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Wednesday Update for October 5, 2016

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Transgender Symposium: Understanding the Gender Spectrum
This is a one-day conference that focuses on educating professionals about current topics relevant to transgender people and aims to increase understanding of how to be affirming and supportive. This conference will provide basic information about vocabulary and terminology related to gender identity and expression, offer an opportunity to hear a panel of transgender-identified individuals talk about their personal experiences, disseminate information related to the medical and mental health of transgender people, explore current issues relevant to trans students in academia, and offer suggestions for how to be more affirming towards transgender people. Gina Duncan of Equality Florida will be the keynote speaker. Registration and more information can be found here:

Kappa Delta Pi Fundraiser
On Monday, October 10th, enjoy delicious food and frozen custard from Sweetberries while supporting Kappa Delta Pi, UF’s International Honor Society of education! The fundraiser is from 6-10pm at SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard located at 505 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32601, just minutes away from campus. We hope to see you there!

For more information please see flyer, visit our website at or email Future Kappa Delta Pi events are located here.

The Student Florida Education Association Presents: Movement in the Classroom  
Please join SFEA at UF for our second general body meeting on Monday, October 10th at 7:30PM in the Norman Terrace Room for a workshop on how to implement movement in the classroom. Guest speaker, Rebecca Thrift from Gainesville’s Balance 180, a local gymnastics non-profit will be educating guests and members on movement in the classroom. Rebecca is Balance 180’s Special Olympics Coordinator. She has earned a Master’s degree in both Special Education and Early Childhood Education from UF, and has taught early education for 8 years! Rebecca is currently enrolled in UF’s Occupational Therapy Program. There will also be refreshments!

Preparing and Delivering Effective Presentations: Student Alliance of Graduate Students in Education (SAGE) is holding its second professional event of the fall semester in the Terrace Room on October 11, from 11am-12pm. The panel will be discussing topics such as: the purpose of presentations for one’s academic and professional goals, when to start thinking about presentations, different types of presentations (posters, roundtables, papers, PowerPoint), what conferences to submit to, etc. Featured panelists include: Dr. Vicki Vescio, Dr. Nicholas Gage, Todd McCardle, and Tia Kimball.


Changes to the 2017-18 Financial Aid Application Process
To apply for financial aid at the University of Florida, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Starting with the 2017­-18 financial aid application cycle, the following changes will take effect:

·         Students will be able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change.

·         Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

·         UF’s “On-Time” deadline is now December 15. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, UF’s “On-Time” deadline to receive the results of the 2017-18 FAFSA from the federal processor is December 15, 2016. Additional information and resources are available on the Student Financial Affairs’ website.

Queering Education Seminar 
UF Kappa Delta Pi is hosting their first seminar ‘Queering Education’ on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:30pm in the Norman Hall Terrace Room. Guest speaker, Brittney Beck, discusses how to spread awareness of the diversity amongst students and families that are a major component of our classrooms. Its primary focus is to make teachers aware of how literature can be used to help promote a welcoming environment within the classroom based on various family dynamics. Professors may offer extra credit for attending. For more information please see flyer, visit our website at or email

Fall ‘16 Graduate Student Research Series  
Could you use a little help with your research? Help with finding better scholarly sources like books and journal articles? Help with reading and making sense of the sources you find, and then writing up your paper?

UF Librarians David Schwieder (Political Science), Richard Freeman (Anthropology), and Helene Huet (European Studies) will present a series of research-focused sessions to help graduate students with the following topics:

Thursday October 6      Session 1: Finding Scholarly Sources
Thursday October 20    Session 2: Reading Scholarly Sources Effectively
Thursday November 3  Session 3: Making Sense of Your Scholarly Sources
Thursday December 1  Session 4: Tips for Writing an Effective Scholarly Paper

All sessions Period 7 1:55-2:45 p.m. Room 211 Library West. No registration required.

Alcohol and Technology Research
A University of Florida study on alcohol use & smartphone technology is seeking participants. The study does not involve taking medication. Please see flyer for further information.

Grad fellowships and undergrad scholarships
Attention STEM students!  If you are a student in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related program, you may be interested in viewing a database of available STEM-related fellowships and scholarships provided by the Institute for Broadening Participation/Pathways to Science program below. Students can browse 77 different fellowship and scholarship listings here or use the advanced search feature to narrow down selections. Students can also sign up here to receive notifications about programs.

UF in India: NGOs and Development
Dr. Muthusami Kumaran, faculty member in Family, Youth, & Community Sciences, IFAS is offering a study abroad program to India in Summer 2017. Click here for contact information and other details. Program information located here

UF in Ireland: Language and Education Study Abroad
The study abroad will take place April 23 through May 6, 2017. Students will stay in Homestays around Dublin (week 1) and County Donegal (week 2) and will attend schools in both settings. This is a 3 credit hour study abroad. Contact Maria Coady for more details (

Employment / Internship

Volusia County Teacher Fair
Volusia County School District located in central Florida is currently  recruiting teachers for our 2016-17 and the upcoming 17-18 school year too. To be considered for an invitation, candidates must hold certification in one of the following subject areas: Math, Reading, Science, Elementary Education, English Language Arts, Exceptional Student Education or Gifted. Please see flyer for additional details.

Teaching Assistant Positions
In need of graduate Teaching Assistants for LAE 6861 Technology and Media Literacy and LAE 6869 Teaching Digital Storytelling during Summer 2017 semester. These are both unpaid TA positions but graduate students can earn course credit for EDG 6940 Supervised Teaching. Preference given to graduate students who have teaching and/or research interests in technology and new literacies. Prior experience with online teaching preferred.  Please send a brief statement of interest and a CV to Dr. Kathryn Caprino at

Instructional Designer Opportunities – Orlando, FL
Carley Corporation provides custom-designed training solutions to improve human performance. We specialize in large scale, complex programs where learning and performance results are critical. Available positions

Harn Museum of Art Spring Internships
The Harn Museum of Art is taking applications for spring 2017 interns! Applications due October 15th. Internships are offered in all museum departments including Education, Curatorial and more. These internship projects and activities will provide strong materials for a portfolio and resume.  Interested candidates can find instructions, application form and all project descriptions on the Harn website at For any questions, please contact Layne Thue-Bludworth at or 352-392-9826 x.2112.

Volunteering – Service

Need volunteer hours? Or just love doing some good? ASTRA is having our 3rd General Body Meeting for on Monday, October 10th in Stuzin 102 at 6:00 pm. We offer a diverse array of volunteering opportunities and would love to see new faces! We will have a team-building activity, refreshments, and an update on upcoming service/fundraising events. If interested, please RSVP on Facebook at or email You can view our ongoing and upcoming events on Facebook and any questions can also be directed through email. We hope to see you there!

Yoga 4 Youth: Mindful Milestones, Milestones in the Making, Inc
Brianna Schiavoni, who has a BA in psychology and a Masters in Clinical Social Work (LCSW); is looking for university volunteers – interested in working with children managing chronic conditions like AD/HD, anxiety and diabetes. In collaboration with her mother (Lisa Schiavoni, Ed.S – a longstanding private practitioner at Milestones in the Making, Inc); Brianna has launched a series of innovative and affordable mental health service programs in Gainesville. Yoga 4 Youth initiatives offer therapeutic yoga as an affordable means to mental health and wellness. Participants enjoy yoga-based activities and games that build skills in a range of areas, including: attention, self-regulation, social skills, motor skills, language & communication, self-esteem & body-image.

In order to maintain low cost to families, the program is looking for university volunteers to act as behavioral supports during these classes. Volunteers will receive personalized training in behavioral modalities and oversight by a licensed professional. Position expectations range from 3-15 hours per month; and require a commitment of >1 academic semester. Some yoga experience is desirable. Interested parties should send resume and cover letter to and are welcomed to explore &/or for more information.

Childcare – Tutoring

Looking for Tutors
Hagios Ministries’ Tutoring Program is looking for volunteers to help tutor students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.  If interested, please contact Denise Brown at (352) 256-3464.

Courses & Seminars – Spring 2017

Undergraduate Courses
EDA 4930: Introduction to Education Policy (Section # 1004)
Instructor: Dennis A. Kramer II, Ph.D.
This course is an introduction to education policy and analysis. In this course, we will explore: (1) the history of education policy in the United States; (2) key federal and state policies impacting K12 and higher education; (3) the purposes of education/policy; and (4) theoretical and conceptual approaches to policy analysis. In considering contemporary education policy in the U.S., we will pay attention to: current debates, policy designs and their assumptions, and findings on implementation and (intended and unintended) outcomes. In addition, unlike many courses in policy analysis, we will turn a critical eye to the act of policy analysis itself, considering what it means to be a policy analyst and what kind of policy analysis students might engage in as part of their practice

EDA 4930: Athletics and the University (Section # 05D6)
Instructor: Dennis A. Kramer II, Ph.D.
This course will look at the history, organization, finance, governance, leadership and symbolism of athletics as a key part of the political economy of the contemporary university.  With student athletes as a primary unit of analysis we will review the history of intercollegiate athletic competition, the symbolic role of athletics in society and the future of athletics on postsecondary campuses. Within the broader study of athletics we will turn attention to issues of institutional equity, gender and power in the modern university.

EDA 4930: Foundations of Social Justice in Education (Section # 1019)
Instructor: Lauren “LB” Hannahs
Adams (2013) states, “social diversity and social justice are often used interchangeably to refer to social differences as well as to social inequality. These two terms are closely related but not interchangeable.” This course will clarify these differences and situate inequities in education within a social justice framework, focusing on the systemic factors that create inequities and maintain oppression. Students will develop a strong understanding of social justice education, apply a social justice perspective to inequities in education, and engage in an action-based project to further understand social justice-based activism.

Graduate Courses
EDH 7505: Financing (Economics) of Higher Education
Instructor: Isaac McFarlin, Ph.D.
Can higher education make a person more productive?  What are the benefits of a college education?  How do colleges and universities respond to declines in state appropriations?  Are there effective policies to stimulate college-going among high-achieving, low-income students?  These questions and others are in the domain of the economics of higher education.  To address these issues, we will use basic principles from economics such as supply and demand frameworks and human capital models to better understand individual and institutional decision-making within the higher education sector. Topics will include trends in sources of revenue and expenditure for higher education; the role of information, financial aid and incentives; admissions-related policies; the labor market returns to attending college, and other economic forces shaping postsecondary institutions. Empirical content for the course will be drawn from research using modern quasi-experimental and experimental methods.

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