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Upcoming Events for Students

November 21

Explore @ 4:  Social Work
An exploratory career series covering the basic information and career highlights of different education and social justice-oriented careers.  This final program features Edward Potts, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, Jane Addams College of Social Work.

When:  4 p.m.
Where:  The Commons (ETMSW 3233)


Spring 2017 Course Details: LRSC 501 - Research Methods

Professor: Dr. Jim Pellegrino | Class Schedule: Monday (1:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

This course is focused on deepening students understanding of the components of scientific arguments and execution of the research design and analysis process as they apply to the diverse research problems that characterize the Educational, Cognitive and Learning Sciences. The goal is to have students develop an appreciation of the range of research methods and approaches that can be applied to problems and issues in cognition and learning and how questions and methods align.  In considering these issues we also explore some of the current debate about scientific methods in educational research and issues of philosophy and epistemology as related to research methods.

More information

Spring 2017 GC 512 Course Registration Open Now

Schedule: Thursday (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

GC 512 provides students with the process and skills to write  according to the conventions of academic English and to communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences. The course is currently for graduate students in STEM disciplines who will have completed at least 32 credit hours in their PhD program by Spring 2017. Registration is restricted. The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) must recommend a student, who meets the criteria above, by contacting the Graduate College with the student’s name, UIN, and UIC NetID. We anticipate offering a section for non-STEM disciplines in the Fall 2017 semester.

The elective course carries 3 hours of credit and runs the entire semester. Grading is "Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory."  GC 512 is eligible to be used as an elective, although all programs may not allow the credit to be used towards degree requirements. 

Please contact Benn Williams ( ) with any further questions.

Teaching Opportunity at a Catholic School
Superior Chicago Tutoring has an immediate opening for a reading teacher on Mondays from 9-2, and Tuesday from 9-3. This is a Title 1 program, with minimal class sizes, serving grades k-8. The position is in a catholic school on the north side, on Cicero and Patterson.
Great principal, nice students, and friendly staff.  This part-time opportunity has the potential to become full-time in February, due to a maternity leave.
Pay Scale: $25/hour
To express interest in the position, please call or email Kelly Wright.

Kelly K. Wright M. Ed
Superior Chicago Tutoring
Program Director
Cultural Showcase at UIC Forum

The Center for Student Involvement presents Cultural Showcase.

Cultural Showcase is our annual celebration of UIC’s Cultural Diversity. Featuring performances from student organizations such as Primo Dance Troupe, Students for Justice in Palestine, Chicago ADAA, Movimiento, VSA, KASA, PRIDE, African Student Council and AASIA. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Doors open at 6:00pm. Event begins at 7:00pm.

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

This event is FREE for UIC students, faculty, and staff. Don't forget your I-card!

Spring 2017 Course Details: CI 594 Sport, Education, and Society: Protest and Social Change

Instructor: Dr. Danny Bernard Martin ( | Schedule: Thursday (5:00 PM-8:00 PM)

Have these questions ever crossed your mind?

  • In choosing to kneel during the national anthem, are Colin Kaepernick and other athletes being unpatriotic?
  • Should college athletes be paid for their labor?
  • Is gender verification in sports a form of biological racism and sexism?
  • Do sports promote a culture of social deviance and hyper-masculinity?
  • Why did the President and Chancellor of the University of Missouri resign after a threatened strike by Black football players?

In this seminar, we will examine amateur and professional sports as contexts for protest and social change. While sport is often conceived of in terms of leisure and entertainment, we will examine the politics, ideologies, and practices of sport as they pertain to such issues as race and racism; class; gender and sexual orientation; civil rights; nationalism; and capitalism.

More information

Please contact Dr. Martin for more information before enrolling.

Nature Education Teacher position at the Garfield Park Conservatory

The Nature Education Teacher is a part-time position. Primary responsibilities are to 1) facilitate lesson-based family educational activities; 2) facilitate unstructured nature-based play with young children; and 3) assist with program preparation and material organization. Shifts on Saturdays & Sundays 11:30am-4:30pm, Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm, and Wednesdays 3:30-7:30pm with an average 1-2 shifts a week.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate Early Childhood and Family Nature Education Programming and assist in maintaining children’s garden and spaces – includes leading lessons, read alouds and participating in unstructured play.
  • Work closely with Nature Education Coordinator to prepare materials for programming and special events.
  • Work with department staff in the preparation, facilitation and clean-up of special event-based activities as needed.

Submit cover letter and resume by mail, fax or email to:
Audrey Sherer c/o GPCA, 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624; (FAX) 773-638-1777; or

Please refer Garfield Park Conservatory for more details on qualifications and the application.

Child Care Staff Position at Irving Park YMCA

The Irving Park YMCA is looking for child care staff--- Monday-Friday 2:30-6:30p. Duties include helping with students' homework, organizing activities, and supervising elementary aged children after school. Interested students can contact Allison Greenman, Youth and Family Director at 773-326-2627 or

Scholarships for Lithuanian Students/Study

Students of Lithuanian descent or students of Lithuanian history, culture, and/or language are encouraged to apply for the 2016-17 Dr. Kazys Grinius Endowment Scholarship.  Two $1,100 scholarships will be awarded.


  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student at UIC.
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Preference to students of Lithuanian descent or students of Lithuanian history, culture, and/or language

To apply, email to receive an application.  The deadline is December 5.

Knowles Teaching Fellowships

KSTF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing math and science teachers with professional development, resources and support to improve STEM education. Financial benefits include stipends and grants. In addition to financial benefits, Fellows have the opportunity to to connect with and benefit from being part of a national community of over 300 experienced STEM classroom teachers.

Fellows can be KSTF Teaching Fellows and still participate in other programs such as Woodrow Wilson, Noyce and TFA. 
To learn more, visit this link. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on November 27, 2016.
Marilyn J. Mucha Special Education Fellowship Award Application

Providing support for exceptional MEd students in Special Education

This award is made in honor of Marilyn Mucha, and in recognition of the applicant's scholarship and influence in the field of special education.  (The amount of the Marilyn J. Mucha Award is based on how much is available from the private donor in a given year.) The award consists of a cash award and a tuition and service fee waiver for full-time or part-time students for one semester, either Spring 2017 or Fall 2017.  The award will be sent directly from the Business Office. (Please note that if you have any outstanding tuition that is due, that amount may be deducted from your award.)

APPLICATIONS DUE : 11/18/16.  Applications are posted within the MEd Special Education Blackboard site.

William E. Albin & Charlotte C. Young Doctoral Fellowship Award

Providing support for exceptional PhD students in Special Education Application

This award is made in recognition of the applicant’s scholarship and potential for influence in the field of special education. (The amount of the Albin and Young Award is based on how much is available from the private donor each year.) The award is a cash award for full-time or part-time PhD students, and will be sent directly from the Business Office.

Note: If you have any outstanding tuition that is due, that amount may be deducted from your award.

Applications are due on 11/18/16.  Applications posted within the PhD Special Education Blackboard site.

Spring 2017 Research Assistant with Center for Literacy

Job Title          Research Assistant – ESL Instructor  

Division           FAST Services

Program          Adult Education and Career Transition

Location          Off campus: Southwest side of Chicago

Schedule         Mon-Fri, 8:30am-12:30pm 

                       20 hours a week; this is a set, required schedule

Commitment   At least one year and two preferred

Start Date        December, 2016 (SPRING 2017 Semester)

Pay Range       Standard

Deadline          11/17/16 by 5 p.m.

Application Process  Submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to Brenda Ruiz ( and Susie Karwowski ( No phone calls, please.


FAmily STart (FAST) Learning and Support Services, a division of the UIC Center for Literacy in the College of Education, empowers and strengthens Head Start families in Chicago. Our mission is to provide access to high-quality, research-based learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty and collectively strengthen communities through family learning services.

The Adult Education and Career Transition Program is an important part of achieving FAST’s mission and vision. Current and future Head Start parents interested in continuing their basic education are enrolled in or referred to classes/tutoring in English-as-a-Second Language, GED (in English or Spanish) and literacy/numeracy. Learners also receive case management services, career transition support, and technology training.

Under the supervision of the lead instructor, the instructor assists in the development, service delivery, and continuous improvement of the Adult Education and Career Transition program

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Teach English as a Second Language classes designed to serve the educational needs of Head Start parents
  • Assess and track learners’ progress on Illinois ESL Content Standards
  • Collaborate with the Lead Instructor to develop ESL lesson plans and evaluate learners’ progress on their goals
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings that promote FAST programming

Required education, skills and work experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field required, with one year of relevant teaching/tutoring preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills required.

Knowledge of adult/family literacy and Head Start programs desirable    

Graduate Student Grant Opportunities

The American Education Research Association (AERA) Division C is excited to announce the decision to use $10,000.00 in one-time money to support two Division C graduate students with a small grant for up to $5,000.00. The goal is to give two awards for $5,000.00 for research that addresses issues of inequalities in educational opportunities, from an educational psychology/learning sciences perspective. Grants will be awarded by 12/31/16 (with funds available for 2017).

Applications are due 12/5/16. Email them to Barbara Greene ( Applications will be reviewed by a panel that includes three faculty and one student member of Division C.

Applications should include the following:

A two-page summary of the student’s research program. The summary should include description of:

    • how the research links to the 2017 AERA theme of research addressing inequalities in educational opportunities.
    • how the research fits within the scope of Division C (for example, that it is from an educational psychology/learning sciences perspective).
    • how the funds will be spent to advance the student’s research program (approximately ½ page). Funds must be directly related to execution of the research project.
  • A letter from the student’s advisor asserting that this is the student’s independent program of research.
  • The student’s curriculum vita, which should indicate that the student is a Division C member.

For more information at the College-level, contact Kimberly Lawless at

Course for Spring 2017 - The Schooling of Latinos in the U.S.

Professor:  Zitlali Morales, Ph.D.

This course is a critical examination of the schooling experiences of Latinxs in the United States. In democratic societies, public education theoretically serves two purposes: to produce an informed citizenry that can participate responsibly in the various spheres of society (e.g., the political economy, family, etc.); and to provide opportunity to all citizens regardless of their social or economic background.  We will critically examine these ideals by learning about the educational history and current status of Latinxs in the context of the United States. We will also examine the ways in which Latinxs contest the practices of the powerful, defining themselves and shaping their own destinies (sometimes in ways counterproductive to "success" as it is defined in U.S. society).

More information

Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Please email me if you have any questions at

GA Opportunity at the College

Dr. Shelby Cosner will be hiring up to three 1/2-time graduate assistants (20 hours per week) beginning as soon as possible with positions running either through August 2016 or December 2017. The first two positions are GA positions that will require a range of duties including locating, annotating and reviewing literature; locating and storing a variety of principal preparation and development program materials; and a range of other duties as assigned by Dr. Cosner. The third position will involve extensive library and qualitative field research including participant interviews, most of which will be conducted in schools with principals and teachers, and the transcription of interviews.

Individual a) who have strong library research skills, and b) who have excellent project management skills/proven track records with on-time quality work submission are encouraged to forward resumes to Dr. Shelby Cosner at as soon as possible. In addition to these expectations, individuals interested in the 3rd position must have transportation for traveling to/from interview sites and flexibility in their weekly schedules for conducting interviews before, during, and after the K-12 school day. Having a computer or access to a computer is essential. 

With the electronic submission of a resume, please also provide a brief email that includes information about your current program of study at UIC (including when you anticipate graduating) and why this position seems like a fit and is of interest to you.