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GS Seeking Applications for Faculty Member in Residence

Faculty Member in Residence
Stodder Hall
2011-12 Academic Year

The Graduate School is currently seeking a new faculty-member-in-residence to provide student service support to the resident population in the Stodder Hall graduate residence.  The faculty-member-in-residence will be available to help students with housing related issues when the Graduate School office is not open; working with the Graduate School staff and the Graduate Student Community Coordinator, s/he will foster an integrated community within the Stodder Hall residence.  The faculty-member-in-residence and his/her family will receive full room/board in a 2BR apartment on the first floor of Stodder Hall during the academic year with partial room/board available for the summer.  The position may be renewable based on
satisfactory performance.

The faculty-member-in-residence position is open to faculty members and post-docs.  A strong background in student advising and relevant experience in a residence hall setting is preferred.

To apply, please send a cover letter, vita and the names of 3 references to Dottie Poisson, 42 Stodder Hall, CAMPUS.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment Announces Graduate Teaching Awardees

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment (CETA) is proud to announce the winners of the Graduate Excellence in Teaching Awards.  

Nicole Heller, doctoral student in Developmental Psychology won the Solo Instructor category award which recognizes a graduate teaching assistant who has served (or currently serves) as the primary instructor of a class.

Artur Palacz, a doctoral student in Oceanography won the Teaching Assistant category award which recognizes a graduate teaching assistant who assists a faculty member with administering, grading, or co-teaching classes.  

For the full press release, please click here

The Higher Degree - January 2011 Issue Available

The Graduate School newsletter The Higher Degree's January 2011 Issue is available!  Please click here to see this issue, and the September 2010 issue.

UMaine College of NSFA Graduate Students Research Competition

The UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture graduate students will make a series of presentations on Friday, March 18 as part of the College's graduate student research awards competition. The 20-minute presentations, which begin at 1:10 p.m. and continue until 4, are scheduled for the Graduate Commons - Room 57 in Stodder Hall.  Scheduled to present are UMaine students Ellen Robertson, Crista Straub, Venura Herath, Aleksandra Kristo, Michelle Goody and David Mallet. Members of the UMaine community are welcome to attend any or all of the presentations.

Center for Teaching Excellence and Assessment Announces 2011 Graduate Teaching Awards

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Assessment are taking applications for two graduate teaching assistant awards, Solo Instructor and Teaching Assistant.  Members of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment’s Steering Committee will review portfolios. The winner in each category will be contacted by the Director of the Center by Wednesday, April 6, and will receive a framed award and a gift certificate.  If you have any questions, please contact Gail Agrell at 581-3472.  Please click here for more information about applying for these awards. 

Iain Kerr to Speak at 2011 Intermedia MFA Spring Faculty Lecture

The 2011 Intermedia MFA Spring Faculty Lecture

February 7th, 2011     -     100 Lord Hall, 7PM
  I know this sounds *#@*! absurd but...
      What is Art?


A hypothesis: Today anything can be art -- and that is not a bad thing. But it does come at a cost -- art is now mainly imagined to be a distinct sphere -- The Art World -- where forms of subjectivity and cultural capital contentedly circulate. This too is fine. But is there room to imagine that today art could be part of a larger and more ambitious project of “worldmaking”? Could art imagine itself part of the project of evolving new modes of being-of-the-world? This lecture is a meditation on this emerging dynamic.


For more information on Iain Kerr, visit:

For more information on the Intermedia MFA, or the Spring Lecture Series visit:

2011 GradExpo Schedule Announced

The Graduate Student Government has released a schedule of the 2011 GradExpo (Graduate Academic Exposition), formerly the Graduate Research Exposition, which takes place on April 21st and 22nd at the Wells Conference Center.  For two full days, entrants-who are selected from UMaine graduate students-present their work in an academically competitive atmosphere. Entries may consist of an academic poster presentation, art installation or performance, oral presentation, and—new this year—PechaKucha for those who wish to try an exciting new way of presenting information.  Originating from Japan, the format for PechaKucha enables the presenter to showcase 20 slides in 20 seconds.  The slides are set on a timer, and move forward while the presenter speaks about each slide.

Also new for this year, entrants will be divided into separate academic categories and will compete against other graduate students in similar fields: Physical Sciences and Technology (Physics, Mechanical Engineering, etc.); Natural Sciences (Forestry, Ecology and Environmental Science, etc.); Liberal Arts I (Economics, Sociology, Communications, etc.); and Liberal Arts II (English, Modern Languages, Intermedia, etc.). We hope that this organization will level the playing field while also facilitating the judging of the event.
    Guidelines and entry forms will be available on the GSG website in late January for each of the categories. Submission will be online through the GSG website.  Click here for a full schedule of events.  Mark your calendars now!

Nominations for 2011-12 Financial Awards Now Open

Posted January 12, 2011

The Graduate School is currently accepting nominations for competitively-awarded fellowships, assistantships and scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year (see guidelines and e-nomination form in the
Faculty Hub).  The nomination deadline for the fellowship and assistantship awards is February 11, 2011, and the nomination for scholarships is March 4, 2011.  All nominations must be submitted by the graduate program coordinator to  For more information about the awards, please visit the Faculty HubFaculty members will need to create an account ( to view this information, if they have not done so already.

A separate nomination process for Presidential Teaching Fellowships will begin soon with a deadline of March 4, 2011.

Graduate School Introduces New Online Application

The Graduate School is proud to announce that their new online application is live!  The student group ASAP, led by New Media Professor Michael Scott in collaboration with the Graduate School staff were able to implement the new application after many months of design, implementation and testing.  The new application is very easy to navigate and will finally allow applicants to pay their application fee online.  For information on how to apply to the Graduate School, and to take a peek at the application, please click here

Clutter: An Exhibition of Junk and Stuff

Posted December 8, 2010

Ten students will be featured in Clutter: An Exhibition of Junk and Stuff on Friday, December 10th from 5 - 7:30 pm at 29 Broad Street in Bangor.  The exhibition is open for one night only in an unused storefront courtesy of Bill and Lisa Chaplain who agreed to allow the students to use the space.  The exhibition will showcase the artists ideas, thoughts and feelings of what "clutter" means to them.  Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia student Allison Melton said of the exhibition,  “an idea comes from the brain, previous experiences, and you sift through them and that’s how we came up with the idea of clutter.”

The free exhibition is in collaboration with the University of Maine New Media Department. Refreshments will be served and local musicians will be performing electronic music compositions throughout the night.  For information, e-mail Allison Melton at

For the full story featured in the Bangor Daily News, click here.

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