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LLC News

November 2010 Archives

Andy DeVos

Andy DeVos of Cohort 12 recently had his first academic publication. Cinema Inferno: Celluloid Explosions from the Cultural Margins is an edited anthology of essays on extreme and transgressive cinema which includes Andy's essay titled "'The More You Rape Their Senses, the Happier They Are': A History of Cannibal Holocaust." Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian horror film that is considered one of the most controversial genre films in the history of horror cinema. Andy offers an historical reconstruction of the tumultuous production, release and reception of the film. For more information on the book, please see these links:^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0810876566

Lori Edmonds

Lori Edmonds has just heard that her proposal "Speaking of the Environment: Diverse Perspectives of Nature in an ESOL After-school Program" has been accepted for the 32nd Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2011 on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.

She will also be presenting "Using Environmental Content to Improve Academic Skills" at the 26th Annual MAEOE (Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education) Conference in College Park on February 12th.

If you would like additional information about the presentations or conferences, please email her at

Fellowship: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

I am pleased to announce the creation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in support of advanced doctoral candidates in a variety of fields, including education and the social sciences. I am writing to request your help in bringing the fellowships to the attention of others. We seek a rich applicant pool and hope you can help in that endeavor by publicizing the fellowship to likely candidates. Please use the attached flyer to further advertise the Fellowship.

At the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, we assist high-achieving, low-income students, from middle school to graduate school, in reaching their full potential through education. We have created the dissertation fellowships to advance our understanding of the factors and contexts that help low-income students to overcome personal adversity and challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically in order to design programs and interventions that will help more low-income students identified as high-achieving in their primary and secondary school years to sustain their achievement levels through college and beyond.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award two, $25,000 fellowships in 2011 with plans to offer up to five annually in the coming years.

Please note that although the dissertation topic concerns education and human potential, graduate study may be in a diverse range of academic disciplines. Although applicants must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States, they need not be US citizens.

Links to the application requirements and guidelines are posted on our website; the application and other materials must be submitted by February 4, 2011. Please visit our website for more information about the Foundation, the fellowship, and the application instructions.

Christine Mallinson Gives Plenary Address at NWAV Conference

Christine Mallinson, assistant professor in the LLC Program, gave a plenary address at the international New Ways of Analyzing Variation sociolinguistics conference. Her talk was entitled "Borrowing and Lending: Contributions to the Study of Language and Social Stratification across
Sociolinguistics, Sociology, and Education." To learn more about the talk, visit the conference website here:*

Dr. Helen Atkinson

President Hrabowski highlighted the accomplishments of Dr. Atkinson during the
December 2009 commencement ceremony: "Helen Atkinson will receive the Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture today. Originally from the U.K., Helen returned to graduate school as a non-traditional student, balancing her studies and research while helping to raise five teenagers. She worked in the Baltimore City School system for many years, most recently as the founder and leader of the Blum Mentoring Program and as a founder and lead teacher for a new alternative high school. Her research focused on the impact of students' alternative curricula, including wilderness experiences. She will be working with UMBC Professor Christine Mallinson on research projects in City schools.

Congratulations, Helen. Your commitment to finding new ways to teach students and
support teachers is impressive -- and honorable. Your dedication to balancing
work and family is inspiring. "

Fellowships: Ford Foundation

Job: ESL Composition at Washington State U Tri-Cities

Assistant Professor of English (ESL Composition), WSU Tri-Cities Campus, Richland, WA (Tenure-track, FT, Permanent, 9-Mo, 2/2 teaching load).

Required: PhD in Composition and Rhetoric (ESL), TESL, Applied Linguistics, English Language, or related field. Strong preference will be given to applicants with experience working with multilingual student populations. Experience in ESL composition and assessment is preferred. Responsibilities include teaching a diverse student population in a range of composition courses, including developmental and first-year composition, grammar and basic skills, argumentation, upper division technical and professional writing, and graduate seminars. Screening begins November 1, 2010.

Submit letter of application, CV, three current letters of reference, a sample of course evaluations, and a writing sample (maximum 20 pages) to Joanne Baker, Clerical Manager, English Search Committee, https: // (Position #111600). Materials must be received by November 29, 2010, to be considered for a meeting with our representatives at the MLA conference, January 6-9, 2011.

If interested contact "The Educational Linguistics List."

New Book by Christine Mallinson featured on UMBC Blog

Christine Mallinson, assistant professor in the LLC Program, recently
co-authored the book Understanding English Language Variation in U.S.
(Teachers College Press, 2011). To view the book on
click here*. Her research and book
have also been profiled on the UMBC Talking Heads blog -- to view the post,
click here