November 2010 Archives

Hello, my name is Jamal Ratchford and I am the Student Committee Co-Chair for
the National Council for Black Studies. I encourage you to present your work at
NCBS in Cincinnati next year and submit a paper for the graduate or
undergraduate essay contest (due date Jan 14, 2011).

The 2010 meeting in New Orleans was successful and we are building on those
efforts for the 35th annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 16-19,

Below is a link to the call for papers (deadline December 1, 2010) and if
there is anything I can do to assist you, please let me know.

Jamal Ratchford

Jamal Ratchford
Ph.D. Candidate, History
NCBS Keto Fellow and Co-Chair of the Student Committee
Graduate Instructor, African American Studies and Research Center
Graduate Administrative Professional, Office of the Dean of Students- Student
Rights and Responsibilities
Purdue University
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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Africana Research Center

Penn State University - University Park, Pennsylvania



The Africana Research Center invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in any aspect of African American or African Diasporan Studies, beginning August 2011.  During their residency, fellows have no teaching or administrative responsibilities, though they may request a teaching assignment.  They will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and be expected to be active in Penn State's community of Africana researchers.  Successful applicants must have completed their dissertations either before beginning the fellowship year or within the previous four academic years.  Salary/benefit package is worth $47,000 plus health insurance and funds for research and moving expenses. Submit complete application packets online by 12 midnight November 14, 2010 at Submit questions about the process via email to Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.




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The Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association will present this year's award for Distinguished Book in Family Communication to Penn State Communication Arts & Sciences faculty member Michelle Miller-Day for her work, Communication Among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Maternal Relationships (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004).

Christopher Johnstone has been awarded a grant from the Individual Faculty Grant Program of the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities to support the development of visual images for his project on "Sites of Rhetorical Action in Ancient Greece."

PleasWilson Steve.jpge join us Friday, November 5, 2010, at 3:35 p.m. in 165 Willard Building on Penn State University's University Park campus for Steven Wilson's colloquium presentation. Professor Wilson will speak on

"Passport towards Success: Description and Evaluation of a Pilot Program to Help Children and Families Reconnect after a Parent's Military Deployment."

Steven Wilson is Professor of Communication at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.

from the Purdue faculty page:

"After earning his Ph.D. at Purdue and serving on the faculties at Michigan State, Northern Illinois, and Northwestern Universities, Professor Wilson returned to Purdue in 2000. Broadly speaking, his research explores intersections between interpersonal communication and social influence, such as how individuals manage multiple, conflicting goals when trying to influence others at home, in the classroom, or at work. He has explored how: parents respond to perceived child misbehavior, college students give advice to friends and family members, employees attempt to influence their boss, and individuals from different countries bargain during simulated business negotiations. Much of his current research is trying to identify patterns of parent-child communication that accurately distinguish families with a history of child abuse or neglect from families from similar economic and cultural backgrounds who have no history of child maltreatment. He also has received a research contract as part of a larger $1.5 million dollar grant from the Lilly Endowment to the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation to support a new local intergenerational learning center that aims to promote positive parenting and children's school readiness. Professor Wilson is leading a research team that is evaluating the new center."

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