NYT Op-Ed: Writing Tips

The August 25, 2017 op-ed columnist, Bret Stephens, offered an article entitled, Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers.  There are 15 tips worth considering.

A few to pay attention to when writing:

  • “every sentence has to count in grabbing the reader’s attention, starting with the first”
  • “Authority matters.”
  • “Avoid the passive voice.”
  • “Keep your sentences short and your paragraphs tight.”
  • “Kill the clichés.”

Women’s Human Rights Education Institute

If you are interested in becoming a Human Rights educator, looking into the International Human Rights Training Programs offered by the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute might be a next step for you.

From its webpage: “The Women’s Human Rights Institute helps participants develop a practical understanding of the UN Human Rights system and learn how to apply a women’s human rights framework to a multiplicity of issues. Participants will develop practical facilitation skills to help them become human rights educators in their own regions and organizations.”

New student resource – FREE!!

Here’s info courtesy of UBC Press.  It’s a freebie!!

UBC Press is excited to offer a new student resource, How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work, and Life, FREE for download at www.ubcpress.ca/oncampus.

In this lively, highly accessible guide, York University Professors Thomas R. Klassen and John A. Dwyer answer the questions students have about succeeding in their courses and their post-secondary careers. They argue that the best preparation for success in life and on the job are by mastering the skills needed at university. This book will help students:

  • Develop strong communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening)
  • Select their courses and choose a program
  • Organize and manage their time
  • Sharpen their critical thinking skills
  • Write good essays and prepare for exams
  • Take better notes in class
  • Become an active reader and listener

The book is also available in print.

SoSc Grad Info Night, Nov 12

The Sociology Students’ Union is organizing a Social Sciences Graduate Information Night.

WHEN: November 12 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
WHERE: Building 355, Room 211 (the lounge), Nanaimo campus.

The event is multidisciplinary with faculty representation from SoSc departments.

Pizza will be available from 5:30 PM and participants will be seated for the event to begin at 6:00 PM. Introductions (5-minutes each) by various instructors will include mention of credentials, graduate and work experience, etc.

Developing a skill set

Wondering about finding that dream job; well besides your degree, you need a particular skill set.  These can be developed through the courses taken but also through volunteering.

Below is a list of the requisites for a position, entitled, Civic Engagement Associate.  I’ve selected this as an example since, quite often, there are students seeking employment with an NGO.  Some of the particulars are related to the organisation itself but you can generalise how certain criteria are applied.

  • Strong cross-sectional analysis around civil rights issues related to civic engagement activities (including naturalization process and voter mobilization), race relations, immigration, economic development, access to institutional and non-institutional resources and hate crimes within the framework of these issues impacting specific communities.
  • A proven track record of successful community or labor organizing or at least 3 years leading campaigns.
  • History of demonstrated experience in leading community based advocacy efforts within culturally diverse communities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently to provide hands-on project management through all phases of project development process:  Research, planning (development of time-lines, work plans, and budget), implementation, tracking, and evaluation.
  • Experience with presentation, facilitation and training to small as well as large groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in an accurate, concise, and audience appropriate manner on complex public policy issues.
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison and support to the advisory groups for each of the projects/programs assigned.

Additional desired qualifications:

  • At minimum, undergraduate degree in political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, a related field, or commensurate experience.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.

Writing, speaking publicly, and critical analysis are all found in the classroom, including the ‘dreaded’ group work.  Since some jobs, like this, ask for a proven track record, this is where volunteerism comes into play.  Also remember that you will be asked for referees.  In this particular case, FOUR professional references and two personal were requested. This means you need to develop relationships with those who will vouch for your expertise/skill set.  You don’t have to be best buddies with your professor but s/he should know you well enough to remember who you are and something about your interests and abilities.

Wondering whether archaeology is for you?

Check out the podcast 15 Questions with an Archeologist.  This was launched last year (2014) by the National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Archeological Center.  From the introductory podcast: “This podcast is an interview that seeks to ask as many archeologists as possible the same 15 questions. These questions are designed to cover the areas in which archeologists are most often queried. They are also design to provoke though and commentary on our profession.”

NOTE: If you are wondering about the spelling of archaeology, i.e., ‘ae’ versus ‘e’, read Barbara Little’s explanation posted online through the Society for American Archaeology.  A simplification is to say it is British versus American spelling.

Master’s Award Competition & Information Sessions

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and have achieved an A- (3.67) average in each of their last two completed years of study. Furthermore, an eligible graduate program must have a significant research component (original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit). Specific eligibility details will be discussed at the information sessions (see below) and can be found on the CGS-M web page.

Eligible Canadian universities receive agency-specific allocations based on the 2,500 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) awards available each year. There are 400 CGS M awards available from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), 800 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and 1,300 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Award decisions will be made at the institutions that applicants list on their application. VIU will be awarding one SSHRC CGS-M. University allocations can be found on the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocations web page.

The application deadline is December 1, 2014.

Students interested in applying should register for a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Information Session by e-mailing  kathryn.jepson@viu.ca

At these sessions students will learn about:

  • The agencies;
  • The CGS-M competition;
  • How to apply and prepare an application;
  • The evaluation and selection process; and
  • updates and changes to the program.

SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Session:
Wednesday, September 17th 12:30pm-1:30pm; or 
Tuesday, September 23rd 1:00pm-2:00pm

NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions: 
Thursday, September 18th 12:30pm to 1:30pm; or 
Monday, September 22nd 1:00pm-2:00pm

CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions:
Friday, September 19th 12:30pm-1:30pm; or 
Wednesday, September 24th 1:00pm-2:00pm

Kathryn Jepson is in the RSA Office to help you! Students with questions pertaining to the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s award program, should contact Kathryn. Second or third year students, who are keen to learn how to  prepare for these scholarships, should also see Kathryn.

AAA Webinar Series – 2014

The American Anthropological Association is/has been hosting a number of webinars during the year.

Go to: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/2014-Webinar-Series.cfm

Some may be especially interested in Riall Nolan’s topic on “professional development and career building for  anthropologists outside of the academy. Program topics will include CV writing,  job search tips, interviewing and more.”

The most recent webinars included a lively discussion between Agustin Fuentes and New York Times science editor, Nicholas Wade. The conversation still continues at The Huffington Post. There was also a presentation by Harjant Gill on Ethnography and Film .

eAnthroGuide – student resource

Do you wonder what you will do next?

Check out the eAnthroGuide!

Look for the hundreds of graduate programs listed, both within the US and internationally and you can search by location, degrees, and many other criteria. Find your perfect grad school fit!

Search for field schools. Develop a list of organizations, museums, and non-profits that hire anthropologists.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/eAnthroGuide and search today!