Monthly Archive for September, 2008

Several Faculty/Research Positions

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, to start July 1, 2009. Preference will be given to candidates in population studies, broadly defined to include scholarship on race, gender, inequality, life course, and the emerging area of biology and sociology. Successful candidates must exhibit strong commitment to research and publication and show potential for excellence in teaching.

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Psychology and the Population Research Center (PRC) invite applications for a tenure/tenure track faculty position as a full-time Assistant Professor to begin Fall semester 2009. Research interests for this position include genetic correlates of behavior, with a special emphasis on health, broadly defined.Candidates in any area of psychology, including Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition and Perception, Clinical, Developmental, Evolutionary Psychology, and Social and Personality may be considered. We are especially interested in outstanding candidates who will foster interactions between Psychology and the PRC.

The sociology department at Rutgers University – New Brunswick is looking to hire an assistant professor who works in the area of social demography, broadly defined. The job is to begin in the Fall 2009. Research and teaching interests could include (but are not limited to) immigration, fertility, mortality, aging, family, and social inequality. The person we are seeking to hire must have strong quantitative skills as well as the interest and ability to teach graduate-level methods and statistics courses.

University of Wyoming. The Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in social demography. Strong quantitative skills are required. The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in Sociology by the starting date, August 18, 2009.

Stockholm University The Linnaeus Centre on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe announces two two-year positions for researchers in an early stage of their academic career.

The Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track regular faculty position, field of expertise open. The appointment will begin Fall 2009 (August 31, 2009) and will be at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor. Priority will be given to completed applications received by October 6, 2008

Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions, 1974 to 2004

News from the Guttmacher Institute

The rate of abortion in the United States is at its lowest level since 1974, having declined 33% from a peak of 29 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 1980 to 20 per 1,000 in 2004. However, this overall trend masks large disparities in rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion across demographic subgroups, according to Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions, 1974 to 2004.

Copyright class offered at the University Library

Copyright and Publishing Essentials
Copyright law has a profound impact on the professional lives of university faculty, all of whom are both users and creators of copyrighted material. This session will provide an introduction to copyright questions that most affect scholarly authors, such as: What does copyright protect and for how long? Who owns the copyright? When do you need permission to use other people’s works in your writing and teaching? What is involved in transferring rights to others? How can you protect your interests in dealing with journals and publishers? How can you increase the impact of your work by use of Creative Commons licenses or by depositing your work in Deep Blue?
Two sessions scheduled for Fall 2008:
Wednesday, September 28th from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, in the Faculty Exploratory, Hatcher Graduate Library.
Thursday, November 6th from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, in the Faculty Exploratory, Hatcher Graduate Library.

Rememberance for Calvin Beale, Rural Demographer

National Public Radio’s Sunday Morning Edition aired a remembrance for Calvin Beale, a longtime demographer in the Agricultural Department. Beale fundamentally changed Federal policy and funding in the 1970’s by testing his demographic data against reality. He found, by visiting over 2,400 counties during his 55 year career, that rural American was growing, not declining:

He saw that long before we saw it in the data, because he was out and about. And for a nation that was focused on growth, much of rural America had essentially been written off as a declining place. But what Calvin showed was that rural America was growing again. And it made policymakers on a lot of fronts begin to think about not just decline and how to cushion it, but about growth and how to help manage it.

— Kenneth Johnson, University of New Hampshire
You may hear the full story and watch a clip from Jim Wildman’s profile, “On the Rural Road”, here.

Library and Technology Workshops

Upcoming Library/Technology Workshops at the University Library
A list of workshops to enhance you research and technology skills on campus. Classes include Endnote, Photoshop, Powerpoint and more.