Newsletter: February 2011

Dear S-STEP-eRS,

This is a reminder and update email regarding voting for SSTEP Chair Elect and for upcoming events at the New Orleans, AERA meeting, 2011.

1.Voting for Chair Elect.

All SSTEP members should have received an email from AERA titled,


Within that email is an electronic link to the voting system to cast your vote for the next Chair of our SIG.

Deadline for casting your votes electronically is 12:00 p.m. (EST), FEBRUARY 15, 2011.

If you have any questions concerning technical problems, please contact AERA’s independent election agent Paul Nentwig at Intelliscan at: or (610) 935-6172. If you anticipate having technical or physical difficulty in executing your e-ballot, please contact the AERA Governance Department by e-mail at or by phone at (202) 238-3206. A special printed ballot will be prepared for your use. If you have any questions concerning the election process, please contact Phoebe Stevenson, Deputy Executive Director, at or (202) 238-3206.

2. SSTEP Business Meeting  – and Social!

The Business meeting and social will be held on Sunday April 10th, from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., in the New Orleans Marriott / Preservation Hall 8. Faculty are encouraged to invite interested colleagues to the S-STEP business meeting/social to learn more about us – doctoral students as well as university colleagues.

3. Evening Encounter, Friday 8th April. 5.45 pm – onwards.

Of course, we will have our usual Evening Encounter, a casual get-together for s-step members and friends. Please encourage colleagues/doctoral students to come along – it is a very relaxed way to socialise at the conference, and we especially welcome newcomers. The Evening Encounter will be held on Friday April 8th, at 5.45 immediately following the poster session in the Sheraton. We will follow on with dinner – open invitation! More details to come.

4. Doctoral Student Seminar for the S-STEP SIG, AERA, New Orleans, Louisiana April 2011

April 6: 2 pm to 5:30 pm  Those interested will go out to dinner together afterwards.
April 7 : The Doctoral Student Seminar will continue.  Time as a group will be interwoven with time in Invisible College sessions and also sessions in the Self-Study SIG’s biannual preconference. The events will be held in a conference hotel to be announced.
The purposes of this seminar are:
* To provide support to doctoral students working on self-study research, including discussion of their individual projects/dissertations
* To allow doctoral students to get to know members of the Self-Study SIG as well as members of related SIGs and each other
* To introduce doctoral students to the always-stimulating Invisible College.

We will work intensively on April 6th (beginning at 2 pm), in order to be sure everyone’s project gets attention, and then weave in and out of useful sessions all day Thursday.  This is a great opportunity both to receive support for your work, and also to meet and network with people who will be welcoming you as a colleague when you are finished with graduate school. (Early career scholars are also welcome to attend.)

Please RSVP or, if you have doctoral students, send their names and e-mail addresses to Mary Manke, University of Wisconsin-River Falls —
Phones: 715-425-3256 or 651-227-2159

4. SSTEP Pre conference & Invisible College: AERA, 2011, Thursday April, 7th.

In the alternate year to the Castle Conference, Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices has traditionally held a pre-conference. This year the conference will be held in conjunction with Invisible College of Research on Teaching of which Stefinee Pinnegar is the Acting Dean. Thus, while there will be time and space for Self-Study folks to meet together there will also be space to participate in sessions around other research issues.

The SSTEP pre conference will be held as a breakfast session on Thurs April 7th. The topic of the pre conference session will be: Teaching self-study to others: possibilities, potential and pitfalls. Please indicate your interest to attend and/or contribute by emailing S-STEP Chair,  Mandi Berry. Details about the venue and times for preconference and IC to come.

For those who want to know more about Invisible College, a description follows:

Purpose: The meetings are informal and their purpose is the support of research and researchers in the area of research on teaching and teacher education through discussion of topics of interest and concern.

History: Invisible College was first organized by the office of educational research in an earlier life. One hundred researchers were invited to discuss the field of teacher education. These researchers felt the meetings were so valuable to their own work that they formally organized as an informal group and Jere Brophy has organized, managed, and arranged for the meeting every since that time. Recently, Jere (who has not retired) asked me to take on this project.

Format: Members of the group propose the sessions (content) and the format for the discussion. We meet in groups of somewhere between 5-30 people depending on personal interest and consider the topics proposed. Some sessions feature a single person seeking help on a research topic, process, or instrument. Other sessions engage two to five people expressing their understanding on a topic followed by discussion amongst the group present. Other sessions involve two people with opposing views presenting their positions, responding to questions from each other followed by group participation and debate.

Content: In the past few years, we have considered such topics as “Research in Problem-Based Learning”, “Teacher Identity”, “Narrative Research”, “The Moral in Teacher Education”, “Studying Student Teaching,” Representation of research and its impact on interpretation, Various strategies for doing research, Deliberation focused on articles of interest to researchers in this area, Perusal and discussion of data on a research topic, Support of the development of particular instruments and surveys through discussion and critique, etc.

5. Notices sent to the SIG for distribution to members

– History and Theory Institute

-Job Vacancy: California State, Long Beach.

From Program Chair (2010-11), Division F – History and Historiography

History and Theory Institute, American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 7, 2011 (Thursday) – 1 pm to 5 pm, Sheraton Hotel – Bayside B, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans.
Pre-Registration Required ($40 per person)

AERA Division F (History and Historiography) will be convening a History and Theory Institute that will be open to all AERA members and annual meeting participants who are interested in the intersections of history, theory, and education.

The Institute will engage participants to explore the implicit and explicit theories that shape their historical research, to examine the value of employing explicit theory in historical scholarship, and to discuss tensions surrounding the use of explicit theory in historical scholarship.
Convener: Jackie Blount, The Ohio State University

  • Patti Lather – Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University
  • Catherine Lugg – Professor of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration, Rutgers University; President of the Politics of Education Association
  • Lu Bailey – Assistant Professor of Social Foundations, Oklahoma State University
  • Jackie Blount – Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

Register online via the AERA Annual Meeting registration process

Tenure Track Secondary Education Position at California State University, Long Beach

POSITION:  Single Subject (secondary) Credential Program Coordinator

RANK:  Open Rank


EFFECTIVE DATE: August 22, 2011 (Fall 2011)


·  Appropriate terminal degree in a discipline represented among the departments and programs affiliated with the program.

·  Knowledge of and experience with secondary curriculum, instruction, classroom management, and assessment.

·  Commitment to and/or expertise in communicating and collaborating with an ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse campus community.

·  Evidence of potential for leadership in a large, complex, standards-based, university-wide teacher education program.

·  Evidence of potential for scholarly and/or creative activity appropriate to rank.

·  Potential for tenure-track appointment in one of the disciplines represented among the departments affiliated with the program.

·  Qualified to teach courses in the program, in the Teacher Education department, or in one of the program disciplines.


·  Secondary level teaching and/or administrative experience in culturally and linguistically diverse public schools.

·  Administrative experience in credential programs.

·  Leadership at the department level or equivalent.

·  Experience with pre-K-12 partnerships.

·  Experience with the teacher credentialing system in the state of California.

·  Record of research, scholarly, or creative activity in one or more areas relevant to teacher education and appropriate to rank.

·  Evidence of successful grant writing.


·  Direct a university-wide credential program comprised of 11 disciplinary areas across 5 colleges.

·  Oversee:  advising and admissions; advancement to student teaching; compliance with state, CSU system, and university policies; program revision and renewal efforts; program links with schools and the education community; office functions, including budget, records, and reporting.

·  Interface with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the university Credential Center, the colleges and departments in the disciplines represented in the program, and with state and national associations associated with teacher preparation.

·  Participate in faculty governance through department, college, and university committees.

·  Engage in research, scholarly, or creative activity in one or more areas relevant to teacher education.

·  Participate as a member of the College of Education leadership team.

·  Co-direct the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC), including supervision of staff.

·  Oversee and ensure program compliance with the California Teaching Performance Assessment.

·  Lead program assessment and program improvement activities.

·  Lead program state and national accreditation activities, including reporting and document preparation.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with academic rank and subject to salary schedule determined by collective bargaining.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:  Letter of application specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications, and experience with the duties outlined in the position description; curriculum vita (including an email address); documentation of successful teaching (e.g. student evaluations; course syllabi); copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree (finalist for position must provide official transcript from institution awarding highest degree); three letters of recommendation; 2-3 pieces of evidence of scholarly/creative activities (e.g., journal articles, conference presentations, exhibition reviews).  Provide proof of the legal right to work in the United States prior to employment at the University.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until filled (or recruitment canceled).  Review of applications begins January 20, 2011. Send letter of application, including required documentation, and requests for information to:  Dr. Karen Hakim-Butt, Chair, Single Subject Program Search Committee, College of Education, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-2201, (562) 985-5642; FAX (562) 985-1106

Mandi Berry

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