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SpeakOUT! Seeking Speakers Bureau Panel Members

The Office of LBGT Student Services invites students, faculty, staff and community members to join our SpeakOUT! Speakers Bureau Panel program. Each academic year we receive over 50 panel requests and speak to over 1,000 campus community members at WMU! By sharing our lived experiences we are able to break down stereotypes, celebrate the diversity of our community and make a difference on our campus.

SpeakOUT! Speakers Bureau Panelist Training
Saturday, Jan. 31st
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lunch Provided!
Register here today:



Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

Generous funding and support for qualified students who wish to pursue doctoral research in China are available through the Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship program hosted by the Office of Chinese Language Council International of China's Ministry of Education, also known as Hanban. Students currently enrolled in a China-focused doctoral program at a U.S. institution are eligible to apply. Applicants from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds will be considered, including language, literature and the arts, history, philosophy, sociology, political science, economics, education, international relations, cross cultural studies and Confucius Institute development and management.

Applications must be received by the International Institute for Education (IIE), facilitating agent of the fellowship funding, by January 29, 2015.

Recipients must study for at least six months and up to a maximum of two years at one of the 15 designated universities in China and will begin their fellowship in the 2015 fall semester. They will receive generous financial support throughout the duration of the fellowship, which provides or covers a living stipend, a research stipend, host university tuition, a travel allowance, insurance coverage, the pre-departure orientation at IIE’s central office in New York, and airfare to China for the student’s WMU advisor to conduct a site visit.


Application process:
Online application available on the Confucius China Studies Program page of the Institute of International Education website at
All materials must be received by the IIE office by January 29, 2015. Candidates will be notified of the results of their application beginning in April, 2015. For assistance, contact Steven Dale at the International Institute for Education at


Doctoral Associate job posting

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) has an opening for a doctoral associate (DA). This position is a 20 hr per week position. The focus of the DA will be on research and evaluation of current programming, conducting a needs analysis to inform current and future programming, and managing one or more OFD yearly programs.

The DA position will begin in the Spring 2015 semester and continue for at least two years at a minimum. We are seeking doctoral students who are beginning or have just begun their studies at WMU.

For more information, please contact OFD at 269-387-0732 or


Fulbright to Support Postdoctoral Research on United States-Korea Alliance Studies

Over the last couple of decades, the Republic of Korea and the United States have developed an increasingly comprehensive global partnership underpinned by strong economic and people-to-people ties, shared values of democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law, and the U.S.-Korea alliance – the linchpin of peace and security in the East Asia Pacific region. In commemoration of the 60 years of U.S.-R.O.K. partnership and shared prosperity, the Fulbright Scholar Program is pleased to announce the Postdoctoral Research on United States-Korea Alliance Studies Award.

This award will provide grants to American scholars interested in conducting collaborative research with Korean scholars on U.S.-Korean foreign policy, history, global governance, law and economic matters. Grants will support up to nine months of research at a public, national, or private academic institution in Korea. Eligibility: Interested candidates must hold a PhD degree conferred by January 15, 2015 and no earlier than January 1, 2010 from an institution in the United States.

Deadline: Applications for the 2015-16 competition will be accepted until 11:59 P.M. (ET) on January 15, 2015.

To find out more information about this opportunity, click here or email Visit the Catalog of Awards for full award listings as well as the Fulbright U.S. Scholar website for more info about applying.



The Western Michigan University Graduate College seeks applications and nominations for the position of Faculty Fellow for 2015. Candidates for this position are WMU tenured faculty who are looking to develop as leaders on campus, while helping to make significant contributions to graduate education.

The fellow will be expected to work collaboratively with the Dean, the current staff of the Graduate College, and various other constituents across campus. The individuals chosen for the position will be provided with a one-course buy-out at part time rates in each academic semester (Spring and Fall 2015) and 11% compensation during a Summer session.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The faculty fellow selected will have a primary focus in data collection, environmental scanning and benchmarking peer institutions. The data will be important in our efforts in marketing and communicating our innovations and achievements (University strategic plan 2.2 and 4.1) and for recruiting and retaining a student body that reflects the diversity of our society (Academic Affairs strategic plan 4.3 and 4.4). The faculty fellow will work with Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, the Extended University Programs, Haenicke Institute, Institutional Research, college deans, graduate program directors and chairs to:

Complete applications should include a vita, and a letter of interest that clearly addresses the candidate’s qualifications and preparation for the position. A letter of support from the applicant’s chair or director should accompany the application along with the names and contact information of two other references.

Please e-mail all applications and nominations to Ms. Linda Comrie ( by Nov. 12, 2014.

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WMU Doctoral Student Missy Callaway Awarded Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Scholarship

Congratulations to Missy Callaway, doctoral student in WMU's Clinical Psychology program for being awarded the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) scholarship. The PPCLI's bursary is awarded by the Canadian Army to an individual who demonstrates a significant dedication to military members, veterans and their families. In particular, it is given to those who have portrayed an extensive commitment to supporting the military community in multiple different capacities. Missy has been working with the armed forces community for over five years with a special interest in addressing combat stress reactions such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and moral injuries. She is passionate about her work and looks forward to continuing to learn under the supervision of Dr. Spates.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Education Research

*** The Postdoctoral Fellowship underwent an applicant qualification change last year. Please note the new eligibility requirements pertaining to the date in which the doctoral degree was earned. ***

The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Up to twenty-five NAEd/Spencer Fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.
Deadline to apply: November 7, 2014

Contact Information:


WMU again called best buy, top-100 school by Washington Monthly
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has once again been named one of the country's top 100 national universities and a "Best Bang for the Buck" school in rankings released Aug. 25 by Washington Monthly.
WMU is one of four Michigan universities to make the 2014 list, which the popular Washington, D.C., magazine has published annually since 2005. The publication's College Guide and Rankings rates schools based on what they are doing for their students and the country. This is the second year WMU has appeared on the list of top-100 national universities and its second appearance in the more recent "best bang for the buck" category. On earlier Washington Monthly lists, WMU consistently appeared on the overall list of national universities.
WMU ranked No. 90 on the list of top national universities and No. 54 on the "best bang for the buck" list. Also appearing on the overall list were University of Michigan and Michigan State and Michigan Technological universities. Of Michigan's top national universities, only Michigan State and Michigan Tech also appeared with WMU on the "best bang for the buck" list.
The lists appear in the magazine's September/October issue. The overall list is based on three factors the publication characterizes as college qualities that are good for the nation--producing cutting-edge research and new Ph.Ds., encouraging students to give back to the nation through service, and promoting social mobility by recruiting and graduating low-income students. The editors also, for the second year, credited universities for offering a good value proposition, giving its highest marks "based on the economic value students receive per dollar: Best Bang for the Buck."
"Our rankings have always rejected the idea that expense, luxury, and exclusivity should be held up as the highest values for colleges and students to aspire to," wrote the editors in an introduction to this year's rankings. "Instead, we ask a different question: What are colleges doing for the country?"
WMU's rankings in the public service measures were particularly high this year, with two key measures--participation and institutional support for service ranking nationally at No. 35 and No. 28, respectively.
"I've always found the Washington Monthly rankings intriguing," says WMU President John M. Dunn. "The measures used by the group to assess quality and effectiveness dovetail with Western Michigan University's values, which are centered on opportunity, scholarship and serving the community. Washington Monthly gets it right."


The Graduate College announces a new associate dean

The Graduate College has announced Christine Byrd-Jacobs as the new associate dean. Dr. Byrd-Jacobs comes to the Graduate College from the department of biological sciences and will begin her new position on July 1st.

Find out more about Dr. Byrd-Jacobs in this article from MLive

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Nippon Foundation Fellow Postdoctoral Position in Climate Modeling and Fisheries at Princeton University

 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Biogeochemistry group at Princeton University is seeking energetic and enthusiastic applicants for a postdoctoral position in the area of modeling climate impacts on global fisheries.  The position is part of a long-term multi-institutional effort, the Nereus Program, established in collaboration with the Nippon Foundation and University of British Columbia to improve multi-decadal scale predictions of global ocean fisheries.    

The individual will join a vigorous interdisciplinary research group under the direction of Prof. Jorge Sarmiento and collaborate with climate and ecosystem modelers at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.  He/she will also be able to take advantage of a wide range of related research at Princeton University and at Nereus partner institutions: The University of British Columbia, Duke University, University of Cambridge, Stockholm University and the University of Utrecht.  Areas of particular interest for this position include: improving biogeochemical climate-change projections, expanding these projections to improve their utility for fisheries and living marine resource impact assessments, and developing more mechanistic and integrated representations of climate-fisheries interactions.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. within three years of the starting date for the appointment, in biological oceanography, fisheries science and management, earth sciences, applied math, or the physical, biological, or chemical sciences.  An ability and interest to work across these disciplines is a must, as are strong modeling, quantitative, and statistical skills. 

Applicants are asked to submit vitae, a statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 3 references to, Req.# 1400245.  Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and continue until the position is filled.  This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Graduate Research and Creative Scholar, anda photo of a three graduate students at the Graduate Student Advisory Committee table at the Graduate Student Proffessional Fair. The woman on the left is wearing a grey jacket, the woman in the middle is wearing a black jacket and the woman on the right is wearing a purple jacket.
Teaching Effectiveness Awards Announced

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee are proud to announce the 2013–14 recipients of the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards at Western Michigan University and the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards

View the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award Recipients Here

View the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award Recipients Here


Council of Graduate Schools Launches GradSense

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a nonprofit organization devoted to graduate education and research, has launched GradSense, a novel on-line tool. This tool was designed and developed by CGS in collaboration with leading financial service provider TIAA-CREF to help students plan financially for their education and future careers. Among other features, the tool provides a Debt to Salary calculator as well as federal data on education debt. GradSense is part of the Enhancing Student Financial Education projects, which awarded grants to 15 colleges and universities across the country to develop innovative financial literacy programs that teach students about successful strategies for borrowing, lending and managing personal finances. Lessons and data from each of the 15 university programs and many of the 19 affiliate partner universities, which includes Western Michigan University will inform the development of new financial education resources for students nationwide.

Check out GradSense to help plan financially for your education and future career.


Western Michigan University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Launches New Discovery Experts Database

Western Michigan University is home to a variety of amazing people who are doing great research. Do you have an interest in a specific field of study? See why WMU stands out from the crowd with faculty such as Dr. Chris Coryn Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation and Associate Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research. Or look up other experts on the database here:

Discovery Experts Database


Graduate Center for Research and Retention Announces New Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial

The Graduate Center for Research and Retention now provides an E-learning course: Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial. This tutorial is available to all WMU students and faculty who want to gain an understanding and knowledge of basic statistics concepts. This tutorial is free, self-paced, and moves students from module to module in a logical order that builds skills sequentially. The tutorial was prepared by Haolai (Lincoln) Jiang, Ph.D. student with the WMU Department of Statistics. We acknowledge the expertise of Dr. Magdalena Bugaj, David Nivala, John Mackenzie, and Bradley Morgan in the preparation, design, and delivery of this important tutorial.

Instructions for course registration:

1. Visit and enter Bronco ID and password to log in.
2. Click "Self Registration" on the upper right bar.
3. Find course "Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial" and register for the course by following the instructions.
4. After registration, the course name should appear on the E-learning home page.


WMU announces new participation with Versatile Ph.D.

Students and recent alumni--with access to GoWMU--can access the link in GoWMU, in the My Self Service channel (top left corner). New users must access the subscription through the portal to establish a new account. Once log-in credentials are established, access is available directly at the website.

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Professional Email Etiquette in 11 Easy Steps

Get to know the rules of email etiquette before you hit the send button [email_etiquette.pdf]