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Notice: Graduate Student Award

Teachers for a Democratic Culture, in partnership with Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, is now seeking applications and nominations for the first of what we hope will be an annual award to a graduate employee in recognition of exceptionally-committed contributions to the dignity of the academic workplace. The award carries a $500 cash stipend. The recipient will be interviewed and profiled in the spring issue of Workplace ( Our aim in creating this award is to expand the notion of what is recognized as “service to the profession” to include the activities of workplace struggle appropriate to the graduate employee (for whom the Ph.D. now typically signifies
the end and not the beginning of a long teaching career). These activities include but are not limited to: organizing; unionism, including service as an elected union officer or paid organizer; direct action; and public outreach.

To be eligible, the nominee must have been enrolled as a graduate student at any point during fall 1999, spring 2000, or spring 2001. A committee composed of members of the TDC board and the Workplace collective will award the stipend and
communicate recognition and appreciation to other applicants, using the same distribution list used in this announcement. All applications and nominations will be acknowledged. Deadline for applications and nominations is November 1,
2000. The winners of the cash award and other recognition will be notified in early December. To learn more about Teachers for a Democratic Culture and Workplace: A Journal For cademic Labor, visit their websites:

Self-nomination is encouraged. The content of all applications and nominations will be kept confidential. To apply for this award, or nominate someone else, send an email to Steve Parks, Director, Teachers for a Democratic Culture, at:

Or use the following snail-mail address: Steve Parks, Director, Teachers for a
Democratic Culture; Temple University Dept. of English; Philadelphia PA 19122.

Please include the following in your application or nomination:

Name of Nominee or Applicant:
Nominee or Applicant Contact Information:
(school affiliation, email, home telephone)

Name of Nominator: (if appropriate)
Nominator Contact Information: (if appropriate)
(school affiliation, email, home telephone)

Please provide for us a brief description of why you feel this graduate employee has made a significant contribution to improving the dignity of the academic workplace over the course of the last year. Please limit your text to 500 words.

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