“A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia” by K. Carey – NYTimes 12/29/2016

Here’s a recent NYTimes article on the proliferation of journals and conferences which do not meet the standards of traditional scholarly venues – standards which are the basis on which the value of the scientific process can be justified, as cumulatively self-correcting (over time) through true rigorous peer review by experts in the relevant area. These kinds of venues, and vanity publishers in general, sometimes catch new doctoral graduates or inexperienced academics unawares. They often have names similar to traditional journals or conferences. Forewarned is forearmed…Publication in the wrong venue can affect your job prospects at schools where standards of peer-reviewed scientific research are upheld, and is a waste of your hard work. http://nyti.ms/2iHj83w

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Allen Institute for AI Eyes the Future of Scientif…

Not coverage for PA or social science yet but maybe in the future…


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FYI: Talk from Dr. Lameesa Muhammad-Jordan (UC) next week in TSU’s Graduate Student Speaker and Workshop Series

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2 positions at Northern Illinois

“The Department of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University invites  applications from individuals seeking a collegial environment that offers excellent research and teaching opportunities in a nationally ranked MPA program located in global Chicago’s metropolitan region. The department anticipates filling two tenure track assistant professor positions to begin August 2017, pending budgetary approval.
Successful applicants will have primary teaching and research interests in the core public and nonprofit management subjects of the MPA degree including: organization theory and behavior, human resources management, information technology, budgeting and finance, performance measurement, and theory of public and nonprofit administration. The department particularly seeks candidates who can demonstrate competency in performance measurement and management, or human resource management. Applicants should be, or have the potential to be, a productive scholar as well as a high quality teacher. Candidates with a demonstrated ability to teach and engage a diverse student body and other program stakeholders are preferred.”

Detailed job information

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Social network analysis/Social media data analytics workshop on Thursday 11/10 at noon

Dr. Kyujin Jung will hold a hands-on workshop for students and other interested members of the College on Thursday 11/10/2016 at 12pm, related to social network analysis and social media data analytics. Please RSVP to Dr. Jung at kjung1@tnstate.edu if you plan to attend this workshop.

The workshop is expected to last two hours. You should bring a laptop in order to make the most of this hands-on learning opportunity. The room is TBD, contact Dr. Jung closer to the date to find out the room it will be held in.

Note: the date and time of the workshop was chosen to maximize student participation based on participation in a Doodle poll. If this date/time does not work for you, another workshop may be held in Spring if sufficient demand exists.

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Public Service Research Brown Bag this Friday 11/4/2016 – Dr. Ken Chilton (PA Dept) on gentrification and displacement in Nashville

This Friday, 11/4/2016 we have our last Public Service Research Brown Bag get-together of the semester at Avon Williams Campus – Dr. Chilton’s presentation is titled "The role of policy in neighborhood change: gentrification and displacement in Nashville, Tennessee." Hope you can join us. We will be in Room 203 at noon like last time, feel free to bring your lunch.

If you are interested in a Spring talk date, please let Dr. Streams know…You can always access the full schedule online.

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Senior Research Associate position at Vanderbilt in the new Tennessee Education Research Alliance

Link to job posting (has more information than this post)

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The Tennessee Education Research Alliance is a research-practice partnership between the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education. Powered by a top quality longitudinal data set and top of field researchers, The Alliance is poised to be a national leader in practice focused research. The Alliance represents one of only a few attempts to create a rigorous research consortium aimed squarely at influencing state education policy, a role that becomes ever more important in the current context where states play an increasingly large role in education governance. The work of The Alliance will aim to directly and immediately inform state policy and practice. The organization will conduct research on questions of greatest urgency to the state and ensure that actionable findings are brought to the attention of policymakers and practitioners to whom they are important.

The Senior Research Associate will be a critical member of The Alliance team and the first full-time dedicated research staff of the organization.

The Senior Research Associate will:

  • Prepare and publish original research, research syntheses, policy briefs, and other products as needed.
  • Independently carry out and design highly sophisticated and independent experiments and research projects.
  • Mentor and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in developing their research projects.
  • Report to the Executive Director and work in partnership with the Faculty Director to create key research products.

Basic Qualifications

Job requires a Doctorate and 5 years of experience or the equivalent.

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:

  • Strong independent research experience, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to create products that bridge the gap between research and practice.
  • Demonstrated evidence of ability to obtain independent external funding, of significant intellectual contribution to research programs, and of publication of research findings in peer reviewed journals as senior author.
  • Demonstrated evidence of ability to translate research findings into language accessible to policymakers and practitioners.
  • Experience working in a K-12 school preferred
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