Weekend Writing Workshops All doctoral students are welcome to attend Weekend Writes as we support students in all phases of the program.  These workshops provide students the opportunity to commit to writing and have an advisor available to assist with questions regarding academic writing or the dissertation process. There is no cost for attending. Students are encouraged to develop individual writing goals and plans. You can attend as an individual or a writing group.  Bring your laptop, work materials (and ear buds) and go to work. Remember to bring your Student ID to access the building. RSVP at  http://www.doodle.com/mugk5tkh98nmz3m5  Fall 2017 Weekend Writes Saturday, Sept 23,Read More →

Dear USC Rossier Students, We’re writing to request your participation in USC Rossier’s ongoing discussion on the redefinition of “urban education” and the related process of drafting a new mission statement for USC Rossier. Below is the proposed mission statement prepared by the Urban Education Planning Committee: The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education is to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through policy, practice and research. We work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes in urban settings and to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups. We teach our students to value and respect the cultural contexts of the communities in whichRead More →

Dear Trojan Community, Equifax—one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States—has reported a major security breach that may have exposed the personal information of up to 143 million people. Compromised information may include names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some driver’s license numbers, as well as about 209,000 credit card numbers and about 182,000 dispute documents that may include personally identifiable information. The Office of the Chief Information Security Officer would like to share the following tips on how to protect yourselves: Assume you are affected. Equifax and other credit reporting companies can collect information about you from creditRead More →

NEW PUBLICATIONS   Ahmadi, S., Cole, D., Castellanos, M., Manson, S., & Zhou, J. (2017). Hate Speech and Hate Crimes on Campus: Anti-Muslim Speech and Cyberbullying. The Applied Scholarship of Melvin C. Terrell. Information Age Publishing Incorporated. Bensimon, E. M. “Bridging the Artificial Gap Between Activism and Scholarship to Form Tools for Knowledge.” (forthcoming) in Advancing equity, inclusiveness, and social change in higher education: How academics connect research, advocacy, and policy, edited by Perna, L.W. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Malcom-Piqueux, L., Bensimon, E. “Taking Equity-Minded Action to Close Equity Gaps,” AAC&U’s Peer Review: 2017.  *Fisher, O., *O’Donnell, S. C. & Oyserman, D. (2017) Identity-based motivation andRead More →

NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Education Research,  Deadline November 2, 2017. The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, or $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016.  Previous winners: https://naeducation.org/naedspencer-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/2017-naedspencer-postdoctoral-fellows/Read More →

WEBINAR: Organize Your Research with Citation Managers https://libraries.usc.edu/events/webinar-organize-your-research-citation-managers When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 3:00pm – 4:30pm Location: ONLINE RSVP: bit.ly/cite919 by Sept. 18 Citation managers help you keep track of your research by collecting and organizing citations, and creating bibliographies. So how do you pick the best citation management software for your research? There are many factors to consider including functionality, cost, and accessibility. Come learn all about the citation managers, Refworks, Mendeley, and Zotero, and choose the best tool for your research. Presented by: Alyssa Brissett, Social Work Librarian Dr. Zoe Pettway Unno, Head, Science & Engineering Library Melanee Vicedo, Head, Education and Social Work Library Services StacyRead More →

You are invited to the upcoming Using NVivo as a Research Tool webinar.  This free webinar will provide an overview demonstration of key functionality of NVivo software for qualitative research.  Topics to be covered in the webinar include: Visualizations (coding stripes, charts, word trees, word clouds, mind maps, hierarchical charts, sociograms) Queries (text search, word frequency, matrix coding, coding comparison, automated insights) Data types (surveys, images, audio, video, text, social media) Social Network Analysis Automated Insights to identify themes and sentiment Please join this webinar to learn how NVivo software can help you take your research to the next level. Date:  Thursday, September 28, 2017 Time:  3:00 PM EDT Please useRead More →

MEMORANDUM To:            USC Faculty, Students, and Staff From:       Michael W. Quick Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Todd R. Dickey Senior Vice President for Administration Thomas S. Sayles Senior Vice President, University Relations Subject:    Naturalization at USC Date:         August 31, 2017 Over the past year, we have been deeply engaged in questions of immigration and citizenship as they relate to the wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. Uncertainties and concerns have led to heightened awareness of immigration and travel restrictions, and how that can affect our university community. We have become aware that services for permanent residents who are eligible forRead More →

Dear USC Student: Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a number of free resources that will help you over the course of the semester. Microsoft Office 2016, Sophos Antivirus, and More: Download free copies of Microsoft Office 2016 and Sophos antivirus for your computing devices. Find these and other applications on the ITS software site. Access to Premium Software: Get access to Adobe Creative Cloud and other premium software in the USC computing centers. Loaner Laptops with Software and Accessories: Borrow a loaner laptop and/or accessories in the USC computing centers. Learn more. VR/AR Technology: Using your own peripherals, you can explore virtual reality/augmented reality capabilitiesRead More →

MEMORANDUM To:                  USC Community From:              Michael W. Quick Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Date:               September 8, 2017 Subject:           Update on Title IX In light of recent news about suggested revisions to federal guidance under Title IX, I want to reassure our campus community that we will continue to take seriously our responsibility to handle sexual misconduct on our campuses.  It simply cannot be overstated: this university will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form, whether it is sexual violence, abuse, stalking, intimate partner violence, harassment, or discrimination. We continually review federal guidelines as well as California state law in determining modifications toRead More →