Opportunities for Faculty

Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers a variety of opportunities for students and faculty each year. Please find below a list of programs for fall 2016.

1. Field School: In summer 2016, three community college faculty went with me to Cambodia from Sauk Valley, Harper and Waubonsee. This December there is an opportunity for one or more faculty members to travel to Bali with Dr. Jui-Ching Wang for her field school on the arts of Bali (see the attached flyer). The CSEAS Title VI grant could pay a portion of the costs. Spots are filling fast – call NOW!

2. Distance Burmese language. We are offering an on-line once a week, non-credit course in Burmese language Section 1: September to 1-November 3, Section 2: December 1 and section 3: February 9. Taking all three sections, at $480 per module, is roughly equivalent to one year of introductory Burmese. Taking all three would allow the student to apply for a FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship) for second year Burmese at NIU in fall 2017. See the link: http://www.niu.edu/clasep/specialevents/burmese/

3. Conferences: This October, NIU will be hosting two conferences, the International Burma Studies Conference (Oct. 6-9 http://www.burmaconference2016.com/) and the Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting (Oct 28-29 http://niu.edu/cots/about/cots.shtml). We have funding for interested faculty to attend a conference, covering travel and conference fees. The Burma Studies Conference includes amazing exhibits of Burmese art – even if you cannot make it to the conference, try to visit the art museum in Altgeld hall (through Nov. 18) and in the Olson Gallery in the Jack Arends Art Building (through Oct 27).

4. FLAS Fellowships! We want to spread the word about these great fellowships! If community college students can take the introductory year of the language at NIU, in the summer at SEASSI (the Southeast Asia Summer Studies Institute at Madison), summer in Indonesia with CLS (Critical Language Scholarship), or online, then they can apply for these fellowships at the intermediate and advanced level. Fellowships pay full tuition, fees, insurance and provide a stipend of $500 per month. This year we had one ECC student who drove to NIU all last year to take introductory Indonesian who this year has a FLAS fellowship – we want her to be the first of many!

5. Southeast Asia Language Road Show. We have language teachers, will travel! Last year we did presentations at Harper and Triton on Southeast Asian languages. This can be done in conjunction with International Education week activities, or any other global studies initiatives. The teachers teach some basic words to small groups and have creative exercises for playing games with languages.

6. Speakers: We have about 20 Southeast Asian specialists who can come and do presentations at your college. We have an Indonesian Gamelan orchestra who can play at outreach events! Recently CSEAS scholars spoke on Peace and Conflict Studies, Sex Trafficking, the Cambodian Genocide, Refugee Resettlement, and the opening of US relations with Burma. We have funding to cover mileage and other costs for speakers to come out – at no cost to you!

For more information, contact Rich Johnson or Rai Nihei by email or phone (815-753-1595)


Fulbright Scholar Programs:

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The term "Fulbright Program" encompasses a variety of exchange programs, including both individual and institutional grants. For further information, please visit http://fulbright.state.gov/.

The Fulbright US Scholar Program sends approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to the core Fulbright Scholar Program, sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 95 countries to lecture and/or conduct postdoctoral research at U.S. institutions for an academic semester to a full academic year.

The Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (SIR) Program enables U.S. colleges and universities to host foreign academics to lecture on a wide range of subject fields for a semester or academic year. Preference is given to institutions developing an international agenda and/or serving a minority audience, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, small liberal arts colleges and community colleges. Approximately 50 grants are awarded annually.

For more information on these and other Fulbright opportunities, contact Rich Johnson, Fulbright Campus Representative.

Commnity Colleges for International Development - CCID

"The mission of CCID is to provide opportunities for building global relationships that strengthen educational programs, and promote economic development."

To accomplish its mission, CCID provides: Technical Training: Develops technical training for economic independence and human resource development. Economic Development: Supports curriculum development and programs that encourage global understanding. Partnerships: Facilitates educational exchanges that result in increased global awareness. Leadership: Initiates and coordinates international linkages to advocate the necessity of global partnerships. Professional Development: Initiates, facilitates and encourages international relationships that enhance global competencies.

Freeman Foundation grant to Japan Studies Association

The Freeman Foundation generously awarded the Japan Study Association a grant to fund Faculty Development Workshops and conferences.

To apply, visit http://www.japanstudies.org/.

Council on International Education Exchange - CIEE

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars are in-depth encounters with the people, places, and issues that shape our world. Expect one to two intensive weeks of lectures by local faculty and experts from prestigious institutions, site visits that illuminate ideas explored in those lectures, and opportunities to contribute to lively discussions with international colleagues. Interdisciplinary by design, all CIEE faculty seminars examine contemporary issues, globalization, and local perspectives. Across our many seminars, topics cover a wide range of issues; see below for just a few of the many lecture and site visit topics faculty are exploring as part of their IFDS experience.

Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs

ICISP proudly provides leadership in international education and cultural diversity throughout Illinois and contiguous states. It offers cost-effective programs, services, and opportunities for constituencies. There are a wide range of study abroad programs offered through ICISP with varied locations and lengths. This makes it possible for students to find the program which best fits their needs. ICISP also offers a variety of opportunities for the growth and development of faculty and administrators. Harper College is a member of the ICISP. Its exchange programs are available to Harper faculty and students.

NAFSA - Association of International Educators

NAFSA is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities in the field.

International Professors Project

IPP’s goal is to send professors and instructors from the developed to the developing world and within the developing world to other developing-country universities. As a part of this process, IPP assigns young International Instructors to universities in their homelands. Additionally, at least 20% of the International Professors, Instructors, and Fellows will be drawn from the pool of unemployed and underemployed Ph.D.’s from developing countries.

Midwest Institute

A non-profit educational consortium established in 1992 with Title IV funding for the purpose of expanding International-Intercultural education for 2-year colleges. They work with varying external grant programs beyond Fulbright and have past projects related to curriculum development modules and professional development opportunities. Their support products (books, CD-ROM, DVD, database, and website) are free to member colleges. Harper is a member college.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics during the summer. Teachers selected for the programs can receive stipends from $1200 to $4500 depending on program and duration.

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