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People to People Announces

U.S. Professional Delegation to South Africa

Dr. Ronald Helms, Director of Global and Cultural Studies at Wright State University, invites you on a unique overseas cultural and professional exchange opportunity.

People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs is coordinating a delegation of professionals from a variety of professions who will travel to South Africa from August 11-21, 2014.

This delegation will seek to increase collaboration with South African professionals and organizations on topics of mutual interest in various professions. This will be combined with cultural activities highlighting the sights and sounds of the country. Delegates will enjoy insider views of the education, legal, judicial, and economic systems in South Africa and experience the culture in ways that most travelers never do, from a safari at the Entabeni Game Reserve and exploring the Cape of Good Hope to observing professional counterparts in their element.

Program details and an application form are available by calling 877.787.2000 or emailing A direct link to the planned itinerary can be found online at:

Please consider joining this exciting exchange!

Dr. Ronald G. Helms, Ph.D.
Professor of Global and Cultural Studies

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Concordia University

Concordia University invites expressions of interest, nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, with the appointment to be effective July 2014. 

Located in the heart of Montreal and home to over 46,000 students and 7,200 staff, Concordia University is one of Canada's most innovative urban universities. Over the past decade, Concordia has invested significantly to renew its faculty, improve and expand its infrastructure and create state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning and research. Concordia has 7,400 graduate students enrolled in more than 200 graduate programs and over 6,300 international students from more than 150 countries. Concordia’s research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges. For more information, please visit

The Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science will provide strategic direction, academic planning leadership and administrative oversight to the 21 academic departments and six colleges of the Faculty. With over 18,000 students, the Faculty of Arts and Science offers 314 undergraduate and graduate programs encompassing and crossing the disciplines of sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and has experienced remarkable growth, renewal and success in the past decade. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs and a member of Concordia’s senior administration, the Dean will lead in promoting innovative approaches to program and professional training development and delivery and lead in efforts that enable the Faculty and University to achieve the highest possible standards in education. He or she will ensure sustainable growth and competitiveness, intensify cross-disciplinary programs and enhance the external stature of the Faculty.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished academic and dynamic leader with a record of building strong teams, promoting and supporting research, fostering academic innovation, managing resources, and advancing multi-disciplinary initiatives. Extensive academic leadership experience will enable the new Dean to relate to a range of internal and external partners and promote excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. She or he will possess an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving, and a strong commitment to academic excellence in research and teaching. The ability to function in both English and French is preferred.

The Search Committee will begin to consider potential candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The initial appointment is for five years, renewable for an additional five years. Concordia University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) and be forwarded electronically in confidence to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, ON  M5E 1W7

Employment Opportunity

Faculty Position Opening
Interdisciplinary Studies

POSITION: Norfolk State University seeks to fill one tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies to begin during fall semester, August 2013.   

RESPONSIBILITIES: The position requires teaching at the undergraduate level with a full teaching load of 12 semester hours per semester to include evening, weekend, off-site and online courses. Additional duties are serving on committees at the department, school, and university levels, academic advisement of majors, and scholarly activities including research, grantsmanship, and publications.  A strong commitment to academic advising is required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Terminal degree required, preferred disciplines include Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Global Studies, Political Science, & History. Preference will be given to those with specializations in sociolinguistics, globalization and internationalism. Proficiency in and commitment to online/distance learning is desired.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Candidates are to submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a completed Commonwealth of Virginia application, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of teaching to:

Khadijah O. Miller, Ph.D.
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23504

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position open until filled

Employment Opportunity

The Lebanese French University in Erbil, a private international university, is currently recruiting English speaking lecturers (Masters and PhD holders) for the academic year 2013/2014. The University pays a good remuneration package including 14 Salaries, Accommodation and one Annual Return Flight Ticket.
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Welcome to New Officers

Terry Lovelace of Northwest Missouri State University became president of the association at the Las Vegas national conference.  The newly elected officers are now:  Calvin Meyer of Dalton State College-president elect, Cheryl Evans of the University of Central Oklahoma-first vice president and William Kirtley of Central Texas College- second vice president.  We congratulate them on the election results and wish them well as officers of the association.

San Francisco Fall Conference, 2014

       San Francisco is one of the most popular convention cities in the United States.  The association is pleased to announce that we will be in San Francisco with our professional development fall meeting  October 5-8, 2014. We will be putting the proposal form for this meeting on our website after the New Orleans fall meeting this year.

Employment Opportunity

Home > Human Resources > Employment Opportunities > Sociology
Position Title: Sociology
Division/Office: Humanities, Fine Arts & Social Sciences
Immediate Supervisor: Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts & Social Sciences
Employment Type: Part-Time
Reference, criminal background checks required.
PVCC is recruiting adjunct faculty to teach Sociology for Summer & Fall 2013.
A Master's degree with 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline is required. Available to teach MWF 2:20 p.m. and Wednesday 6 p.m. sessions at the Giuseppe Center, located in Greene County.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach a specified number of hours each week per semester as assigned - may include day and evening sections, on- and off-campus, and distance learning technologies
  • Maintain at least 1 office hour weekly per course taught
  • Evaluate course instruction in accordance with established policy
  • Advise students in course selection and curricular requirements
  • Participate when applicable and practical in co-curricular activities

In accordance with Virginia Community College System guidelines, rank and salary are dependent upon experience and qualifications.
Application Package must include:

Mail application package to:
Human Resources 
Piedmont Virginia Community College 
501 College Drive 
Charlottesville VA 22902
Deadline: Open until filled
Piedmont Virginia Community College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Member of the Year, 2012-2013

Hamid Milani of the University of Wisconsin-Marathon was named NSSA member of the year for his outstanding work over the years as a national board member and avid supporter of the association. Hamid has been a member of the association since the early days of the association and has participated in virtually every national conference as well as working to expand the membership of the association. We congratulate him for this fine honor.

David Marx Award 2013

This year's David Marx award for the outstanding article went to Professors Teresa LeSage Clements, Barba Aldis Patton, Diane Elizabeth Prince, and Paul Edward Carlson of the University of Houston-Victoria for their article, "Billiions of Dollars Wasted: New Teacher Preparation Models Needed." Their article appeared in a 2012 issue of the National Social Science Journal. Press releases went out to their college to make their administrators aware of this honor.

Student Paper Competition Award Winners

There is always a student paper competition at the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas. The winners of this year's competition were undergraduate paper winner Belinda C. Ramirez with her article, "An Issue of Legitimacy: Hmong Religious and Ethnonational Borders in Northern Thailand" and graduate paper winner Jena L. Hawk with her article, A Quasi-experimental Design: Interrupted Time Series". Their articles will appear in a 2014 edition of the National Social Science Journal as student paper competition winners.

National Technology and Social Science Conference, 2014

The 2014 conference will move from the LVH Hotel, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, to a more centrally located Las Vegas strip hotel.  Harrahs Hotel will be the site of the 2014 conference April 13-15, 2014.  Harrahs Hotel is centrally located on the Las Vegas strip and is located next to the renovated Quad hotel and the site of the new shopping and entertainment center with a large ferris wheel based on the London model. We will be putting up proposal forms on the website and emailing those forms to all members early in the fall of this year.  Hope to see you at Harrahs Hotel with an outstanding hotel rate in the spring of 2014.

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