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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Trecia Pottinger received PhD

Trecia Pottinger has received her PhD with her dissertation entitled, "Black Suburbanization on Philadelphia's Main Line, 1894-1975." Katherine Solomonson, adviser.

A.J Lewis received PhD

A.J. Lewis has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "The Falling Dream: Unreason and Enchantment in the Gay Liberation."  Rod Ferguson, Reg Kunzel, advisers.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fall Grant Writing Workshops

Each fall, we host a series of grant writing workshops to help improve our students access to funding and to familiarize you with the grant writing process. These workshops are mandatory for first year students in American Studies, but open to any other grad students in the American Studies department who would like to participate. They serve as a great refresher if you are applying to the Ford Foundation Fellowships or the IDF in early November. This year the workshops will be held on Friday, October 2nd (time and location TBA) and Monday, October 19th (3:30-5:30pm, location TBA). Please note them on your calendar and an agenda for the workshops will be sent closer to the dates.

During the first meeting, we will go over the various types of fellowships, grants, and funds available nationwide and at the University of Minnesota. We will also talk about what a successful grant proposal looks like. We will also be reading and commenting on proposals on proposals on October 2. Prior to the first meeting, I ask that you put together a draft of a grant application. You are required to bring a draft of a grant application statement with you to the first meeting. I will be giving you individual feedback on your proposals. To do so, I need you to send me a copy of your proposals by September 10, 2015. 
If you have any questions about the workshop please contact Bianet Castellanos, mbc@umn.edu

Spring 2015 Prelim Exams Milestones

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS have passed their preliminary portfolio & oral exams and have attained doctoral candidacy:  Amber Annis, Sarah Atwood-Hoffman, and Kong Pha.

Michigan Societ of Fellows Post-Doc Fellowships

THE MICHIGAN SOCIETY OF FELLOWS has 3-year fellowships in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Professions for 2016-2019. The fellowships are held at the University of Michigan with an annual stipend of $55,000. Applications are due on September 29th, 2015. 

The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professions. In 2007, the Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to add Mellon Fellows in the humanities.  The objective of the Society is to provide financial and intellectual support for individuals holding advanced degrees in their fields, who are selected for their outstanding achievement, professional promise, and interdisciplinary interests. We invite applications from qualified candidates for three-year fellowships at the University of Michigan.
Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers.  Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2013, and September 1, 2016.  Fellows are appointed as Assistant Professors in appropriate departments and as Postdoctoral Scholars in the Michigan Society of Fellows. They are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor during the academic years of the fellowship, to teach for the equivalent of one academic year, to participate in the informal intellectual life of the Society, and to devote time to their independent research or artistic projects.  This is not an artist-in-residence program but rather an opportunity to develop one’s work in conversation with fellows from a range of disciplines during the three years of the fellowship. Applications from degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. or comparable artistic or professional degree from the University of Michigan will not be considered.
Applications will be reviewed by Society members and University faculty.  Final selections will be made in late January by Senior Fellows of the Society.  Fellows will be selected for three-year terms to begin September 1, 2016.  The annual stipend will be $55,000.
The online application is available at: http://societyoffellows.umich.edu
email:  society.of.fellows@umich.edu

Waleed Mahdi accepts position at George Mason

WALEED MAHDI, American Studies PhD Candidate, has accepted a one-year full-time position as a term assistant professor of Arabic at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia.

TA Position in Art History

ART HISTORY is seeking a graduate student to serve as a TA for ARTH 3929 – Cinema Now. This is a 25% Teaching Assistantship (10 hours/week). TAs will receive a base salary of $19.70 an hour. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-5:00 pm.This would be an especially good position for an advanced graduate student who is already beyond their guaranteed funding.Please contact Erik Farseth at: farse003@umn.edu if you are interested in applying for this position.