LLED Grad Student Social: Friday Sept. 30 2016

Hi LLED Grads,
We hope your 16/17 academic year is off to a great start!  Please consider this your official invitation to the first LLED Social Event of 2016 —  A Potluck in the Park on Sept 30, 2016.

Who: You  + Family, if desired (partner, friend, children, dog, roommate)
What:  Park and Beach Potluck.  Please bring a food dish for sharing and note that there are no cooking or preparation facilities onsite.
When: 4:00pm on Friday, Sept 30, 2016
Where: Spanish Banks (Dog) Park (Dog and Family-Friendly).
Why: Meet incoming graduate students; reconnect with other not yet outgoing graduate students; mingle; relax; have fun before the rainy season starts. Please feel free to also bring games/sports equipment.
How:  You can either make your way down there yourself (long walk or bus plus walk) OR you can meet us in the front hall of Ponderosa Oak House at 3:45pm to group drive.  Please feel free to bring chairs, blankets ect…

If it Rains: We have a back-up!.  Advanced notice will be provided.

Next steps: Please RSVP by signing up on the linked Google Doc by *Sept 27*.  You will indicate name, number in your party, food dish you are bringing, allergies and if you need a drive/can give a drive.


Looking forward to seeing you! Any questions, please email Kaye at:  lled.gpa@gmail.com.

Ponderosa Commons Study/Meeting Spaces

Did you know LLED has many bookable rooms on the third floor of Ponderosa Commons?

These rooms can be used to meet classmates for group projects, a place for study sessions, to have meetings with your committee, etc. Please utilize the space as much as you possibly can! Check this link to see the rooms, and also to book them through Ana Susnjara.

Welcome to the 2016/17 Academic Year!

We hope you have had a relaxing summer vacation. Your GPA team is looking forward to another exciting year, and will be in touch throughout the term about upcoming social and academic events. In particular, this year we will be hosting the biennial graduate student conference, so stay tuned for updates and opportunities to be involved.

Just a couple of quick notes:
1.  New Graduate Student Orientation — Thursday September 8 10:30AM – 2:30PM (Neville Scarfe, Room 310).
2. LLED Welcome Back Event — Thursday September 8 2:45PM – 5:00PM (Ponderosa Commons, Room 2012).

Also — did you know graduate students are able to attend department meetings? It is a great opportunity to see the inner workings of the department, what projects the department and faculty are working on and also (when applicable) to provide student feedback. The meetings occur every 4th Thursday of the month, from 12:30PM to 2:00PM in Ponderosa Commons Room 2012. The first one will be September 22. We hope to see some of you there!

We wish you all the best this academic year, and look forward to meeting all of you throughout the year! 🙂

Doctoral Students: Fellowship and Postdoc Opportunities

  1. From Duke University:
    A unique summer opportunity for a graduate student with interests in literacy education, digital literacy, girls’ education, and rural education; seeking a junior colleague to join a leadership team this summer with the PAGE (Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education) initiative in the North Carolina mountains. Please see attached documents for more details: 2016 PAGE Summer Fellow – Pg1
  2. From Brock University: The Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, in collaboration with the Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) of Brock University, invites applicants for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship, renewable for up to two years contingent upon the candidate’s successful application for external funding.The post-doctoral fellow’s research will contribute to an understanding of literacy as a social practice and rooted in issues of social justice such as differential access to literacy resources and a resistance to tighter framings of literacy. Researchers whose work approaches literacy as a part of the everyday and accounts for the diverse ways that literacy is understood and used as an emerging area of scholarship. Literacy exists in communities to support people and to bridge different practices and perspectives. Literacy can act as an agent of change and can encourage new forms of activism, resistance and revolution. Literacy happens in workplaces to fulfill tasks and services that keep economies moving. Literacy exists in schools to foster in children and young people a desire to communicate and bolster competencies, and ideally, to ignite interests and passions. Literacy is aesthetic, material and multimodal. Literacy is both local and global existing in rural contexts as much as it does in urban streetscapes. Literacy changes with practices, and transmutes across borders, languages and modes. Literacy is digital, immersive, and networked. Literacy is felt, sensed, and associated with place. Applicants whose scholarship sits in one or a few of these orientations to literacy studies are eligible for the post-doctoral fellow position. The successful applicant will have a compelling plan for research and publication, and strong potential for collaboration with Dr. Rowsell, the Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies.

    Additional requirements of the position:
    • Completed PhD, or with dissertation defended no later than June 30, 2016;
    • Eligibility and commitment to apply to SSHRC in Fall 2016 (or other comparable source) for external funding to extend the fellowship for 1-2 years;
    • Regular presence on Brock campus during the academic year;
    • Affiliation with the Social Justice Research Institute and active involvement in initiatives (organizing events, workshops, public lectures) related to the CRC’s research program;

    Salary is $40,500 plus benefits and some research funds. There is possibility but no guarantee of sessional teaching. The fellowship will commence on July 1, 2016.

    To apply:
    Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and proposed plan of work, including plans to apply for external funding, (max. 2500 words) by email to: mcallaghan@brocku.ca by April 15, 2016. References and writing samples will be requested from those short-listed. Interested applicants may contact Dr. Rowsell at jrowsell@brocku.ca email to discuss their suitability.


Library Workshop

The LLED Graduate Peers Advisors are offering an evening workshop with the LLED library liaison, Wendy Traas, on navigating your way through the online library catalogues and resources. This will be taking place on Tuesday November 10 from 4:30-6:30PM in Scarfe 1007. We are extending this invitation to all graduate students in the Faculty of Education who may be interested in attending.
Please see the attached PDF (LLED Library Workshop) for more information. Space is limited, so please RSVP by November 6: https://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/5982
If you have any questions, please email Claire Ahn directly: claireahn79@gmail.com