What happens when life intervenes?

This article offers an interesting perspective on how life events can change how we see our work goals, and how important it is to think broadly about the different ways doctoral-level skills and knowledge can be applied in a productive career.

When life unbalances your work – Leah Colvin for Inside Higher Ed, February 12, 2018

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from SAGE: Free Quantitative Text Analysis Webinar Feb. 21 – sign up in advance if interested

This could be a very good opportunity to get acquainted with the latest regarding quantitative text analysis, potentially of interest to students planning mixed methods projects. It will be to promote the book, of course, but still would give you an idea of the techniques.


From SAGE Campus:  RSVP today if interested

You’re invited to a free webinar!
How are you analysing your texts?
Given by Nicole Rae Baerg, Lecturer at the Department of Government at the University of Essex and Subject Matter Expert on Fundamentals of Quantitative Text Analysis for Social ScientistsThe digital age has made huge amounts of data available for analysis in the form of newspapers, blogs, social media feeds, government documents, the list goes on! As the technology to automate the analysis and coding of texts has become more available we are able to go beyond this and treat text as quantifiable data.

Sign up to our free webinar and join a discussion about the role that quantitative text analysis plays for social scientists when working with such vast amounts of data, as well hearing about ‘QTA in action’ and how social scientists are using text analysis for their research.

Space is limited, so please reserve your place.

Free Webinar

February 21st, 2018
8am PT/ 11am EST
4pm GMT


Nicole Rae Baerg
Lecturer at the Department of Government at the University of Essex

RSVP today

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Academic writing resource

I personally find phrasebanks of this kind useful from time to time and so I thought I would pass it along to you. Don’t assume it is only useful for those for whom English is a second language. None of us “speaks” academic English from birth (much less writes it), so this particular “voice” is actually foreign to all of us! –Dr. Streams


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Postion opening for Policy and Research Director at ThinkTennessee – closes 11/20/2017

The position is listed at http://thinktennessee.org/job/policy-research-director/; qualifications portion copied below.


  • A graduate degree in public policy, public administration or a related field and/or commensurate work experience in a policy-related field


  • Ability to initiate and lead large and complex policy and research projects
  • Skilled at gathering data through existing sources and generating new data through research
  • Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methods; experience conducting data analysis
  • Capacity to synthesize and distill findings for a variety of internal and external audiences
  • Capacity to evaluate and craft policy proposals
  • Understanding of how political contexts relate to forward-looking public policy development
  • Knowledge of commonly used datasets, g., U.S. Census information, is desirable
  • Ability to manage people and processes to meet established deadlines
  • Exceptional writer and communicator


  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to ThinkTennessee’s mission
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic; exceptional level of attention to detail
  • Ability to flourish in a start-up environment and adapt to changing priorities and duties within the organization’s overall mission"
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2017-2018 Public Service Research Brown Bag schedule announcement

Please join us for our fourth year of research brown-bag discussions! The full schedule for this year is available online. These informal brown-bag seminars are a great chance to get new ideas, meet new collaborators, and enjoy collegial time together. Please share with anyone you think would be interested, and remember, feel free to bring your lunch!

Our first talk of the year is coming up on Friday October 13, 2017 at noon (room TBA, will be updated online before the date). Fall talk details are copied below.


Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 12pm – 1pm | Room TBA, Avon Williams Campus

Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) talks from…

|| Anthony Campbell , Asst. Professor of Public Administration ||
"Airbnb & local governments: How the residential sharing economy is disrupting home rule"

|| Julie Roberts, doctoral candidate and Meg Streams, Assoc. Professor of Public Administration ||
"Connecting the dots: city officials’ perceptions of community assets, performance and collaboration"

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Excellent free resources on getting started with Stata and on Data Viz

Here are some lovely resources from researchers Chafetz, Essam, Hughes, Johnson in the form of a free "mini-course" in four parts. The first three parts are Stata-specific, the fourth part can be viewed on its own as a good platform-independent data visualization training. The site as a whole is an object lesson in design that does not distract.


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Spatial Data Acquisition and Mapping Workshop

A workshop is coming up on GIS use across the disciplines which may be of interest: Sept. 6-7, 2017 on main campus (Barn Building, Room 118).  Contact Dr. Akumu at aclemen1@tnstate.edu or Dr. Tegegne at ftegegne@tnstate.edu for more information.


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