24 November 2010

Sexuality and Social Justice Research Training Fellowship

Post date: 24 November 2010
Sexuality and Social Justice Research Training Fellowship
Department of Educational Psychology
Ph.D. Program in Human Development and Learning
University of Illinois at Chicago

We are seeking students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development and Learning who have an interest in issues related to sexuality, adolescent development, intergroup relations, and social justice. Specifically, we are looking for students interested in joining our team for a Ford Foundation funded project titled "How adolescents reason about homophobia and misogyny: The importance of age, social group, and school context." A collaborative effort between researchers in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance this project aims to investigate adolescents’ reasoning about misogynistic and homophobic forms of harassment and peer exclusion and whether adolescents view these experiences as harmful/unfair or as legitimate ways to regulate their social relationships. We are particularly interested in how development, social/cultural group membership, and social context relate to the ways that adolescents construe these experiences and aim to use these research findings to inform three sets of community based activities: 1) policy/advocacy work regarding the implementation of "Prevent School Violence" the new anti-bullying law in Illinois 2) professional development for educators and 3) a comprehensive public education campaign directed toward young people.

The sexuality and social justice research fellows will receive a stipend (approximately $17,000/year and tuition waiver for three years. Fellows will work as a part of the research team on all aspects of the project while pursuing their Ph.D. in Human Development and Learning through the Educational Psychology department in the College of Education at UIC. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to obtain a M.Ed. in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment and/or a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies as part of their coursework for their degree. Fellows will also be asked to participate in an interdisciplinary methods seminar regarding sexuality and social justice research and engage in professional development regarding dissemination and strategic communications of research findings.

Students interested in doctoral work related to sexuality and adolescent development, collaborative community-University research, and applied developmental research are encouraged to apply.

To apply, students should complete the Ph.D. application for the Educational Psychology department (Human Development and Learning area) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Information on how to apply can be found at http://education.uic.edu/epsy%2Dphd/howtoapply.cfm. Students interested in the fellowship should indicate that they want to work with Dr. Stacey Horn and include information relevant to the project in their personal statement. If you have questions regarding the fellowship or application process contact Dr. Stacey Horn at sshorn@uic.edu.

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