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Test preparation instructors for our GRE and SAT classes.

From: Sherwood Announcements <>
Subject: Part-Time Instructor Employment Positions
Date: May 21, 2014 4:07:21 PM CDT
Dear University of Texas, Austin,
We are seeking test preparation instructors for our GRE and SAT classes.
These are part-time positions in Austin with pay of $30 per hour.
Could you please distribute this opportunity to your graduate/professional students, instructors, lecturers, and adjunct faculty?
Thank you.
Posting Description
Test Preparation Instructor Positions
We are seeking test preparation instructors for our GRE and SAT classes.  These are part-time positions with classes once per week on Sundays.  We seek intelligent, charismatic instructors who have both top test scores and excellent teaching skills.  Our company has a social mission to provide top caliber test preparation courses at a value price.  Team Sherwood is committed to the social responsibility of accessible test preparation courses: Everyone deserves to put their best score out there.
Salary: $30/hour for GRE and/or SAT classroom instruction.
• Education: Current graduate or professional student (Ph.D. (or equivalent), Master’s, J.D.); or Completed Ph.D. (or equivalent), J.D., or Master’s degree.
• Test Scores: Top-tier test scores on one of the following: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or SAT.
• Teaching Experience: Have taught at least one university semester/quarter class.  Prior university teaching experience is required.
• Quantitative and Verbal Skills: Must have BOTH excellent math and verbal/writing skills.  Sherwood Test Prep Instructors teach the entire course.
• Consistent Sunday Commitment: We seek team players who are flexible and can teach on consecutive Sundays throughout the entire year.  We only take off four weekends per year (those corresponding to): Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.  Instructors can teach from 3 to 6 hours per weekend.
If interested, please send your (1) Cover Letter, (2) Resume/Vita, and (3) Test Scores to:  Interviews and hiring are to commence immediately.

Teaching test preparation is a fun and rewarding experience.  As an instructor you will have the opportunity to help bright, high-achieving students achieve their goals and dreams of entering their first choice Universities and programs.  We hire good people who are intelligent, compassionate, honorable, and dependable.  All test prep instructors are respectfully treated as faculty members and are afforded autonomy and latitude in the courses they teach.

At Sherwood Test Prep, our work is to help others.



Communism and Hunger Conference: The Soviet, Kazakh, Ukrainian and Chinese Famines in Comparative Perspective

Communism and Hunger Conference:

The Soviet, Kazakh, Ukrainian and Chinese Famines in Comparative Perspective

Toronto, September 26–27, 2014

Organized by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta and

the Petro Jacyk Program Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School, University of Toronto

*Note the availability of stipends for graduate students/early career scholars, see below.

Presenters: Lucien Bianco, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris: Famine in the USSR and China; Sarah Cameron, University of Maryland: Famine in the USSR and Kazakhstan; Andrea Graziosi, National Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research, Italy:Famine in the USSR, the Holodomor, China; Niccolò Pianciola, Lingnan University, Hong Kong: Famine in the USSR and Kazakhstan, ChinaNicolas Werth, Institut d’histoire du temps présent, Paris: Famine in the USSR, Holodomor, ChinaZhou Xun, University of Essex, UK: Chinese Famine  Discussants: Olga Andriewsky, Trent University; Kimberly Manning, Concordia University

Conference Concept:

Over the past two decades, research on the great political famines of the twentieth century has made significant progress. Thanks to increased access to formerly closed archives and the collective efforts of the international scholarly community, we now have a more or less accurate picture of the causes, dynamics, demographic impact and consequences of the pan-Soviet famine of 1931–1933, the Ukrainian Holodomor, the Kazakh great hunger and the terrible famine in China produced by the Great Leap Forward in 1959–1961.

While there have been attempts at comparing these events, a systematic undertaking that could reveal both affinities and differences, and thus produce a deeper understanding of these phenomena, has yet to be attempted. Thiscomparative approach is warranted by the fact that all of these famines were the direct by-product of major “leaps forward” unleashed by Communist parties endowed with centralized planning mechanisms whose targets and priorities they believed could be controlled and freely manipulated. As well, in both the Soviet and the Chinese cases, these parties were led by powerful, quasi-despotic figures prepared to use any means and to profit from any circumstance to preserve power, often presenting themselves as the sole guarantor for the accomplishment of higher missions.  Whatever the economic motivations, these famines were also political events that require political analyses of their causes and courses.

There were also major differences: semi-colonial mechanisms and the national question played a much more important role in the USSR than in China; the Chinese party was able to oppose its leader’s choices much more effectively than its Soviet counterpart; the geographical specificities of the famines seem to have had quite different causes; and while the Soviet famines allowed Stalin’s policies to triumph, the Chinese famine ended in a major defeat for Mao. Also, the aftermaths were substantially different, as demonstrated by an even superficial comparison between the Soviet show trials and the Great Proletarian Revolution.

The conference will bring together some of the best specialists of the Soviet, Ukrainian, Kazakh and Chinese famines, who, on the basis of their research and knowledge of the rapidly increasing specialized literature, will assess the common features and most significant differences of these famines and place their findings within the dynamics of the histories of the respective countries.

For more information, contact HREC:;  416 923-4732;  /





The Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta) announces the availability of stipends to graduate students and early career scholars to attend the conference Communism and Hunger: The Soviet, Kazakh, Ukrainian and Chinese Famines in Comparative Perspective, in Toronto, September 26–27, 2014. The stipends are intended to allow participants to deepen their knowledge of these twentieth-century political famines by learning from and engaging with leading experts. Presenting at the conference are Lucien Bianco, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris; Sarah Cameron, University of Maryland; Andrea Graziosi, National Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research, Italy; Niccolò Pianciola, Lingnan University, Hong Kong; Nicolas Werth, Institut d’histoire du temps présent, Paris:  and Zhou Xun, University of Essex, UK. Olga Andriewsky, Trent University, and Kimberly Manning, Concordia University, will serve as discussants.  A document outlining the conference concept can be found at: and

Applicants from North America are eligible for stipends of $500 to defray the cost of attending; stipends of up to $750 will be awarded to successful applicants from outside North America.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a graduate student or have defended a PhD within the past three years. Applicant must commit to attending the conference in its entirety.


To apply, please submit:

1.    A statement (500-750 words), indicating how you meet the criteria and answering the questions:

What do you hope to gain through attending? How would attendance support your research interests, teaching and/or career plans?

2.  Current curriculum vitae/resume.

3.  A letter of support from an advisor or professor.

Please submit by June 2, 2014, via email to ; please use subject line: Conference Stipend.






Teaching Digital Media

How might digital media courses help realize, or criticize, discourses of democratization and revolution that often accompany emergent technologies? How can we best help our students meaningfully engage with the technologies that mediate our daily interactions with each other and the world? How do we delineate between digital media studies and other topics in media studies when the bulk of contemporary media production and consumption is facilitated by digital technologies? Through a discussion of multimodal scholarship, and its positioning within digital media studies as a discipline, this presentation will begin to answer these questions.   Because digital media offers a space to build meaningful intersections between media studies and production courses, this presentation will focus primarily on the importance of praxis assignments, considering both the pedagogical possibilities and the conceptual challenges in developing and assessing students’ audiovisual argumentation skills.

noon for one hour

Monday, May 19th

CMA 3.116

Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature

Call for Papers
The 11th Annual
Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature
Rethinking Comparison: Relationality, Intertextuality, Materiality
26 – 27 September 2014
University of Texas at Austin
Keynote Address by Professor Natalie Melas, Cornell University
Édouard Glissant theorizes relation as a way of rethinking contact between cultures and languages in a global context.  He coined the term tout-monde – in English, whole world – to conceptualize the condition of existing in a world characterized by the simultaneous presence of all cultures.  Through tout-monde, Glissant destabilizes notions of distinct languages, cultures, and identities.  His concept of relation opens up these categories to a principle of continuous transformation.  Engaging Glissant’s ideas, Natalie Melas asks how relation can be used to reexamine comparative studies.  In her book All the Difference in the World, she writes that the concept of relation shifts our focus “from ‘what do you compare?’ to ‘on what grounds do you compare?’”  She seeks a method that recognizes the impossibility of fixed sites of comparison and that consciously avoids the “normalizing and generalizing” tendency that comparative work always risks enacting.  
The 11th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature invites papers and panels that reflect on these questions and explore contemporary comparative practices. We seek contributions that problematize the grounds of comparison and introduce strategies and concepts to grapple with the complexity of studying cultural objects.  We welcome engagements that interrogate Comparative Literature’s status as a discipline and as a set of practices dealing with questions of translationality, untranslatability, world literature, and telepoesis. We encourage research that examines intertextuality as a tout-monde of texts wherein “discrete” texts signify meaning always in relation to a world of prior and future texts.  We invite work that considers the materiality of texts from the perspective of the encounters and relations that shape their physical existence.  Finally, we encourage projects that investigate how comparative practice makes it possible to work across disciplinary boundaries. For example, how does the concept tout-monde enable us to reframe inquiries that investigate the intersection of the modern and the medieval while pushing us to rethink these categorizations? 
We encourage contributions that address literary, visual, and/or oral texts.  Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
●State of the field 
●What is Comparative Literature?
●Comparing across time, space, and place 
●Comparative Literature and Area Studies
●Poetics as transformation 
●Generic interrelatedness/boundaries
●Language as Creolization or a mixing of languages 
●Identity as rhizomatic, performed, and shaped in relation 
●Representation as relationality and/or referentiality 
●Affects of Comparison
●Cultural production within markets of consumption 
●Global/local relations in cultural products 
●Reading as translation 
The deadline for individual abstracts and panels is 15 June 2014.  All proposals should be submitted via email as a Word document to  Panel proposals may include 3 or 4 speakers. The panel organizer (s) must email the proposed title, topic, moderator (if available), and presenters for the panel.  All members of the panel must also submit their abstracts via email.
For additional information about the conference, please contact the organizers Raelene Wyse and Jamila Davey at or visit UT’s Program in Comparative Literature website: