Conferences & Events

Disability, Narrative, and the Law

Dates: February 16-17, 2006
Location: Moritz College of Law, Saxbe Auditorium, Columbus, OH
Website: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/cilps/conference/2005-06/060216-dnl.html

This unique public interdisciplinary conference will draw together researchers from law and the humanities to explore how themes of autonomy and dependency, "normal" and "abnormal," innocence and fault, sameness and difference all play out in legal discussions about disability, and in the self-understanding of persons with disabilities. We will also feature outstanding practitioners to analyze how personal experience narratives concerned with disability bear on actual legal practice, how legal arguments get translated back into individuals' accounts of being disabled, and how tensions may arise between the highly individualized, personal experience of disability and the necessity of developing a pragmatic legal definition of disability under relevant statutory and case law.


Federation Rhetoric Symposium 2006

Theme: "Rhetoric & Kairos"
Date: February 24, 2006
Location: Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
Registration: Early Registration (Payments post-marked by January 1st): $10-$49; Late Registration (Payment after January 1st or at Conference:) $20-$59
Website: http://www.frs.suavecat.com/index.htm

The Distinguished Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Brenda Brueggemann of Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include Disability Rhetorics, Gender & Disability, Composition Studies, and Critical Theory. Dr. Brueggemann is the author of several important books, including Lend Me Your Ear: Rhetorical Constructions of Deafness. She is an Associate Professor of English, an Associate Faculty member of Comparative Studies - Women's Studies, the Co-Coordinator of the American Sign Language Program, and the Coordinator of the Disability Studies Minor - all at Ohio State University. She is also the Series Editor of "Deaf Lives," from Gallaudet University Press.

Registration and further information are available on the website.


Revolutions in Sign Language Studies: Linguistics, Literature, Literacy

Dates: March 22-24, 2006
Location: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
Registration: $250 General; $195 Student, includes all sessions, three breakfasts, three luncheons, and refreshments at all breaks.

Website: http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/gupiconference/program.html

This conference will examine the ways in which signed languages have and continue to reform our notions of what constitutes human language, literary production, and the basic definitions of literacy. Conference program and registration are available on the website.


Personal Perspectives & Social Impact: The Stories We Tell - The Sixth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability

Dates: April 17-18, 2006
Location: Ohio State University
Website: http://ada.osu.edu/conferences.htm

The organizing theme for the sixth annual conference will be "Personal Perspectives & Social Impact: The Stories We Tell." The goal is to encourage presenters and participants to reflect on how personal experiences create and transform social, cultural, and legal realities. A look into what the psychologist Theodore Sarbin referred to as "the storied nature of human conduct."


2006 Disability Studies in Education Conference

Theme: "Disability Studies and Inclusive Education: Negotiating Tensions and Integrating Research, Policy & Practice"
Dates: May 18-21, 2006
Location: Michigan State University
Registration: $60 for full conference (before April 15, 2006); $100 after April 15 and on-site
Website: http://edr1.educ.msu.edu/DSEConf

Disability Studies in Education (DSE) is a special interest group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). For the last five years, this annual event has attracted researchers, professors, teachers, graduate students and other individuals who actively seek to change traditional theory and practice around disability within the fields of education and related interdisciplinary fields within social sciences, arts and humanities.

This year, the conference continues its custom of bringing together scholars, researchers, teachers, and agents of social change, all united through their interest in theorizing, politicizing, and reconceptualizing disability within the field of education.

The DSE's legacy in honoring promising and significant research, as well as innovative practice within Disability Studies in Education continues with the inclusion of several highlighted conference features: The Senior Scholar Award, The Junior Scholar Award, a special session on the History of Disability Studies in Education, invited keynote speakers, and special entertainment. Conferees may also take time to participate in the East Lansing Art Festival, 20-21 May.

Further information, call for proposals, and registration available on website.


Canadian Disability Studies Association, 2006

Theme: "The City: A Festival of Knowledge"
Dates: May 27-28, 2006
Location: York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Disability Studies Association is holding its third annual conference at as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

For further information, please contact Geoffrey Reaume through e-mail at: greaume@yorku.ca


Society for Disability Studies 19th Annual Conference

Theme: "Disability Goes Public: Re-Imagining Policy/Protest/Possibilities"
Dates: June 14-17, 2006
Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Registration: TBA
Website: http://www.uic.edu/orgs/sds/annualmeetings.html


Calls for Papers/Proposals

Special Issue, Wagadu: Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies

Theme: "Intersecting Gender and Disability Perspectives in Rethinking Postcolonial Identities"
Deadline for Abstracts: Jan 1, 2006
Deadline for Completed Essays: March 1, 2006.

This special issue of Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies focuses on the intersections of gender and disability centered discourses, experiences and theories in rethinking postcolonial identities. This issue will include articles that are informed by disability centered analysis of Postcolonial identities, and intersections with a network of fields emerging from Culture Studies, such as critical race feminist theory, transnational feminism, visual and performative media, gender analysis, as well as film, environmental and global studies. In addition, articles exploring disability as a cultural construct and human rights discourse in relation to Postcolonial contexts, issues and theories are welcome. Some of the topics of investigation may deal with:

  • Challenges to Postcolonial theorizing from intersecting gender and disability discourses.
  • Impact of Postcolonial theories on analysis and representations of disability/gender issues, subjects, experiences and rights.
  • Postcolonial Feminist disability theory.
  • Analysis of social movements focusing on intersecting struggles for gender and disability rights in specific Postcolonial contexts.
  • Representations of disability and bodies of difference in specific Postcolonial cultures and cultural productions.
  • Critique of body and transbody phenomena and experiences as represented in futuristic literature and film, such as mechanical body snatchers, aliens, cyborgs and posthumans.
  • Constructions of disability as represented or examined in Postcolonial theory, literature, film and/or art work.
  • Challenges to identity norms in changing cultural landscapes and competing cultural influences.
  • Exploring norms of sexuality, physical appearance, mental ability and social conformity in internet Arranged Marriages and Matrimonial web sites and their implications for subjects of disability.
  • Theorizing Postcoloniality from Disability and GBLT subject positions.
  • Emerging influence of popular western cultural ethos of physical fitness, beauty and body modification.
  • Impact of Postcolonial/global phenomena such as war, environmental trauma, poverty and terrorism in rethinking ability/disability categories.
  • Humanistic discourses of diseases (HIV-AIDS, Cancer, Polio, etc) and Postcolonial reframing of disability.
  • Gendering disability and disabling gender.
  • Corpulescence: studies of fatness as socially disabling image construction across cultures.
  • "Starving Children": Charity and Media exhibitionism of "Third world" subjects of poverty.
  • Transformative directions in specific disability rights activist movements worldwide and their specific links to other human rights activism.
  • Disability centered reconsideration of values such as independence and self-reliance, especially as used in feminist discourses, towards concepts of interdependence and intersubjectivity.
  • Disability and gendered perspectives in theorizing Postcolonial space, especially dealing with issues of accessibility.
  • Disability culture as local and global phenomena.
  • Migration and diasporic narratives of Postcolonial subjects of disability.

Please send Abstracts (75 words) in English by Jan 1, 2006, and complete essays (approximately 5,500-7,500 words) by March 1, 2006. Essays in other languages will also be considered. Submissions should be sent electronically in MLA or APA format to Dr. Pushpa Parekh: pparekh@spelman.edu
Website: http://web.cortland.edu/wagadu/


Michigan Feminist Studies: "Bodies: Physical & Abstract"

Theme: "Bodies: Physical & Abstract"
Deadline for Manuscript Submissions: January 5, 2006
Publication Date: 2005-2006 issue

Michigan Feminist Studies is an annual publication edited by graduate students at the University of Michigan. MFS particularly encourages interdisciplinary submissions, and has published papers in many disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, sociology, psychology, literature, language & linguistics, science studies, history,

philosophy, art history, film, political science, and education. Emerging and established scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and activists are invited to apply.

There is a rich history of feminist discourse, research, and analysis connected to the body. Some of these analyses have addressed the anorectic body or media representations of the female body. Others have explored the body in terms of physical and sexualized violence. Still others have focused on the body in terms of reproduction and reproductive control. Meanwhile, other discourses have interrogated the functioning and impact of abstract bodies, such as governing bodies and bodies of disciplinary knowledge.

This volume of Michigan Feminist Studies seeks to further engage with the subject of the body, with some new areas for possible focus and exploration. This issue will incorporate feminist research, discussions, readings, analyses and critiques that grapple with the body/bodies in both their physical and abstract forms. We are especially interested in submissions that draw linkages between physical and abstract bodies. We welcome contributions from all disciplines.

We also invite book and film reviews and visual studies related to this topic, as well as visual materials that may be considered for reproduction on the cover of this volume.

Topics may include: bodies of literature; cyber and/or virtual bodies; transnational and/or transglobal bodies; bodies of research; transgender, transsexual and/or intersexed bodies; liminal bodies; social bodies; imagined bodies; bodies of knowledge;

political bodies; governing bodies; "other(ed/ing)" bodies; bodies at war and/or warring bodies; classed bodies; colonized and/or colonizing bodies; sick, dying and/or dead bodies; the body as a canvas; bodies as weapons; disabled bodies; raced and racialized bodies; bodies as tools; disembodiment; classified bodies and/or bodies in the classifieds; bodies in movement(s) and/or motion; fat bodies; legislative bodies; bodies as subject and/or object; non-normative and/or normative bodies.

Manuscripts should be 4000-6000 words and double-spaced. Please submit three single-sided copies, and include a 150-200 word abstract, brief biographical note, institutional and departmental affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail

address. Papers may be submitted in the accepted format of your academic discipline (e.g., MLA, APA). If your paper is selected, you will be asked to submit an electronic file.

Mail submissions to: Michigan Feminist Studies
1122 Lane Hall
204 South State Street
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Inquiries can be directed to mfs.editors@umich.edu.
www.umich.edu/~mfsed


Special Issue, Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal

Theme: "Parting the Waters: Disability and Deliverance in the Wake of Disaster"
Submission Deadline for Abstracts: January 6, 2006
Journal Website: www.rds.hawaii.edu

We are soliciting articles for a forum on disability and disasters, to be published as a special issue of the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS). Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, and the lasting effects of 9/11, have created heightened awareness of the impact of disastrous events on people with disabilities. While much of the current interest within the field of Disability Studies in the impact of disasters upon the life circumstances of people with disabilities has been inspired by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, there are many reasons to regard this and other disasters as the critical nexus of a much larger conversation. The American hurricanes of 2005 followed months after a major Asian/East African tsunami and preceded a major earthquake in South Asia. Both claimed many more lives and incurred many more injuries and much more property damage even than occurred in the US. As always, such cataclysms always impact far more the largely overlapping categories of people with disabilities, the poor, and other socially-disadvantaged groups.

Like the culturally-defined status of dis-ability, the designation of ecological events as dis-asters is a social construct, in that ecologies are both natural and human. The large losses incurred recently within and beyond the disability community have more than climatic causes. Human solutions and preventative measures for such "natural" disasters are distinct possibilities. It must also be recognized that those who endure most in such circumstances are often held responsible for their own plight. It is as if disability issues that place persons at greater risk are a personal choice or a consequence of personal moral failure. This, of course, reprises old, ubiquitous and pernicious theories about the root causes of impairment and other difficulties, attributions of personal and/or collective failings, guilt or "sin."

We propose a forum that contemplates the social constructions of dis-ability and dis-aster as widely as possible, with regard to both subject and methodology. In addition to papers from U.S. authors, papers by authors from outside of the U.S. or that discuss these issues on an international scale are strongly encouraged. Papers might address any of the following topics, but are by no means limited to those suggested:

  1. Inequities in the distribution of disaster relief as they impact people with disabilities.
  2. Disability as the consequence of disasters, along with measures to address disability issues in the wake of disasters.
  3. Findings from research on progress/best practices in the area of disaster preparation and relief for people with disabilities.
  4. Increased vulnerability to disasters as a consequence of failure to implement disability accommodations in institutions, facilities, public policy and planning for emergencies.
  5. Disability and illness as causes for disaster; blaming the victims; the impaired and ill as sinful and culpable.
  6. Disability as metaphor for disaster in expressive and ideological discourse including but certainly not limited to literature, film, visual arts, and religion/scripture.
  7. Research related to the lived experience of persons with disabilities in disaster areas.
  8. Critical discourse analysis on media reactions to disasters, including the interplay of disability, race, poverty, and social services/charity.

Send via email to Alex Lubet, lubet001@umn.edu, Lori Rowlett, rowletl@uwec.edu, and Christopher Johnstone, john4810@umn.edu a 250-word abstract by January 6, 2006. Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 20. For those selected, we will request completed articles of approximately 3000-5000 words. Questions should be directed to Guest Editors: Alex Lubet (School of Music/Center for Jewish Studies/Program in American Studies, University of Minnesota) lubet001@umn.edu, Lori Rowlett (Departments of Philosophy & Religion and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), rowletl@uwec.edu, Christopher Johnstone (Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota) john4810@umn.edu.


Presentation Proposals, New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan Interdisciplinary Conference: "New York: City in Motion"

Deadline for Proposals: January 10, 2006
Conference Date: March 10, 2006
Conference Location: NYIT, New York City (Manhattan)

We seek presenters who will share their scholarship and perspectives on the City of New York as examined through the ideas of movement, mobility, and transformation. Panels and presentations may address motion either literally or figuratively as suggested by but not limited to the following categories:

  • Transportation to or within New York
  • Immigration to New York
  • Migration to or within New York
  • Building or improving infrastructure such as bridges
  • Disaster/Evacuation Preparedness
  • Business and investment trends that may transform New York
  • Arts, film, and the theater as they capture the motion of New York
  • Architecture and urban design as they reflect or influence the motion of New York
  • Disability/Mobility/Accessibility in New York
  • Literature addressing movement, mobility, or transformation in New York

The organizers welcome and encourage technology-enhanced presentations. Please submit 300-word proposal describing topic and format (such as paper, talk, slide presentation) for a 20-minute presentation along with vitae by January 10, 2006 to Lori Jirousek via email to LJirouse@nyit.edu or via US mail to:

Dr. Lori Jirousek
English Department
New York Institute of Technology
1855 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Email submissions are preferred.


Theme Issue, The Public Historian

Theme: "The Public and Private History of Eugenics"
Deadline for Article Proposals: January 15, 2006

In the United States, over the course of the twentieth century, eugenics encompassed Progressive reform efforts to secure improved maternal and infant health care, racially motivated immigration policies, and coercive sterilization legislation. In its most virulent form, eugenics provided the impetus for race-based genocide during the Holocaust. Following World War II, state-ordered sterilization accelerated in some states, and eugenicists found a new arena in population control and family planning. In more recent years, eugenics has resurfaced within academia and the echoes of eugenics have been detected in stem-cell research and specialty sperm and egg donor firms. The shameful aspect of eugenics has compelled Governors of California, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina to publicly apologize for their state's eugenics policies, particularly in regard to sterilization and reproductive surgeries.

This issue will explore the challenges of researching and writing about eugenics in all of its variations.

We welcome submissions about all aspects of eugenics history, especially those focusing on bringing the history of eugenics to the public. Possible topics include: forced or coercive sterilization campaigns; historical perspectives on cloning, in-Vitro fertilization and sperm banks; consumer eugenics; remembering eugenics in order to prevent it; stereotypical images and the history of normalcy; local, state-level and/or institutional efforts to expose or hide eugenics; development of exhibits or websites on the history of eugenics; native communities and eugenics; recovering the stories of the sterilized; and teaching eugenics.

Please submit a one-page proposal and short vita listing relevant qualifications by JANUARY 15, 2006 to:

Lindsey Reed
Managing Editor, The Public Historian
Department of History
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Email: lreed@ltsc.ucsb.edu


Special Issues, Disability and Rehabilitation

Theme: "Rural and developing world rehabilitation"
Deadline for Paper Submissions: January 31, 2006
Publication Dates: Summer 2006
Special Edition Editor: Andrew J. Haig, M.D., University of Michigan

Disability and Rehabilitation, published by Taylor and Francis, includes review articles, experimental and clinical research papers, case studies, clinical commentaries, reports on rehabilitation in practice, and major book reviews.  In it's 21st volume, it has attained international prestige with an impact factor of 1.144, ranking it among the top rehabilitation journals in the world.

Most of the world has limited access to rehabilitation services. Yet most established rehabilitation science aims at urban and industrialized regions.  To bring forth the expertise and knowledge of those who live in or study rural and isolated areas, the journal, Disability and Rehabilitation, is organizing two special
editions to address rural and developing world rehabilitation. Publication is slated for the summer of 2006.

Guidelines:
Please follow the journal's submission policies, which can be found at the website, http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals, and then submit work directly to the special edition editor via email at andyhaig@umich.edu

For more information, please contact:
Andrew J. Haig, M.D.
The University of Michigan
325 E. Eisenhower
Ann Arbor, MI   48108
734-763-4300
andyhaig@umich.edu


SUPERFEST International Disability Film Festival Calls For Submissions

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2006
Festival Date: June 2006
Festival Location: San Francisco Bay area

SUPERFEST, the world's longest-running juried international disability film festival, seeks your submission to our 26th film competition. SUPERFEST is the primary international showcase for cutting-edge films that portray disability culture and experience in all its rich diversity.

We seek works about disability produced since January 1996. We especially want to encourage submissions by mediamakers with disabilities. A 1/2 inch VHS-NTSC preview format or DVD is required, along with a completed and signed entry and release form, and entry fee check. Final entry deadline: January 31, 2006 (post-marked). Early bird discount if mailed by Jan. 15, 2006. Judging takes place in Spring 2006, and winners will be announced on or around April 1st, 2006. Winners will be screened in the SF Bay Area in June, 2006, and all entries will be listed in the festival catalogue. Winners will be asked to provide still production photos and video or DVD copies for publicity purposes.

This Festival is funded solely by entry fees and small grants. Entry fees range from $30 to $90, depending on film length and production budget. To request an entry packet, send a legal size self addressed, stamped envelope to:

CDT,
P.O. Box 1107,
Berkeley, CA 94701;
Phone: 510-845-5576;
Email: Superfest@aol.com.

For detailed information, or to download an entry form, visit http://www.culturedisabilitytalent.org.


Call for Submissions: Thresholds, the bi-annual critical journal of architecture, art and media culture

Theme: "Access"
Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2006
Date of Publication: Spring 2006

Thresholds 32 aspires to shed light on an interdisciplinary range of interpretations and meanings associated with the theme of access. Submissions may address the following issues, but need not be limited to them:

We seek submissions from graduate students and scholars in a wide range of fields, including media and visual arts, architecture, and art history. We are interested in diverse inquiries related to the concept of accessibility, from purely theoretical and historical analyses to actual works of art and architecture.To whom is access to a given space granted? Is it offered based on criteria that are economic, psychological, physical, geographical, political, or conferred according to national affinity, identity, religious orientation, ethnic background, and so on? Many minority communities in different societies have been denied access to places outside of their neighborhoods, whether these neighborhoods are actual ghettos or not. How do such physical restrictions interact with the related concepts of history, memory, nostalgia, nationality, politics, and power? Similar restrictions extend also into the academic realm. Art and architectural history relies partially on archival evidence. How do we evaluate the historiography of art and architecture with regard to the accessibility of archives? In Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (1995), Derrida reminds us how, through turning Freud's house in Vienna into a museum, the secretive became public. How does the accessibility of such sources affect our perceptions of the past? Moreover, there is a distinction between actual archives (official places for the retention of records, with systems of storage, organization, cataloging) and those that are often accessed through memory. How can a historian access memory, in a collective sense? Historically, it has been possible to gain access to a restricted place through masquerade and transvestite disguise. Mikhail Bakhtin describes how in the medieval carnival there was a leveling of performer and spectator, a reversal of hierarchy, where boundaries were eliminated and the distances between people were suspended. Throughout the centuries, homosocial spaces gained ground in many Islamic societies due to the inaccessibility of the harem to outside men, and to the forbidden nature of public spaces to most women. Indeed, these processes are strategic rather than incidental. What particular role do politicians, architects, or even the police play in allowing or preventing access?

Submission guidelines:

Thresholds invites submissions, including but not limited to scholarly works, from all fields. Thresholds attempts to print only original material. Manuscripts for review should be no more than 2,500 words. Text must be formatted in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style. Spelling should follow American convention and quotations must be translated into English. All submissions must be submitted electronically, on a CD or disk, accompanied by hard copies of text and images. Text should be saved as Microsoft Word or RTF format, while any accompanying images should be sent as TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at 8" x 9" print size. Figures should be numbered clearly in the text. Image captions and credits must be included with submissions. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief author bio must accompany the text.

Submissions due February 28, 2006. Please send all submissions to thresh@mit.edu

or send your file on a CD or a disk to the following address:
Pamela Karimi, Editor
thresholds
MIT Department of Architecture
Room 7-337
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139


2006 Disability Studies in Education Conference

Theme: "Disability Studies and Inclusive Education: Negotiating Tensions and Integrating Research, Policy & Practice"
Proposal Submission Deadline: February 15, 2006
Conference Dates: May 18-21, 2006
Location: Michigan State University

This year's DSE conference theme capitalizes on the growing interest in inclusive education by inviting further reflection on the goals of inclusive education in relation to research, policy and practice.

Various forms and understandings of inclusive education have been adopted globally-both as policy (UNESCO) and as practice in such diverse countries as Uganda, Vietnam, Brazil, Italy, and the US. However, what is being described as inclusive education is a field characterized by deep conceptual divides and tensions in research, policy and practice.

We invite proposals that consider one or more of the following:

  1. examine the nature of the epistemological and methodological tensions in inclusive education research;
  2. propose theoretical or strategic ways to reposition or transform the discourse on inclusive education;
  3. demonstrate the importance of disability studies in clarifying and reasserting the educational policies and the political purposes of inclusive education;
  4. address issues of voice, choice, and educational options in relation to inclusive education from a DSE perspective;
  5. consider the diversity of inclusive education from different perspectives, particularly from one or more of the following--
    1. from a global or comparative perspective
    2. from an urban, suburban or rural education perspective
    3. from the voices of different stakeholder perspectives (e.g., parent, student, teacher, policy-maker, researcher)
    4. from the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other characteristic.
  6. provide an historical perspective regarding the development of inclusive education in research, policy, and/or practice

Proposal submission guidelines

Paper proposals.

Persons wishing to make a single presentation should submit a proposal to include the following:

  • Title of presentation
  • Name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone for the presenter
  • Names and institutional affiliations of any co-authors
  • A 200-300 word abstract for the presentation
  • A plan for providing alternative accessible formats that will be available to participants.

Related paper proposals will be grouped into 1 hour and 15 minute sessions on the program.

Panel proposal.

Persons wishing to organize a panel discussion for the conference should submit a proposal for an entire one hour and 15 minute session. These should include at least three and no more than five presenters. Be sure to reserve time for discussion The proposal should include:

  • Title of the panel
  • Name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone for each presenter
  • Name of panel chairperson
  • A 400-500 word abstract for the panel, to include both discussion of the overall topic and a very concise statement of what each presenter will discuss.
  • The amount of time allocated to each presenter and for discussion
  • A plan for providing alternative accessible formats that will be available to participants.

Please submit all proposals as Microsoft Word attachment to dseconf@msu.edu. The deadline for submission is 15 February 2006. Acceptances of these proposals will be sent as soon as possible after they are received and reviewed. Participants who have not received a response of acknoweldgement within two weeks should notify the conference organizers at dseconf@msu.edu.


Transformation '06: An International Juried Exhibit for Artists with Disabilities

Receipt Deadline: March 24, 2006
Exhibit Location: Washington, D.C.
Exhibit Dates: June 2006

VSA arts invites artists to reflect on the many ways art transforms our lives, focusing on the influence of education and disability. Open to artists (ages 22 and over) who are committed to their artistic progress and who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. Distinguished jury will review two slides of earlier work and three slides of current work within the span of 5 years. Recent work entered must be at the

onset of disability. An entry-specific artist statement should be included with slides. No entry fee; round trip shipping expenses covered; selected artwork does not have to be framed. Exhibit will debut in Washington, DC during June of 2006.

For eligible media and entry forms in English, Spanish, French and ASCII: www.vsarts.org/transformation. Braille, large print available upon request.

For questions, please contact:
Stephanie Moore
Director, Visual Arts
VSA arts
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
tel +1.202.628.2800
fax +1.202.429-0868
TTY +1.202.737.0645


Disability and the Modern Black Body

Theme: "Blackness and Modernities"
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 15, 2006
Dates of Conference: April 18-21, 2007
Location: National University in Madrid, Spain

The Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) will convene its seventh international conference. Drawing on the conference aim to include presentations on "The Modern Black Body," this workshop will examine how disability informs the desirability, experience, knowledge, and representation of that subjectivity. More information about the Madrid conference and the CAAR is available at www.caar-web.org

Participants might speak to the following concerns (the list is suggestive, not exhaustive):

  • *Literary representations of disabled modern black bodies by authors such as Maya Angelou, Pearl Cleage, Jamaica Kincaid, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker
  • *Stage, film and television depictions of disabled modern black bodies e.g. Alex Désert in "Becker", Jamie Foxx in "Ray", Morgan Freeman in "Million Dollar Baby", Cuba Gooding, Jr. in "Radio", Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter in "In the Continuum", Irma P. Hall in "Soul Food", Djimon Hounsou in "In America", Daryl "Chill" Mitchell in "Ed", and Denzel Washington in "The Bone Collector"
  • *Real-life disabled modern black bodies e.g. James Byrd, individuals disabled by wars, civil strife, (inter)national disasters, and police brutality
  • *"Larger than life" or celebrity disabled modern black bodies e.g. Muhammad Ali, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael Jackson, Magic Johnson, James Earl Jones, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Mary Wells, and Stevie Wonder
  • *Comparisons between those modern black bodies with apparent disabilities and those with non-apparent ones
  • *Health and treatment disparities amongst disabled modern black bodies e.g. the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
  • *Issues of femininity and masculinity and disabled modern black bodies
  • *How the idea of the disabled modern black body is/not complicated by the ideologies of "dismodernism" and "post-race"
  • *The failure of African American Studies, Africana Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Disability Studies to examine disabled modern black bodies

One-page proposals, questions, and/or ideas should be sent by 15 April 2006 to (e-submissions preferred):
Chris Bell
Ph.D. Student
Nottingham Trent University
College of Communication, Culture and Education Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane Nottingham
NG11 8NS
United Kingdom
tooferbell@yahoo.com


Film Submissions for "Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture"

Festival Dates: April 20-30, 2006
Festival Location: Chicago, IL

University of Illinois-Chicago, CIMI, Access Living, and the Chicago Cultural Center are putting on a film festival program as part of BODIES OF WORK, a 10-day disability arts and culture festival in Chicago. Feature films and shorts that meet our criteria may be submitted for exhibition consideration. VHS submissions may be sent to the address below. Please email David Mitchell or Joshua Flanders for more information or with any questions. Email addresses: dmitchel@UIC.EDU, or deafcinema@aol.com

Joshua Flanders
Executive Director, CIMI
Chicago Institute for the Moving Image
Festival for Cinema of the Deaf
1610 Highland Ave. #180, Chicago, IL 60660 (mail only)
http://www.deafcinema.org/

David T. Mitchell
Associate Professor, Department of Disability and Human Development &Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Disability Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd. (MC 626), Room 207
Chicago, IL 60608


Literature and Medicine: Special Issue on Health and Human Rights

Issue Editor: Priscilla Wald
Deadline for submission: June 1, 2006

We are interested in essays that explore the intersection of health and human rights. What questions are currently being asked at that juncture, and how and why might we ask them through the study of literature (broadly conceived)? We welcome essays that consider narratives about health and human rights as well as the narratives that structure the concepts of health and human rights. Essays might explore why certain stories have dominated the field (for example, narratives of heroism and/or atrocities), and with what effect? What other stories could be told and what might be the outcome of those retellings? We welcome essays that take a literary critical or cultural analytic approach to non-literary texts, exploring the language and images through which the concepts of health and human rights are currently imagined. We are especially interested in essays with a concentration on global health and the discourse of human rights and on questions of justice and access. This special issue is motivated by our sense that, in significant ways, health and human rights are reconstituting each other, and we believe that a study of this dynamic could yield important insight into contemporary understanding (and deployment) of both terms.

Manuscripts should be mailed to the address below and sent as an attachment to the e-mail address below. Text and notes should be double-spaced and prepared according to guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter. Literature and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal. Authors' names should appear only on a cover letter and all identifiers in the text should be masked so that manuscripts can be reviewed anonymously. Manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words of text in length. Literature and Medicine reviews only unpublished manuscripts that are not simultaneously under review for publication elsewhere.

Please direct all inquiries and manuscripts to Priscilla Wald: pwald@duke.edu
 
Send paper copies of the manuscript to:
Rita Charon & Maura Spiegel, Editors-in-Chief
Literature and Medicine
Program in Narrative Medicine,
College of P&S, Columbia University,
630 West 168th Street, PH9E--Room 105,
New York, NY 10032


News

Court Rules Against Special Ed. Parents

November 14, 2005
Excerpted from work By Gina Holland, Associated Press Writer
Washington, D.C.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that parents who demand better special education programs for their children have the burden of proof in the challenges. The ruling is a loss for a Maryland family that contested the special education program designed for their son with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The case required the court to interpret the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, which does not specifically say whether parents or schools have the burden of proof in disputes.

Retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the 6-2 court, said that when parents challenge a program they have the burden in an administrative hearing of showing that the program is insufficient. If schools bring a complaint, the burden rests with them, O'Connor wrote. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer wrote separate dissents.

"School districts are charged with responsibility to offer to each disabled child an individualized education program (IEP) suitable to the child's special needs. The proponent of the IEP, it seems to me, is properly called upon to demonstrate its adequacy," Ginsburg wrote.

O'Connor said the court was not ruling on a separate issue, whether states could set their own policies and put the burden on the school officials. The case is Schaffer v. Weast, 04-698.


Announcing Book Release: Moving Over the Edge, Artists with Disabilities Take the Leap by Pamela Kay Walker

October 31, 2005
Excerpted from release written by Michael Horton
Voice: (530) 848-6259
Email: MHM@MHortonMedia.com

Artist and arts advocate, Pamela Kay Walker, publishes her first book, "Moving Over the Edge, Artists with Disabilities Take the Leap." The book is about Walker's coming of age alongside other activists and artists with disabilities, against the backdrop of an emerging disability rights movement. The evolution from disability rights to disability culture is shown by featuring artists and groups that started in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1980s, including AXIS Dance Company, Bruce Curtis, David Roche, Cheryl Marie Wade and Wry Crips Disabled Women's Theater.

Walker is a veteran author, first published in 1976. Her works span genres from poetry to short stories, journal articles to theatrical plays, instructional materials to screen plays. Her experiences in Arts Administration include consulting for The National Endowment for the Arts, BBC, PBS, and The Rockefeller Foundation. She has served on multiple grant panels and planning committees. While a media maker and union actress herself, the majority of Walker's efforts have been towards improving the industry's inclusion of people with disabilities.

Each book is $25 + $1.81 sales tax for CA residents. Please add $5 for
shipping and handling to your order. Send check or money order to MH Media,
P.O. Box 687, Davis, CA 95617-0687. Or you can order through the website:
www.mhortonmedia.com. (Contact MH Media for price of 10 or more books.)


Latest Issue of A World Awaits You Now Available. Read about U.S. Teens with Disabilities Going Abroad!

October 10, 2005
Excerpted from release written by Melissa Mitchell, Mobility International USA
(541) 343-1284 (Tel/TTY)
(541) 343-6812 (Fax)
pr@miusa.org

Mobility International USA and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) announces the release of its first online issue of A World Awaits You (AWAY), a web-based journal describing the successful experiences of individuals with disabilities in volunteer, internship, cultural and educational programs abroad. AWAY stories answer frequently asked questions and share the benefits of participating in international exchange programs. Read this issue at: www.miusa.org/ncde/away.

Stories in this issue of AWAY include exchange experiences in Australia, Bermuda, England, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Wales. Readers will also find ideas for raising funds for study abroad, a checklist for becoming globally aware and helpful resource books and websites on international exchanges.


New Jersey Colleges Create Academic Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

October 7, 2005

Excerpted from The Chronicle of Higher Education
http://chronicle.com/temp/email.php?id=gsfwj8fvx8qgut68u3ukfzqwchq0odyj

New Jersey colleges, Mercer County Community College and the College of New Jersey, announced on Thursday that they would create academic programs for students with intellectual disabilities. The programs would be among the first to treat students with mental retardation as fully capable of completing college-level work, and hope to develop practices that can be used throughout the nation.

The National Down Syndrome Society is providing $50,000 each to every year for the next three years to develop the programs. The first class of students is expected to begin in the 2005-6 academic year. Stephen and Laura Riggio, whose daughter has Down syndrome, donated the money.

The programs will be open to students with developmental disabilities, mental retardation, or Down syndrome. Both colleges plan to admit six to eight students a year and expect that they will become integral members of the student body. At both colleges, students with intellectual disabilities will take or audit regular classes.

The College of New Jersey will not grant degrees to students who have completed its four-year program. Administrators at Mercer said they were not sure how long students will stay in the program or how they will be recognized.


People

N.O.D. Announces Death of Founder and President Emeritus Alan A. Reich

National Organization on Disability's (N.O.D.) founder and President Emeritus, Alan A. Reich, passed away at his McLean, Virginia home on November 8, 2005. Mr. Reich retired in April 2005, after founding and leading N.O.D. for 23 years.

A memorial service was held for Alan Reich on Tuesday, December 13, 2005, at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. Please visit the N.O.D. website at www.nod.org for further detail on Reich's life and work.


Society for Disability Studies: New Board Members

Excerpted from announcements written by Jim Ferris, President, SDS

In November, the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies filled two board vacancies with the appointment of Jane Dunhamn and Steven Taylor. Dunhamn and Taylor will serve through the remainder of terms, which run through the 2006 SDS conference. The vacancies were created by the resignation Kate Seelman in August and Rosemarie Garland Thomson in September. After years of dedicated service to SDS, both Kate and Rosemarie found that other obligations would no longer permit them to participate in SDS governance.

Chris Bell, Jane Dunhamn, Anna Mollow, and Celestine Willis, were also recently elected to three-year terms on the Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors. Their terms will begin June 18, 2006, and extend through the SDS conference in 2009


Lynn Manning Performs in Croatia

Lynn Manning, who performed at SDS 2004, recently engaged audiences in his autobiographical one-man show, WEIGHTS--One Blind Man's Journey, at the opening of the 4th International Festival of the Blind and Visually Impaired in Zagreb, Croatia, on October 7, 2005.
 
An audio version of WEIGHTS complete with accessible liner notes is now available on CD from Bridge Multimedia at www.bridgemultimedia.com.


Opportunities to Get Involved

2006 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to announce the 2006 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. Funded through the generosity of the late Professor Zola's colleagues at Brandeis University, this annual award recognizes excellence in research and writing and that shares the values and commitment to disability studies exemplified by Irving K. Zola's life and scholarship.

Eligibility:

  1. This competition is open to emerging scholars in the field of disability studies
  2. The research submitted must be relevant to disability studies, which we define broadly to include the examinations of concepts and values related to disability in all forms of cultural representation throughout history, as well as analyses which deepen our understanding of the personal and social dimensions of the lived experience of disability.

Award:

The winner will receive:

  1. A financial award of $350;
  2. Conference registration for the SDS 2006 conference;
  3. An opportunity to present his or her work at the 2006 conference;
  4. Publication in Disability Studies Quarterly;
  5. Public presentation at Brandeis University; and
  6. A certificate.

Deadlines:

All manuscripts must be submitted by January 15th, 2006. The recipient of the award will be announced on or around March 30th, 2006.

Evaluation Process:

All submissions will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of distinguished scholars in disability studies. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously and all reviews will be confidential. Manuscript will be evaluated for importance and timeliness of the research; significance of contribution to the knowledge base in disability studies; description of research methodology and design, if appropriate; and overall quality of writing and clarity of style. Manuscripts and reviews will not be returned to authors.

Submission:

To be considered for the competition, all manuscripts must adhere to the following criteria:

  1. Overall length must not exceed 30 pages (double spaced, 12 point font)
  2. Must be in English;
  3. Must be available in alternative formats (e.g., large print, Braille,
    audiotape) upon request of the Awards Committee;
  4. Must have content reflecting on a topic relevant to disability studies;
  5. Must be written by a single author who is also primarily responsible
    for the research described in the manuscript.
  6. Must not have been previously published.


To obtain the application, please go to the Society for Disability Studies website: http://www.uic.edu/orgs/sds/index.html  (click on the Zola Award button on left)

Please send manuscripts as an attachment in Word to Joy Hammel at hammel@uic.edu with "Irving K. Zola Award" in the subject line. Please note that a completed Application Form must accompany the manuscript, as a separate attachment. If e-mail is not available, send one copy of the application form and five copies of the manuscript to the following address:

Joy Hammel
c/o Society for Disability Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd. (M/C 626)
Chicago, IL 60608-6904


New Online Course: Disability and Visual Studies

The Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is please to announce a new online course in disability and visual studies:Art 80D: Visualizing Disability. Art 80D focuses on representation of disability in modern and contemporary art history and popular culture. We will investigate the consequences of visual representation on the personal and social lives of disabled people, as well as on the development of public policy. Visual materials we will study include film, commercial advertising, charity depictions, medical images, freak shows, and fine art in a variety of media. Drawing from the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, we will compare and contrast various forms of and contexts for visualizing disability in art and society.

You do not have to be admitted to the University to enroll in Carolina Courses Online and earn college credit. For more information and to register see the Web site,

www.fridaycenter.unc.edu/cco or call 919-962-1134 or 800-862-5669.


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: EDITOR OF DISABILITY STUDIES QUARTERLY

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2006.

The Board of Directors for the Society for Disability Studies announces a search for a new editor for our journal, Disability Studies Quarterly. The Editor will serve a three-year term with the possibility of renewal by the Board for additional terms. The new editor, once selected, will work closely with the current editors, Corinne Kirchner and Beth Haller, to ensure a smooth transition. Applications are invited from members of SDS with the experience, expertise and resources described below. Applicants may apply either as a sole individual or as an editorial team. Applications by people from traditionally under-represented groups are strongly encouraged. The following criteria will be used in making the selection decision:

  1. Membership: Member of the Society for Disability Studies.
  2. Scholarship/Expertise: Significant record of scholarship and publication in disability studies and other evidence of expertise in one or more areas of disability studies.
  3. Values: Commitment to the values and mission of the Society for Disability Studies.
  4. Openness: Commitment to include scholarship and other works that represent the full range of approaches, methods, epistemologies, and content include within the interdisciplinary field of disability studies. Openness to innovative and original contributions within a general context of excellence and rigorous peer review.
  5. Commitment to racial and economic diversity, as well as to representation of the full range of disabilities, both structurally and in terms of scholarship.
  6. Leadership: Record of leadership and contribution to the field of disability studies, including any previous experience in editorial roles of any kind.
  7. Organizational Skills: Evidence of ability to meet deadlines, delegate tasks, work well with others, and organize major responsibilities.
  8. Resources and Capacity: Evidence of institutional backing and support to help defray costs, allocate space, coordinate web journal production, provide staff support and/or other contributions (both direct and in-kind) that will be required for the successful establishment and maintenance of a new editorial office for DSQ.

Potential applicants should send a letter of interest along with supporting documents to the chair of the search committee at the address given below. Materials may be submitted in electronic or print formats. The letter should outline the applicant's vision for the journal as well as addressing the selection criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications to be submitted is March 1, 2006. Further materials may be requested of some finalist candidates. A final selection will be announced in mid-June, 2006.

Applicants who have questions are encouraged to contact the DSQ subcomittee by sending an email to Joy Hammel, at Hammel@uic.edu.

Applications should be submitted, preferably electronically, to hammel@uic.edu. If electronic submission is not possible, please send application to:

Prof. Joy Hammel
Society for Disability Studies
c/o Dept. of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago (MC 626)
1640 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608


Employment Opportunities

Canadian Postdoctoral Fellowship

Department of Human Ecology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada
Leading Multidisciplinary, International Research Team is offering a postdoctoral position under its major collaborative research initiative, Hidden Costs/Invisible
Contributions: Marginalization of Dependent Adults.

Applications are invited from recent Ph.D. graduates to work with a leading, multidisciplinary research team.

The purpose of the Hidden Costs/Invisible Contributions research program is to create a deeper understanding of the place in society of those currently characterized as 'dependent'-specifically older adults and adults with chronic illness/disability. The project will generate knowledge about both the costs and contributions of these populations, and about the relevance of the gender, social, political, historic, cultural and literary contexts within which these costs and contributions occur. From this understanding will emerge a more humane analytical framework for envisioning policy and practice solutions to the challenges of demographic change.

'Hidden Costs/Invisible Contributions' is a large multidisciplinary research project involving Investigators from Canada, the Netherlands, United States, and Great Britain. The 5 year program, now half completed, is managed out of the Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, but Post-Doctoral Fellowships may also be available at other program sites including Mount Saint Vincent University and Trent University. The research spans four interconnected themes: costs, contributions, policies and contexts within which the costs and contributions of older adults and adults with disabilities are situated.

Successful candidates will work closely with some of the world's leading thinkers on costs, contributions and contexts of 'dependent' populations, engaging in a wide range of research activities: sample selection; data collection, manipulation and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative approaches; textual and cultural analysis; critical theorizing; historical research; and dissemination to a variety of academic, policy, practice and lay audiences. More than that, participants will have the unique experience afforded by membership in a large, international and multidisciplinary research team. Integration, innovation and collaboration are hallmarks of the team's work.

Applications are invited from recent PhD graduates for this two year position. The compensation package comprises a base salary of $40,000 per annum, plus benefits. Teaching opportunities may be negotiated for individuals interested in enhancing their teaching dossier. Applicants will have an excellent academic record, including superior research skills and a beginning record of publication. The postdoctoral fellow will function as a junior investigator, participating fully in research and related scholarly activities, and is expected to work closely and cooperatively with the research team, assume leadership, and participate in mentoring of graduate students and complete research projects. Interested applicants from the social sciences, humanities, health and other relevant disciplines should submit an application consisting of a cover letter and a curriculum vitae to Janet Fast PhD, Professor, Human Ecology 3-02,University of Alberta, Edmonton AB CANADA T6G 2N1 (janet.fast@ualberta.ca) (phone 780-492-2865; fax 780-492-4821).

Please contact Lori Moran, Project Manager, for further information (lori.moran@ualberta.ca). Visit our website at http://www.hecol.ualberta.ca/HCIC/

Deadline for submission is February 1,2006 or until a suitable candidate is found.

The records arising from this competition will be managed in accordance with provisions of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP). The University hires on the basis of merit.

We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.


Assistant Professor of Special Education

State University of New York at New Paltz
New Paltz, NY

The Special Education Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY — New Paltz) invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor. SUNY — New Paltz is a comprehensive institution enrolling a diverse population of 6000 undergraduate and 1500 graduate students. Located 75 miles from New York City in the scenic and culturally rich Mid-Hudson Valley, New Paltz also offers access to many cultural attractions in several major metropolitan areas as well as to excellent recreational activities.

Responsibilities:

    1. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in assessment, literacy and social studies, math, science and technology, collaboration, diversity, or inclusion
    2. Engage in scholarly activities
    3. Work collaboratively with others on development and evaluation of graduate programs
    4. Advise and supervise graduate students
    5. Provide service to the university and the community

Required Qualifications:

    1. Earned doctorate in special education
    2. Public school teaching experience with students with disabilities
    3. A commitment to multicultural issues
    4. Evidence of potential for scholarly activity

Application Procedures:

    1. A completed application will: (a) include a letter of interest addressing the applicant's credentials and experiences as they relate to the position; (b) all graduate transcripts; (c) vitae; and (d) three current letters of recommendation. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Send application materials to:
Catharine Whittaker
OMB 112
State University of New York at New Paltz
75 S. Manheim Blvd.
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443

You can obtain additional information about the State University of New York at New Paltz by visiting our web site at http://www.newpaltz.edu


Associate Professor of Inclusive Elementary and Special Education

Syracuse University
School of Education
Teaching and Leadership Programs
Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University invites applications and nominations for an important position on its inclusive elementary/special education faculty, to be filled as a tenure-line appointment at the Associate Professor level, beginning in August 2006. The person appointed will serve as Coordinator of our innovative Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Program and teach and advise graduate and undergraduate students in programs that prepare educators for inclusive education, special education, and general classroom teaching positions at the elementary and secondary levels. She or he will have primary responsibility to exercise leadership in developing our program and teaching and supervising courses in curriculum adaptations and differentiated instruction for diverse learners, including those with and without disabilities. She or he will be expected to maintain an active research and scholarly agenda, advise and mentor Master's and Ph.D. students, and perform university and community service.

Applicants will be expected to share our commitment to the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in schools and society and to including culturally or linguistically diverse populations in all of our university's programs.

All applicants must have an earned doctorate in special or general education and expertise in inclusive education. They must be able to demonstrate their ability to coordinate academic programs and conduct program assessment. Experience with students with severe disabilities, culturally or linguistically diverse populations, and urban education and familiarity with disability studies are highly desirable. Applicants will be expected to have practical experience in classroom teaching.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest indicating that they are applying for our position. Please describe your qualifications and submit a current vita and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Professor Steven J. Taylor
Search Committee Chair
Center on Human Policy
805 S. Crouse Ave.
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244-2280.

Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged.


Faculty Position in Curriculum and Teaching

Teachers College, Columbia University
Department of Curriculum and Teaching
Inclusive Education
New York, NY  

Position: Seeking a teacher educator with a strong background in both curriculum theory/design and disability, whose research focuses on pedagogical issues related to creating inclusive schools and classrooms. High priority will be given to scholars who have demonstrated a commitment in their work to confronting and transforming inequities and expanding opportunities and outcomes for all children in U.S. public schools. Our programs prepare teachers for a variety of contexts, particularly inclusive public schools in urban, culturally diverse settings. We seek a colleague who can provide leadership to promote changes in the ways that teachers are prepared to understand and educate students with disabilities and who shares our interest in contextualizing the study of inclusive education within multiple issues of diversity and marginalization in schools.
 
Qualifications: Earned doctorate, with focus on inclusive education, differentiated instruction, and curriculum theory and design; Established record of research and scholarship; Experience teaching in inclusive/special education elementary programs; Demonstrated excellence in teaching, especially at the university level; Strong history of successful collaboration with classroom-based educators and university colleagues.
 
Responsibilities: Teach courses at the Masters and Doctoral levels on inclusive education, curriculum theory/design, disability studies, and research methodology;
Coordinate, with other department faculty, the programs in Inclusive Elementary (Dual Certification), and the concentrations in Disability Studies (MA Professional Certification and EdD in Curriculum & Teaching); Work in the field with school practitioners; Collaborate with colleagues on departmental projects; Advise graduate students; Guide doctoral research; Participate in departmental and College-wide committees; Engage actively in scholarly research.

Rank: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Tenure Track
 
To Apply: Send CV, a letter of application, sample publications, and three letters of reference to Professor Susan L. Recchia, Search Committee Chair,
Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Box 31
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W. 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Review of applications will begin by December 8, 2005.  Appointment begins September, 2006.

Teachers College as an institution is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment. In offering education, psychology, and health studies, the College is committed to providing expanding employment opportunities to persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities in its own activities and in society. Candidates whose qualifications and experience are directly relevant to College priorities (e.g., urban issues, education equity, and concerns of underrepresented groups) may be considered for higher rank than advertised.

www.tc.columbia.edu


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