ILA’s 17th Annual Conference in Barcelona

Looking for funding to attend ILA’s 17th Annual Conference in Barcelona?

If you are a student or recent graduate (within 1-year), submit your paper to the Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award.  If your paper wins, you’ll receive a free trip to ILA’s 17th annual global conference in Barcelona (air, hotel, and conference registration) PLUS a $1,000 cash prize PLUS a guaranteed presentation slot in the program to share your research.

See complete submission details at:

The International Leadership Association (ILA) is pleased to join with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to co-sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of CCL.

Looking for additional opportunities for students at ILA Barcelona?

Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award (Deadline July 6) Details:

9th Annual Student Case Competition (Sign-Up by Sep. 13) Details:


P.S.  Registration for ILA Barcelona is now open.  Visit the conference home page at for details.


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


Here is the link to blog profile


Here is the link to his radio article

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.


Penumbra, Issue 2 Now Live!


I am happy to announce the publication of the second issue of Penumbra, the journal of the PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies program at the Union Institute & University. Visit to read critical and creative works aligned with our mission to publish socially engaged innovative, creative, and critical scholarship, with a focus on ethical, political, and aesthetic issues in the humanities, public policy, and leadership.


Penumbra is currently accepting Reviewers and Submitters of scholarly and creative works. If you are interested in getting involved, please register yourself with the journal’s management system located here:


Our regards,


Gariot P. Louima (Cohort 12)


Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical and Creative Inquiry

BSA’s 2014 New Scholars Program

Applications Invited for BSA’s 2014 New Scholars Program; Deadline   Extended to Sept. 15, 2013


New York, United States

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Each year, the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites three   scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers   on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as   members of a panel at BSA’s Annual Meeting, which takes place in New York   City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of   scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include   any research that deals with the creation, production, publication,   distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of texts as   material objects (print or manuscript).

Those selected for the panel   receive $600 toward the cost of attending the Annual Meeting and a   complimentary one-year membership in BSA.

For more about the New Scholars   Program and application procedures, see:

The application deadline has   been extended to Sept. 15, 2013.

With apologies for   cross-posting.


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Research and Dissertation Grant Program


 I am pleased to pass on this call for research and dissertation grant program proposals from our friends at AIR……………….

 The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2013 Research and Dissertation Grant Program. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), AIR operates a research and dissertation grant program that supports research on a wide range of issues of critical importance to U.S. higher education.

 Two levels of grants are offered:

  • Faculty and practitioners are eligible for research grants of up to $40,000 for one year of independent research.
  • Doctoral students are eligible for dissertation grants of up to $20,000 for one year to support dissertation research and writing.

NSF and NCES support grants aimed at increasing the number of researchers using national datasets and that demonstrate the contribution these datasets make to the national base of knowledge on higher education policy, theory, and practice. NPEC funding supports grants that increase the understanding and knowledge of a specific issue area identified by NPEC. This year, the Focus Topic is The Impact of Data on the College Search and Selection Process.”

The proposal deadline is January 10, 2013 (11:59 p.m. EST). The full program description and online application system are accessible online. Assistance is available from the AIR Grants Team at or 850-385-4155 x200.

 Wendy L. Weiler
Senior Research and Policy Analyst
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
1025 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-5405
(202) 785-8866

Recently Defended Dissertations

The Dean’s Office is pleased to announce the successful defense of the following dissertations:

 August 2012

 John Woode

“Inter-Governmental Action Groups Against Money Laundering (GIABA): Toward a Unified Regime on Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism in West Africa”

Committee: Dr. Mary Ann Steger (Chair), Dr. Marcel Kitissou, Dr. Victor Essein  


October 2012

 Keiza Carpenter

“La Familia en la Frontera: Transnational Family Narratives of Mexican Migrant Families”

Committee: Dr. Christopher Voparil (Chair), Dr. Lisa Fontes, Dr. Shelley Armitage


November 2012

 Tiffany Traylor

“Reading, Recognition, and Loving Blackness: How African American Adolescents’ Reflections on Black Literature Inform Scholarship Related to the Visibility of Marginalized Identities”

Committee: Dr. Diane Allerdyce and Dr. Toni Gregory (Co-Chairs), Dr. Shelley Armitage


New DIS 780/781 Colloquia for Doctoral Candidates

The Dean’s Office is pleased to announce the inauguration of four post-exam colloquia that will be offered in the context of DIS 780/781, starting in February 2013. These colloquia are designed to afford doctoral candidates at various stages of the dissertation process with opportunities to share their research, exchange ideas, and engage in scholarly collaboration. A description of the colloquia as well as the scheduling process appears below.

 The colloquia will be led by Dr. Shannon Smith (, who has most recently served as Associate Dean for UI&U’ Pre-Cohort Ph.D. program. Smith was born and raised in Cincinnati, and now makes his home in St. Paul, MN. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he studied American Literature. He has worked at UI&U since 2008.

A series of initial, informational colloquia meetings will be scheduled for the last two weeks of February, 2013; specific dates are forthcoming.

 Please join Dr. Gregory and me in welcoming Dr. Shannon Smith to the Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies!

 Karsten Piep

Interim Dean


DIS 780/781

Non-credit-bearing dissertation supervision is required for active doctoral candidates who have not successfully defended their dissertation by the end of their regular coursework. During the two terms following the successful completion of comps, candidates will be enrolled in DIS 780. Thereafter, candidates will be enrolled in DIS 781. During the dissertation supervision phase, which is not to exceed 4 years, candidates are working on their individual projects in close collaboration with their chairs and committee members.


During each term of enrollment DIS 780/781, dissertating students are strongly encouraged to participate in one of four semiannual colloquia described below, which provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of ongoing scholarly/creative/research projects.

 Conceptualization Colloquium (Pre-Proposal Stage)

The conceptualization colloquium is a semiformal event during which candidates working in similar fields present to each other on aspects of their research questions, literature reviews, preliminary findings, and/or theoretical/methodological conceptualizations.

 Proposal Colloquium (Proposal Stage)

This colloquium affords candidates an opportunity to present an overview of their approved dissertation proposal before a group of peers and faculty members. To provide for a wider audience, proposal presentations may be scheduled to coincide with an academic residency.       

 Work-in-Progress Colloquium (Early Dissertation Stage)

The work-in-progress colloquium is a semiformal event during which candidates working in similar fields present to each other on aspects of their methodologies, theories, findings, ongoing analyses, interpretations, creative work, et cetera.    

 Scholarly/Creative Contribution Colloquium (Advanced Dissertation Stage)

During the scholarly/creative contribution colloquium, advanced candidates will formally present on a significant aspect of their work. The presentation is to be based on a self-contained chapter or portion of the candidate’s dissertation research, and should not be an overview or synthesis of the dissertation as a whole. To provide for a wider audience, the scholarly/creative contribution presentations may be scheduled to coincide with an academic residency.   


By February 15 and August 15 of each term, chairs will officially notify the Colloquia Coordinator of the status of their dissertating students, indicating whether these are in thepre-proposal, proposal, early dissertation, or advanced dissertation stage.

 Based on these brief reports, the Colloquia Coordinator, in consultation with Area of Concentration Chairs, will group students accordingly and schedule conceptualization, work-in-progress, proposal, and scholarly/creative contribution during themonths of March, April, and May and August, September and October respectively. 

 Conceptualization, proposal, work-in-progress, and scholarly/creative contribution colloquia are held in small groups of 2-8 doctoral students working in similar fields and facilitated via conferencing tools by the Colloquia Coordinator.

 Shortly before or immediately after each colloquium, participating doctoral candidates will submit copies and/or outlines of their presentations to their chairs as well as the Colloquia Coordinator for purposes of documentation.