Announcing Council of American Overseas Research Centers/
Council of Independent Colleges
Seminar on Teaching About Islam and Middle Eastern Culture
January 3-19, 2010
CIC and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are delighted to have the opportunity once again to announce a seminar on Teaching About Islam and Middle Eastern Culture, made possible through support from the U.S. Department of State and with additional support for follow-up activities provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This seminar, like CAORC/CIC's highly successful 2004, 2005, and 2007 seminars, will take place at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan, and will run from January 3-19, 2010.
The seminar is designed specifically for independent college and university faculty members who are not experts in Islam or Middle Eastern culture and who are developing courses, or adapting existing courses, in order to give more attention to these fields. There are 12 places in the seminar, which is open to full-time CIC faculty members in all fields, of all faiths, and from institutions associated with any religious denomination (or none at all) and who are U.S. citizens. Participation expenses will be covered by the U.S. Department of State. There is no seminar fee. Participants or their institutions are responsible for airfare and visa fees, but we are pleased to add that-for the very first time in this seminar series-the home institution of the seminar participant is eligible to receive a grant of up to $3,000, generously provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to support the follow-up activities that the participant undertakes in order to share the experience with his or her home institution and community. This funding may be used for released-time for the faculty member, course materials, guest lecturers, and other purposes. Sufficient funds have been set aside for all seminar participants to receive these grants. In effect, in return for the college's investment in airfare (perhaps $1,500-2,000) it will receive back $3,000.
ACOR is a distinguished research center dedicated to scholarship and publication in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, languages, Biblical studies, Arabic, Islamic studies, and other aspects of Middle Eastern culture. Founded in 1968, ACOR provides advice, coordination, research facilities, and living and meeting space for scholars, and serves as a liaison between Jordanian institutions and international scholars interested in working in the Arab world. It is an ideal location for this seminar.
Please contact Jeff Abernathy by October 9, 2009 if you would like to be considered for this seminar. Further information and the nomination guidelines and form are available on CIC's website at www.cic.edu/projects_services/coops/islam_seminar.asp
Eligibility: Available to tenure-track faculty members in their first three years
Deadline: November 15; funds are available earlier if needed
Notification: December 8
All new faculty members can apply for up to $4000 in support for research per year (in any of the four areas of scholarship defined by Ernest Boyer in Scholarship Reconsidered) in their first three years of service to Augustana. Those funds can be combined with any of the other grants mentioned here with the exception of a Presidential Research Fellowship.
Normally, an application need be no longer than five pages or 1,500 words. Submit your application to the dean of the college using the guidelines found here.
Responsibilities of the Grantee
- Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products produced from work
- A brief (1-2 page) report detailing the results of the research, including where the work was presented, performed, and/or published. This should be submitted to the Dean of the College no later than 18 months after notification of the grant.
Augustana's Grants Website: http://www.augustana.edu/x10017.xml