Monthly Archives: September 2014

Postdoc in STEM Education Research, Education Research Collaborative

by Lyn

The Education Research Collaborative (ERC) at TERC, a not-for-profit research and development institution focusing on education in STEM fields, in Cambridge, MA, invites applications for a two-year residential research fellowship. The fellowship program is focused broadly on transformative research on teaching and learning that intentionally seeks to expand formal and/or informal educational opportunities for children, youth and adults from historically underrepresented communities. We are particularly interested in work focused in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), or transdisciplinary studies (e.g., across the sciences, mathematics, humanities, and arts).
The Program
Fellows will be chosen for residence during 2015-2017. A major component of this fellowship program is to foster a scholarly learning community. Fellows will develop their research in a supportive environment, work directly with a mentor or mentor team, and share their emerging work with the broader ERC and TERC communities. They will also have opportunities to collaborate with ongoing projects and to develop grant proposal and manuscript writing skills.
Stipend and Allowances
Fellows will receive an annual salary of $60,000 with full benefits and significant additional funds to cover travel, participation in professional conferences, and research-related expenses.
• Applicants must be within three years of receiving their Ph.D. or Ed.D. in an education-related field broadly understood.
• The degree must be completed by July 2015.
• Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.
Application Criteria

The application should include:
• A cover letter describing the applicant’s goals, experience, and reasons why the fellowship is a good fit
• A two-year plan of research, including the significance of the applicant’s prior and proposed research with respect to the education of children, youth, or adults from historically underrepresented communities
• A self-assessment of the applicant’s research competencies and areas where growth is sought
• CV
• Two samples of academic writing as lead or sole author
• Three letters of reference (may be emailed separately)
Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:
• Demonstration of scholarly excellence
• Potential significance of research contribution to the field
• Quality of application
• Complementarity of applicant’s research interests with ongoing work in ERC
• Feasibility of plan of work and proposed schedule
Application Deadline: All application materials must be received electronically by 5 p.m. of the applicant’s local time no later than October 31, 2014. Email applications and questions to
We strongly encourage applications from recent Ph.D.s or Ed.D.s from communities historically underrepresented in STEM, and whose research links matters of culture, class, race, language and social justice with learning and teaching. TERC is an affirmative action EEOC institution.

Invitation: Mellon Workshop on Financial Stability and the Public Good University

by Lyn

RSVPs are now being accepted for participation in a new 2014-2015 A.W. Mellon Workshop entitled, “Financial Stability and the Public Good University.”

The aim of the workshop is to provide a group of current University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students an opportunity to think through the critical issues at stake as public higher education institutions seek simultaneously to advance a market-oriented, income-generation agenda and maintain an institutional profile consistent with a commitment to the public good.

Topics central to the discussion will include “academic capitalism”; historical perspectives on university-industry partnerships; the liberal arts and the “practically-oriented” university; opportunities and costs of universities as economic development engines; and the benefits and costs of contingent faculty and revenue-generating programs.

We hope this workshop will: 1) provide members of our UW community an opportunity to read relevant, cross disciplinary scholarship and topical material with colleagues; 2) aid in building a network of people on campus who have considered the issues at stake for the future of the public university and who are positioned to provide informed input to discussions about the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s particular place in that future; and 3) inform and alter participants’ own work practices, whether producing scholarship, teaching, leading assorted campus programs, or engaging in activism.

Participants in the workshop will meet five times across the 2014-2015 academic year, with our first two workshops scheduled for Tuesday, October 21st and Tuesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

To achieve quality discussion, we hope to attract colleagues who are interested in participating in all of the meetings and to keep the group at a manageable size. Consequently, we will cap workshop registration at the first 15 people to RSVP.

We hope you will join us. Please RSVP to Sigrid Peterson at by Tuesday, October 7th if you are interested.

Sincerely, Workshop Organizers:

Greg Downey, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication and School of Library and Information Studies

Daniel Kleinman, Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology

Adam Nelson, Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies

Sigrid Peterson, Graduate Student, Department of Geography and School of Journalism and Mass Communication

CFP: Information Ethics Rountable on Transparency and Secrecy at UW-Madison, April 9-10

by Lyn

Date: April 9-10, 2015
Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Union South
Theme: Transparency and Secrecy

Keynote Speakers

  • Louise Amoore, Professor of Geography, Durham University (UK), author of The Politics of Possibility: Risk and Security Beyond Probability (Duke University Press, 2013).
  • Christopher Kutz, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs, University of California, Berkeley.

Theme Description

Transparency is important in a variety of ways, and disputes about transparency and secrecy permeate much of our public discourse. This year’s meeting of the IER seeks papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines addressing questions about transparency and secrecy, for example:

  • What is transparency? What does it mean for something to be kept secret or made transparent?
  • What justifies transparency in different domains?
  • When is transparency bad, or unjustifiable? When is secrecy good, or justifiable?
  • Lots of organizations seek to make government and corporate actions transparent (e.g., fact-checking organizations, open records advocacy organizations, market watchdog groups). Do they succeed? What criteria should we use to determine whether they succeed? Do they introduce other questions of information flow?
  • What policies in scientific research and publishing, in journalism, in government, and in commerce best promote transparency?
  • Is secret law really law?
  • Is it possible to maintain and build trust within a climate of secrecy?

The goal of the 2015 Roundtable is to bring together scholars and professionals to examine these and related issues pertaining to transparency and secrecy, broadly construed. Hence, we welcome submissions on these and any related topics, and we encourage submissions from a broad range of disciplines. 

Abstract Submissions

Please submit an abstract of about 500 words to by January 5, 2015. Abstracts will be peer reviewed, and notification of acceptance status will be sent by January 20, 2015.  Paper drafts for commentators will be due by March 10, 2015.

Eschenfelder & Downey Awarded Sloan Foundation Grant

by Lyn

Congratulations to Holtz Center members Kristin Eschenfelder (SLIS) and Greg Downey (SJMC), who have been awarded an $180,535 three year research grant with colleague Kalpana Shankar of University College Dublin to investigate the sustainability of social science data archives from a global information perspective. The study will highlight changes in the social science data landscape from the 1960s through today (including open data initiatives), the shifting challenges confronting data archives stemming from changes in research practices, and the strategies employed by archives to manage change in both the United States and Europe. This socio-technical study of information infrastructure will inform planning, development and management of data archives across many fields of science.   For more information about the study please contact PIs Kristin Eschenfelder or Kalpana Shankar (;

Cheese is Alive!– Now Available on University Place

by Lyn

Missed last spring’s Science & the Public panel on the tensions in contemporary food regulations as they apply to cheese?  View it here at Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place website.