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Global Issues Faculty Seminar: Year of the Middle East
In support of the College of Arts & Sciences Passport to the World initiative and its 2014-2015 Year of the Middle East, UK Education Abroad is partnering with the College of Arts & Sciences to offer a faculty development seminar in the Middle East that focuses on contemporary issues pertinent to the region.  The goal of the seminar is to offer UK faculty members the opportunity to learn first-hand about important issues that drive development in the Middle East.  Participants will, in turn, increase opportunities for both students and faculty colleagues at UK by sharing this new knowledge. The seminar is intended for faculty members who are open to internationalizing their teaching by blending a global component into a course or to refocus a course by incorporating contemporary issues pertinent to the Middle East.

The main objective of the University of Kentucky Faculty Seminar is to provide the faculty members with an opportunity to experience the personal and political dynamics of gender in Islam while in Jordan, and encounters, conflicts and transculturation while in Morocco. Additionally, the hope is to encourage nominees to witness and discuss the various means through which ISA is able to maximize the education abroad experience for U.S. students and leaders, particularly in terms of overall learning, development and academic progress.

Furthermore, nominees who are chosen to participate in this seminar will share perspectives with host university faculty and administrators regarding the challenges and opportunities that educators must consider when bringing or sending U.S. students to the classroom in Jordan and Morocco. Discussions with host university faculty, local professionals and non-profit organizations will shed light on some of the factors that shape the students’ experience, with particular attention given to the complex cultural dynamic, demographics, politics, economics and educational systems in the Middle East and North Africa.

OVERVIEW:  In association with International Studies Abroad (ISA), faculty participants will attend educational lectures and guided cultural site visits in Jordan and Morocco.   Participants will share rooms at centrally-located hotels for the duration of the program in both Jordan and Morocco, typically two participants per room.

Jordan:  Women and Islam: The Personal & The Political:

  • Guided walking tour and Amman city orientation
  • Guest  lecture and discussion with Jordan River Foundation
  • Guest lecture and discussion with President of Al-Ahliyya Amman University and roundtable with university professors
  • Day trip to Ghor al Mazra’a, with service-learning at Zikra Initiative
  • Day trip to Petra, with guided walking tour

Morocco: Encounters, Conflicts and Transculturation

  • One night in Casablanca, with guided walking tour
  • One night in Rabat, with visit to Sh’lah Roman ruin, guest lecture and discussion with the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, and a guest lecture and discussion with the Association Marocaine des Droits Humains
  • Two nights in Meknes, with guided walking tour of Meknes, roundtable discussion with local university professions and local development organizations
  • Day trip to Azrou, with guest lecture and discussion with Al Akhawayn University’s Azrou Center for Community Development

SCHEDULE:  The seminar offers the flexibility to attend just the Jordan portion of the trip, just the Morocco portion, or both. The general calendar is as follows:

Depart the US: June 5th, 2015
Arrive in Jordan: June 6th, 2015
Seminar in Jordan: June 7 – 10, 2015
Travel to Morocco: June 11, 2015
Seminar in Morocco: June 12 – 14, 2015
Depart for United States: June 15, 2015

COST: Five A&S faculty members will be selected to participate at no cost (with the exception of international airfare).  Others may participate at their own expense (approx. $3,500, plus international travel). Participants will be responsible for all lunch and dinner meals not included in the program itinerary.

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all faculty members at the University of Kentucky. However, priority will be given to faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences.  We are especially interested in faculty members who (1) are open to internationalizing their teaching by blending a global component into a course or refocusing a course by incorporating issues about the Middle East, (2) are interested in pursuing research on issues related to the Middle East, and/or (3.) are interested in advancing the international education goals of the University (e.g., education abroad, institutional partnerships, etc.).  Participants will be selected by the YME Steering Committee in consultation with Dean Mark Kornbluh and UK Education Abroad. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Faculty members must be nominated by their home departments via an online nomination form on the UK Education Abroad website. Selected nominees will then be notified with application instructions.   The deadline for departmental nominations is February 15.

 

Departmental Nomination Form here.