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Fall 2018 Graduate Writing Course

The Graduate Writing Program is open to MA and PhD students from all Rutgers graduate programs.  GWP classes meet eight times a semester plus one-on-one conferences. Classes begin during the second week of the semester. 


Courses cover all areas of writing from argument and structure to sentence-level concerns. The GWP supports students in developing professional writing habits and meeting regular goals. They work with students on the papers, articles, or dissertations that they are writing for their programs--they do not assign additional work. Students receive extensive, individualized, and discipline-specific feedback throughout the semester. 


Students may register themselves for free at

More information about the GWP's faculty and course options can be found at

Call for Proposals – International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference

(Deadline for Abstracts: Sept. 7, 2018)

The Charles W. Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies invites abstracts and panel proposals for its 1st Annual International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora (IGGAD) Conference to be held at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina, on March 7-9, 2019. This year’s theme—Tracing the African Diaspora: Places of Suffering, Resilience and Reinvention—examines significant social, political and cultural experiences among African American communities and various African and Caribbean nations in the past, present and envisioned future.

Discussions that contribute new knowledge and understanding in the broad areas of racial identity, feminism, transnational migration, gender studies, public health, religion, slavery, Afrofuturism, Pan-Africanism and Gullah/Geechee are encouraged. Such discourses will expand our understanding of the uniqueness of the African Diaspora and the commonalities that bind societies within this global phenomenon together.

Please submit a 150-word abstract for the IGGAD conference by Friday, September 7, 2018. Abstracts are not limited to academic papers and may include lecture recitals or various types of media platforms. If you are using one of these alternative formats, please describe your presentation in 150 words with accompanying media.

Submit proposals at and include:

  • Title of the paper and name of the author
  • Abstract (150 words)
  • Author profile (50 words)

Open Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

(Submission Deadline: September 1, 2018)


The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is devoted to addressing the epistemological, ontological, and social construction of sexual expression and relationships of persons within the African diaspora. The journal seeks to take into account the transhistorical substrates that subsume behavioral, affective, and cognitive functioning of persons of African descent as well as those who educate or clinically serve this important population. Quantitative, qualitative, and conceptual, articles, book reviews, and letters to the editor address various cultural substrates (e.g., age, race, gender, sexual orientation/identities, ability, spirituality, etc.) that intersect or weave themselves in/out of sexual expression, romantic relationships, and/or friendships. Interdisciplinary in nature, the journal includes perspectives from a variety of fields including psychology, sociology, education, psychiatry, human development, social work, social policy, and anthropology.


For information and submission instructions click here


Download a free copy of Vol 1, Iss. 1 & browse back issues here


Job Opportunity – Douglass College – Fall 2018

Douglass Residential College is seeking one part-time instructor to teach our Africana Cultural Experience course for the Global Village for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The undergraduate course meets every Monday evening from 7:15pm-8:35pm through the 2018-2019 academic year. The Global Village is a living learning community of 8-10 themed houses each year where Douglass women live and learn about the status of women through a global lens. The course is 1.5 credits per semester, totaling 3.0 credits for the academic year. The total compensation is about $6,000 for the academic year.

Position requirements include the following:

  1. master’s degree and expertise in African Studies or closely related field
  2. commitment to or experience in Women’s and Gender Studies and the status of women
  3. 2-3 years of university level teaching experience including syllabus development

Interested parties should forward their resume and cover letter directly to:

Elizabeth Gunn, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Academic Programs
Rutgers University