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Precourt Institute and Management Science & Engineering
Faculty Position in Energy Systems at Stanford University


The Precourt Institute for Energy and the Department of Management Science and Engineering invite applications for an assistant professor, tenure track position in Energy Systems.  The faculty member would conduct research and teach in energy systems viewed as a whole, including technologies and human choices shaping energy production and consumption.  We are searching for a new faculty member with the following characteristics:

  1. An interest in the workings and future evolution of the US and/or international energy system;
  2. An understanding of technologies, institutions, and/or policies underlying the energy system;
  3. Methodological grounding in areas such as optimization and control, applied economics, large scale social network analysis, statistics, stochastic modeling, dynamic modeling, energy system modeling, or other quantitative methods;
  4. Demonstrated research success in modeling or analysis, as pertains to energy systems;
  5. A commitment to research and teaching.

Energy Systems research could include technological trends (e.g., advances in information and communication technology, enabled smart grids, microgrids, novel sensing and measurement abilities) and/or socioeconomic issues (e.g., human decisions in demand response programs, incentives for adoption of renewables or energy efficient appliances, smart-device control of home and business energy consumption, behavioral change, institutional barriers).


An earned Ph.D., evidence of the ability to pursue a program of research, and a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching are required. A successful candidate will be expected to teach

courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and to build and lead a team of graduate students in Ph.D. research.


Applications should include a resume, brief statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three references. Candidates should apply online at:


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however the review of applications will begin on June 30, 2015.


Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research, teaching and clinical missions.


Please direct any inquiries to:


Please visit our websites for more information about the Precourt Institute for Energy and the MS&E Department at:


Institute for Signifying Scriptures

February 18-20, 2016

Kennedy School
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97211

We hope you can join us in "weirdly" salubrious Portland, Oregon for three days of lively and intellectually stimulating seminars on the inaugural topic: "Meaning."

Register Now
Registration: $100.00 (prorate@ $50/day)
Discounted Student Registration: $50.00
Registration will cover dinner, snacks, and conference material
Registration deadline: Thursday, December 31, 2015

For more information, visit our website at:

Thursday, February 18: Travel day and evening reception at Kennedy School
Friday, February 19:  Meetings all day
Saturday, February 20: Meetings all day, closing dinner
Sunday, February 21 : Check out, travel day

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

The Kennedy School, Portland Oregon.
Check it out with a virtual tour.  
Built in 1915, the Kennedy School served as an elementary school for many years before being converted into a funky hotel by the McMenamin brothers, famous in Portland for their excellent beers and unusual venues.  Today, the hotel front desk is the old Principal's office. The hotel is in the NE Portland neighborhood, close to the Alberta Arts district and not that far from where the Trailblazers play. The hotel features an in-house movie theater and brewery, unusual artwork and historical photos throughout, and a wonderful, heated soaking pool where, aptly, the former Teacher's Lounge was located.

Guest rooms include king or queen beds with private bathrooms, telephones and free wi-fi. The rooms in the main school building include original chalkboards and cloakrooms. The English Wing is located in the courtyard of the original school and while the rooms are not old classrooms, the rooms have literature-inspired themes. All overnight guests receive complimentary use of the soaking pool and free admission to the movie theater. Rooms are very reasonably priced $125-$155 (NB: No TVs in rooms); you will receive a 10% discount for three nights or more.

Make reservations now
Under the "Check Availability" tab, use the "Availability Search" menu.  Choose "Kennedy School," the appropriate dates, and under Special Rates, choose "Group/Block."  It will prompt you for a promo code, which is: 1602INSTIT.  OR: call (888) 249-3983, and use the same promo code. January 19th is the last day to book a room in ISS's reserved block of rooms- after this date room reservations are catch as catch can!

Getting there
Portland International Airport connects directly to a light-rail system (MAX).  Take the Red Line from the airport.  Disembark at the NE 82nd St. Station.  Walk 257 feet to the connecting NE 82nd bus station.  Get on the 72 Killingsworth/82 Ave Bus.  Get off at NE Killingsworth & 33rd.  You will be a short distance from the Kennedy School. Or simply call for a cab/Lyft/Uber.



Book on Kongo's Christian Art Wins
Journal of Africana Religions "Albert J. Raboteau Prize"
Evanston, IL - The Journal of Africana Religions, which is co-sponsored by ASWAD, announced today that Cécile Fromont's The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) has won the 2015 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions.


The Art of Conversion charts the changing nature of Kongo's Christian art across four centuries. Examining images and objects from swords and crosses to portraits and sashes, the book unearths an indigenous African religious culture while also revealing new perspectives on west central African regional conflicts, the Atlantic slave trade, and nineteenth-century European colonialism. Its author, Cécile Fromont, is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.


The Albert J. Raboteau award is given each year to an academic book that exemplifies the ethos and mission of the Journal of Africana Religions, an interdisciplinary journal that publishes scholarship on African and African diasporic religious traditions. Albert J. Raboteau, for whom the prize is named, is author of the classic Slave Religion: The Invisible Institution in the Antebellum South, a book that has made a lasting impact in the field of Africana religions.


The prize committee included Professors Elias Bongmba of Rice University, Carolyn Jones Medine of the University of Georgia, Samuel Murrell of University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Rüdiger Seesemann of the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Its members praised the book's careful research, beautiful illustrations, and nuanced arguments.


"We are thrilled that a book about African religious art has won the Raboteau prize," said Journal of Africana Religions founders Edward Curtis and Sylvester Johnson. "It shows how the study of Africana religions requires attention to visual and material elements, and how, in turn, such attention reveals new interpretations of both African and African diasporic history," they added.


The journal receives support from the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts in Indianapolis and Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. It is housed at Northwestern's Department of African American Studies.



History of the Islamic World/Muslim World, Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track


The History Department at Duke University invites applications for the position of a tenure-track, assistant professor from scholars of the history of Muslim societies and cultures, broadly defined. Theme, period, and geographic specialty are open. The appointment will begin July 2016, at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. Candidates should provide evidence of excellence in research with a commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Please submit the following application materials online ( (a) cover letter addressed to Professor Bruce Hall, search committee chair, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) a writing sample, and (d) three letters of references. Complete applications received by November 9, 2015 are guaranteed full consideration. The search will remain open until filled. Duke University is in Durham, North Carolina and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.



Assistant Professor Position - New York University's Department of History  


New York University's Department of History welcomes applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor of African history, to begin Fall 2016, pending budgetary and administrative approval. The search is open to all regions, periods, and thematic interests. Candidates should demonstrate commitment to innovation in research and teaching. Completion of PhD by June 2016 is required.


To apply submit a cover letter, c.v., writing sample, and three letters of recommendation through the site:

The deadline for all materials is October 1, 2015.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



AAI's Second Annual State of Education in Africa conference

September 2, 2015 Lagos, Nigeria
9:00am - 5:30pm

AAI's Second Annual State of Education in Africa conference, held at the InterContinental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, will bring together educators and innovators from across Africa to evaluate the progress of education at all levels and highlight cutting-edge approaches to bolstering educational outcomes in Africa.


Keynote Speaker: Patrick Utomi, Centre for Values in Leadership      

The State of Education in Africa will feature panels on:

  • Teacher Training: Equipping new educators with the tools they need for success
  • Global Best Practices in Education
  • Spotlight on higher education: What is the contribution of the African university in today's educational climate?
  • Early Childhood Education: Helping the most at-risk succeed
  • Reforming Science and Technology Education in Africa: Energizing and Unlocking Bright Minds for a Bright Future 

PitchFest Finalists Announced!

A selection committee has chosen four finalists for AAI's first-ever PitchFest competition .Click here to read the innovative ideas, which will be presented by the finalists at the conference.

Conference attendees will vote on the most cutting-edge ideas, tools, information and technologies that can help bring about a better educational system in Africa. 

Register Now! 


Learn more about our outstanding Panelists!   


Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag: #SOE2015


For more information, please contact:


The Africa-America Institute

phone: +1(212) 500-5953 x710


The Africa-America Institute (AAI) is a U.S.-based organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity in Africa through education, training and dialogue. To learn more, please visit 



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