Associate or Full Professor – Native American Studies

first_imgPreferred Qualifications Responsibilities Compensation – Commensurate with qualifications andexperience. See Benefits Summary for details.Starting Date – August 2021.Eligibility – Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: Experience working in collaboration with California NativeAmerican communities or First Nations or Native Americannations.Experience with program leadership and curriculardevelopment.Knowledge of disciplinary trends in the fields of one or moreof the departments in the College of Social Sciences regardingissues that center on Ethnic Studies or Native Americanstudies.Experience working with curriculum relevant to the CSU EthnicStudies graduation requirement outlined in California Assembly Bill 1460 . Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair Libra Hilde( [email protected]). The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. The Universityis committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so ourdisciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multipleethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: December 15, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific StandardTimeApplications close: Ph.D. in Native American Studies or any field of study in theCollege of Social Sciences (African American Studies, Anthropology,Chicana and Chicano Studies, Communication Studies, Economics,Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Political Science,Psychology, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Studies, andUrban and Regional Planning), or other related field with aSpecialization in Native or Indigenous Studies.Teaching and mentoring experiences and a scholarship record inNative American Studies that is appropriate for an Associate orFull Professor appointment.Demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the educationalgoals of a multicultural population as might have been gained incross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparableexperience. Department SummaryThe College of Social Sciences (CoSS) at San José State University(SJSU) invites applications for a tenured faculty position, at therank of Associate or Full Professor, in the field of NativeAmerican Studies.SJSU is located in a region that is home to the Muwekma Ohlonepeople and has the largest Intertribal Indian and indigenous LatinAmerican population in the US. We currently enroll approximately700 students who identify as Native American. SJSU offers a NativeAmerican Studies minor that is currently administered by thedepartment of Anthropology. The minor includes courses in AmericanStudies, Anthropology, Art, Chicana/o Studies, CommunicationStudies, History, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. With thisposition, SJSU is seeking an established scholar who has a visionfor building an independent Native American program that isgrounded in Ethnic Studies perspectives and practices, with thesupport of an institution and college committed to developingNative American Studies.SJSU and CoSS are committed to growing Ethnic Studies more broadly.In 2018, CoSS launched the Ethnic Studies Collaborative (ESC),bringing together faculty, staff, and students to highlight theresearch and leadership contributions of SJSU’s Ethnic Studiesprograms and departments. The ESC includes the Department ofAfrican American Studies, Department of Chicana and ChicanoStudies, and the Program of Asian American Studies; it serves asthe nexus for Ethnic Studies faculty, student, and communitycollaboration at SJSU. The ESC supports Ethnic Studies curricularand co-curricular projects that address issues of settlercolonialism, racial capitalism, immigration, and racialization,with a focus on the comparative histories and experientialknowledges of marginalized racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.,including but not limited to Native Americans/American Indians;Black and African Americans; Chicanxs and Latinxs; NativeHawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous peoples of Oceania andother nations; and Asian Americans. The ESC is also currentlyplaying a key role in shaping the implementation of AB 1460, theCSU graduation requirement in Ethnic Studies.This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interestedin a career at a teaching-centered institution that is a nationalleader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU hasachieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI(Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-ServingInstitution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population arefirst-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we rankthird nationally in increasing student upward mobility.The successful candidate will be appointed in any of the twelvedepartments in the College of Social Sciences contingent ondisciplinary focus and in consultation with the candidate. Thisposition is one of several faculty searches this year at bothsenior and junior levels across African American Studies, AsianAmerican Studies, and Chicana and Chicano Studies. These incomingfaculty will join a community of current Ethnic Studies faculty whoare engaging in innovative pedagogies, producing community-centeredresearch, and transforming SJSU through their campusleadership.For further information see a description of departments andactivities in the College of SocialSciences and the Ethnic Studies Collaborative , and our current curriculum forthe undergraduate minor program in Native American Studies .Required Qualifications letter of interestcurriculum vitaeStatement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) thatdescribes what role faculty play in student successStatement of research plans (2 pages) that addresses therelationship of research activities to the classroom andteachingDiversity statement (2 pages) that discusses best strategiesfor supporting historically marginalized studentsThree references with contact information Participate in shared governance, usually in department,college, and university committee and other serviceassignments.Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding thestrengths and needs of a student population of great diversity – inage, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academicpreparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advising .Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarship,and/or creative activities, as well as other professionalengagement.Contribute to curriculum development for the University EthnicStudies requirement, and lead the development of a new NativeAmerican/American Indian Studies program, with a goal ofestablishing an autonomous department.Contribute to an interdisciplinary Ethnic StudiesCollaborative.last_img read more

Cannabis: What are the risks of recreational use?

first_imgBBC News 19 June 2018The government has said there will be a review into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes but has rejected suggestions by former Foreign Secretary Lord Hague that its recreational use could be legalised.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said there was strong scientific evidence the drug could “harm people’s mental and physical health and damage communities”.What do experts think about the health risks of recreational cannabis use?Cannabis is thought to be the most widely used illegal drug in the UK.But while it can lead to feelings of relaxation, happiness and sleepiness, many experts say the drug is not the harmless “natural” high some claim it to be.In some cases, it can increase anxiety and paranoia, lead to confusion and even hallucinations, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.Beyond this, there’s also “compelling evidence” that regular cannabis use increases the risk of developing psychotic illnesses, such as schizophrenia, particularly in adolescents, says Dr Marta di Forti, from King’s College London.Younger people are thought to be particularly vulnerable because their brains are still developing, says Dr Michael Bloomfield, from University College London.Studies have linked the increased risk of psychosis to potent strains of cannabis that have higher proportions of the psychoactive compound THC, says Dr Di Forti.A previous study suggested the risk of psychosis was five times higher for people who smoked such cannabis every day compared with non-users.Milder forms contain less THC and more CBD, which works as an anti-psychotic and counteracts some of the negative effects of THC.However, research suggests the vast majority of cannabis being sold illegally in the UK is super-strength skunk.But it’s worth pointing out that the vast majority of people who use cannabis do not develop psychosis and many people diagnosed with such disorders have never used cannabis.It is also thought that genes may play a role in the risk.The exact health impact of cannabis use is still a subject of debate, with not all studies reaching the same findings.Does smoking cannabis cause depression?While some studies have found an association between regular cannabis use and depression, Dr Di Forti says this link is less clear than that with psychosis.And it may be the case that people who are depressed are more likely to use cannabis.Is cannabis addictive?There was a time when experts thought this was not the case.But current evidence suggests that it can be – particularly if it’s used regularly – with about 10% of regular users estimated to have a dependence.For some people who quit, there can be withdrawal symptoms, such as cravings, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, irritability and restlessness, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.“People end up having problems with relationships. It impacts on their ability to function at work and school,” Prof Celia Morgan, professor of psychopharmacology at the University of Exeter, says.While some of this addiction may be psychological, Dr Bloomfield says there is good evidence to suggest that THC itself can be physically addictive for some people.“Cannabis addiction exists and it can potentially ruin lives,” he adds.What about memory?Getting high on cannabis impairs memory and cognitive ability in the short term, says Prof Morgan.And some of the effects of this, though mild and reversible, seems to remain for up to 20 days, the amount of time it takes for the drug to leave the system.Can cannabis be a gateway drug for harder ones, such as cocaine or heroin?Prof Morgan says that while some people who take hard drugs may also smoke cannabis, there is no strong evidence those who try cannabis will go on to become hard-drug takers.However, cannabis may lead to a legal drug habit that is harmful in a range of ways – tobacco smoking.Tobacco is “one of the most damaging addictive substances”, Prof Morgan adds.What about cancer?Tobacco smoking is known to increase the risk of a range of illnesses, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.So does it follow that cannabis smoking also poses the same dangers?It’s still not clear whether cannabis smoking itself raises the risk of cancer or if the increased risk seen among cannabis smokers is actually the result of them mixing the drug with tobacco.In any event, people who smoke cannabis regularly, with or without tobacco, are more likely to have bronchitis – inflammation of the lining of the lungs – according to the NHS.Are there any health benefits?Many patients who have been self-medicating with recreational cannabis say it works for them.Recently, the families of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell and six-year-old Alfie Dingley have made newspaper headlines. They say cannabis oil treatments have radically controlled the boys’ epileptic seizures.While these cannabis oils are not recreational drugs, they’re not medically licensed treatments either.A cross-party report found good evidence that cannabis treatments can help alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting, particularly in the context of chemotherapy, and anxiety.It also found moderate evidence it could help with sleep disorders, poor appetite, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s symptoms.Now, a government review will look at the evidence and make its own recommendations on which cannabis-based medicines might offer real medical and therapeutic benefits to patients.But regardless of what they find, Mr Javid added: “This step is in no way a first step to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.”https://www.bbc.com/news/health-44532417Keep up with family issues in NZ. 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Softball: Wisconsin falls twice in three-game series on the road to Illinois

first_imgIt was a repeat of Iowa for Wisconsin’s softball team this weekend, after the Badgers lost two of the three game road series at Illinois.The team started off hot this time around, however, winning the first game Friday, but were unable to extend their momentum in the Saturday doubleheader, dropping two to the Illini on the road.Wisconsin (19-25, 4-12 Big Ten) and Illinois (21-22, 10-5 Big Ten) seemed to feel at home right away at the Friday night game.Wisconsin’s bats came alive, as the Badgers outslugged Illinois in an 11-7 victory.Freshman Kelsey Jenkins continued her hot hitting, going 3-of-5 at the plate with three RBIs, including an RBI double in the top of the first inning that put the Badgers on the board first. From that point on, Wisconsin never trailed.Junior Stefanni LaJeunesse also came up big for Wisconsin on Friday, driving in three runs in the top of the third inning that put the Badgers up three runs and in control of the game.Wisconsin was also happy to have their top starting pitcher, Taylor-Paige Stewart whom was rested in their previous series against Green Bay, back on the mound. Stewart pitched a complete game for the Badgers, giving up five earned runs on 14 hits to pick up the win.After scoring 11 runs Friday, Wisconsin’s bats cooled off in the first game of their doubleheader Saturday against the Illini. The Badgers allowed Illinois to bounce back and even the series with a 5-3 win.Despite the loss, the Badgers enjoyed a solid outing from freshman pitcher Mariah Watts, who held the Illini to five runs, three of them earned, and six hits in six innings of work.Jenkins remained red hot in game two going 3-of-3 with a solo home run in the final inning that brought Wisconsin within two runs before eventually losing the game 5-3.Following the loss in game one of the doubleheader Saturday, Wisconsin hit the ball well once again in game three, but it would not be enough to prevent Illinois from closing out the series with a 12-8 win.Stewart started once again for the Badgers, but ultimately struggled in her second start of the series. The Wisconsin ace surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits and walked five in six innings.However, the Badgers were able to pick up their pitcher with their hitting. After being down 5-1 after two innings, Wisconsin erupted for seven runs in the third to put them up 8-5.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, Illinois continued to tack on runs after surrendering seven in the third while the Badgers seemed to be out of juice.The Badgers were unable to score the rest of the game on their way to a 12-8 loss.In the loss, Jenkins continued her tear, homering for the second straight day. Sophomore Chloe Miller helped keep Wisconsin in the game as well, going 2-of-3 with two RBI on the day.With the two losses to Illinois this weekend, Wisconsin has now lost six of its last nine Big Ten games.The Badgers will look to bounce back at home Tuesday when they welcome Western Illinois for a non-conference doubleheader at Goodman Diamond. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.last_img read more