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AMSA XXIV. Three Free Pre-Conference Workshops to Be Held March 31 in Ann Arbor

January 16, 2016 by  
Filed under News From Past AMSA Conferences

Three free Pre-Conference Workshops will be preludes to the Anerican Men’s Studies Association’s Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities  at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  On Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:00-7:00 pm, these 3-hour sessions are intended to allow time for attendees to receive instruction and coaching in an in-depth, hands-on training environment with group interaction, collaboration, networking, and direct exchanges with presenters and fellow participants.

You must email presenters to be included in pre-conference workshops. Each workshop is limited to a total of 20 registrants.

Pre-Conference Workshop 1

How Boys Become Men: Transforming Dragon Spirit into Courageous Heart
Led by Ted Braude, M.A.
Ted Braude
Ted Braude
Boys are born to become men. But, adults cannot get them to grow up. The data on boys demonstrates that they are delaying moving into manhood. Boys become men when they engage with adults who embody a sense of power, conflict and love that transcends the conventional concepts of power as control and domination, conflict as a contest with winners and losers, and love limited to emotional warmth and affection.This requires a perception of boys as “men-in-the-making” with capabilities, skills and intelligences begging for development, rather than seeing boys as problems to be solved.
The purpose of “How Boys Become Men: Transforming Dragon Spirit into Courageous Heart” is to present a framework for adults to engage effectively with boys in becoming the young men they were born to become by:
  1. Introducing an understanding of the world of teenage boys through their eyes: a “knowledge of the beast.
  2. Presenting the fundamental significance of power, conflict and love in boy development and demonstrating a model of power, conflict and love that brings boys into young manhood.
  3. Offering a set of skills, including body conditions both internal and external, verbal acumen, language, and personal responsibility that catalyze and engage boys movement into manhood.
  4. Describing and developing the fundamental role of purpose, mission and dreams in boys becoming young men.

Ted Braude, MA, is an integral psychologist, a Licensed Master Social Worker and an expert on boys. An author, therapist, mentor, martial artist, musician, and a writer, he brings boys into young manhood ,helping them develop into the men they were born to become.

Email Ted Braude with questions and to sign up for this workshop.

Pre-Conference Workshop 2

Teaching Men’s Studies
Led by Robert Heasley, Ph.D. and Mark Justad, Ph.D.


Mark Justad & Robert Heasley
“Teaching Men’s Studies” is intended for both those who are considering developing a new course on men’s studies as well as those who have been teaching related courses and are interested in exploring new ideas. Topics to be covered include strategies for effective teaching, attracting students, gaining support of colleagues, integrating men’s studies into the curriculum, using an approach that draws from a range of disciplines, and coordinating with women’s and gender studies faculty. The workshop leaders have been teaching men’s studies courses over the past twenty years and see the workshop as both a time for providing materials and ideas, as well as drawing on those attending for their insights and experiences. The conference theme, “Un)Masking Masculinities” certainly makes this workshop relevant as men’s studies courses are a critical component in “unmasking” critical thinking and inviting new scholars into the field.

Participants will:
  1. Gain insight regarding content areas addressed in a range of men’s studies courses;
  2. Become familiar with approaches to developing a proposal to teach men’s studies;
  3. Learn approaches to classroom teaching that adhere to the feminist traditions in critical analysis of gender and society.
Robert Heasley, PhD, CMFT, and Mark Justad, PhD, are both former presidents of the American Men’s Studies Association. 

Dr. Heasley is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania where he teaches courses in the area of men and masculinities, sexuality, and social theory. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Upstate (NY) Medical University where he teaches in the area of sexuality, and in the Center for the Study of Human Sexuality at Widener University where he teaches a graduate class on men, masculinity and clinical considerations. Robert has a private therapy practice in Media, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Justad is Director of the Center for Principled Problem Solving and a member of the Religious Studies faculty at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. His teaching focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and social location as they impact the religious and theological imaginations. He is committed to advancing scholarship in the critical study of men and masculinities through the work of AMSA and its affiliated journal, the Journal of Men’s Studies.

Email Mark Justad with questions and to sign up for this workshop.

Pre-Conference Workshop 3

Early Career Mentoring at the Intersection of Science & Gender
Led by Jamie Mitchell, Ph.D.
Jamie MItchell
Jamie Mitchell
“Early Career Mentoring at the Intersection of Science & Gender” will entail a lively and interactive discussion on creative and effective ways to attain success in academic life with a particular emphasis on high quality mentoring as a critical component of career success in academe. This workshop is ideal for self-identified underrepresented scholars, who often face additional demands and unspoken norms regarding teaching, research and service that threaten to derail their academic trajectory. Also, researchers of any background who investigate gender as a context for understanding health and social problems will find this workshop helpful, as they are often interdisciplinary academicians who are not neatly situated within one field or discipline, and may find it difficult to get the detailed feedback that could help them obtain tenure and/or promotion. Doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and new faculty members will benefit from explicit instruction and discussion on how to identify, pursue, and sustain mentoring relationships with colleagues, senior faculty members and others who can facilitate new opportunities, provide accountability and support, and demystify academic norms and processes.
Further, success in the academy often entails mastering the art of having difficult conversations, navigating academic “breakups” and finding power and peace in the ability to say “no” to a range of institutional demands that are not aligned with career goals.This workshop will outline the role of trusted mentors at every career level who often teach and model these skills. This workshop will also address how to facilitate conflict resolution in situations with unequal power dynamics.
The goal of “Early Career Mentoring at the Intersection of Science & Gender” is to provide early career scholars with concrete strategies to:
  1. Strategically plan short and long-term goals and corresponding actions that will support your career aspirations,
  2. Identify your mentoring needs and obtain the resources to meet those needs and,
  3. Resolve conflict and/or create professional distance from advisors, co-authors, colleagues and mentors who are no longer helping you grow.

Jamie Mitchell, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is an interdisciplinary applied researcher with experience examining the social determinants of cancer disparities for African American men. In particular, she focuses on improving health communication, psychosocial care, and family involvement for African American men at every step on the cancer continuum. Serving as associate director of the Gender and Health Lab at the University of Michigan, Dr. Mitchell collaborates weekly with a diverse group of faculty and students to better understand how the social, cultural, and historical constructions of masculinity intersect with the mental and physical health of men. Dr. Mitchell is AMSA’s Director of Outreach and Communications.

Email Jamie Mithell with questions and to sign up for this workshop.

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