UC Berkeley – Temporary Instructors

The Interdisciplinary Studies Field major at UC Berkeley invites applications for a pool of temporary instructors for 2016-2017: 


This search is independent of the Instructor position which closed April 11th.  To be considered in the pool (33%-100% time), applicants to the earlier search must reapply to the pool.  

Peter Sahlins
Professor of History
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Division of Undergraduate Studies
UC Berkeley
259 Evans Hall
(510) 664 4315

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Dr. Ricardo Smith recent Ph.D. graduate featured in City Beat

Good news,


Dr. Ricardo Smith and his research is featured in this week’s City Beat. Although the article does not credit Union for his dissertation, it is good exposure for the important work Dr. Smith is doing. I really enjoyed meeting him and telling his story.

 In addition to the City Beat feature, he was profiled on our web and interviewed by a local radio station.

 Here is the link to City Beat http://npaper-wehaa.com/city-beat//#2015/06/03/?article=2527984&dpg=1&z=92


Here is the link to blog profile https://www.myunion.edu/spotlight-on-alumnus-dr-ricardo-y-smith/


Here is the link to his radio article http://wvxu.org/post/small-study-points-problems-local-prison-re-entry#stream/0

Spotlight on Alumnus Dr. Ricardo Y. Smith

Dr Ricardo Y Smith

What are the most critical issues facing post-prison African-American men in Hamilton and Butler counties?

Registering to vote

Alumnus Dr. Ricardo Y. Smith (Ph.D. 2014) gives voice to local men facing these issues in his 2014 doctoral dissertation, No Way Out: Giving Voice to the Post-Prison Experiences of African-American Men in Two Ohio Counties.

Dr. Ricardo Smith is a Gulf War Veteran (1990-1994), a distinguished honor graduate from the United States Army Signal School in Augusta, Georgia, and an adjunct instructor in psychology at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. Dr. Smith spent three and a half years researching and two months interviewing 10 formerly incarcerated African American men from Hamilton and Butler counties. A critical interpretative analysis conducted through in-depth interviews that examined the post-prison lives of African American men, his study addressed the post-prison obstacles of ex-offenders as they struggled to find employment, housing, and registering to vote. Dr. Smith examined the problems and the impact of labeling prisoners and investigated the issues of prison debt and prison money-making plots. The policy restraints impacting the lives of ex-offenders (who usually come from targeted poor communities) are described as an apparatus of social control, particularly upon African-American men. He found that ex-offenders often experience a post-prison system of no way out that has become a type of social incarceration.

Dr. Smith’s research questions focused on the post-prison impact on the lived experiences of 10 African American men. His hope was to give voice to these men as they attempt to rebuild their lives after prison, particularly as it relates to two questions:

• When returning to communities where social barriers exist and persist, what barriers do the men recognize? To what extent do these barriers affect their lives post-prison?

• To what extent do the men recognize the impact of the criminal label (criminal for life) on their lives post-prison? How does this label affect them when they are seeking employment, permanent housing, and trying to vote?

Dr. Smith hopes that scholars can better understand the dynamics of what it means to (re)live life post-prison. His recommendations for future research include the necessity to examine how and why the lack of employment remains the number one problem for returning citizens after prison. The men he interviewed returned to communities where jobs and housing remain scarce. If the returning citizen does not go to a halfway house or have family housing support, there are very few housing options through public assistance. Not being able to find housing or employment has been shown to lead to significant relapse implications and high probable rates of recidivism.

Dr. Smith points out that the ethnic minority prison population continues to rise. As a people, African Americans make up less than 15 percent of the U.S. population but almost 43 percent of the U.S. prison population. Are African Americans more criminal? Dr. Smith says the answer is no, but does answer yes to the fact that black persons are convicted and sent to prison statistically more often than other ethnic groups, particularly for federal drug convictions. He sees it as a racialized mechanism of incarceration that has produced a major social problem for young black teens and men.

More research is needed to evaluate and gauge the success of reentry and reintegration. Without statistics and stories to measure work and housing efficacy of ex-offenders, how can reintegration or rehabilitation be effective in terms of successful reentry? Without a permanent address, being registered to vote becomes another barrier of reintegration. Dr. Smith explains that ex-offenders need a second chance to redeem themselves and become contributing citizens in society. First steps of viable employment, housing, and the opportunity to vote will give the returning citizen a chance of true reintegration into the community. Reinvestment in people will increase public safety and reduce recidivism for the collective betterment of society and all communities.

In addition to his 2014 Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University, Dr. Smith holds a master’s degree in Human Relations (Applied Psychology) from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Smith’s dissertation about post-prison experiences of African Americans was featured on WVXU radio in Cincinnati in April 2015.

Learn more about Union’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program.


Executive Director of Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC)

Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC), a Program of 501(c)3 Fusion Partnerships, Inc., is searching for an Executive Director (ED) to begin on or about Jan. 1, 2015. This position presents an exceptional and unique opportunity for a budding social justice professional to take on a full-time leadership role early in their career. The ED will assist in developing and/or sustaining a range of high-impact advocacy, educational, and service activities, such as our Overdose Education & Naloxone Distribution program. This person will network and work closely with diverse volunteer-members (the majority of whom are graduate and professional students), an advisory board of local and national experts, private foundations, and university and government officials.

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:

* Leading activities and duties related to grant writing, grant reporting, fundraising, budgeting, fiscal sponsorship, and advisory board maintenance;
* Networking with local and regional stakeholders in the health, policy, and social service fields, in order to promote understanding and acceptance of harm reduction practices and policies and bolster group influence and reach;
* Managing program operations, logistics, personnel, and evaluation for at least twice/monthly overdose education and response trainings in a variety of community-based and institutional settings;
* Coordinating opportunities for the organization, our members, and local students to develop skills in harm reduction-related practice and leadership;
* Managing organization’s web presence, including maintaining and editing content on website, newsletter, and social media platforms;
* Presenting on broad harm reduction-related topics to local students, professionals, and residents.
Qualifications (full list of requirements here):

* Bachelor’s degree AND minimum one year full-time (or two years part-time) paid or volunteer experience facilitating organizational development or capacity-building required, preferably with a non-profit or community-based organization;
* Demonstrated interest in harm reduction and issues that impact the health of people who use drugs and/or are involved in the sex trade;
* Experience with grant writing and reporting, event coordination, and volunteer management;
* Exceptional writing, editing, and oral and digital communications skills;
* Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, to see the big picture while also producing results in the short-term;
* Those who have lived, worked, or studied in Baltimore preferred;
* Tolerance of a non-traditional schedule and access to reliable transportation are essential. Evening meetings and events at locations throughout Baltimore City are common.
This is a FT (36 hr/wk), salaried position. $39.5k plus comprehensve, flexible benefits offered.

To apply, please e-mail a resume/CV and cover letter to Jennifer Kirschner at BaltimoreStudentHRC@gmail.com by Nov. 7, 2014.

Please see full description of position and requirements here.

BSHRC ED Job posting


Congratulations to Tiffany Traylor!

Diane Richard-Allerdyce, Ph.D. would like to announce that:

Tiffany Traylor, whose dissertation I chaired with Toni Gregory as co-chair, has been offered and has accepted a tenure-track position as full-time Professor of Humanities at Seminole State College in Florida. Tiffany defended in late 2012 and officially graduated with her PhD in 2013. She will be teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Contemporary Ethics, African-American Humanities, and Women, Culture & Gender beginning August 2014. Of course, I am very proud of Tiffany, as I know Toni would be, as well as all those who helped to guide her through our program. Congratulations, Tiff!

Kenyon College Dissertation Fellowship

For students enrolled in a research-based Ph.D. program, aspire to a teaching and research career, and pursuing doctorates in one of the following fields: African and African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Classics, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Legal Studies, Modern Languages and Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies.



2014 Fellowship on Women & Public Policy – Now Accepting Applications

Dear   Colleagues:

On behalf of the   Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, we invite you to recommend   outstanding graduate students and mid-career professionals to the 2014   Fellowship on Women & Public Policy program, which runs from January 8, 2014 – June 27, 2014. If you know an outstanding woman who has completed at least 12 credits of   graduate coursework and possesses a minimum of three years’ work experience,   please encourage her to explore this opportunity.

About the Fellowship 

 The   Fellowship on Women and Public Policy is an intensive leadership development program designed to promote equity and excellence in public service, and encourage government to be more responsive to the needs of women, children, families, and communities in New York State.

The Fellowship Provides:

  • Policy field experience and academic coursework in public policy and advocacy
  • Many co-curricular activities such as workshops, conferences, policy field trips, and community service opportunities
  •  Network Mentoring Program that gives access to over 300 alumnae fellows and other accomplished policy and social change agents

Award and Application

The Fellowship offers a $10,000 stipend and tuition assistance for academic   coursework. In the spring semester, fellows are full-time graduate students at Rockefeller College with policy-related field placements for thirty hours a week from January through June. Health plans are available.

We rely heavily on personal referrals in order to continue the tradition of excellence that   the Fellowship has enjoyed since its inception in 1983. We deeply appreciate   if you can distribute this email to faculty and students, as we work hard to   recruit an outstanding class of fellows.

Fellowship   on Women & Public Policy Brochure

About the Center for Women in Government & Civil   Society  

CWGCS is a cornerstone of women’s leadership development, an academic research center, and a policy think tank which generates knowledge and provides analysis on issues facing women.

Statement of Purpose: CWGCS advances excellence in public service by facilitating balanced leadership; and promotes gender-responsive public policy that is shaped by  women’s perspectives. The Center utilizes research, teaching, training and public education to accomplish its mission.

For more information about the Fellowship on Women & Public Policy, please visit   the Center’s website at www.albany.edu/womeningov or   contact us at cwgcs@albany.edu.