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Nominations for Jasmine Ma Award

Posted by on Monday, December 8, 2014 in News.

The Dr. Jasmine Ma Award

For contribution to the doctoral student community

Presented by the Doctoral Students’ Association, Department of Teaching, Learning & Diversity, Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Previous Ma Award Recipients

In honor of Dr. Jasmine Ma, whose tenure as a doctoral student in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Diversity has continued to shape the lives of students and faculty long after her graduation in 2012. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Ma helped found the doctoral students association, and while she may not have been the only founder of the DSA, she hung around long enough that she was the elder statesman of the Wyatt atrium to many of us who came after. She was a gifted political activist in Frierian as well as Faircloughian terms. She loved to create spaces for public discourse, and the bigger the space the better (cf. Ma 2012; Hall & Ma, 2011). Perhaps most importantly, she was really consistent in her office hours, occupying a table at the Yazoo Tap Room after 4 o’clock every Thursday, often with her beautiful wife and daughter, a refuge for doc students trying to relearn how to talk to normal people. In this, and in other ways, Dr. Ma was a role model for how to do a PhD and still come out cool at the other end.

The 6th anniversary of the DTLD Doctoral Students Association has just passed. Governed as we are by the tides of academic trajectory, there will soon be no active doctoral students who would be able to tell you that just by scrolling back through their google calendars. Investing this award is an opportunity to write down our origin story (see Appendix X), and to remember that there was once a time when we didn’t have representation in the department, or money to throw lavish parties, or even a listserv.

By Laws:

Sometime between AERA and the end of spring semester the co-chairs will send an email to the listserv to solicit nominations. Nominations must include a written justification for why the nominee deserves a community service award, preferably written as a trickster hero narrative. The co-chairs will also strong arm a couple of other doc students into joining a selection committee. The committee will be responsible for reading the nominations, establishing trustworthiness criteria, creating a coding system, picking the winner, and archiving a dossier of theoretical and methodological notes about the experience. Alternatively, everyone can just get together over some cheap happy hour nachos, have a laugh reading each other’s attempts at non-academic prose, and vote on a winner.

A toast in your honor, and a $50 gift certificate to a local brewery/distillery of your choice, not necessarily in that order. Or if you don’t drink, you may ask that the money to be spent on something else, perhaps a Carbonite subscription. You are also authorized by the DSA to write “Community Service Award,” or words to that effect, on your CV, forever.

Hall, R., & Ma, J. Y. (2011, June). Learning a part together: Participant trajectories with ensemble spatial forms in a high school marching band. In R. Hall (Chair), Difference, culture, and distribution I mathematics and science learning. Symposium conducted at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society: Berkeley, CA.

Ma, J. Y. (2012). Changing Local Practice for Good: Walking Scale Geometry as Designed Disruptions for Productive Hybridity. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Photo Credit: Jasmine Ma

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  • Amy Voss Farris

    December 8th, 2014

    Thanks go out to Sam for putting this together!

  • Jasmine

    December 10th, 2014

    You guys are amazing. I’m so proud to have had to opportunity to contribute to this community. I propose that at AERA 2016 we get together and celebrate the first ever recipient of the me award. Maybe with some beer. Maybe with some automatic backup. Either way, I want a photo shaking hands with the winner and us both holding some sort of certificate. Am I allowed to make demands like that?

  • ilana horn

    December 10th, 2014

    jasmine, those are the least diva-ish and most reasonable demands I can imagine. They carry your spirit of irony and community. I endorse them even though I have nothing to do with any of this!

  • Barbara Stengel

    December 11th, 2014

    I’m only commenting in the interests of trying to do what normal people do … and because any clever thing we do is worth celebrating. Nicely done, Sam! … and I’m also impressed with the really effective “performance error” that casts tongue-in-cheek in the idiom of Vandy’s incredibly staid and not flexible My Vanderbilt template!

  • Sam

    April 29th, 2016

    I missed AERA this year – did Liz and Jasmine ever get that photo op?

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