Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

first_imgJoin a vibrant and active learning community whose students,faculty and staff value collaboration and transformativeeducational opportunities built around diversity, equity andinclusion. In accordance with the College of Education’s commitmentto Learn, Challenge, Empower and Transform, Doane University seeksto fill an open position of visiting professor of education with anemphasis in ESL methods, SPED methods, higher education teachingexperience, research experience and classroom experience in a Pre-K– 12 setting. Experience teaching in high-needs Pre-K – 12 publicschools with diverse student and faculty/staff populations isparticularly welcome.Primary responsibilities for this 10-month faculty positioninclude teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level courses inthe College of Education at Doane University. Instruction will beoffered both in-person and online modalities. Otherresponsibilities will include supervising students, undergraduateand graduate, in field experiences. This position offersflexibility for innovative program expansion and engagement inscholarship based on an individual candidate’s intellectualcuriosity and strengths. Doane faculty enjoy teaching courses withan average 12:1 student/teacher ratio and develops programs thatbuild connections with students at both graduate and undergraduatelevels.Doane University actively works to create and sustain awelcoming learning community for all members to fulfill theirpotential, feel valued, and make meaningful contributions to theUniversity. Doane University is an equal opportunity employer andseeks candidates who reflect the diversity of our society. Inaccordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must belegally able to accept work in the United States. Doane is unableto sponsor applicants for work visas.Doane University includes campuses in Crete, Lincoln, and Omaha,Nebraska. This position will be primarily based on the Cretecampus, as well as the teaching of courses at the Lincoln campusand online. Some courses meet on weekends and evenings.Terminal degree in Education and Pre-K – 12 teaching experience.Candidates should have at least 3 years teaching experience. Highereducation teaching is preferred. Candidates with experience workingwith diverse populations, urban education, global education andadult learners are also preferred.Apply at www.doane.edu/jobs with acover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, contactinformation for three references, and PDFs of transcripts of allgraduate work. Official transcript of degree or degree in progresswill be required as a condition for employment. Review ofapplications will begin immediately. For further inquiries on theposition, please [email protected]last_img read more

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Obama Unveils ‘Historic’ Car Efficiency Standards

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePresident Obama yesterday announced what amounts to a historic shift in climate change policy, a new rule that strengthens fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for cars. In a show of unity, Obama was joined in the Rose Garden by the Presidents or CEOs of ten automobile manufacturers and the United Auto Workers as he proclaimed a new consensus where “Everybody wins.” The program will require an average fuel economy standard of 35.5 miles per gallon for all new trucks and cars sold in the United States in the model year 2016, including SUVs — from the current 25 mpg. The deal would save a projected 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the life of the 8-year program. Or, in the President’s words, “more oil than we imported last year from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Libya, and Nigeria combined.” Addressing concerns about whether these changes would mean higher car costs, the President explained that those costs, estimated to average about $600 per car, would be offset in just three years, and that “over the life of a vehicle, the typical driver would save about $2,800 by getting better gas mileage.” A top auto industry spokesman summed it up in a statement before the event began: “What’s significant about the announcement is it launches a new beginning, an era of cooperation. After seven long years of debate over whether states or the federal government should regulate autos, the President has succeeded in bringing three regulatory bodies, 15 states, a dozen automakers and many environmental groups to the table… We’re all agreeing to work together on a National Program.” A national policy on fuel economy standards and greenhouse gas emissions is welcomed by the auto manufacturers because it provides regulatory certainty and predictability — rather than varying state and federal standards — and includes flexibilities that will significantly reduce the cost of compliance. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called the program “the biggest leap in history to make automobiles more fuel efficient.” It is the first U.S. national limit on greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental leaders applauded but will push for more stringent standards. “This is an important step forward in fulfilling the promise to make the United States a leader in the fight against global warming,” said Brian Nowicki, California climate policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “But it is critical that we continue to push for more ambitious automobile standards; under today’s proposal the U.S. fuel economy would still be lower in 2016 than China achieves today.” Current European and Japanese standards are approximately 43.3 and 42.6 mpg, respectively; China’s standard is 35.8 mpg this year. Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan attended the announcement with Mr. Obama. Automakers in the group included executives from Ford, Toyota, General Motors, Honda, Chrysler, BMW AG, Nissan, Mercedez-Benz, Mazda, Volkswagon, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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On 6-5 vote, Prairie Village council votes to make 71st to 75th safety improvements on Mission Road priority for 2016

first_imgTraffic zips by the adjacent sidewalk on Mission Road where a retaining wall would make it hard for pedestrians to avoid a vehicle out of control.An organized effort by a group of Prairie Village parents appeared to bear fruit Monday as the Prairie Village City Council narrowly approved a recommendation to make pedestrian safety improvements to Mission Road a priority in the city’s 2016 budget — a move that provoked concerns about timing and staff resources from new Mayor Laura Wassmer.No one on the council disagreed with the idea that the stretch of Mission Road from 71st Street to 75th Street, where the narrow west sidewalk frequently used by St. Ann Catholic School and SM East students lies adjacent to a busy street, needed to be revamped. But a contingent led by the most-tenured members of the governing body — Wassmer and Councilor Ruth Hopkins — argued that a project of that scope and size needed more time for planning, and that following the Public Works department’s recommendation to tackle it in 2017 made more sense.Wassmer noted that revitalizing Mission Road to make it Prairie Village’s “Main Street” — a vibrant stretch that connected the city’s schools and shopping centers — had been part of the Village Vision plan adopted by the council in 2009. She categorized the reworking of the 71st to 75th Street stretch as part of a bigger overall project, and encouraged the council to allow Public Works to pursue the resurfacing of Mission from 75th Street to 83rd Street as its priority project for the coming year.Both the 71st Street to 75th Street stretch and the 75th to 83rd Street stretch would be eligible for funding under the county’s County Assistance Road System (CARS) program, where the county pays 50 percent of the construction and inspection costs for improvements to main arterial roads.“I’m very supportive of this, but I don’t want to knee-jerk jump into this,” Wassmer said of the idea of moving the 71st to 75th Street project into plans for 2016. “I really want to see this be a thought-out project. If we schedule it in 2017, we have time to do it.”But Ward 3 Councilor Eric Mikkelson, in whose district the road lies, said that after years of discussion and vocal safety concerns from residents, it was time for the city to act.“This has been talked about and recommended for years, so I’m not sure how we use ‘knee jerk reaction’ to describe actually doing something about it now,” he said.Mikkelson said that safety concerns from residents should push the project to the “front of the line.”“Everyone who knows this stretch, it is the Hot Gates of Thermopylae for pedestrians. It is a gauntlet,” he said. “It’s so dangerous, you wonder how we could have gotten used to it all these years.”Councilor Terrence Gallagher encouraged his peers to take a step back, and consider whether the proposed solution being promoted by the parents — a “road diet” that would narrow Mission to three lanes and allow for the widening of the sidewalk and the inclusion of a bike lane — was the best course of action.“My concern is that this group is in discussion that this is the solution that we’re going to do before we have the chance to look at it and suggest anything else,” he said.He worried that taking on the project in 2016 might encourage other groups to lobby the city for road projects it wasn’t prepared to handle.“What’s not to say other families say, ‘This is what I want at my school now,’?” he said.Before the vote, Wassmer explicitly stated she hoped the council would vote down the recommendation to make the project a 2016 priority, saying the city staff simply didn’t have the bandwidth to handle a project of such size in such a short timeframe. She said she was very supportive of the project, but that staff needed until 2017 to make sure it was done right.“This is too important and big to do it this quickly,” she said. “I feel very comfortable with this being budgeted for 2017.”The recommendation passed on a 6-5 vote. Councilors Ashley Weaver, Jori Nelson, Andrew Wang, Dan Runion and David Morrison joined Mikkelson in supporting the measure. Hopkins, Steve Noll, Brooke Morehead, Ted Odell and Gallagher voted against it. Wassmer did not vote as mayor; the council seat she vacated has not been filled.Public Works will be presenting the council with its plans and estimated budgets for next year’s CARS projects in the coming weeks. At Monday’s meeting, Public Works Director Keith Bredehoeft estimated that the 71st to 75th Street Mission Road project would be in the ballpark of $1 million.last_img read more

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Passion: A requirement in Higher Ed

first_imgby. Laurel StillerI recently returned from a family vacation in Maine where my husband and I set the requirement that we fully relax and disengage from work. Surrounded by the beauty of New England, mission accomplished.We ended our trip with one last day as a family walking the Freedom Trail in Boston. And there I was, immersed in the mecca of higher education that is the greater Boston area. I was awestruck. After a 25-year career in Higher Ed, I was deeply moved and my passion was ignited.In the greater Boston area, where higher education began in the United States at Harvard University, there are now 60 such institutions. Our walk through the city reminded me that there was an important time when people began organizing approaches to independence and freedom – and inventing methods of advanced learning – better than my attempts at organizing the pantry in my kitchen.And then, while riding the “T” subway to our final destination, I saw it – an ad for Suffolk University that read: “Passion is a requirement, not an elective.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Clash Royale League combines Western regions for 2019 season

first_imgSupercell is gearing up to bring back the Clash Royale League for 2019, but it’s returning with some changes.Instead of having separate divisions for North America, Europe, and Latin America, the three regions will be consolidated into a singular CRL West division. Photo credit: SupercellLast season, the Clash Royale League was split into five divisions: Asia, China, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The consolidation of Europe, Latin America, and North America is said to come from feedback that Supercell had received over the course of the last year.The aim for this change is to have a consistent format across the West, Asia, and China divisions. The newly-devised West division “will have around the same number of teams” as the other divisions, will be located in Los Angeles, and will have both Spring and Fall seasons.Supercell tweeted the following regarding the impending changes: “We’re currently talking to multiple teams from CRL 2018 and are finalizing details. Rest assured we’ll continue working with some of the best esports organizations and will select teams based on merit (esports history, expertise, player treatment, CRL commitment and more).”On February 13th, it was announced that Supercell had teamed up with ESL to launch the Clash of Clans World Championship – a six-month event with a total prize pool for $1,000,000 (£775,390). Using the in-game Clan War Leagues feature and offline qualifying events, eight teams will be left to battle it out at an ESL event in Germany later in the year.Esports Insider says: Considering North America and Europe have a particularly strong rivalry across all esports, this can be interpreted as both a positive or negative change depending on who you ask. We, personally, like that Supercell appears to be taking feedback seriously and is actually implementing change where deemed necessary.last_img read more

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