Welcome to our latest edition of Masterly Musings!
In this issue, we congratulate our first recipient of the MAIS Top Scholar Award and learn about her summer research adventure. We also will share publicly-engaged scholarship by MAIS alumi and faculty who have been making news in the local media. Finally, as an extension of our first Coffee with the Director held in December, we discuss venues for MAIS students to present their research and avenues to find funding.
Student Spotlight: MAIS Top Scholar Award
Congratulations are in order for our first MAIS Top Scholar, Jordan Woolston! Jordan completed her Bachelor of Arts in History at UW Tacoma (Class of 2015) and is currently a student pursuing the Nonprofit Option within the MAIS program. She is also a committee member of The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium and is planning to graduate this spring. We are thrilled to honor her accomplishments through this new MAIS scholarship that is awarded through the UW Graduate Merit Scholarship Fund. Read more about Jordan’s educational journey below:
First, it is an honor to receive the MAIS Top Scholar Award; thank you so much to my peers, advisors, and professors who have made the last five years at UWT so enjoyable and enriching.
As a first-generation, non-traditional student, I did not know what to expect when I came to UWT as an undergraduate, but the supportive and inclusive environment on this campus made all the difference in my studies. After receiving my B.A. from UWT in 2015, I took a year off to work and volunteer in the nonprofit sector in and around Tacoma. The experience I gained from working in the community taught me many things, most importantly, how diverse the concept of “community” can be. I desired to do more for each of my respective communities but was lacking the tools necessary to make any significant impact. That realization is what prompted me to continue my education at UWT within the MAIS/Nonprofit Studies Program.
I am so grateful for UWT’s dedication to interdisciplinary learning; it has pushed me to do more, to try harder, and to step outside of my comfort zone. With the support of my professors, advisors, and family, I took part in a study abroad to Canada this past summer. The program, sponsored by UW Seattle, followed the annual Tribal Canoe Journey from Washington all the way to Campbell River, British Columbia. We traveled over 1000 miles alongside the Journey’s participants in a moving village of tents and canoes. We took part in daily cultural protocols, learned about regional ethnobotany, historical trauma, and the varied ways that cultural revitalization is taking place throughout the Pacific Northwest. I returned home with a deeper understanding of leadership, compassion, and community; lessons I continue to apply in my everyday life and in my research.
Currently, I am exploring the unique relationship between funders and organizations that advocate for culture-based programs in and around Washington State. I hope to provide a better understanding of how impactful culture-based philanthropy can be through qualitative measures such as interviews and oral histories. My research would be impossible without the help and support of my professors, advisors, peers, family, and UW community. Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn and grow alongside you!
Making News through Publicly-Engaged Scholarship
MAIS alum William Towey (Class of 2017) was featured on the front page of the Tacoma News Tribune in early November. The article, “People are being priced out of housing on the Hilltop. Will light rail make it worse?” includes observations from William’s MAIS thesis, which was titled The Battle of Gentrification and Centrification: The Role of Nonprofits. Way to go, William!
After participating in the “Write to Change the World” workshop through the OpEd Project, Dr. Riki Thompson, Graduate Program Director and faculty member in MAIS, published an op-ed article in the Seattle Times entitled “College Campuses are Vital for Critical Conversations.” As a result, Riki was invited to discuss the issue with John Carlson on KVI Talk Radio/570 AM. You can listen to the interview 30 minutes into the Nov 22–7am podcast.
Venues for Presenting Graduate Research
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
MAIS students are invited to present their work at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), which will take place at the 2018 Teaching & Learning Symposium on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (2:00 – 4:30 p.m.) in the HUB Ballroom, UW Seattle.
The Symposium is designed for interactive presentations and discussion with participants on innovative strategies in teaching, whether it is work done in the past, in the process of implementing, or have envisioned for the future. Presentations are in poster format, but handouts or other media that will help demonstrate one’s work to the tri-campus community are welcome.
For complete information and to submit an application, visit the Call for Proposals.
• Monday, February 5, 2018: Deadline for proposal submissions. No late submissions after 5:00 p.m.
• Monday, February 26, 2018: Notification of the outcome of the review process.
• Monday, March 5, 2018: Deadline for applicants to confirm their participation.
• Tuesday, April 17: Symposium (presenters arrive 1:35-1:45 p.m.; doors open to public 2:00 p.m.).
By participating in the Symposium, students showcase their contribution to teaching innovation and excellence, broaden their network of colleagues actively engaged in instructional development and pedagogy, and foster collaboration among instructors at all three campuses of the University of Washington.
We hope MAIS student will submit a proposal and participate in the symposium.
West Coast Liberal Studies Symposium
MAIS and UWT hosted the last West Coast Liberal Studies Symposium (WCLSS) in June. Symposium will be moving to California next, with Stanford University hosting the graduate studies conference on June 22-24, 2018. MAIS and UWT will be creating opportunities for students to develop proposals and presentations for the symposium, and will provide funding for a number of students to attend the conference and present their research.
Watch for the call for papers in the coming months!
Western Tributaries is an annual refereed journal intended to showcase graduate student research, writing, and creative work presented at the annual West Coast Liberal Studies Symposium (WCLSS). This open access, refereed journal, started in 2014, is an outgrowth of the annual GLS Symposium started in 2007 by Stanford University and Dominican University as a way to bring together graduate students in Liberal Studies, along with alumni and staff for a weekend of social and intellectual interaction. Since its inception, the GLS Symposium has grown to include other west coast institutions as well as Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Western Tributaries is generously hosted online by Simon Fraser University.
Volume 4 of Western Tributaries represents the best of interdisciplinary scholarship from the June 2017 West Coast Liberal Studies Symposium. The essays included reflect the diversity of thinking encouraged in the different programs, and collectively make for an engaging read. We hope that Volume 4 reflects the excitement and engagement with diverse ideas found at the annual June Symposium.
Students who present research at the WCLSS are encouraged to submit their paper for publication in Western Tributaries after the conference proceedings.
Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies is a national, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) that reflects the best scholarly and creative work produced within and beyond AGLSP member institutions. Publishing scholarly essays and creative work such as short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art, Confluence stands as a demonstration of and an inspiration to the kind of interdisciplinary engagement that is constitutive of a liberal education, while emphasizing the fundamental relations that transcend the boundaries of discipline and form that must be engaged and explored.
Submissions are welcome year-round, and will be reviewed promptly after receipt. Authors will generally be notified of the verdict on their work within four to six weeks, with publication often soon thereafter. For complete submission instructions, please visit the Instructions for Authors page.
In addition to publishing graduate student research, Confluence also recognizes student excellence through student writing awards for creative writing and interdisciplinary writing. Check out the list of previous award winners and their work.
We encourage MAIS students to consider submitting their work to Confluence.
Avenues for Funding
In response to requests for more information about funding, we have begun to collect and post materials, including a few opportunities listed below. See the MAIS Graduate Student Resources web page to stay apprised of new funding opportunities.
As 2017 comes to an end…
Finally, on behalf of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and particularly the MAIS program, Riki and Karin would like to extend their wishes for the happiest of holiday seasons! Have a fabulous holiday break and we look forward to seeing you next year!