FASoS News

Important decisions and announcements FB meetings January 2018

The FASoS Faculty Board held two meetings on 10 and 24 January.

• The Faculty Board has decided on the three research proposals which will be submitted in the framework of NWO PhDs in the Humanities.

• The Board approved the requests for registration as an external PhD candidate from Ilias Alami (supervised by among others Leonie Cornips) and Kathleen Gregory (Sally Wyatt is one of her supervisors).

Update on smoking areas at FASoS

Last year, FASoS has introduced a new smoking policy. The designated smoking areas have now slightly changed, as it is no longer allowed to smoke in front of the Grote Gracht 76 building. This way people can walk in and out and in front of the building without having to go through smoke.
We would like to ask the FASoS community (staff and students) to contribute to making FASoS a comfortable place for everyone.

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Wiebe Bijker presents evaluation report WWR to Prime Minister Rutte

Prof. Wiebe Bijker presented the report ‘Meer dan ooit nodig—Evaluatie van de Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid [WRR], 2013-2017’ (‘More needed than ever—Evaluation of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy, 2013-2017’) to the President of the WRR (The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy) and the Prime Minister on 30 January. Bijker chaired an evaluation committee.

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FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog launched

Teaching and learning are at the heart of FASoS. The newly launched FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog offers teaching staff a platform to share experience and best practices. Blog posts discuss particular challenges and situations in Problem-Based Learning, novel ways of testing, use of digital tools, interactive lecturing, and so on. The first post by BA AC ‘Tutor of the Year 2016/2017’ Philip Post deals with engaging students in PBL tutorials.

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Giselle Bosse’s course on ‘Civil Society’ best UM practice example

The course ‘Civil Society and European Integration’ (MA European Studies), coordinated by Giselle Bosse, has been selected by Maastricht University as “Best Practice Example for the Use of Video in Education“. In this course, students prepare and record BBC-style documentaries, for example on populist movements in Europe or the European Citizens’ Initiative. Many thanks to Luana Russo and Andreea Nastase for their excellent input into the course.

Veerle Spronck wins Max van der Kamp thesis prize

Veerle Spronck won the biannual Max van der Kamp thesis prize, after being chosen from three nominations. In her CAST thesis ‘Between Art and Academia. A Study of the Practice of Third Cycle Artistic Research’, supervised by Peter Peters, she ethnographically investigated the everyday practices of artistic researchers in the Netherlands and Flanders.

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FASoS students receive thesis prizes during Dies Natalis 2018

During the annual Dies Natalis (anniversary celebration) of Maastricht University on 26 January 2018, four FASoS students received a prize for their bachelor’s/master’s thesis.

On behalf of FASoS, congratulations to Ellen, Marie, Lea and Robin!

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New: FASoS Assessment Committee

As part of further development of the quality assessment cycle the Faculty Board has installed an Assessment Committee. This committee consists of three members: Marloes Menten (chair), John Hardbord and Josje Weusten (as of September). The committee will support the management of our educational programmes with further implementation and fine-tuning of the assessment programmes and assessment plans.

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Claudia Egher wins IDS Vision Essay Competition

Claudia Egher has won the Vision Essay Competition at the launch for Maastricht’s new Institute of Data Science (IDS). The competition invited submissions for visionary essays on the future of data-driven society. Claudia’s essay, titled ‘Digital Morning, or Manic by Design’, depicts a morally ambiguous future of personalized mental health and digital surveillance, inspired by her research on the enactment of bipolar expertise online.

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Open call: vacancy Programme Director ALS/PS

Are you able to give academic leadership to a group of highly-motivated teaching staff and give further shape to content and organisation of the programme? Would you like to play a key role in decisions related to quality assurance at FASoS? Can you inspire colleagues to -even further -excel in their teaching? If so, consider applying for the vacancy of Programme Director MA Arts & Culture (specialisations ALS/PS).

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