Prizewinners 1st Annual Creative Writing Contest

Announcing the Prize Winners from the 1st Annual Creative Writing Contest

Sponsored by Reunion:The Dallas Review

Brian DiNuzzo, Augustana (Fiction)

Andrew Wei, “Melange,” “Photograph,” & “Afterlife” (Poetry)
Sumvruta Iyengar, You’ve Been Zapped (Fiction)

Ajay Dave, “Feasting on Memory” (Poetry)

These selected works will also be published in the volume 7 of Reunion, which will be released fall 2017.

Join us at the GRAND OPENING of the LitXPro Little Library
Monday, April 24th @ 7.30p at I Love U A-Latte

Thanks to the Robert Bone Memorial Creative Writing Endowment, Reunion: The Dallas Review (UTD’s literary and creative arts journal previously known as Sojourn) is proud to sponsor an annual UT Dallas creative writing contest! The purpose of the endowment is to encourage UTD students in the field of creative writing.

The creative writing contest will be hosted annually by Reunion: The Dallas Review. It showcases the writing talents of the UT Dallas students, at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

For more information, visit us at

Reunion: The Dallas Review

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April 5 & 7 GSA Job Market Workshops

Dear A&H Graduate Students:

If you are planning to pursue an academic career and “go on the job market” next academic year (2017-2018), or you are planning to at some future time and are curious about what you can do now to better prepare yourself for the future, we invite you to participate in the first in a series of meetings about the process of seeking a position.

At our spring meeting on Wed April 5 and/or Friday April 7 at 1pm in 4.122, we will discuss:
*The job search timeline: what materials to prepare when
*Sample materials, including cover letters and CVs
*Creating a summer plan
*Surviving the emotional rollercoaster

We are offering two different time slots for your convenience. Light refreshments will be provided. Please join us at one of them!

Here are a few links to help demystify the job search process:

Thank you,
Dr. Shilyh Warren
Poe Johnson
and the GSA

Spring 2017 Travel “Grants”


The School of Arts & Humanities encourages graduate students in all of its degree programs to present their creative or scholarly work at professional conferences, symposia, and workshops. To that end, the School invites applications for the Spring 2017 Graduate Travel Reimbursement Program.  Graduate students who have applied to participate or have been accepted to participate in a professional conference, symposium, or workshop should submit the attached application by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017.

Graduate students should also save proof of their expenditures for lodging and conference registration fees. University regulations, however, generally do not permit reimbursement of airfare. The Graduate Studies Committee, or GSC, will make its decision giving priority to academic record, seniority in graduate program, relation of presentation to final project (e.g., dissertation, portfolio, capstone, or thesis), selectivity of conference, and degree of participation in conference.

Students may receive support from this program only twice in their graduate career.

Please forward any question or concerns about the application process to Associate Dean John Gooch (

Please e-mail the completed form as a Word-compatible attachment to Julia Maddox,, in the A&H office.



Summer 2017 Deadlines for Proposals, Defenses, and Final Submissions

N.B.:  All proposals should be submitted to your individual committee members for their approval at least one week before the submission deadline. (Earlier submission to the committee is strongly advised.)  Otherwise, you cannot expect faculty members to read and approve drafts in time to meet deadlines.

All proposals must be submitted as a Word-compatible email attachment sent to . All signature pages must be submitted in hard copy.

17 May

Proposals for Portfolios, Theses, and Dissertations due in the A & H Office (for GSC consideration on 30 May).

(This is the only submission date for M.A. students wishing to graduate in the Summer 2017 semester. Enrollment in Summer or Fall semester is required for all submissions.)

26 May

Last day for submission of final draft of dissertations to all members of the supervising committee.  Doctoral students who do not meet this deadline will not graduate this semester.

9 June

Last day for submission of final draft of portfolios and theses to all members of the supervising committee.  M.A. students who do not meet this deadline will not graduate this semester.

12 June

Applications for Graduation due

23 June

Last day for requests for oral defense of dissertations, theses, and portfolios

7 July

Last day for defense of dissertations, theses, and portfolios

21 July

Last day for final submissions of dissertations to Office of Graduate Dean

28 July

Last day for final submissions of theses (to the Office of the Graduate Dean) and portfolios  (to the A & H Office)




Call for Applications: R.D. Mullen Fellowships

Named for the founder of our journal, Richard “Dale” Mullen (1915-1998), the Mullen fellowships are awarded by Science Fiction Studies to support for archival research in science fiction. Starting with the 2017 competition, we have four categories of awards:

  1. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Amount: Up to $3000

Number: 1 award is available each year

Qualifications: Candidates must have received their PhD degree 2 years or less from the date of applying. Also eligible are those who have essentially completed but not yet defended the dissertation. Applicants who hold (or are contracted to begin) a tenure-track position are not eligible. The relation between the new research and the topic of the dissertation should be clarified in the proposal. The Committee understands that the two are likely to be related, but the additional research needed for the post-doctoral project should be explained.

  1. PhD Research Fellowship

Amount: Up to $1500

Number: 2 awards are available each year

Qualifications: Research must be in support of a dissertation topic that requires archival research. The proposal should make it clear that applicants have familiarized themselves in some detail with the resources available at the library or archive they propose to use. Projects with an overall sf emphasis, other things being equal, will receive priority over projects with a more tangential relationship to the field.

  1. MA Thesis Research Fellowship

Amount: Up to $1000

Number: 2 awards are available each year

Qualifications: For students in an MA program in a humanities department that does not award the PhD, in support of MA thesis research. (Non-thesis-track MA students are not eligible.) The award is for travel in support of archival research on the MA thesis topic; the proposal should specify which materials are unique to the archive and/or essential to the project. This is not an award in support of conference travel. Among the two letters of recommendation, one must be from the MA thesis adviser, confirming that the thesis proposal has been accepted and the committee formed.

  1. Collaborative Undergraduate Research Award

Amount: Up to $250

Number: 2 awards are available each year

Qualifications: For upper-division students (most likely senior majors in English or related humanities fields) to conduct archival research and write a term paper. This award can cover local travel to archives as well as funding for such expenses as copying. A faculty mentor (who will co-sign the proposal) will guide the student through the proposal process, the research process, and evaluate the subsequent paper. The work could be done as additional to regular upper-division class or in the context of a tutorial, Directed Independent Study, or BA thesis. The final report would be dual, chiefly written by the student but with a brief final statement by the faculty mentor describing the outcome.

Application Process

All projects must centrally investigate science fiction, of any nation, culture, medium or era.  Applications may propose research in—but need not limit themselves to—specialized sf archives such as the Eaton Collection at UC Riverside, the Maison d’Ailleurs in Switzerland, the Judith Merril Collection in Toronto, or the SF Foundation Collection in Liverpool. Proposals for work in general archives with relevant sf holdings—authors’ papers, for example—are also welcome. For possible research locations, applicants may wish to consult the partial list of sf archives compiled in SFS 37.2 (July 2010): 161-90. This list is also available online at: <>.

Applications should be written in English and should describe the proposed research and clarify the centrality of science fiction to the project’s overall design. They should show knowledge of the specific holdings and strengths of the archive in which the proposed research will be conducted and provide a work plan and budget. Candidates should explain why research in this particular archive is crucial to the proposed project. Students who receive awards must acknowledge the support provided by SFS’s Mullen Fellowship program in any completed theses, dissertations or published work that makes use of research supported by this fellowship. After the research is conducted, each awardee shall provide SFS with a 500-word report on the results.

A complete application consists of

  • a cover letter clearly identifying which fellowship or award is sought,
  • a project description (approximately 500 words) with a specific plan of work,
  • an updated curriculum vitae,
  • an itemized budget, and
  • two letters of reference, including one from the faculty supervisor (a letter of collaborative support from a faculty member is required for the undergraduate awards).

Successful candidates will be reimbursed for expenses incurred conducting research, up to the amount of the award, once they complete the research and submit relevant receipts.

Applications should be submitted electronically to the chair of the evaluation committee, Sherryl Vint, at  Applications are due April 3, 2017 and awards will be announced in early May. The selection committee for 2017-2018 consists of John Reider and Lisa Yaszek (SFS Advisory Board members) and Carol McGuirk and Sherryl Vint, SFS editors.

For archives and subscription options please see:

Postdoc at OU – Study of Human Flourishing


Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing

The University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma, Norman OK. Three nine-month non-renewable Postdoctoral Fellowships beginning fall 2017. These positions will be associated with the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, a major initiative on virtue and flourishing funded in part by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation (see Significant research focus must be on issues related to character, virtue, or flourishing broadly construed. The postdoctoral fellowships are research positions with no teaching responsibilities, intended for early-career researchers interested in advancing their scholarship. Candidates must have a Ph.D. conferred by the start date.  The fellowships will begin on August 16, 2017 and end on May 15, 2018. Those already in temporary or tenure-track positions are welcome to apply to spend a year at the University of Oklahoma. Candidates should send a short cover letter, the names of three references, CV, a writing sample, and a two-page description of the research they will pursue during the fellowship period by email attachment to, or if that is not possible, to The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, 620 Parrington Oval, #208, Norman, OK 73019. The deadline for receipt of applications is February 12, 2017. The University of Oklahoma is an equal employment opportunity employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Max Parish

Manager | Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing
Project Assistant | The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project
Ph.D. Candidate | Department of Philosophy
The University of Oklahoma
(405) 325-8657

Summer Job at Bob Jones Nature Center, Southlake

Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
Job Title: Summer Day Camp Instructor (Pre K – 4th grade)
Location: Southlake, Texas
Type: Seasonal (Tuesday – Friday) 9:00am – 5:00pm
Duration: June — August —, 2017 (Includes 1 week of training)
Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC) is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization that is dedicated to the preservation and education of the Cross Timbers ecosystem. BJNC provides environmental education, science in nature, recreation programs and events. Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve is a City of Southlake park on 758 acres of natural fun! Our mission is to Restore and Preserve the Eastern Cross-Timers Ecosystem through environmental leadership, education, and compatible outdoor activities.
This job posting should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this position. The incumbents may be requested to preform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those started in this posting.
Job Summary:
We are looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals who have experience in environmental education and Natural Science, or Arts and Recreation, and enjoy teaching a hands-on approach to learning. We at BJNC expose/teach children to have an appreciation for the natural environment incorporating science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) content, as well as allow students to be active while exploring the outdoors.
Summer Camp Instructors are under the supervision of the Educational Coordinator, modifies and implements lesson plans which are age-group activity specific; Provides opportunities for physical and mental stimulation through both inside and outside learning activities. Instructors provide constant care for the needs of the children between the ages of 3-11 years in an efficient, clean, loving, safe, secure and healthy manner. Serves children snacks and supervise lunch. Exhibits control of the children and, when needed, displays appropriate discipline techniques. Ensures the accountability, security and safety of all children participating in day camp activities.
The ideal Instructor will possess or be working toward a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as education, conservation, early childhood development, art, recreation, environmental or natural sciences, etc. (certified teacher preferred) and at least two years’ experience working with groups of children teaching and implementing similar programs, OR any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

• Enjoys the outdoors and such things like daily hikes and exploring nature
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail,
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to develop and implement dynamic and innovative educational programs
• Capacity to transmit enthusiasm about nature and education
• Enjoy math and science concepts a plus
• Demonstrated ability to manage classroom with excellent prioritization skills
• Proven ability to think creatively, be innovative and are proactive in the implement resourceful strategies
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, e-mail, and standard office equipment
• Certifications: CPR and First Aid Certification (or ability to obtain)

Position requires incumbent have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and will be required to pass a background check and a drug screening.
Very competitive compensation for a seasonal contract position. We are seeking to hire quality, energetic, motivated individuals to join our already outstanding team!
To apply: Submit a resume, letter of interest and employment application found on to
Applicants may also stop by between 9:30am and 3:00pm to submit a resume in person and/or fill-out an application. No phone calls please.

Call for Tutors Spanish

Hello! My name is Sarah, and I’m the owner of Sarah’s Spanish School. We teach elementary Spanish enrichment classes at schools all around the US, including schools in Texas. We are currently looking to hire a few teachers for classes that we have in the Plano/Dallas area. I am reaching out to you again to see if you could let any of your Spanish-speaking (native or non-native) students know about the opportunity. No need for the person to be a certified teacher. It is a great position to add to the resume of anyone who is looking to become a full-time teacher once they graduate or anyone looking for real-world experience, and it is just a few hours during the week in the afternoon, so it will fit in almost any college student’s schedule! 

Super fun, great company, room for advancement, competitive pay, flexible hours…

You can have them email their resume to me here – 

We’re looking to hire someone by the end of this week, so if you could forward this email to them today I would really appreciate it!

Thank you so so so much in advance!

Veterans of UTD meeting today

Today is the first meeting of the new semester!Please join us in SSA 14.244 from 1-2pm to meet everyone and start planning our events for the semester.

If you don’t know where the room is, just come to the new VSC and we will be glad to walk you over!

Our meetings will be the first and third Wednesday of every month. Same time and same place!

March is the exception, due to our usual day falling on spring break we will meet the first and FOURTH of that month.

If anyone has any questions feel free to reach out to me here or at