poetic Voice: from Virginia Woolf's Flush to Bhanu Kapil's Humanimal."
Please visit the web for detailed information about upcoming and past colloquium archives, or get in touch with Meredith Field for more information.
Student, Alumni, and Faculty News
Ellen Bauer (Creative Writing & Poetics, 2014) was accepted to this summer's Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, Ky. She will participate in the Workshop's short story class, which will be taught by Holly Goddard Jones. Bauer applied to the Workshop with her short story, "Burning Bridges," written for Rebecca Brown's creative writing class last fall. Bauer is a veteran of the Appalachian Writers Workshop, having attended twice in the past, in 2009 and 2012.
Tyrell Edwards (Cultural Studies, 2013) received UW Bothell's Emerging Leader Award for 2013, which is awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, has an excellent academic record and shows clear indication of outstanding future leadership. In April, Edwards received a Fulbright award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. He is the University of Washington Bothell's first Fulbright Student Scholar.
Rachel Tomczek (Cultural Studies, 2013) will begin a summer job with the Wilderness Awareness School (WAS) in June, serving as an instructor and one of the directors of the WAS Nature Explorers camp. She will spend the summer exploring Cougar Mountain Park and Seward Park with 4- to 6-year-old day campers. The campers will gain nature awareness and experiential knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds and survival skills, and will develop tangible and intangible skills like teamwork and communication; thankfulness; awareness; patience; common sense; self-confidence; problem-solving; and respect for self, each other and nature. Tomczek will enjoy this new adventure and the opportunity to put into practice knowledge and skills mastered in the Cultural Studies program. She volunteered with WAS last summer for her grad school research, and shares she feels honored, being hired to work at the camp, and can't imagine a better way to spend the summer.
Shana Hirsch (Cultural Studies, 2012) will join the Master of Science in Nationalism Studies program in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh beginning this September. The program focuses on fast-paced changes happening all over the world, and seeing nationalism-national identities, ideologies and interests-as central to those changes. Hirsch notes this is the perfect time and place to be studying nationalism, since the Referendum on Scottish Independence coming up in September 2014. She presented her research "Farming for a New Nation? Reframing the Role of the Crofter for an Independent Scotland" at the 2012 MACS Graduate Research Conference.
John Lee (Policy Studies, 2010) and his wife Sarah Kaufmann-Fink invite UWB graduate students and alums to join them for the inaugural MoveMMORE Across America 5K & I Mile Run/Walk to support multiple myeloma (MM) research. The event will take place June 30 at Magnuson Park in Seattle. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.; the race starts at 9:00 a.m. The Seattle event will be one of several being held around the country, with 150 to 200 people expected to participate at Magnuson Park. Teams are encouraged to join. Register online for the event.
Julianna Mandler (Policy Studies, 2012) will start a new job as an Evaluation Researcher for ADM Associates in Fremont, Calif., on July 1. She will be working on energy efficiency program evaluation, and is happy to point out she will be using knowledge and skills acquired through her MAPS degree in the position. Mandler presented her capstone research project, The Water Use Efficiency Rule and Overcompliance: An Analysis of Water Conservation in Washington State at the 2012 Policy Studies Graduate Research Conference.
Vy Nguyen (Policy Studies, 2012) reports that she recently started a job at the White Center Community Development Association (CDA) as Neighborhood Revitalization Program Manager. The White Center CDA began as a grass roots movement of the culturally diverse community. Residents were concerned about the decline of the community's economic base, especially the loss of businesses and jobs, and formed CDA to organize support to revitalize the community. Nguyen's experience in the MAPS program prepared her well for her new position. She presented her capstone research project, Community Building & Development in Seattle's Little Saigon. A Case Study in Community Economic Development, at the 2012 Graduate Research Conference in Policy Studies.
Alums Collaborate Beyond the Cohort!
A Dose for Dominic, a short documentary written and directed by Ruth Gregory (Cultural Studies, 2011), produced by Luke Ware (Cultural Studies, 2011) and shot by David Ryder (Cultural Studies, 2011), won the award for Best Use of Theme at the 2013 International Documentary Challenge screening at the Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival in Toronto on April 30. The three MACS alums were excited to see their work included in the Hot Docs line-up, since the Festival is regarded worldwide as a premier venue for documentary film screening. The film documents the decision of parents, Anjela and Anthony Leppel, to treat their severely autistic son, Dominic, with medical cannabis. A Dose for Dominic was one of four films, out of 112 entries in the International Documentary Challenge screening, to win an award. Gregory invites students and alums to check out the film and help the group win another award by voting online for the Audience Choice award: http://docchallenge.org/2013-Finalists/a-dose-for-dominic.html
Jennifer Atkinson recently presented a paper on "American Garden Writing: Some Notes on a Fantasy Genre" at the University of Delaware symposium "EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden." The symposium is a follow-up to last year's publication of the book of the same title. Earth Perfect is an interdisciplinary reflection on the relation between humanity and the garden, understood as a site of contestation and a repository for symbolic, spiritual, social, political, and ecological meaning.
MFA faculty member Amaranth Borsuk has had a busy couple of months. In addition to speaking at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as part of the "Emerging Writer" series,celebrating National Poetry Month at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle as part of Castalia, and reading in The Book that Was to Come series at The Chicago Poetry Center, she wrote the libretto for The Lorelei Ensemble's The Familiar Spirit and helped to launch the second issue of Portland-Based Pocket Notes, a website that publishes process notes from writers' journals, at "Pocket Tones: Exile Water," a happening at the Independent Publishing Resource Center where poets read from their work and created live erasures from it. The last event is linked to book-length erasure project on which Borsuk is collaborating, titled As We Know, selections of which work appeared in The Volta and Dusie.
MFA faculty member Rebecca Brown published "In Defense of Monsters: On Creatures Aghast, Afraid, Ashamed of Themselves, and Creepy to Everyone Else" in the May 29-June 4 issue of The Stranger. An interview with Brown, in which she talks about how "Writing is Emotional and Mysterious" among other topics, also appeared in the March-April issue of The Gay & Lesbian Review.
Bruce Burgett, in his role as the President of the Cultural Studies Association (CSA), curated and hosted a crowd-sourced Presidential Plenary for the CSA's 2013 conference in Chicago. Twelve speakers drawn from an open call to the membership, including IAS faculty member S. Charusheela, presented three minute manifestos, diatribes, riffs, or rants on what cultural studies should, will, or could be.
In addition, Burgett along with Ron Krabill and Miriam Bartha, recently published "Critical Purchase in Neoliberal Times" in the second issue of Lateral, the digital journal of the Cultural Studies Association. The publication is a result of a conversation with cultural studies scholar Ien Ang conducted as part of a multi-year collaboration that led to the launch of IAS's Master of Arts in Cultural Studies and the UW's graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship.
Karam Dana recently spoke on Russia Today (Arabic) about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to Palestine/Israel on 21 May 2013. Dana discussed the role of the U.S. in the Peace Process more than 20 years ago, noting the crucial importance of the U.S. taking a more even-handed position when addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He suggested that, from a policy viewpoint, the peace process cannot advance without an active and fair U.S. position in bringing the two sides together.
Martha Groom served recently as an external reviewer for a new report on the impacts of biofuels on biodiversity, coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research and the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence. A group met together in Zurich to discuss the problems stemming from lack of research, particularly outside of oil palm plantations, and make recommendations for new research.
Susan Harewood recently won the Emerging Scholar Award in the Ethnicity and Race in Communication (ERIC) division of the International Communication Association. The Emerging Scholar Award is a new award from the division, funded by Stockholm University. The award identifies and recognizes younger scholars who are developing strong and important dossiers of research in the field of ethnicity and race in communication.
Ted Hiebert recently published "That Which Burns: a meditation on fire, allegory and competitive telekinesis" in a special "On Fire" issue of the journal Performance Research. The issue as a whole seeks "to explore the elemental, creative and destructive force of fire... with performance - at once transformative, celebratory, purifying, cathartic, and catastrophic." Hiebert also recently exhibited and performed his work in Singapore and Montreal. In Singapore, he exhibited "Nightmare Inductions" (with the Noxious Sector Arts Collective) in the "Locomotion" show at the Goodman Art Center as part of their Digital Art Weeks International symposium. In Montreal, he performed "Nightmare Inductions" (with the Noxious Sector Arts Collective) and ran a workshop on "Creative Self-Hypnosis" at the Eastern Bloc Artist-run Centre, in conjunction with Monteal's Sight and Sound Festival. Hiebert was also recently interviewed for "Bad at Sports Contemporary Art Talk".
Gwen Ottinger published "The Winds of Change: Environmental Justice in Energy Transitions" in the latest issue of the journal Science as Culture. The article suggests that wind energy may be good for the environment, but is often implemented in ways that perpetuate the same environmental injustices permeating our existing, fossil fuel-based energy systems. Ottinger argues that we need to think proactively about the scale of energy production and the environmental and health effects that accompany energy innovations, if we want to make the transition to new energy technologies both renewable and just.
Julie Shayne has secured a contract with SUNY Press to publish her edited collection, Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas. Taking Risks will be published in SUNY's "Praxis: Theory in Action" series. The book is an interdisciplinary collection about feminist and women's social movements in the Americas situated in discussions of activist scholarship. The twelve scholar-activists in the collection include IAS faculty member Kristy Leissle and Mahala Lettvin, an IAS American Studies graduate and incoming Master of Arts in Cultural Studies student.
UWave the UW Bothell radio station, went live on 5 June 2013, with the leadership of IAS faculty member Amoshaun Toft and UW Bothell students. The launch was covered by the Bothell Reporter Toft, along with IAS Media and Communications Studies student Drew Stone and Master of Arts in Policy Studies student Andrew Nguyen, also attended a Low Power FM organizing meeting at Washington Hall hosted by Brown Paper Tickets. The goal of the event was to ensure that all LPFM frequencies in Seattle have qualified applicants when the FCC opens the application window for them in October 2013. Toft also has been honored with the 2012-13 Faculty Award from the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell (ASUWB). This award is given annually to honor a UW Bothell faculty member for their outstanding performance and excellence in teaching. The award recognizes that Toft is, in the word of one of his student nominators, "able to reach any student by meeting them where they are and engaging them intellectually in ways that make it easy for students to learn and grow."
In addition, Toft and Media and Communication Studies student Paul Kim spoke on a post screening panel for the Seattle premier of the film "Corporate FM
" as part of the Meaningful Movies
series. Toft and Kim shared their work in helping to start the UWave campus-community radio station at UW Bothell as an alternative to the corporate radio model the film examined, and helped attendees think through how they too can apply for LPFM licenses during the Fall FCC filing window. UWave radio launches its internet broadcast at noon on June 5th. Watch the minutes count down at http://UWave.fm
Camille Walsh hit the road recently to talk taxes, youth courts, and restorative justice. She presented her work on racialized taxpayer identity and served as a chair and discussant for a panel on "Race and U.S. Sociolegal History" at the Law and Society Association annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Walsh and IAS alum Karen Terrado presented on Bothell Youth Court at the Global Youth Justice Institute in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and will discuss youth court mentoring as part of a roundtable on "Restorative Justice in a Juvenile Justice Context" at the 4th National "Race and Restorative Justice" conference in Toledo, Ohio later this month. Walsh will deliver the commencement address at the University of Oregon History Department graduation ceremony in Eugene, Oregon on June 17th. Finally, Walsh participated in the 13th annual "Reacting to the Past" faculty institute at Barnard College where she played the role of Emma Goldman in a "Greenwich Village, 1913" game.
Career and Professional Development
Jobs (by closing date if known, then alpha)
4Culture, Communications Specialist, Seattle
Closes: June 22
More information; click "professional development
Redfin, Content Production Specialist, Seattle
Closes: June 28
The Alexander Hamilton Friends Association, Program Manager, Seattle
Husky Jobs: 70614
Closes: July 3
Peace Trees Vietnam, Program and Operations Manager, Seattle
Open until filled
Strategic Edge Partners, Jr. Copywriter, Seattle
Open until filled
UWB/CCC Campus Library, Student Technology Consultant
UWB Information Technologies, Student Technicians
Help meet the technology needs of students in the Campus Library Information Commons and beyond, conducting research, writing papers, and working on class projects. You'll have the opportunity to help patrons access online resources and use Microsoft Office and other applications to complete assignments, and also assist in the circulation of books and laptops. This is a great job for those interested in careers in IT, public service, or communications, and it's also a great way to build skills and experience for your resume! Up to 19.5 hours per week, with a flexible work schedule. Application Instructions: For more information on the job, or to complete an application online, go to http://library.uwb.edu/jobs/Tech
. (UW NetID required) Successful applicants will be notified via email. For additional questions, contact Library Technology Services at 425.352.3450 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the general direction of the Senior Helpdesk Coordinator this position is responsible for first level problem resolution, incident recording and escalation in the support of UWB software, circulating equipment, computer labs and classroom technology.
**For more job information, consult your program's "Employment and Assistantships" web page:
MA in Cultural Studies
MA in Policy Studies
MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics
Paid, 15-40 hours/week
Closes: July 1
City of Bainbridge Island, Water Resources Intern
Open until filled
The Delphic Games, Web Content Writer Intern, Bellevue
Volunteer, 5 hours/week
Open until filled
UW Alumni Career Development Series for Alumni (Sponsored by UW Seattle and UW Alumni Association)
Various Opportunities June 20-July 17, 2013
2013 Summer Career Fair
UWAA and UW Seattle Career Services are offering a career development series for alumni this summer. It includes a number of workshops, a ResumeFest, a Summer Career Fair and a networking night. Alumni can sign-up for one, or for all! Nominal fees apply to the majority of workshops, but there are several free opportunities as well. Visit this event series website for more information and registration
Thurs, June 27, 2-6pm
UW Seattle, HUB, North Ballroom
If you're about to graduate or an alum looking to land a full-time position with a top employer, then the UW Summer Career Fair is for you! The UW Summer Career Fair brings over 80 employers to campus who are looking to hire Huskies for jobs and internships with their organizations. This fair is Open to students and UW alumni from all majors and career-interest areas. Employers represent a wide range of jobs and industries, including business, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
Seattle Community Colleges Part-Time Faculty Career Fair
Wed, Aug 7
South Seattle Community Colleges' Georgetown Campus
This event is free and will be open to the public. The event will give you a chance to speak with Deans from Seattle Vocational Institute, North Seattle, South Seattle, and Seattle Central Community Colleges. Part-time faculty openings for the Fall 2013 quarter will be advertised at this event. Email: SCCDCareerfair@seattlecolleges.edu
to pre-register and be the first to hear about all the details.Career Launch Workshop
Thurs, July 11, 10 am - 3 pm
UW Seattle, HUB, South Ballroom
This workshop features three of our key job search workshops including:
Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Did you know most employers spend only 30 seconds reviewing a resume and cover letter? Learn how to make sure yours stand out.
Conducting a Job Search - What are the most successful job search strategies? How do you use them? How do you find a job in a down economy? Learn the answers to all of these questions.
Successful Interviewing =- Learn practical information and tips to help you ace any interview by exploring popular questions and how to answer them, interview preparation techniques and more.
The cost for the workshop is $35 for non-UWAA members and $30 for current UWAA members and includes lunch.
Fellowships & Funding
UWB Upcoming Merit Scholarships
To learn about merit scholarships opportunities and summer deadlines, visit this web page
UWB Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards
Current students may arrange individual advising appointments with this office
. Graduate Funding Information Service
GFIS works with current and admitted UW graduate students. GFIS helps students identify and use different resources to locate funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses including tuition, research, and conference and research travel. Attend a drop-in advising session or sign up for their "Funding Blog" to learn about staff, research, and teaching assistantships. (Please note: Assistantship benefits vary from program to program.)
Hedgebrook Writers in Residence
Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.
Application for the 2014 residency season are due September 4, 2013.
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