Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fwd: LINKS Center summer workshop on social network analysis, June 6-10, 2016

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From: Borgatti, Steve <>
Date: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 3:49 PM
Subject: LINKS Center summer workshop on social network analysis, June 6-10, 2016
To: "Alan J. Daly" <>, "Ferrare, Joseph James" <>
Cc: "Jensen, Jane M" <>, Cindy Jong <>

Hi folks, can you blast this out to any relevant listservs or individuals in education?  Thanks much




The LINKS Center at the University of Kentucky is offering its annual 1-week summer workshop on social network analysis June 6-10, 2016 on the University of Kentucky campus. Registration opens March 30th and closes May 15th. To sign up, visit  Students pay half-price.


The workshop features LINKS Center faculty Steve Borgatti, Dan Brass, Eric Gladstone, Dan Halgin, Joe Labianca, Ajay Mehra, and Scott Soltis, as well as guest instructors Filip Agneessens, Kristin Cullen-Lester, Alan Daly, Rich DeJordy, Joe Ferrare, Jeff Johnson, David Krackhardt, Tom Valente and Phil Willburn. In addition, all of the sessions are assisted by a cadre of students and recent graduates in order to ensure that participants are able to obtain personalized attention. We encourage participants to bring their own data and work with our 27 instructors and TAs to analyze the data.


The workshop features four major, concurrent tracks for the first four days, followed by three choices of area-specific sessions on the final day, as well as one methodological option. At the end of each day, we also offer multiple 1.5 hour short modules on specialized topics, as well as a data lab for analyzing your own data. Finally, we offer a number of 45-minute consultations with LINKS Center faculty to discuss your research.


MAJOR TRACKS (4 days each; Monday-Thursday)


Introduction to Social Network Analysis. Led by Dan Halgin and Dan Brass (U. of Kentucky). Includes a theoretical and empirical overview of the field, followed by a comprehensive survey of the concepts and methods of social network analysis, including data collection, data management, centrality, social capital, cohesion, and hypothesis testing. In addition, participants participate in lab sessions to learn how to use network analysis software, including UCINET and NetDraw.


Introduction to Analyzing Social Network Data. Led by Rich DeJordy (Northeastern). A more software- and data-oriented version of Introduction to SNA that covers most of the same concepts as Intro but focuses more on using the software and devotes a bit more time to interpreting the equations & formulas that define many network concepts. Includes lab sessions in which participants work through analysis exercises using the UCINET and NetDraw software.


Intermediate Network Analysis. Led by Steve Borgatti (U. of Kentucky). For people interested in both a deeper and broader look at network concepts and methods. Topics include advanced centrality methods, measuring network change, advanced approaches to 2-mode data, analyzing negative ties, working with multiple relations, and integrating node attributes with network measures. This module also introduces participants to UCINET's command-line and batch processing capabilities.


Stochastic Network Models. Led by Filip Agneessens (U. of Surrey). This course provides an introduction to exponential random graph models (ERGMs) and stochastic actor-based models for network dynamics (as implemented in SIENA). The course will focus on hands-on use of MPNet and RSiena and on the interpretation of output. An introduction to the R analysis language (needed for RSiena) will also be provided during the workshop.


AREA-SPECIFIC TRACKS (1 day each; Friday)


Networks and Education. Led by Alan Daly (UC San Diego) and Joe Ferrare (U. of Kentucky). Applying the social network perspective to education research and policy.


Networks and Health. Led by Tom Valente (USC). Social network theory and method in the context of understanding health-related behaviors, interventions and disease epidemiology.


Networks and Leadership. Led by Phil Willburn and Kristin Cullen-Lester, who spearhead the network initiative at the Center for Creative Leadership. The session covers the latest research and practice on networks and leadership.


UCINET in Depth. Led by Rich DeJordy and Steve Borgatti. In this module we work with real data from articles published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, among others, and show how to work the data from initial import to reproduction of published results. We also will work with any datasets the participants are willing to share.


MINI-MODULES (1.5 hours each, Monday-Thursday after 4pm)


The mini-modules are short sessions on specialized topics. Some focus on research design topics, others on using specialized software, and still others on handling particular kinds of data. Past offerings have included: managing your IRB, managing your research site, working with SNA packages in R, handling archival data, working with cognitive social structure data, working with 2-mode data, analyzing negative ties, collection and analysis of ego-network data, and more.


In addition, each day we offer a data lab where people can bring their data and have someone experienced with the software help them with the analysis.


1-ON-1 CONSULTATIONS (45-minute slots available Tuesday-Friday)


We provide opportunities for participants to discuss their research in depth with Joe Labianca, Jeff Johnson, Ajay Mehra, and Scott Soltis.



Please note that the largest modules are capped at about 55 participants, so you might want to register soon after registration opens (March 30). Registration closes May 15.

For more information, please visit the workshop website: or use the shorter .






Stephen P. Borgatti

Paul Chellgren Chair of Management

LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis

Gatton College of Business and Economics

University of Kentucky


Dr. Jane McEldowney Jensen
Associate Professor
Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation
University of Kentucky
(I also use

Monday, December 14, 2015

Position Open at CPE



Title of Position: Senior Associate, Academic Affairs

Period: Full time state government non-merit position

Starting Date: Open until filled, 1st date for submissions to be reviewed will be 

Compensation: Competitive salary and state benefits

The Council on Postsecondary Education coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky's postsecondary education system as directed by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. The Council is a statewide coordinating agency.

The Senior Associate will work within the division of the Vice President and Academic Affairs to assist with academic programming, evaluation, review of faculty qualifications, and will take a lead role in several specific academic programming initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assume a lead role in managing a portfolio of programs and initiatives related to the new State-wide Strategic Agenda
  • Support the division of academic affairs and assist with academic program planning,program review, program evaluation/assessment
  • Identify opportunities for research, state-wide grants, and facilitate regional stewardship,
  • Coordinate targeted academic summits and work cooperatively with programs of 
  • Identify and facilitate strategies to lead under-represented minority and low-income student success initiatives
  • Work cooperatively with state-wide constituency, higher education campus personnel, and other stakeholders for special initiatives
  • Conduct periodic research into academic affairs initiatives and provide Council leadership with policy suggestions and background information
  • Direct/lead periodic site visits to campuses for project completion
  • Produce research and data presentations for Council staff and give presentations to stakeholders in higher education and in other public settings
  • Track national, state, and regional data sources and make information available to Council staff
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Doctoral degree in the Social Sciences, Higher Education, Educational Administration, Grant Writing, Evaluation, or Public Policy, with three or more years of responsible experience on a college/university campus 
  • Experience with teaching and administrative functions in a higher education environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a desire to work as part of a team and to interact with multiple constituencies of the higher education community
  • The ability to prioritize competing demands in a changing, collaborative environment 
  • Strong follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under deadline pressures
  • Experience with evaluation and grant writing/administration
  • A mix of strong analytical, research, writing, and communication skills

Contact Information:

Interested applicants should send a letter of application specifically addressing the 
responsibilities and qualifications of the position; a curriculum vita or resume; and, the names, titles, and contact information (phone and email) for at least three professional references to:

Rebecca Bowman, Human Resources

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education 

1024 Capital Center Dr., Ste. 320

Frankfort, KY 40601

The Council on Postsecondary Education is an equal opportunity employer.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Kudos to Caroline

Congratulations to Caroline Reisner (EdD Cohort 3) on the publication of her paper originally entitled, "Could Co-curricular Activities be the Formula for Math?" on Edutopia:

Caroline developed this essay as part of Dr. Jim Breslin's section of EPE672 College Teaching and Learning.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Consulting Job Opportunity for PhD Students

From EPE alum, Kayla:

I have been doing some consulting work with an organization called Thrival Academies. Thrival is looking to start another project that looks at the impact of international experiences on pre-service teachers. Since I am already on a project for them (looking at impacts of study abroad on high schoolers), they've asked me if I could put them in contact with other PhD students who could do similar work. They want someone who could spend some time getting to know the org (via phone interviews with leaders and the like) and construct an assessment tool that evaluates learning growth that aligns with their identified SLOs.

If you (or maybe you know somebody who) would be interested in pursuing a consulting job like this (for pay), I can provide some more info and put you in contact with the people at Thrival. Just let me know! And feel free to send this through the listserv! 

All my love to Kentucky!

Kayla M. Johnson
Managing Editor, American Journal of Education
Co-Editor, AJE Forum
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow
Embedded Programs Intern, Global Penn State

PhD Candidate, Higher Education &
Comparative and International Education
The Pennsylvania State University
Twitter: @EduAbroadKayla

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Congrats to EPE students and alumni

The EdD in EPE cohorts were well represented at this spring's KCTCS New Horizons Conference.  Alyssa Young (EPSE-Cohort 1) won a systemwide award for excellence in staff administration.  Bonita Tyler (Cohort 3), Mason Tudor (Cohort 2), and Karen Hlinka (Cohort 1) all won awards for excellence on their respective campuses.  And Mark Hundley (Cohort 1) was recognized for his excellent work at the system office.  Kudos to you all! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Mike Rosenberg on his successful defense last week.  His dissertation, Generational Differences in Transfer Capital Among Community College Students, adds to our knowledge of differences among older students in navigating the transfer pathway.  Mike is the first of EdD Cohort Two to make it to the finish line...well done!

And Kudos to Dr. Laura Wyly who defended her dissertation, Gender Discrimination and Title IX Implementation: Lessons From the Office for Civil Rights Resolution Letters 1997-2011, yesterday afternoon.  Ripped from the headlines, Laura's work helps us understand the social construction of gender discrimination and the changing environment for higher education institutions seeking to provide safe climates for students to learn.  Thanks to Neal Hutchens for calling in yet again from Pennsylvania...we miss you Neal. 

And be looking for great work from Robert Hayes in the coming year as he begins his dissertation study examining the relationships between independent and county high schools and their Appalachian communities.  Robert successfully passed his qualification exam for doctoral candidacy last week.

It's a wonderful time in the EPE neighborhood.  Kudos to all!
Dr. Jane McEldowney Jensen
Associate Professor
Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation
University of Kentucky