Monthly Archives: January 2015

Federal income tax return preparation

Need help filing your taxes? 
Foundation Communities prepares tax returns for free for individuals and families who make less than $50,000 annually.
Taxes and Graduate Students presentation (date unknown) 
IRS website about fellowships 
International students can get tax help at the International Office 
The Graduate School has resources listed at 


Presentation on the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Income-Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn programs

You’re Invited to Hear National Student Loan Expert Heather Jarvis on January 30, 2015.

Do you want to obtain a better understanding of student loan repayment options, student loan policy and updated student loan plans?  Have any tax questions related to student loan repayment? 

The Texas Law Career Services Office would like to invite you and your public service-minded students to a presentation on the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Income-Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn programs. National student loan expert Heather Jarvis will present “Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Five Easy Steps” in the Law School’s Francis Auditorium (see map) on Friday, January 30 , from noon-1:15 p.m.

Although the program is being hosted by the School of Law, the information shared will be beneficial to students and professionals of all disciplines employed in the public sector. We hope that you and your students will attend. RSVP on Eventbrite by Thursday, January 29, 2015. There is no cost to attend.

The presentation is sponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, the Texas Law Career Services Office, and the Texas Law Financial Aid Office. All UT-Austin students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.


MARIO A. VILLA, M.Ed.  |  Director of Student Pipeline Development and Financial Aid

The University of Texas School of Law  |  Townes Hall, 2.125D

727 East Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705 |  512-232-1135

Career Planning with Dr. Mrim Boutla

Career Planning with Dr. Mrim Boutla

When: February 3, 2015
Where: Avaya Auditorium
RSVP online »
Special Note: Dr. Boutla asks that you both a.) register and complete the MTMCareers career assessments in advance of the workshop to maximize your experience and b.) bring your laptop to the session.

Event Details Join Dr. Mrim Boutla for a workshop designed to help Ph.D. students and postdocs get clear, get connected, and get hired for career opportunities beyond academia. This session, titled Off-Track: Charting your Post-Ph.D. Career Path Beyond Academia, will focus on strategies you can use to get clear about your goals and transferable skills, get connected with like minded professionals and get hired for the types of opportunities that best fit you. This workshop will include examples from Dr. Mrim Boutla’s own transition from cognitive neuroscience to career coaching to social entrepreneurship, as well as case studies from other PhDs who have leveraged their transferable skills to build intellectually and financially rewarding careers across sectors. Whether you want to compete for tenure-track jobs or explore nonacademic paths, attending this workshop will help you learn more about the many options you have to put your Ph.D. skills to work.

Topics Include:

About Dr. Boutla  Dr. Mrim Boutla is a cognitive neuroscientist turned career coach and social entrepreneur. Her PhD and postdoctoral research in brain plasticity have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature Neuroscience, Cognition, and Cerebral Cortex. Over the past decade, Dr. Boutla has used her cognitive neuroscience background to help students and professionals secure jobs that match their skills, as well as their life and career priorities. She started out as a career coach for PhDs and liberal arts graduates at Brown University. She then served as the career coach for international students and entrepreneurial management MBA students at the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University). In 2010 Dr. Boutla co-founded MTMCareers with Dr. Mark Albion (Faculty Founder of Net Impact). The MTMCareers elearning platform combines coaching and resources to help impact leaders get clear, get connected, and get hired faster for jobs that maximize meaning and money. MTMCareers has deployed their elearning platform across over 30 campuses in the US, and has received the 2013 AshokaU/Cordes Award for Social Innovation. Dr. Boutla earned her Bsc in Psychology from the Université Catholique de Louvain, and her MA and PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.

TA and AI Campus Safety and Security presentation

The role of the TAs and AIs is critical to the safety of the campus.  Therefore, the Campus Safety and Security Team puts on a presentation specifically for TAs and AIs each semester.  We ask that the Graduate Advisors and Coordinators assist with encouraging all TAs and AIs to attend the session below.  The session takes about an hour and there will be time for Q&A after the presentation.

TA and AI Campus Safety and Security presentation

Date:  Tuesday, February 10th

Time:  3:30 – 5 PM

Location:  Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302)

Thank you,

Beth Woods

Executive Assistant

Office of the Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security

The University of Texas at Austin

(512) 471-5767

The Experiment in International Living – International Group Leader Positions

Greetings and happy 2015!  My name is Maura Walsh and I serve as the Group Leadership Manager for World Learning’s Experiment in International Living.  The Experiment, the founding program of World Learning, has been sending young people abroad for immersive cultural experiences since 1932.  We currently have programs in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

My role is to recruit the 80 exceptional professionals to serve as The Experiment’s International Group Leaders each summer.  I’m currently doing a final push specifically to recruit Group Leaders for our Asia programs (prior to the application deadline of February 4), and I’m hoping you might be able to share information about the leader job opportunity with your ACL/Asian Studies masters students.  I have attached our recruitment flyer (in PDF format), along with a job description and company profile (below).  If you could circulate this information to current students and/or alumni, I would be very grateful.  Also, if there are any other steps you suggest we should take to reach out to your students/alumni, I would appreciate your advice.

You can find more information about our programs and the role of the group leader on our website at  I am happy to answer any questions you may have via email or a brief phone call at your convenience.

Thank you for your time, and for any help you can provide in helping us reach qualified applicants for our summer 2015 leader positions.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,



The Experiment in International Living – International Group Leader Positions

The Experiment in International Living is currently hiring exceptional professional individuals to serve as International Group Leaders to guide our summer 2015 programs in over 20 countries worldwide.


The Experiment, the founding program of World Learning, has been sending students on immersive abroad programs since 1932, and we continue to remain on the cutting edge of international education.  Our programs provide high school students the opportunity to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country, while exploring their program country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific program theme.

Each program has two co-leaders, who work together to guide a group of 10 to 15 high school students on a 3-, 4-, or 5-week journey.  Our leaders are our most critical on-the-ground resource, traveling alongside their group and serving as their students’ primary support throughout the program. Leaders take on a wide range of responsibilities, including helping their students integrate into local cultures and host families, conducting group excursions, and guiding students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. Leaders work with the Experiment’s US-based staff and in-country partners to maximize students’ health and safety and to ensure the program is meaningful, challenging, and experientially rich.

The Experiment’s International Group Leaders come from diverse backgrounds, but all share a commitment to intercultural and experiential education.  The minimum requirements for leaders are as follows:

  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Have leadership experience working with young people, preferably high school age students
  • Have in-depth experience in The Experiment’s 2015 program countries/regions
  • Are competent in the language of the program country (level of fluency required varies from program to program)
  • Are flexible, resilient, resourceful, organized, dynamic, and pro-active
  • Are, above all, educators and facilitators

The Experiment covers leaders’ program-related travel expenses, including domestic travel to the Leader Training Workshop in Vermont and then home after the program; meals and lodging during the Leader Training Workshop; international flights to and from the program country; and transportation, lodging, meals, emergency travel medical insurance, communication, and incidentals while on the program.  Leaders benefit from an intensive weeklong professional development training, the chance to experience a familiar culture from a new perspective, and an opportunity to use their language skills and gain new friends and colleagues.  In addition, leaders receive a stipend of $175 per program week.

Applications for 2015 International Group Leader positions are being accepted through February 4, 2015. To learn more about the leader position and to access the online application, please visit


Questions? Email Maura Walsh, group leadership manager, at



The Experiment in International Living – Company Profile

The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Participants explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme. Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit.

Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.

The Experiment in International Living, the founding program of World Learning, has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers summer programs for high school students in Europe; the Americas; Africa, south of the Sahara; North Africa and the Middle East; and Asia and the Pacific.

Maura C. Walsh

Group Leadership Manager

The Experiment in International Living, a program of World Learning | (802) 258-3130 | Skype: experimentleadership | 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, VT 05302


CFP: Ethnic & Third World Literatures

Ethnic and Third World Literatures
Fourteenth Annual Sequels Symposium
April 9-10, 2015
Deadline – Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Networking, whether social, activist, or educational, has taken on profound new dimensions in the digital age.  Distinguished UT alumni Shaka McGlotten and Jeremy Dean both address new and exciting facets of such developments through their work with online communities and archives, both within and beyond academia.  McGlotten’s book Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality uses gay men’s online sociality to explore the way sexuality and technology shape one another.  Against dominant beliefs that “virtual intimacies are failed intimacies that disrupt the flow of a good life lived right” McGlotten argues that “intimacy is and always has been virtual” and that “virtual intimacies…underscore the ways intimacy still possesses unrealized capacities and lines of flight.”  As the Education Czar for Genius (formerly Rap Genius), Jeremy Dean works to integrate the company’s virtual annotation platform into classrooms nationwide.  Genius software brings together students, academics, and critics in conversations about both literary and popular texts.  Together, McGlotten and Dean’s new understandings of academic community and political uses of the digital inspire the Fourteenth Annual Sequels Symposium Call for Papers.

UT Austin’s Ethnic and Third World (E3W) Literatures Interest Group calls for papers in honor of the work of distinguished alumni Shaka McGlotten, Purchase College, SUNY and Jeremy Dean, Education Czar at Genius.  We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that engage with topics related but not limited to:

  • Online communities and digital intimacies
  • Gaming, virtual realities, fandoms
  • Annotation and marginalia
  • Digital classrooms and technology in education
  • Race and gender online
  • Social networks and online activism
  • Archives and material culture
  • Queer communities
  • Rap and hip hop
  • Lyrics and poetry
  • Contemporary African literature and digital archives


Send the following information to with the subject line, Abstract 14th Annual Sequels Symposium.

  • Abstract (150-250 words)
  • Brief biographical statement (max 150 words)
  • Complete contact information
  • Copy & paste this information into the body of the email (no attachments).
  • Deadline: Monday, February 9th, 2015.
Allison Haas & Lauren Grewe,
Department of English

4th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference

Precarious Exchange — Materiality, Network, and Value in South Asia in the World: The 4th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student ConferenceConference/Symposium | May 8 – 9, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. |  UC Berkeley
Institute for South Asia StudiesCenter for South Asia, Stanford UniversityUniversity of California, DavisUniversity of California, Santa Cruz


As South Asia experiences rapid and unprecedented transformation, both scholarly and public interest in the region has grown dramatically in recent years. A large new generation of graduate students working on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences is in the process of rethinking approaches to the study of South Asian culture, society, politics, economics, law, history, literature, and the arts. This year we focus on the theme of Precarious Exchange: Materiality, Network, & Value in South Asia in the World. The fourth annual conference, held this year at the University of California, Berkeley, is jointly planned by a consortium of four universities: Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Precarious Exchange: Materiality, Network, & Value in South Asia in the World seeks to explore questions of exchange, value and relation across the disciplines and in reference to “South Asia” in the world. >From body to household, community to nation state and world system, exchanges are fraught with the intensifying demands of security and moral urgency, laden with the real and spurious promise of wealth, beauty, and enhanced selfhood, and legitimated through proliferating metrics governing information and informality. In the present and, both critical and mindful of the present’s demands, in other times, questions of exchange open out to broader matters of concern. They shape debate on government, ethics, and corruption, on aesthetics and on embodiment, and on care and on abandonment through relations involving humans and others. They determine or are determined by borders and regions. They engage the futures of political thought and political economy. They help us reappraise and reimagine earlier thinking on the formation of “South Asian Studies” within and across disciplines.

We are particularly interested in close, careful analysis, rooted in one’s academic formation, that draws on and innovates interdisciplinary debate in contemporary critical and cultural theory.

While the conference will be open to the public, it is primarily designed to create a much-needed space for connecting conversations between graduate students working on issues of value, materiality, and exchange within South Asia and for providing close feedback from consortium faculty. With these goals in mind, the conference will be organized along the lines of an intensive seminar with an emphasis on dialogue and critical exchange. Meals and shared housing will be provided to all participants, and limited travel subsidies will be available.

Email your 500 word abstracts and inquiries to: with SATB 2015 in the subject line.

South Asia by the Bay inaugurates an unprecedented collaboration among several universities within California: Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, and University of California, Santa Cruz.We aim to establish an annual forum where graduate students from across disciplines and institutions in North America, who work on South Asia, can meet to discuss their work with each other, and with South Asia affiliated faculty from the organizing institutions and beyond. Besides keynotes by important scholars in the field, we will hold interactive sessions with faculty on the international job market in South Asian studies, film screenings, and social events.


TA Position Opening (Japanese language course)

TA Position Opening (Japanese language course) 英語の後に日本語の案内がございます。
The Japanese program at Department of Asian Studies invites applications for the position of TA to teach a Japanese language course (Japanese I) beginning in Fall 2015. The position is renewable contingent upon the quality of performance and funding availability. No teaching experience is required, although preference will be given to candidates with relevant training and/or experience.

If you are interested in the position, please send us your application as soon as possible. We will start reviewing applications on Monday, March 23, 2015. “TA/AI Application” form and additional information available at: <>

1) Native or near native proficiency in Japanese
2) At least a 3.0 graduate grade-point average (n/a for new students)
3) Full-time graduate student
4) No more than two grades of X (temporary incomplete) or one grade of X and one grade of I (permanent incomplete) (n/a for new students)

An average of 20 hours per week of teaching, grading, office hours, etc.

International students will have to complete the ITA workshop, which is offered online.

Please send all application materials to:

Salwa Uzri, Department of Asian Studies, WCH 4.134 (G9300)

University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 78712

Please contact Tomoko Sakuma <> if you have any inquiry.

We look forward to your application.

Lecturers of Japanese
Asian Studies


テキサス大学の日本語プログラムでは、2015年秋学期から日本語のTA(Teaching Assistant)ができる方を募集しています。興味があり、下記の条件を満たしている方は、こちらのリンクから応募要項を確認の上、ご応募ください。3月23日(月)から書類選考を始めます。2015年秋に入学予定の方も応募できます。




2)GPA 3.0以上


4)X (temporary incomplete)が2つ以下であること。または、Xが1つ、I(permanent incomplete)が1つまで。


仕事(teaching, grading, office hours, etc.)は、週平均20時間です。

また、Internations Studentの方は、仕事を始める前に、オンラインでITA workshopをしていただきます。

応募書類は、Salwa Uzriに送付してください。

Salwa Uzri, Department of Asian Studies, WCH 4.134 (G9300)

University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 78712






International Internships and Work in summer 2015 – Info session Feb. 12

From: Kit Belgum
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:32 PM
Subject: International Internships and Work in summer 2015 – Info session Feb. 12

Dear Colleague,

Can you please advertise this upcoming information session regarding summer internships and work abroad for 2015? The internships and work positions in locations all over the world are available from International Cooperative Education, an organization that we have worked with for many years now.
Dr. Günter Seefeldt, director of International Cooperative Education (based in Menlo Park, CA) will be on the UT campus on Thursday, Feb. 12 to talk to students from all departments and fields of study who are interested in an excellent international experience.
Dr. Seefeldt will be available to meet with students on a drop-in basis on Feb. 12 in the morning and in the afternoon (9-11:30 AM and 1-6 PM) in BUR 324. Any students with questions in advance can consult ICE’s website: and/or contact Dr. Seefeldt directly at
Please forward the attached flyer and make some copies to post in offices and hand out in classes. ICE has great opportunities for your students, please help to get the word out to them! Thanks very much!!
Prof. Kit Belgum
Germanic Studies

Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) Program

Human Resources, in collaboration with partners across campus, is pleased to offer another semester of training opportunities for students employed by the university. The Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) Program provides student employees with the opportunity to earn a Student Employee Excellence Certification by attending a series of free, one-hour workshops designed to help them succeed in their student jobs and future careers.

In addition to providing valuable training for student employees campus-wide, the SEED Program can serve as a complement to existing departmental training or certification programs.

Please encourage your student employees to participate in this program, and help us spread the word! Full details and a printable brochure are available on the SEED website. You’ll find a list of the 16 topics offered this semester on the SEED Workshops page.

The SEED Program and other news items also are highlighted on the UT Austin Student EmploymentFacebook page.

Questions? Contact Amy Greenspan, Student Employment Coordinator in HR.


SEED Partners:

College of Natural Sciences – Peer Leader Academy
Division of Recreational Sports
Human Resources
Information Technology Services
Office of the Dean of Students – Leadership and Ethics Institute
Office of Emergency Preparedness
Office of Institutional Equity
Office of the Student Ombuds
Sanger Learning Center
Services for Students with Disabilities
Texas Interdisciplinary Plan
University Compliance Services
University Unions
UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling