Archive for January, 2011

Changing the Way We Socialize Doctoral Students

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Leonard Cassuto

“This month’s column begins with the career of an academic I’ll call “Jack.” It ends in the classroom of a professional development seminar—a place where more graduate students need to be.”

For the complete transcript see the link:

Dean of Education Search at Lehman College CUNY

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Position Profile (Anticipated Start Date July 1, 2011)

Lehman College is a recognized leader in New York City’s teacher preparation reform movement. Its commitment to public education is College-wide, involving departments and faculty across the arts, humanities, sciences and education, and is further reflected in its collaborative efforts with the public school sector. Lehman College provides exceptional educational opportunities while embracing diversity and actively engaging students in their academic, personal, and professional development. Lehman has participated in the creation of ten small high schools, sponsors numerous school partnerships, coordinates a network of professional development schools and is the home of highly effective outreach programs that support schoolchildren, teachers, counselors, and administrators in the Bronx and throughout the City. In addition, Lehman College enjoys a record of successful grant funding for education- based projects reflected in faculty scholarly activities and professional development, most recently illustrated by the award of $7.66 million in a highly competitive, federal Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant.

For a complete description of the advertised position, please refer to the link

Frank Bonilla, Scholar of Puerto Rican Studies, Dies at 85

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Frank Bonilla, Scholar of Puerto Rican Studies, Dies at 85
Published: January 6, 2011 New York Times

Frank Bonilla, an academic who grew up in two of New York’s poorest neighborhoods, faced segregation in the Midwest and went on to create one of the nation’s first college-level Puerto Rican studies programs and its first consortium for Latino studies, died on Dec. 28 in Escondido, Calif. He was 85.

His daughter Natasha Bonilla Martinez confirmed his death.

For 20 years, starting in 1973, Dr. Bonilla was the director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York. Already a renowned Latin American studies scholar, he had joined with other professors, students and community activists in pressing the City University of New York to open the center.

Under Dr. Bonilla’s leadership, the program integrated various strands of Puerto Rican studies — history, politics, economics and cultural development — with the aim of exposing the forces behind ethnic and racial prejudice. The center, which studied the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the mainland and analyzed the extensive post-World War II migration from the island, houses one of the nation’s largest archives on the Puerto Rican experience.

One of Dr. Bonilla’s most influential projects was the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, which he co-founded in 1986. It began as a national consortium of eight university-based research centers and grew to include more than 20 universities that cooperate in interdisciplinary research. Among other studies, the program has analyzed the impact of global, national and regional economic forces on the earnings of Latinos in the United States.

“Dr. Bonilla was this high-powered intellectual taking the lead in bringing together key institutions,” said Félix Matos Rodríguez, the president of Hostos Community College in the Bronx and a former director of the Puerto Rican research center. “Nobody had the combination of profound credibility and the trust of academicians, elected officials and community leaders in the trenches to research problems like persistent poverty, lack of access to education, segmented labor markets and the difficulties for immigrants facing entry into institutions in the U.S.”

Born in Manhattan on Feb. 3, 1925, Frank Bonilla was one of three children of Francisco and Maria Bonilla, who had moved from Puerto Rico. He grew up in East Harlem and the South Bronx, but for several years lived with family friends in Tennessee and Illinois, where he came face to face with segregation: he was regularly told to sit in the back of the bus.

After graduating from high school, Dr. Bonilla served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from City College in 1949 and earned a master’s degree in sociology from New York University in 1954 and a doctorate in sociology from Harvard in 1959.

Dr. Bonilla began his academic career in 1960 as a member of the American Universities Field Service, doing research in South America. In a 1962 report, “Rural Reform in Brazil,” he found that 75 percent of the farmland was owned by 8 percent of the farmers, and that two-thirds of the rural population was illiterate and therefore could not vote.

He went on to teach political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1969, and at Stanford from 1969 to 1972. He then returned to New York to begin work on creating the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.

Besides his daughter Natasha, Dr. Bonilla is survived by another daughter, Sandra Bailey; a son, Francisco; a sister, Esther Miller; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A version of this article appeared in print on January 7, 2011, on page A20 of the New York edition.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities – HACU

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities – HACU.
HACU celebrates its Silver Anniversary in 2011

HACU will celebrate its silver anniversary in 2011 with various conferences and events scheduled throughout the year. The following are events planned during the spring and fall semesters:

At the end of February, HACU will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico to host an International Conference, “Building Bridges for Cooperation in International Education.” The conference, taking place Feb. 23-25, will provide an opportunity to highlight the latest trends, model programs, research and cutting-edge issues of importance to the international Hispanic higher education community.

At the beginning of April, HACU will convene in Washington, D.C., for its National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. The April 4-5 gathering will provide a forum for individuals and institutions to advocate on behalf of Hispanic higher education and play an active role in shaping and promoting an agenda for members of the newly-elected 112th Congress. The second day of the Capitol Forum will include visits to Capitol Hill with some delegations being led by college presidents and leaders of higher education institutions.

During the fall semester, HACU will celebrate its 25th annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, where the association was founded in 1986. A preconference event on Oct. 29 will kick off conference activities with HACU’s 10th Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute. The Institute will provide a dynamic forum including speakers, panels, a career networking workshop, and small group discussions. HACU’s 25th Annual Conference, “25 Years of Championing Hispanic Higher Education,” Oct. 29-31, will provide a unique forum for the sharing of information and ideas for the best and most promising practices in the education of Hispanics. HACU’s 25th Anniversary Gala: Honoring Our Founders, will take place on the last day of the conference. Tables and individual tickets to the gala are available.

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CHCI Fellowships – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

CHCI Fellowships – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

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