Open-Rank Professor Reading/Literacy Education

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Virginia Tech School of Education is seeking applications foran open rank, nine-month tenure track/tenured faculty position inreading/literacy beginning August 2021 on the Blacksburg, VA,campus.Responsibilities include conducting an active agenda of research,teaching reading/literacy education courses in both face-to-faceand online environments, and providing service to the School,College, University, and profession. The expected/standard teachingload is two/two courses per academic year. Expertise in K-8reading/literacy required.Required Qualifications● Ph.D. or Ed.D. at time of appointment from an appropriatelyaccredited institution in reading education, curriculum andinstruction, literacy education, or literacy studies● Record of or strong potential for literacy-related scholarlyresearch● Record of or strong potential for externally fundedresearch● Knowledge of evidence-based reading instruction andculturally-relevant pedagogies● Experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduatereading/literacy/ELA courses● Evidence of tangible outcomes related to the advancement ofdiversity, equity, and inclusion● Record of scholarship, teaching, outreach, and servicecommensurate with rankPreferred Qualifications● Successful initiative with diverse and/or ruralpopulations.● Record of teaching excellence● Experience using Quality Matters or similar standards for onlineteaching.● Record of scholarship in literacy in grades 4-6+ with a focus oncomprehension, academic vocabulary, morphological knowledge,disciplinary literacy, new literacies/digital literacies, and/orother topics.● Extensive record of externally funded research● Three years K-8 public school teaching experience● Experience teaching/mentoring master’s and doctoral students,including chairing/serving on dissertation committeesAppointment TypeRegularSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview DateApril 28, 2021 and continue until position is filledAdditional InformationTo apply, please submit (1) a cover letter detailing yourqualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) namesand contact information for three references. Application materialsmust be submitted online at www.jobs.vt.edu , Job number515693.Employment is contingent upon submission of official universitytranscripts and a criminal background check. Occasional travel tonational conferences is required.Questions may be directed to Heidi Anne Mesmer, Search CommitteeChair, at [email protected] Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Sherri Albert at [email protected] regular business hours at least 10 business days prior tothe event.Advertised: April 8, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

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Landmark Cafe Comes Back to Life in Baghdad (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A famous literary cafe in Baghdad has reopened two years after a massive bomb gutted the cultural heart of Iraq’s capital and brought tragedy to the owner’s family. Poets and writers can now sip coffee together in one of Baghdad’s most important neighborhoods. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

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Review: The Ride Pouch from Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs

first_imgFor those that follow The Rules, you know #29. For those that do not:“Rule #29 – No European Posterior Man-Satchel. Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.”Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs joined forces and come to the rescue with their new Ride Pouch. This beautiful leather case is designed to hold all of your goodies and fit nicely in a jersey pocket, freeing your bike of that eye sore that is the saddle bag.Join us on the other side for the details. The folks at Eleven Velo are great at making cycling kits from merino wool. Leather isn’t exactly their forte however. So, when it came time to produce the Ride Pouch, they wisely teamed up with premium case designer and maker Waterfield Designs. Together, the two have produced a great solution that eliminates the need for your saddle bag.The Ride Pouch exterior is made from a premium American leather. Inside it’s lined with neoprene. It has room to hold a spare tube, patch kit, two tire levers, CO2 cartridge, mini pump, multitool, cash, ID/Credit card, your cell phone, and I can even squeeze my keys in there. The Ride Pouch is assembled by Waterfield Designs at their San Francisco workshop.Between the leather, neoprene, and the see-through plastic cover, the Ride Pouch is weather resistant. On a dry day, the leather may pick up some moisture when in your pocket, but it dries fast and it will only help the distressed leather look even better over time.The phone pocket is a great addition. It separates the phone from your other tools with a layer of neoprene. Smartphone touch screens are totally accessible via a clear plastic front cover. It fits the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy phones, and my personal Nexus 5 fits great. The side buttons for volume are harder to access, but it is doable. Rear camera use does require the removal of the phone.The beauty of the Ride Pouch is that it slips into your jersey pocket and just seems to disappear. It only makes itself known when you hit a jarring bump, or really throw down an all out effort out of the saddle. Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs have come up with a winner here. Toss one in your jersey pocket for $70 USD.last_img read more

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Literary Lawyers

first_img Literary Lawyers Steven Wisotsky, a professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, wrote Speaking with Power and Style: A Guide for Lawyers and Law Students. Published by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the book provides both lawyers and law students the essentials needed to develop and improve their speaking skills. It teaches how to plan a presentation, whether in trial or elsewhere, and how to choose words to effectively present information. The book also covers the sounds and looks of persuasion, including nonverbal communication. It is available at www.lexisnexis.com/store, Amazon.com, and books.google.com. Laura Melvin, a retired First Judicial Circuit judge, published Public Secrets & Justice: Journal of a Circuit Court Judge. In the book, Melvin describes her view from the bench, and writes details of unforgettable cases to honor the abused, neglected, and murdered children she came to know in her courtroom. To provide a framework for the stories of the people she encountered and their impact upon her, Melvin tells her own story as a female in the Deep South, raised in a conservative culture with strict expectations. Melvin relates her struggle to define justice and her decision to leave the bench after 10 years to travel and find inner peace and joy. The book is available at Amazon.com and www.quakerbooks.org. Autographed copies are available at www.lauramelvin.net. Frank Abrams, of Ashville, N.C., penned Miami: A Survivor’s Tale. The work is a story of the “Magic City” and how its magic ran out for Abrams. From riots to marches to murders, the book includes true tales from a city whose dramatic downward spiral affected not only his life but the lives of those around him. The author spins a tale of crime, decay, and social and moral collapse. The books is available at Amazon.com and www.theblackmountainpress.com. Mary Anne Sezak Cousins, of Bangor, Maine, published four books. The Gildevon Chronicles Series : Touch Not a Wilde Scottish Cat, Moonlight Again Over Scotland, Come Away In Ye Wilde Highland Princess, and Angels of Scotland Can Do No More spin a spellbinding saga of the lust, leadership, and legend of a Highland princess, who must learn to wield a chieftain’s power in the treacherous and brutal worlds of medieval Scotland and feudal France during the Hundred Years’ War. The books are available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Philip Crowley, of Tampa, co-authored Possessed with Kenneth Wylie. As prosecutor for Kalkaska County, a small county in northern Michigan, Crowley prosecuted Jeannette Smith in 1978 for second degree murder in the stabbing of her estranged husband. Smith was found not guilty after the defense presented expert testimony on the issue of domestic violence. The novel is inspired by these and other events. It is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Robert Adamski, of Cape Coral, wrote Sugabob, A Bluesman. The historical fiction recounts the life of Robert “Sugabob” Barrett, a mud-in-the-blood Mississippi Delta bluesman who very well may have lived and been forgotten by history. Adamski and his publisher plan to donate 100 percent of proceeds from the books to charity, with equal amounts going to the Blues Foundation’s Raise the Roof Fund to help build a Blues Hall of Fame; Griot Arts, Inc., in Clarksdale, Miss. to promote its children’s music education program; the Kiwanis Eliminate Campaign to help eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus, which kills 60,000 infants each year in undeveloped countries; and the Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation in Lee County for the betterment of the music program in its middle school. The book is available at Amazon.com or may be ordered sending a check or money order to Good Middling Books, 1714 Cape Coral Parkway East, Cape Coral, FL, 33904. Dan Biggins, of Tallahassee, published Bureaucrats from the Fifth Dimension. A satire, the book traces interactions between members of an advanced utopian society and a seemingly ordinary American. The faith-friendly story assaults traditional notions of science, government, and Victorian culture in America while remaining fair and balanced. It is available at Amazon.com. Warren R. Trazenfeld, a Miami trial attorney, Timothy P. Chinaris, a law professor at Faulkner University, and Robert M. Jarvis, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University, co-authored Florida Legal Malpractice and Attorney Ethics. The 690-page work provides an overview of the field and a ready starting point for whenever questions arise. Chapters 1-13 focus on legal malpractice actions, including prerequisites for suit, defenses, damages, and the use of expert witnesses. Also included is a primer on malpractice insurance policies and a best practices guide for avoiding legal malpractice claims. Chapters 14-26 discuss a lawyer’s ethical obligations. In addition to parsing the history, text, and application of the Florida Supreme Court’s rules, including its new advertising rules, the authors provide a detailed look at the Bar’s disciplinary system. Written in clear, concise prose and exhaustively footnoted, the book includes a comprehensive index, table of cases, table of rules and statutes, and a variety of forms. It is available from Daily Business Review Books and may be ordered by visiting http://lawcatalog.com/CustomLandingPageview/3899 or by calling 800-756-8993. Aly N. Benitez, of Orlando, published entrepreneurs, mentors, and coaches who have survived and thrived in the midst of the constantly changing marketplace. It is available at Amazon.com and alybenitez.theagainstthegrainbook.com. January 15, 2014 Regular News Literary Lawyerslast_img read more

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Criminal legal aid survey extended by one week

first_imgThe consultants carrying out the joint Law Society and Ministry of Justice survey on the financial position of criminal law firms have extended the deadline for taking part by one week, to 16 October.The Law Society said today that consultants Andrew Otterburn and Vicky Ling had ‘responded to concerns’ from practitioners that there was insufficient time for them to complete the survey.The survey is intended to provide a solid evidence base for the ministry’s decisions on the number and size of duty solicitor legal aid contracts forming part of revised plans to cut £220m from the legal aid budget.The Society said the survey also ‘provides firms with a very useful checklist to help them understand what these changes will mean for their businesses’.Chief executive Desmond Hudson said: ‘It is essential to the profession’s best interests that Andrew and Vicky get as large a response rate to this survey as possible. ‘The ministry will base some of its decision-making on the information that emerges from it. It is vital that those decisions are made on the basis of an accurate view of the current state of the profession.’ Hudson (pictured) said: ‘There is also significant benefit to be gained by firms who undertake the survey, in understanding the impact of the MoJ plans on them and to inform their planning for how their firm might adapt.’Urging firms to take part, he stressed the data will be ‘strictly confidential’, with only collated and anonymised data shared with the independent financial consultant instructed by government. Bill Waddington, chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, said: ‘Without this input from firms Andrew will simply not be able to reach any meaningful conclusion and there is a danger that the government will take decisions which don’t take into account the parlous state of some firms even at current fee levels.’Director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group Carol Storer said she had similarly urged members to respond. ‘It will give the best possible snapshot of practitioners’ financial position and what it would take for them to be able to survive on the basis of the proposed new model,’ she said.last_img read more

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Scientists actually ‘cloak’ object to produce crude invisibility

first_imgThe cloaking of a cylinder from microwaves comes just five months after Schurig and colleagues published their theory that it should be possible. Their work is reported in a paper in today’s issue of the journal Science. “We did this work very quickly … and that led to a cloak that is not optimal,” said co-author David R. Smith, also of Duke. “We know how to make a much better one.” The first working cloak was in only two dimensions and did cast a small shadow, Smith said. The next step is to go for three dimensions and to eliminate any shadow. Viewers can see things because objects scatter the light that strikes them, reflecting some of it back to the eye. “The cloak reduces both an object’s reflection and its shadow, either of which would enable its detection,” Smith said. In an ideal situation, the cloak and the item it is hiding would be invisible. An observer would see whatever is beyond them, with no evidence the cloaked item exists.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We have built an artificial mirage that can hide something from would-be observers in any direction,” said cloak designer David Schurig, a research associate in Duke University’s electrical and computer engineering department. For their first attempt, the researchers designed a cloak that prevents microwaves from detecting objects. Like light and radar waves, microwaves usually bounce off objects, making them visible to instruments and creating a shadow that can be detected. Cloaking used special materials to deflect radar or light or other waves around an object, like water flowing around a smooth rock in a stream. It differs from stealth technology, which does not make an aircraft invisible but reduces the cross-section available to radar, making it hard to track. The new work points the way for an improved version that could hide people and objects from visible light. Conceptually, the chance of adapting the concept to visible light is good, Schurig said in a telephone interview. But, he added, “from an engineering point of view it is very challenging.” WASHINGTON – Scientists are boldly going where only fiction has gone before – to develop a Cloak of Invisibility. It isn’t quite ready to hide a Romulan space ship from Capt. James T. Kirk or to disguise Harry Potter. But it is a significant start and could show the way to more sophisticated designs. In this first successful experiment, researchers from the United States and England were able to cloak a copper cylinder. It’s like a mirage, where heat causes the bending of light rays and cloaks the road ahead behind an image of the sky. last_img read more

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