U.S. Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine
2013 Faculty Development Seminar
May 16-27, 2013 in Jerusalem and the West Bank
Applications due January 25, 2013
Awards announced March 15, 2013
The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its fourth Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine.
PARC will select 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include lectures, workshops, and visits to local universities and other related institutions in the West Bank.
Through these activities, participants will learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of their particular fields of interest as they relate to Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian academic colleagues.
- Be U.S. citizens.
- Be full-time faculty members at recognized U.S. colleges or universities. Applicants may come from any academic discipline, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health, and sciences.
- Have a demonstrated interest in Palestine.
- Have little previous travel experience to Palestine.
- Be willing to integrate their experiences from the seminar into their own teaching and/or pursue a joint research project or publication with a Palestinian colleague.
- Be a member of PARC. Visit the PARC membership page for more information.
PARC will make all arrangements for seminars, workshops, tours, and meetings with Palestinian academic colleagues. PARC will cover all expenses for in-country, group ground travel, accommodations, and group meals. International airfare, personal, and free day expenses will be the responsibility of each faculty member. In cases of demonstrated need, PARC will consider partial funding for international travel.
PARC will fund full international travel and participation for two professors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and one professor from a Tribal College. Funding for these three participants is provided by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through an agreement with CAORC.
Click on the box above to view the application and submission instructions.
(Please note that the 2013 FDS Program is contingent upon funding.)
A description of the 2012, 2011 and 2010 Faculty Development Seminars, including photos from each Seminar, published articles written by participants, and a list of participants and their contact information is below.
2012 Faculty Development Seminar
For its third annual Faculty Development Seminar (FDS), PARC was delighted to bring to the West Bank nine U.S. faculty members, including, for the first time, three faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Participants met with Palestinian colleagues at five academic institutions including Birzeit University, Bethlehem University, Hebron University, an-Najah University, and Al-Quds University. In addition the group visited several Palestinian NGOs, had an in depth tour of the Haram al-Sharif, and saw Palestine's first Science Discovery Center at Al-Quds University. This faculty group looks particularly promising in terms of developing cooperative projects with Palestinian colleagues in various fields of study. As in previous years, these U.S. professors will bring their experiences back to their U.S. campuses, using what they have seen and learned to infuse existing courses with new material as well as develop new courses. Given the success of this and previous years, PARC looks forward to hosting another FDS program in 2013.
2012 Faculty Development Seminar Participants
Second Annual Faculty Development Seminar
In May 2011, PARC had the privilege of leading 10 U.S. faculty members, representing diverse fields of academia and an interesting cross-section of U.S. colleges and universities, on our second Faculty Development Seminar (FDS). This academic exploration of Jerusalem and the West Bank included in-depth site visits to five Palestinian universities and guided tours of the historic old cities of Jerusalem, Nablus, and Hebron. The group also participated in a roundtable discussion with Palestinian scholars and visited several Palestinian NGOs, ranging from a research center to a music school. The participants sustained their enthusiasm and motivation throughout the Seminar and particularly benefitted from individual meetings with Palestinian colleagues in their respective fields. Outgrowths of the FDS include: published articles and blog posts about the FDS experiences (see below), new courses developed integrating the lessons learned on the FDS, lectures and talks to local U.S. communities, joint research projects, and visits by Palestinian colleagues to U.S. campuses. With these indicators of success, PARC plans to continue hosting the FDS program annually.
2011 Faculty Development Seminar Publications
"Trip to Help Develop Global Citizens"
Mankato Free Press, May 17, 2011
"Widening the Lens: Swimming in the Sea of Music"
Mankato Free Press, May 26, 2011
"Widening the Lens: The Problem of Peace, One Block at a Time"
Mankato Free Press, May 27, 2011
"Widening the Lens: The Challenge of Higher Ed in West Bank"
Mankato Free Press, May 29, 2011
"Abode of Peace?"
Wandering Thoughts, Center for Conflict Study, September 9, 2011
"Unlikely Pair: Israel and Pakistan"
The Dawn, July 3, 2011
Christopher J. Lee:
"Beyond the Madrassa Paradigm"
Foreign Policy, June 16, 2011
"Street Politics in the West Bank"
Middle East Online and Le monde diplomatique, June 28, 2011
"Jerusalem Day, 2011"
Jerusalem Quarterly, Autumn 2011
2011 Faculty Development Seminar Participants
Assistant Professor of Art History
Department of English & Comparative Literature
San Jose State University
Associate Professor of Public Safety Management
St. Edward's University
Associate Professor of History
Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of History
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Assistant Professor of African History
University of North Carolina
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science: International Relations and Peace Studies
Southern Illinois University
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Western Illinois University
Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences
University of Louisville
Professor of Environmental Studies
Sarah Lawrence College
Inaugural Faculty Development Seminar
PARC's inaugural Faculty Development Seminar took place from May 22-May 31, 2010 in Jerusalem and the West Bank. This dynamic new program is designed to expose U.S. professors to Palestine and Palestinian studies. The group was composed of 10 U.S. scholars from a variety of disciplines, and was led by Executive Director Penelope Mitchell and PARC's Palestine Director Hadeel Qazzaz. During the Seminar, the group toured and met with professors and administrators at five West Bank universities and had presentations and discussions at several Palestinian NGOs. They also visited some of the most significant points of interest in the area, thereby witnessing everyday life in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Through their experiences during the Seminar, these professors are excited about the possibility of working cooperatively with their Palestinian colleagues and incorporating lessons learned into their scholarship and teaching. Indeed, some of the professors plan to publish articles about their experiences, others plan to invite Palestinian colleagues to their campuses to speak, and significant joint research with Palestinian academics is already beginning. The reception to the Seminar was even better than we anticipated, and we are confident that we chose worthy scholars whose future teaching and scholarship will demonstrate the impact of this experience. In that vein, all of the participants highly encouraged PARC to repeat this project in coming years.
2010 Faculty Development Seminar Publications
"In Palestine, Occupational Hazards"
The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, November 7, 2010
"Morrison Attends Faculty Development Seminar in West Bank"
University Communications, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, June 14, 2010
"'Quiet, here comes Na'Elah': Female Professors in Palestine"
Le Monde Diplomatique, September 7, 2010
"UW-L Making Marks Around the World: Professor Travels to the Middle East for Seminar"
College of Liberal Studies Newslink (pp. 6, 11) Fall 2010
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
"History of Childhood in Palestine: A Critical Assessment of a Field Emerging in a War Zone"
SHCY Bulletin: Society for the History of Children and Youth, No. 16 Fall 2010
"Palestine's imagined identity"
Le Monde Diplomatique, December 21, 2011
"Professor of Psychology Gail Sahar Heads to the Middle East this Summer"
Wheaton College Blog, Spring 2010
"Gaining perspective: Psychology professor takes a closer look at Palestine"
Wheaton Quarterly, Spring 2011
"Palestine, a Tragicomedy?"
Humanity & Society, August 2011
2010 Faculty Development Seminar Participants
Director of Arab Cultural Studies Program and Professor in the Department of English
Henry Ford Community College (MI)
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
Wheaton College (MA)
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Georgia State University
Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Arizona State University
Visiting Professor, Department of Communication
Western Connecticut State University
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
University of Nevada, Reno
Edward W. Kane Professor of English
University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor and Head of Arabic Program, Department of Classical and Oriental Studies Hunter College of the City University of New York
Assistant Professor, Department of History
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion
University of North Dakota