Who We Are: Jennifer Rhee

Jenn RheeMy journey as a graduate student is divided into two parts.  During the first part, I taught English at Wilmette Junior High and decided to explore the MALS program.  Unlike several of my colleagues, I did not want to pursue a master’s in education; instead I wanted to garner more knowledge in my content area.

I had always liked writing and had been fairly successful at it, however, I did not view writing as my strength.  I took a language and style class with a linguistics focus and then found the WRD (Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse) department and became hooked, finishing my MALS program with four WRD courses.  The WRD courses were challenging, learning and approximating a new discourse, and I believed understanding language and being able to communicate effectively was a necessary skill for students to enter into academic discourse with confidence.

Teaching Writing with Jennifer O’Brien was the last class I took before my Capstone course, Digital Storytelling.  Jennifer O’Brien designed the course through various teaching pedagogies like genre, multimodal, critical, ethnography, translingual, and transfer. O’Brien’s class did two specific things for me as a student and professional educator.  First O’Brien made me think like a teacher once again with coherence in my pedagogy. Secondly, Jennifer O’Brien became a mentor to me even though I probably surpassed her in age by over ten years.  She dismantled the power structure that often exists between a student and teacher and allowed me to think like an educator once again.  This class, more than any other graduate class I have taken, gave me the academic freedom and grace to make it my own and define myself through a pedagogical lens that was both theory-based and practical, embodying transfer theory through praxis.

My undergraduate journey was a straight path leading to a career in teaching, whereas my graduate journey was a country mile with curves, pauses, new paths each leading back to where I started.  I am an educator, a teacher, … and I am moved by my education and am ready to empower others to be and do the same.

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

 

2016-17 Fall Graduate Open House

Save the date for the graduate open house! This quarterly event is meant to inform and assist those who are interested in graduate school at DePaul. Here is all the information you need to attend the 2016-17 fall quarter graduate open house:

DPU Graduate Open House
Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lincoln Park Student Center
Room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

In order to register for this event, please visit the event page!

 

Just In Time Job Fair

JobFair

Registration is now open.

Walk-ins are welcome with DePaul ID.

DePaul University’s Just in Time Job Fair is designed exclusively for DePaul recent graduates, students and alumni. Recruiters from a wide variety of industries will be seeking qualified job, internship, and post-graduate service volunteer candidates of all majors and experience levels at this event.

This fair is deliberately held following commencement weekend, in the hopes to connect DePaul candidates to immediate opportunities!

Please note that this fair is NOT open to the general public. You must be a DePaul student or alumnus to attend.

Professional dress is strongly recommended.

Contact Information

Name
Amal Saleh

Title
Job Fair & Events Manager

Email Address
asaleh7@depaul.edu

Career Fair Details
Dates: Tuesday, June 14th 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm CDT
Location: 2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

Website
https://depaul.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/347/student_preview

Who We Are: Kelly Ferrell

Kelly FerrellKelly Ferrell, MALS 2016

I have gone through many personal transitions throughout my MALS program.  I will be retiring from federal government service after more than 13 years, and seeking job opportunities in the private sector.  My MALS degree, which started out as a quest for personal fulfillment and development, has now become an integral part in securing future employment.  I will be much more competitive in the private sector with a DePaul MALS degree.

I can honestly say I am a different person than I was almost a decade ago when I entered the MALS program, idealistic and young.  I am very appreciative of the opportunity to grow as a person through the MALS program.  I enjoy learning about a variety of topics and this program has allowed me to do just that.  My transcript demonstrates a variety of interdisciplinary courses and an understanding of historic and social contexts that have shaped and changed our modern world.  My business and leadership courses have taught me the values and leadership and management styles necessary to create and sustain ethical organizations.  I have faced personal and professional challenges over the years, and the MALS program has been a creative and challenging outlet of expression.

My grandma got her pilot’s license and attended law school while raising six children.  She became an attorney, a judge, and retired as a Commissioner.  She is 93 years old; she tap dances and exercises regularly.  Her secret to a long life is to always keep moving and never stop learning.  I will undoubtedly miss the academic stimulation of the MALS program, but I am prepared to confidently enter a new career path as DePaul MALS graduate.

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

Who We Are: Kevin Moffat

Kevin Moffat, IDS, 2016

Kevin Moffat came to DePaul as an in-service educator wanting to expand his skills with a self-customized program that drew from a variety of fields including leadership and business.  In his original learning goal, Kevin wrote “The main focus of this goal was to think critically about my profession, and how I could incorporate my roots in education to sales and business management.”

DePaul’s MALS and IDS helped Kevin achieve this unique blend of fields to study.  Per Kevin, “I had a wonderful experience at DePaul, and have been fortunate enough to learn from great Professors. The insight I obtained through my courses has created a foundation for what I want my career to be in the future.”

As for those avenues of study applying to the real world, Kevin writes, “I can definitively say that working in an interdisciplinary program has given me a direction. Business, leadership, and education skills will always have relevance in the workplace at any level. Not every career path needs to be ‘black and white.’ This graduate program allowed me to see that, and truly become an engineer of innovation.”

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

Moffat Digication

Kevin Moffat’s portfolio homepage demonstrates how easy it is to make a bold statement in Digication. DePaul MALS / IDS requires a portfolio to be maintained for graduation; in addition, it is a great piece to add to a career portfolio.

Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds

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Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds

May 12 – August 21/ 2016

In his ongoing series “The Secret Birds”, Tony Fitzpatrick intricately draws and layers images, poetry and found materials onto the page. He combines inspiration from his working class roots in Chicago, and influences from folk art, comic book characters, and tattoo imagery in his trademark style on view. Each drawn collage depicts a specific species, ranging from the Peregrine Falcon, to the common “immigrant” Starling.  Tony Fitzpatrick’s earliest drawings as a child were of birds.  He credits his Grandmother for instilling in him a sense of wonder and reverence for a creature she believed inspired hope, telling him, “for the price of a crust of bread you can hear God sing”. “Each bird becomes a “visitation to her”, says Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick’s is a narrative journey and the birds become a catalyst for self examination.  They  play symbolic roles some delivering  otherworldly messages and cautionary tales, while others serve to commemorate and eulogize late writers like Gabriel García Márquez and he gives a soulful tribute to the  Chicago songwriter and rhythm and blues legendary musician Otis Clay. His interests are numerous, and his narratives are reflections on his travels,  social and political concerns or they become commentaries on the inequities and injustices found in Chicago and beyond.

The exhibition also features prints, drawings and collages from the museum’s permanent collection, they encompass a range of  ideas and showcase a sampling of the  visual trajectory of the artist Tony Fitzpatrick’s work from over the past two decades.

Who We Are: Megan Metzger

Metzger

Megan, left, and Sharon Needles at the 2012 Drag Stars at Sea cruise where fans and drag queens interact.

Megan Metzger, IDS, 2016

Megan Metzger’s field of study embodies what is amazing about DePaul’s self-constructed MALS and IDS programs.  Completing her IDS degree in 2016, her superfandom of RuPaul’s Drag Race led to work in several fields like Gender Studies and Media. Megan explains why such a range of classes was beneficial: “At DePaul not only did I become intimately familiar with the work of theorists like Michel Foucault and Audre Lorde, I also acquired skills that transcended the classroom. Skills like how to be more critical as a media consumer, or how to be a better feminist.

This work culminated in a thesis about RuPaul’s smash television show and led Megan to find her life meaning in a new field: TV Scholarship.  “My goal as a television scholar is to avoid giving into the trap of designating only certain kinds of TV as ‘worthy’ of academic pursuit. I like to analyze all media, especially the ‘trash.'”

Megan’s uniquely self-tailored program allowed her to find her calling but also put her on track to pursue a doctorate in the near future. “I am forever indebted to the IDS program at DePaul for allowing me to harness my pop culture predilections into a viable academic profession.

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.