Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Teaching Faculty Position in Women's Studies for Fall, 2015

This just in from the Center for Women's and Gender Studies:
"May 20, 2015 

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at West Virginia University (WVU) ( invites applications for a full-time Teaching Faculty position at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor beginning August 2015.  Appointment at the rank of Instructor requires a master’s degree; appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor requires a doctorate. In either case, the degree should be in Women’s and Gender Studies or a closely related area.  We seek a colleague with excellent communication and teaching skills who is able to teach in multiple formats (small- and large-enrollment, face-to-face and online), advise and mentor undergraduates, develop new courses and assess them, supervise teaching assistants, coordinate large student events, recruit majors and minors, and contribute to program needs by teaching two or more of the following courses: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Eco-Feminism, Women in Film, Gender and Violence, Gender and Violence in Horror Films, Sexuality in American Culture and Women in Appalachia. 

Teaching faculty appointments at WVU are full-time, nine-month, renewable-term appointments with full benefits. Teaching faculty members with doctoral degrees are eligible for promotion in rank; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability. The teaching load is eight courses or course equivalents per year, with no traditional research assignment. Teaching faculty members are expected to present evidence of ongoing engagement in assessment-based advancement of instructional processes. The initial term is for one-year, renewable thereafter in terms of up to three-years, with no maximum number of terms. Summer teaching for additional compensation may be available.  

To apply, please send via e-mail a cover letter addressing the skills and qualifications described above, a CV, evidence of successful teaching, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to Shelby McClure at  Direct inquires to the Director of the Center,  Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.   

WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.  The university is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans."

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Beth Staley: ABD

Yesterday afternoon, Beth Staley dazzled her committee with her discussion of Emily Dickinson, aural theory, and nineteenth-century soundscapes. Tim Sweet (Chair), Julia Daniel, Katy Ryan, Marta Werner (of D'Youville College), and yours truly had a thoroughly delightful time and concluded, almost before Beth could leave the room, that she had clearly passed her Qualifying Exam for Doctoral Candidacy.

Congratulations to Beth!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"Beckett Spams Counter-Strike": May 6th

Professor Baldwin sends along the following invitation. There is no mention of cosplay, but I don't think anyone would mind if you showed up as your avatar:

"Come join us for an evening of performance and intense gaming. We will begin with a performance of Beckett's Endgame in the game space of Counterstrike, followed by open mic performances.

7 pm, 123 Pleasant Street, May 6"

Live feed of the event:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Aren't these pics great?

It was a super nice MFA reading this past Thursday in the Rhododendron Room. Thanks to Melissa Ferrone for getting an "official" shot of our graduating writers...

... and for capturing their true spirit...

Congratulations and all good wishes to Xin Tian Koh, JoAnna St. Germain, Sadie Shorr-Parks, Patric Nuttall, Morgan Lipkin, Mari Casey, Jessica Guzman, and John Bryant.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Dr. McKinney Is Now Also Professor McKinney

The Tenants are pleased to announce that Kayla McKinney (Ph.D. 2015) has been offered and has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Alderson-Broaddus University.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Allyson DeMaagd, ABD

Either Picasso's Le Gourmet or Allyson's encounter with the Bowl of Knowledge
After an interesting discussion this afternoon, which ranged from questions like "What is the smell of Modernism?" to a discussion of primitivism in Dude, Where's My Car? to an analysis of the impact of technology on perception, Allyson DeMaagd's booklist committee (Julia Daniel, Chair; Lara Farina; Lisa Weihman; Pamela Caughie from Loyola University of Chicago; and yours truly) concluded that Allyson had clearly passed the Qualifying Examination for Doctoral Candidacy with her typical aplomb and charm. She is now ABD.

The Tenants are delighted to join with the committee in giving her their congratulations