Residential Teaching Fellow Application Qualifications Residential Teaching Fellows (RTFs) are graduates of the Exploring Transfer program or students/graduates of Vassar College. Preferably, applicants will have prior experience working with or participating in the Exploring Transfer Program. Residential Teaching Fellows must possess the following: • Evidence of academic excellence; • Marked proficiency in writing analytic essays; • Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff; • Strong communication and organizational skills and leadership ability; • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the Exploring Transfer Program.Residential Teaching Fellows are required to be in residence full time (weekends included) June 14-July 28. This application will reset if you close it without hitting the submit button. All *asterisked questions are required. Application InformationName* First Last Address* Street Address Address Line 2 City AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces Pacific State ZIP Code PhoneEmail* Do you currently attend Vassar College?*YesNoList all 2- and 4- year colleges that you have attended.*Name of SchoolMajor(s) or Concentration(s)Class Year Application Statements and ResumePlease upload the following:Journey Statement: Please submit a 2-3 page statement that describes your journey into higher education (and that includes obstacles, challenges and support experienced along the way); Educational Justice Statement: Please submit a 1-2 page argument about what you perceive to be the greatest obstacle to gaining access to higher education; Rationale Statement: Please submit a 2-3 page statement describing why you want to be a residential teaching fellow in the Exploring Transfer Program this summer and why you would be a good fit for this program (this should include both your strengths and areas needing improvement); andYour most recent resume.Please be sure to use Times New Roman, 12pt. font, 1 inch margins and double-space your document. Each page should be notated with the page number, your name, and type of document. Example: Page 1, Colette Cann, RationaleJourney Statement*Accepted file types: jpeg, jpg, pdf, doc, docx.Educational Justice Statement*Accepted file types: jpeg, jpg, pdf, doc, docx.Rationale Statement*Accepted file types: jpeg, jpg, pdf, doc, docx.Resume*Accepted file types: jpeg, jpg, pdf, doc, docx.College TranscriptIf you are not a Vassar Student we will need an unofficial transcript from any and all colleges you have attended. Transcript*ReferencePlease provide the name and email contact information of one reference who has supervised and/or taught you. Once you submit your application, a request for reference will automatically be sent to your reference. Please tell your reference that the reference request form was sent (your reference should check the spam folder if a request is not received). We will contact you if we do not receive a response from your reference.Reference Name* First Last Reference Email Address* Exploring Transfer 2017 CoursesPlease indicate course preference by ranking the choices below (1-3):Sex and Gender as Biological and Social ConstructsKatia Perea CUNY-Kingsborough and Kelli Duncan Vassar CollegeWhat do Bob's Burgers, My Little Pony, and Avatar: The Last Airbender have in common? Cartoons can playfully challenge traditional gender norms commonly portrayed on television. They do this by displaying systems of gender behavior that are both intentionally overt and naturally transgressive to the traditional constructs of masculine and feminine traits. This course will first focus on the biological basis of sex and how this may or may not influence gender, and then will examine how gender constructs are reproduced, as well as challenged, in media presentations, with a focus on cartoons.Students will be asked to think and write critically about the interactions of sex and gender as both birth determinants and social constructs that influence our behavior and our experiences as human beings. In addition to cartoons, select readings will help to further identify a range of persistent stereotypes as power structures, and how they can be used to either promote or deviate from normative gender roles. Among the cartoons chosen for critical examination are Bee and Puppycat (Frederator), Bob's Burgers (FOX), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (HUB- Hasbro Studios), Avatar: The Last Airbender (Nickelodeon) and Star vs. the Forces of Evil (Disney). Growing Up in War and PeaceBojana Blagojevic (LaGuardia Community College) and Nicholas de Leeuw (Department of Psychology, Vassar College) The current refugee crisis has focused the world’s attention on the youngest victims of the wars and conflicts that force families to leave their homes and seek protection in a new land. In fact, this is nothing new. Armed conflicts often involve children, and inevitably change the lives of children growing up in the context of war. The basic human rights of children are trampled, and the course of their development, and the development of the broader society is altered. This course will take a multi-level approach to the causes and effects of war and pathways to peace, employing psychological, evolutionary, political and human rights perspectives. For example, we will consider how our notions of human rights are related to the basic needs of developing children, which in turn are grounded in our evolutionary history. We will look at the psychology of aggression, obedience, and attachment to help understand authoritarianism, liberalism, and resistance. Our readings will include formal academic studies and essays, as well as case studies and personal narratives of people whose lives were shaped by experiences of human rights violations. In addition to readings, personal and shared human experiences will be used as resources in our learning process. Finally, we will reflect on ways of building peace and on our own responsibilities in a diverse and complex global society. The Body Politic: Disciplining Bodies, Disciplining BehaviorsMichelle Ronda, CUNY-Borough of Manhattan Community College Eric Trump, Vassar College This interdisciplinary course explores the ways in which power structures our behavior and determines what we can and cannot do with our bodies. The difference between the normal and the pathological (or deviant) is not naturally given, but shaped by, for example, tests, laws, custom, wealth, gender, and ethnicity. Depending on time and place, the normal might be deviant and vice versa. This course introduces you to ethical theories and sociological perspectives related to how our bodies and our selves are shaped by the ways we succumb to and resist coercive practices of power. Through readings of key philosophical, bioethical, literary, and legal texts, in-class debates, and exposure to guest speakers, we will explore how medicine and medical research, law, the criminal justice system, and social norms shape and sometimes transform the political, cultural, and social meanings of the human body and the way it inhabits the world. You will learn to examine and discuss complex topics, and to assemble and present research to your professors and peers. The only prerequisite is a willingness to read complex arguments carefully, to be comfortable with ambivalence, and to be open to views other than your own.