Rey Andujar on Campus, Teaching Opportunity in Korea, and More

A reminder for MAE students working on their Digication ePortfolios: don’t forget that tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, there will be a special Digication workshop for MAE students in the SAC 240 computer lab from 10-11:30 a.m. Details here.

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7Vientos_FlyerDePaul’s Department of International Studies and 7Vientos Press are pleased to announce an upcoming reception for the release of Rey Andújar’s newest book, Saturnalia, on Friday, March 15th, at 7:30 p.m. in Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont. This event is cosponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, Department of English, Latin American & Latino Studies Program, Center for Latino Research, Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum COE, and Department of Modern Languages.

Saturnalia is a collection of fourteen short stories by Dominican author Rey Andújar which “takes (readers) into the world of the unexpected through the excitement and heartache of expatriation, immigration, music, revenge, and desire.” Andújar will be reading excerpts from his book and answering questions about the writing and translation processes.

Here are a few words from 7Vientos Press about Andújar and Saturnalia:

7Vientos Press is excited to announce the arrival of the collective’s second book: Saturnalia, by Rey Andújar!

7V strives to connect with you as friends who enjoy  alternative ways of thinking and perceiving daily life. Rey Andújar’s work challenges the monotony of our surroundings and when his talent is blended with 7V’s ambitions the result is his provocative, funny, disturbing, sad, and triumphant Saturnalia.

This hardcover collection of fourteen short stories has been translated into English by Kolin Jordan and take us to unexpected destinations. During your travels you will be experience the excitement and heartache related to themes of expatriation, revenge, desolation, immigration, agony, love, desire, music, and alienation. Through it all we get the sense that we are part of world striated by the unexpected.

Rey Andújar is a Dominican writer and performer who lives in Chicago with his wife and newborn daughter. His books have won various awards including The International Award from Casa de Teatro, for his book of short stories, El factor carne (Isla Negra, 2005); Puerto Rican Pen Club Award for his novel, Candela (Alfaguara, 2007); The Story Award from the International Book Fair in Santo Domingo for Amoricidio (Agentes Catalíticos, 2007); The Ultramar Letters Award (New York, 2011) for Saturnalia, and most recently Adújar won the Cuento y Poesía Consenso Award at Northeastern University.

This event is free and open to the public, and all English students are encouraged to attend. You can get more event details and RSVP on their Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/513589385345934/?ref=14.

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Jason Kifer, a DePaul MAE graduate, is currently teaching in a university in Korea, and would like to share with current DePaul English graduate students information about an opening for a Full-Time (non-tenure track) EFL Position at his university, Sogang University.

The General Education English Program (GEEP) at Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea) is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates to join their faculty. GEEP offers full-credit required and elective courses within the general curriculum of the university. The starting date is at the end of August, 2013.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should ideally be native English speakers with relevant educational background and experience. Korean citizens with native fluency in English will also be considered. An MA degree in TESOL/TEFL, English, or a closely related field is required.  Applicants with other MA degrees plus TESOL/TEFL certification will also be considered.

DUTIES

Teach 5 classes (15 credits) per semester. Candidates will be required to teach Freshmen English courses and one or two other credit courses (writing, culture, public speaking, business English, literature, etc.). For all courses, you are expected to keep class records, hold office hours (5 hours per week), assist with placement testing, attend meetings, and participate in faculty projects. Actual class time is 15 hours per week.

SALARY

First year: 2.6 to 3.1 million won per month, depending on qualifications and experience

BENEFITS

  • National health insurance
  • Paid summer and winter vacations
  • Housing assistance (for non-Koreans citizens only)
  • Severance pay is available at the rate of one month’s salary for each year completed

Winter vacation is from late December to late February, and summer vacation is from late June to late August.  There is no required teaching during these times.

Studio apartments are available on campus for up to two years from the start of employment at a discounted rate (50%; 300,000 won per month).  Alternatively, for those choosing to live off campus, the school will provide a loan of 10 million won for key deposit.

Travel expenses are not reimbursed.

TO APPLY

Please send the following documents by mail to the address below:

  • A cover letter and CV/resume
  • Photocopies of all degrees and transcripts
  • A photocopy of the first page of your passport and Korean Alien Registration Card (if you have one)
  • 2 letters of recommendations from previous employers with contact information

Eun Sung Park
General Education English Program (J809)
Sogang University
35 Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu,
Seoul 212-742, South Korea

The application deadline is Friday April 12th, 2013No email applications will be accepted.  Interviews will be held during the week of April 22-26, and Skype interviews are available for candidates residing outside of Korea.  Candidates invited for an interview should be prepared to provide a short video demo of their teaching.

MORE INFORMATION

http://www.sogang.ac.kr/english (university website)

http://geep.sogang.ac.kr/  (program website)

Any questions regarding this announcement should be directed to Professor Jason Kifer at kiferjason@gmail.com

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Summer Literary Seminars Contest, Two Job Openings, and More

Earlier this week, we announced the release of Prof. Francesca Royster’s new book. We’re excited to add that Dr. Royster will be on WBEZ tomorrow morning, discussing her book, Sounding Like a No-No, about the post-soul music of the 1970s and 1980s, with Tony Sarabia and Richard Steele.  Tune into 91.5 FM between 9:15 and 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 21st to hear the interview!

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Summer Literary Seminars is very excited to announce their 2013 unified (Lithuania and Kenya) literary contest for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. It will be held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine and The Walrus, as well as online magazines Joyland, Branch, and DIAGRAM. This year’s contest will also feature new prizes sponsored by the Center for Fiction, St. Petersburg Review, and the esteemed Graywolf Press. Judging the contest are award-winning writers Mary Gaitskill (fiction), Eileen Myles (poetry), and Ander Monson (non fiction).

This year the contest entry will include a one-year subscription to Fence Magazine.

By popular demand and due to multiple requests from those attending the AWP Conference in Boston (look for SLS there with their contest partners), SLS has decided to extend the contest deadline to March 9th, 2013.

Contest winners in the categories of fiction and poetry will have their work published in print in Fence, and online in The Walrus. Additionally, they will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-2013 programs – in Vilnius, Lithuania (summer 2013); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December).

Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice, and publication in online magazine Joyland (fiction) or Branch (poetry). Third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount and publication in Joyland (fiction) or Branch (poetry).

The contest winner in the category of non fiction will be published in DIAGRAM, and will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-2013 programs.

Please visit the official contest page for complete rules, submission guidelines, and information about five other affiliated contests.

Entries can be submitted electronically to sls.contest@gmail.com. A $17 reading fee must accompany each entry. Multiple entries are permissible, as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Fence Magazine.

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The College of DuPage is seeking a full-time, tenure track faculty member to teach English Composition courses. Opportunities to teach other English courses, such as Technical and Creative Writing, based on credentials and availability.  Additional duties include advising students, curriculum development and committee work.  Opportunities may exist to teach a flexible schedule that may include teaching assignments days, evenings and weekends. Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in English and experience teaching at the college level.

This position is available August 2013.  Starting salaries are dependent on education and experience. College of DuPage also offers a generous benefits plan.

Teaching at College of DuPage is enhanced and enlivened through institutional support of faculty creatively engaging in instructional development, research to improve student learning and remaining current in their field of specialty. The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. College of DuPage is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its faculty.

To apply please submit your electronic application, unofficial transcripts, a cover letter including a list of three references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and current curriculum vita at cod.edu/hrjobs/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=2675. No application deadline has been set, but the committee is already reviewing applications.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Office of International Education has announced an open position for an English Language Support Coordinator. The starting date is March 18th, and they will review applications as they arrive and continue to do so until the position is filled. Download or view the position description [PDF].

Responsibilities

This position develops and coordinates all aspects of programming and curriculum for two semester-long and one summer full-time Intensive English Program (IEP) per year, involves overall responsibility for the academic and financial success of the IEP, provides direct academic assistance to and support for self-selected international and domestic students in need of English Language (EL) assistance, and develops and implements Short-term Visitors Programs (fee-for-service programs offered to assist units on campus in hosting student, faculty and other groups from abroad).

This position reports to the OIE Director; prior to each formal evaluation, the Center for Academic Resources (CAR) Director may also provide input.  This position requires evening and weekend responsibilities, especially while guests are on campus.  Travel is a possibility but is not guaranteed.  There are no secretarial or support staff associated with this position; student support is a possibility contingent on budget.

Requirements

  • M.A. in applied linguistics, ESL, TESOL or related area with formal preparation in models, methods, and major interventions developed for EFL/ESOL students
  • Ability to serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and Assistant Responsible Officer (ARO) for F & J student programs (U.S. citizen or permanent resident, per federal regulations)
  • Demonstrated experience in intensive English program development, management and supervision; methods of assessing English proficiency; curriculum development; and implementation of learning experiences that enhance critical thinking and metacognition
  • Significant EFL/ESOL-related teaching experience and demonstrated ability to guide reading, writing, grammar and discussion and to utilize techniques that can assist in providing successful learning experiences for EFL/ESOL students
  • Ability to fluently read, write, and speak in English; excellent verbal and written skills
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact diplomatically with a diverse group of individuals, to develop rapport quickly and to communicate clearly and effectively with non-native speakers of English, all in a service-oriented environment
  • Initiative and ability to work independently without close supervision
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks, performing successfully and with composure
  • Ability to independently address & solve complex issues through teamwork and consultation
  • Ability to make decisions with potential impact on international students and the University’s ability to fulfill federal mandates
  • Commitment to record-keeping, documentation and data management
  • Intermediate or Advanced proficiency in MS Office 2000 (Word, Excel, Access); ability to learn additional software packages as required

Preferences

  • Significant experience teaching, living or studying abroad
  • Proficiency in at least one second language which is not a native language (this may be English)
  • Demonstrated ability to assess instructional staff performance
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a given budget
  • Experience serving culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Familiarity with historical, deep level cultural and educational issues relevant to at least one recent immigrant group in the United State

Salary

Competitive

Terms of Appointment

Full-time, twelve-month fixed-term terminal

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins immediately, and continues until position is filled.

How to Apply

Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, and:

  • The letter of application must address the required and preferred qualifications for this position
  • A written statement describing your philosophy on EFL/ESOL support at the university level
  • Examples of materials and/or evidence of effective skills
  • The name, title, relationship to you, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for three to five professional references, one of which must be your current or most recent direct supervisor

Applications can be sent to:

Vicki Anderson
Office of International Education
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI  54901
920.424.0775
oie@uwosh.edu

Two Summer Teaching Opportunities

This month, the DePaul English Department is holding a series of Student Information Sessions with the candidates for the Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature, a tenure-track position in The Department of English to begin in September, 2013. A total of three sessions will be held in ALH 210-11, one for each candidate. All DePaul English Graduate Students are encouraged to attend and give their input.

The third and final Student Information Session will be held this Monday, January 28th, with Megan Cook. Cook’s background includes:

  • August 2011-present: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English, Bowdoin College
  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of Pennsylvania, August 2011
  • M.A., English and American Literature, New York University, May 2005
  • B.A., Political Science and English Literature, University of Michigan, May 2003
  • Dissertation: The Poet and the Antiquaries: Renaissance Readers and Chaucerian Scholarship

The student Q&A with Cook will be held from 1:30-2:15 in the Student Resource Center, ALH 210-11. Refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you are invited to attend the English Department sessions which will be held from 3:30-5:00 on the same days. The English Department looks forward to hearing your feedback.

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Duke University’s African and African American Studies and the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality is accepting applications from interested high school English teachers for a Summer Institute for High School Teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The African American Literature and Social History Summer Institute for High School Teachers will take place on July 8 – 26th, 2013 at Duke University. The proposed summer institute will provide the opportunity for 25 secondary school teachers to study both well-known and less familiar but significant works in African American literature and to examine the interplay between fictional narratives and social, historical, and philosophical frames. NEH summer scholars will be encouraged to integrate literary analysis and criticism with insights drawn from research in social history using readings of African American literature with social, historical and philosophical writings relevant to the frame and context of the fictional works.

Duke University’s African and African American Studies and the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality are now accepting applications for this program. Online applications can be found at aaas.duke.edu/neh-summer-institute. The deadline to apply is March 4th, 2013, but summer positions tend to fill up by mid-February. To participate in the interview process, be sure to submit an application on the website by the end of January.

Please contact the Research Network at (919) 681-4976 with any questions.

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The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2013 teaching positions. They are seeking applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline, and provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Their classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

The Institute is looking to hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Are responsible and hard working
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
  • Have regular access to a reliable car

You can submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at: instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com.

Reminders, Two-Year College Teaching Internships, and Job Openings at the Writing Center

Welcome back, students and faculty, from what was hopefully a very relaxing spring break! In case you did a little too much relaxing and forgot what was posted on Ex Libris before the break, here are a few reminders of upcoming dates and deadlines.

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Applications for a Fall 2012 Internship in Teaching English in the Two-Year College are due to Prof. Carolyn Goffman by Friday, April 20th at 5 p.m.

To Apply:

Please provide PAPER COPIES of the following:

  • One-page cover letter explaining your interest in the internship. Include information about your availability (scheduling restrictions, other jobs or responsibilities) and transportation (that is, do you have a car, or will you be relying on public transportation?)
  • C.V. ,including names of references (you do NOT have to provide letters of reference unless requested later)

Please send these ELECTRONICALLY:

  • Writing Sample (in Word format)
  • Transcripts (unless you prefer to send hard copies). If you are NOT in the MAE or MAWP programs, please include undergraduate transcripts. They do not have to be official versions; a photocopy is fine.

If you have any questions about the internship or the Teaching English in the  Two-Year College Certificate, please email Prof. Goffman at cgoffman@depaul.edu.

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The University Center for Writing-based Learning at DePaul is looking for empathetic and intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2012/2013 academic year. Applications are due on April 23rd, 2012 at noon.

Please visit depaul.edu/writing/who/join_staff to learn how and why to apply for a job at the DePaul UCWbL. Any questions can be directed to UCWbL Director Dr. Lauri Dietz at ldietz@depaul.edu

EGSA Conference Reminder, Story Week, and a Teaching Job

There’s only one week left until the EGSA Conference paper submission deadline of midnight on Monday, March 19th. EGSA needs your Poetry, Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, Literary Analysis/Critical Approaches, Pedagogical and Literary Theory, and other writing on Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work, get a line on your CV, and have fun with your classmates.

While we’re still waiting for the EGSA Conference’s keynote speaker to be announced, there has been another conference development: EGSA is going to be collecting used books during the conference to donate to the nonprofit Open Books organization in support of their literacy programs. Save your pre-loved books for the April 13th conference to support this great organization.

For complete details on the 2012 EGSA conference and the materials necessary to submit your writing, please visit EGSA’s Ex Libris page.

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Story Week Festival of Writers, presented by Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department is taking place March 18th-23rd throughout the Loop. All events are free and open to the public and the full schedule can be viewed here.

Be sure to take note of the reading/panel Portraits of an American Dream: The Female in Contemporary Fiction, which will take place on Tuesday, March 20th at 6 p.m. in the Harold Washington Public Library (400 S. State St., Chicago) which will feature DePaul professor Christine Sneed along with writers Nami Mun, Bonnie Jo Campbell and Sam Park.

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University Liggett School, a private high school in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, is looking to hire graduates with a Literature degree to teach upper school English (grades 9-12). In the words of the Department of English Chair: “Our English program is completing its transition from a traditional, teacher-centered approach to a model based more upon student inquiry and facilitated student seminar. Ideally, we’re looking for candidates who would relate well to high school students, who would enrich the professional discussion within the department, who are interested in progressive teaching and learning models, who would tolerate a little ambiguity while helping to shape an evolving program, and who would be able to assist with extracurricular duties (like coaching, club advising, academic advising, etc.) that private schools require of their teaching faculty. Liggett does not require its teachers to be state certified (in fact, I’ve often found degrees in literature to be preferable to degrees in education), so that would not present a hurdle to any candidate who is otherwise qualified to take on an English teaching assignment.”

If you are interested in learning more about this position, including a sample Course Description list and how to apply, please contact Prof. Miles Harvey at mharvey7@depaul.edu, who can get you this information and put you in touch with Liggett’s English Department Chair.

Student News, Short Story Competition, and More

Today we’re starting out with some very special student news: Congratulations to current M.A.W.P. student Stephanie Gladney Queen, who had her first baby only weeks before the start of the quarter. Anthony Gabriel Queen was born on November 23rd, 2011. Our best wishes go out to Stephanie and baby Anthony!

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The Mitchelstown Literary Society is pleased to announce the launch of the second William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition. 

The Society was founded to celebrate the lives and works of two of Ireland’s literary greats with Mitchelstown connections. The short story competition evolved as a natural adjunct to Mitchelstown’s annual literary festival and aims to provide a competitive outlet for new and emerging writers in the short story genre. The continued support of William Trevor includes sponsoring the very generous First Prize of 3,000 Euro. Second prize is 500 Euro, and there will be an additional five runners-up winning 200 Euro each.

Ita Daly, two times winner of the Hennessy Literary Awards, Irish Times Short Story Award winner, and author of five novels including the recent Unholy Ghosts, will be the contest’s final judge.

Details of rules, official entry form(s), payment methods etc. can be found on the official website: www.mitchelstownlit.com. There is entry fee of 20.00 Euro per entry and the deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, 30th March 2012. The winner and runners up will be notified personally as well as results being posted to the competition website as they become available.

Entries, by mail only, to:

Trevor/Bowen International Short Story Competition
37 Upper Cork Street
Mitchelstown,
Co. Cork,
Ireland.

For more information, contact contest moderators at Tel: 025/84969 or at cusackliam@eircom.net

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Back at the beginning of the quarter, Ex Libris posted an announcement about the Institute for Reading Development summer teaching positions. If you were interested but didn’t get the chance to apply, or just missed the announcement, you’re in luck: The Institute for Reading Development has just announced that they continue to have positions available and are still accepting applications. All grad students and graduating seniors with an interest in teaching and strong reading skills are encouraged to apply. See the original announcement on Ex Libris and visit instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com for more details, including how to apply.

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Old Dominion University’s Barely South Review is now accepting submissions for their September 2012 issue. They are looking for unpublished poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and art.

You can read the January 2012 issue featuring interviews with the likes of Joy Williams and Naomi Shihab Nye at barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com, and you’ll find the submission guidelines at barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/submission-guidelines.

This is also a great reminder that Old Dominion University is accepting entries to the inaugural Norton Girault Literary prize! One fiction story will win $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. The guest judge this year is Cristina Garcia. Complete guidelines and entry form can be found at: barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/the-norton-girault-literary-prize.

Deadline for September 2012 issue submissions is March 31st. Deadline for entries to the Norton Girault Literary Prize is February 29th, 2012.

Send general questions to odu.creative.writing@gmail.com

Alumna News: Allison Tyndall Locke

Are you an alumni or current student of the M.A.E. or M.A.W.P. with news of your own? Please send announcements to Molly Tranberg at mtranber@depaul.eduA warm congratulations goes out to Allison on her many accomplishments.

Allison Tyndall Locke graduated from the MAE program in 2005 while working for DePaul’s Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning. She taught part-time in WRD from 2006-10 and at Loyola from 2008-10 before starting her PhD in literature this year at Stony Brook University in Long Island. At Stony Brook, Allison is studying early modern English drama and continues to learn Arabic since taking a class at DePaul in summer 2010. She was recently accepted to the 2011 NEH Summer Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The Institute, “Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global,” runs for five weeks and is taught by an international group of Shakespeare scholars. Next year, Allison will begin to teach literature as part of her teaching assistantship, connecting early modern English plays with their classical Greek and Roman sources.