Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

first_imgCover letter/letter of interestCV, including up-to-date, personal contact information (email,phone, etc.)Unofficial transcriptsEvidence of teaching effectiveness, including teachingphilosophy, course evaluations, and sample syllabiStatement of research agendaStatement of approach to teaching and working with diversepopulations Qualifications :Successful candidates will possess the followingrequirements: The Department of Political Science and Public Service at theUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Arts and Sciencesinvites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position inAmerican Political Behavior beginning Fall 2020. A multi-yearcontract is available.We are seeking an American political behavioralist to teachresearch methods each fall and spring (a required course for all ofthe majors in the department at the 3000-level) and with a capacityto offer a range of courses in political behavior (such as mediaand politics, public opinion, campaigns and elections, and partiesand interest groups, and upper-level seminars in their area ofexpertise). We do not need a methodologist per se, but a colleaguewho desires to work with undergraduates on the foundations ofresearch design and social science methods. The successfulcandidate will participate in the life of the department, includingsupporting senior thesis projects and student engagement outside ofthe classroom, with civic engagement as a particular focus.Candidates should provide evidence of prior teaching experience andtheir capacity to provide instruction through a variety ofapproaches, including online, and their experience and desire toengage with diverse populations. Review of applications will beginJanuary 27; while preference will be given to applications receivedby that date, the review will continue until the position isfilled.Further information about the department is available at Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, andemail addresses for three (3) references.Inquiries may be made to Dr. Jessica Auchter, search committeechair, at [email protected] of applicants will begin on January 27, 2020 and continueuntil the position is filled.The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largestschool in the University of Tennessee System and serves a diversestudent body of more than 11,600 undergraduate and graduatestudents through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blendof private and public school traditions with a commitment toachieve excellence, embrace diversity and inclusion and offerexperiential learning opportunities for students. As an urbanuniversity, we also are dedicated to inspiring positive change andenriching our community. Each day, we strive to earn the trust andconfidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference inour community and in the lives of our students.Our definition of student success is a graduate who has theknowledge required to succeed in the workplace and the personaldevelopment to show up on time, how to collaborate and work withothers and to execute the steps to complete a project. We have heldthe line on the cost of education with record low tuition increasesover the past four years. But we still have $325 million investedin eight ongoing renovations to campus buildings and constructionof new facilities.Chattanooga, the fourth-largest city in the state, is located inSoutheast Tennessee on the Georgia stateline and only a few milesfrom the stateline of Alabama. Because of our location, UTC enrollsstudents from those states as well as Tennessee. The city itselfhas received national recognition for the renaissance of itsbeautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront on theTennessee River. For two straight years, Outside magazine has twicenamed Chattanooga as the Best Town Ever, the only city to achievethat distinction. Lonely Planet magazine says we are one of the Top10 U.S. destinations, and Money Inc. calls us one of the nation’smost underrated cities.Chattanooga also is home to the first 10-gig internet network inthe United States, the fastest internet service in the WesternHemisphere. The city’s ongoing dedication to advancing technologyhas attracted dozens of startups to join companies already heresuch as Volkswagen, Amazon, Unum, McKee Foods, U.S. Xpress,Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United. Attractions such as the TennesseeAquarium, Lookout Mountain, the Creative Discovery Museum forChildren, Civil War battlefield sites and the African AmericanMuseum in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center bring thousands ofpeople to the area, as do events such as the Southern WritersConference and the musical festivities of Riverbend, Nightfall andJazzanooga. People who love the outdoors are coming to Chattanoogain vast numbers for its multitude of offerings such ashang-gliding, kayaking, rock climbing, biking, fishing and cavingexpeditions. The world-famous Ironman Triathlon and Ironman 70.3half-marathon have contracted to take place in Chattanooga until atleast 2023.In short, Chattanooga is internationally recognized as aforward-thinking city that’s rich in tradition, history andwide-ranging activities. We are an exciting and vibrant place tolive and work. Whether you’re raising a family or single,Chattanooga has something for you.The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/TitleVI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualifiedapplicants will receive equal consideration for employment and willnot be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, nationalorigin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexualorientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability,or protected veteran status.center_img Application ProceduresApplicants should submit the following information within ouronline application system for consideration: Ph.D. in Political Science or closely-related field. We willconsider ABDs with scheduled completion dates prior to the start ofthe position.Demonstrated experience in political behavior and researchmethodology.Ability to teach introductory/advanced courses in AmericanPolitical Behavior and Research Methods.Willingness to engage in a variety of instructional modalities,including online instruction.Willingness to engage in assisting the UTC campus in itsability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s StrategicPlan, including a demonstrable commitment to diversity andinclusion.last_img read more

Rock Eagle Garden

first_imgThe heritage garden at Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Scott Site is more than a teaching tool, it’s a living museum.Over the last two years, environmental educators at the center worked with gardeners from across Georgia to transform the garden. Garden managers and students planted heirloom and older commercial varieties of Southern garden staples to document crops grown and farming methods used by 19th- and early 20th-century Georgians.Now, the garden helps environmental educators teach students about heritage gardening practices and, in turn, the history of the Southeast.Robert Clemmer, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension education program specialist and 4-H center garden manager, put out a call in 2016 for heirloom or family-favorite seeds to showcase in the garden. Thanks to seed swaps, seed saving and donations, the garden saved money on seeds. Organizations like UGArden, PlowShare in Crawford, Georgia, and Master Gardener Extension Volunteers also donated seeds.“We accept whatever seeds anyone is willing to give us,” Clemmer said.So far, the garden includes Southern classics such as ‘Red Ripper cowpeas’; Ed Teague purple-hull cowpeas, named for northern Georgia’s two-finger banjo picker; night-blooming moonflowers; sunchokes; tromboncino squashes; Tennessee dancing gourds; and unique, yellow-fleshed watermelons grown from seeds donated by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black.Some heirloom vegetables are susceptible to disease. Fusarium wilt killed the garden’s heirloom tomatoes in past growing seasons. This year, the garden includes some disease-resistant varieties, which should be ready for planting in April.With heritage gardens, like the one at the Scott Site, gardening practices must stay as close as possible to 19th- or early 20th-century methods, which means no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, Clemmer said. Instead, cover crops, like cowpeas, add nitrogen to the soil, and garden personnel amend soil with dining hall waste and mulch with shredded leaves. They collect seeds from plants with a proven history of thriving in Georgia gardens.The Scott Site garden was planted in 2014. Each year, it provides between 500 and 2,000 pounds of produce to the Rock Eagle Dining Hall and helps to educate thousands of Georgia students.For more information about the garden or to donate seeds, contact Clemmer at [email protected]last_img read more

Trump Plans PAC in Hopes of Keeping Hold on G.O.P.

first_imgPresident Trump is planning to form a so-called leadership political action committee, a federal fund-raising vehicle that will potentially let him retain his hold on the Republican Party even when he is out of office, officials said on Monday.The announcement is expected as soon as this week, just days after the major news networks and newspapers, as well as The Associated Press, called the 2020 election for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – Such committees can accept donations of up to $5,000 per donor per year — far less than the donation limits for the committees formed by Mr. Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee — but a leadership PAC could accept donations from an unlimited number of people. It could also accept donations from other political action committees.A leadership PAC could spend an unlimited amount in so-called independent expenditures to benefit other candidates, as well as fund travel, polling and consultants. Mostly, it would almost certainly be a vehicle by which Mr. Trump could retain influence in a party that has been remade largely in his image over the past four years. – Advertisement – “The president always planned to do this, win or lose,” Mr. Murtaugh said, “so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud.”Still, a PAC could give the president an off-ramp after a bruising election fight, as well as keep him as a dominant figure as the next Republican presidential primary races are beginning for a new standard-bearer.“President Trump is not going anywhere anytime soon,” said Matt Gorman, a Republican strategist. “He’s going to insert himself in the national debate in a way that’s unlike any of his predecessors.”- Advertisement – But Mr. Trump’s personal brand as a businessman is now intertwined with his political brand. And he has made clear he is not ceding the stage easily, even as advisers say he will most likely willingly leave the White House when his term ends.Since the 2020 race was called on Saturday, Mr. Trump has told advisers he is seriously considering running again in 2024 if the vote is certified for Mr. Biden, a development earlier reported by Axios.While the leadership PAC could not help him in such an effort, it could provide an interim vehicle that would let him travel and engage in some political activity, even if he never actually runs again.Kenneth P. Vogel contributed reporting. Before the election, Mr. Trump told advisers, sometimes joking and other times not, that he might run again in 2024 if he lost to Mr. Biden.Even as Mr. Biden has gathered more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win, and as he has taken leads of tens of thousands of votes in several battleground states, Mr. Trump has maintained there was voter fraud on a wide scale, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. He has directed his campaign to march forward with legal challenges in states like Arizona and Nevada, despite most advisers believing that the race is over and that he should move on. A Trump campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, said the committee had been in the works for a while.- Advertisement –last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse defense smothers Seton Hall scorers in rout

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Syracuse entered Wednesday’s matchup with Seton Hall fifth in the Big East in scoring defense and tops in the country in steals per game. In its 13 nonconference games, the Orange held eight opponents to under 60 points, including three of them under 50.And even with those numbers, head coach Jim Boeheim felt SU’s defensive effort in its conference opener against the Pirates was right up there with its best from this season.‘I thought our defense was as good tonight as it’s been all year,’ he said. ‘I mean 17 steals, the blocks — it was an incredible defensive effort. … That was the difference in the game.’No. 1 Syracuse (14-0, 1-0 Big East) shut down Seton Hall 75-49 in the Carrier Dome to kick off conference play with a win. The Pirates shot just 19-of-60 (32 percent) from the field and turned the ball over 23 times, numbers that were both significantly worse at halftime. The Orange also blocked 15 shots — 10 by sophomore center Fab Melo — and held the Big East’s second leading scorer and rebounder in Herb Pope to just four points and nine boards.‘We weren’t letting them get what they wanted out of their offense,’ senior Kris Joseph said. ‘And that was big for us.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s defense was dominant from the opening tip as Seton Hall didn’t make its first field goal until more than five minutes into the game. The lengthy Orange seemed to fill every passing lane with the 2-3 zone defense, and the Pirates couldn’t find any openings.That led to a season-high tying 17 steals by the Orange, most of which came in the first 20 minutes.‘We force them into passes we know they’re going to make,’ Joseph said. ‘When we trap a certain area, we know the next obvious pass and we have to cut it off. Knowing a trap situation, you kind of get panicky and make the first available pass. We’ve practiced it so much that we know what’s coming next.’And that leads to easy buckets for Syracuse.At one point in the first half, Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby tried an entry pass to the high post, but Scoop Jardine stepped in front. The ball practically hit Jardine in the chest and the Orange guard took off the other way. He got tangled up with Cosby on the break, but as he fell, he tipped the ball back to a trailing James Southerland, who finished it off with an emphatic dunk.‘Our guards are really aggressive and we’re long and we can really play,’ Jardine said. ‘We can get to the high post and also get out to the shooters because the shortest guy is 6-foot-2 and that’s me. That’s what allows us to get steals.’And when the Orange guards weren’t deflecting or intercepting passes, Syracuse’s big men shut down the interior. Pope struggled all night against Melo and the other SU bigs, finishing just 2-for-9 from the field.And all the rejections only gave Syracuse’s perimeter players more confidence to take chances and go for steals.‘We got guys down there like Fab,’ Jardine said, ‘and when they’re changing shots and blocking shots, it makes us aggressive and able to go after steals and be aggressive because we know they’re going to block shots.’The steals, blocks and Pirates miscues all combined for an ugly first half for Seton Hall. The Pirates had as many turnovers (15) as they did points in the first 20 minutes and shot just 5-for-27 from the field as Syracuse built a 34-15 lead.Seton Hall had a little more success in the second, but it was far from enough to mount a comeback.And while Boeheim felt Wednesday’s performance to be the best defensive effort by his team this year, Jardine thinks there is even more room for improvement on that end.‘We still can be better on defense,’ the senior said. ‘That’s the thing. We really can be better. We’re going to keep pushing to try to be better. But right now, we’re playing really at a high level on both ends.’[email protected]last_img read more