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U.S. Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine

2016 Faculty Development Seminar

May 19-May 30, 2016 in Jerusalem and the West Bank

Applications due January 11, 2016
Awards announced March 8, 2016


The 2016 Application Form is now available online. Please click to access the new Word document.

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its seventh 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 roundtable discussions, tours of historic cities, and visits to local universities, research institutes, and cultural 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.

Applicants must:

  • 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 the program including tours, site visits and meetings with Palestinian academic colleagues. PARC will cover all expenses for in-country, group ground travel, accommodations, and group meals. International airfare and personal and free day expenses will be the responsibility of each faculty member and/or his/her university. In cases of demonstrated need, PARC will consider partial funding for international travel.

PARC will provide a $1,000 travel stipend for airfare for three professors from minority serving institutions and/or professors who are minority scholars. 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 2016 FDS Program is contingent upon funding.)


2015 Faculty Development Seminar

PARC's sixth annual Faculty Development Seminar was composed of eleven U.S. professors who represented a variety of disciplines with strong representation in American Studies, and our first group members in Economics, Law, Theatre and Religious Studies. Once again we had strong minority participation, as well as our first professor of Native American origins. Three minority serving institutions (MSIs) were also represented. With our sixth year of this program, our U.S. professors and their Palestinian colleagues were poised to forge strong connections in their work. Our program included meetings with faculty members and administrative personnel at five Palestinian university campuses, guided tours of four Old Cities in the West Bank, and visits to Palestinian research and cultural organizations. With enthusiasm strong for continuing this program, PARC looks forward to hosting a new group in 2016.

2015 Faculty Development Seminar Participants

Radhika Balakrishnan
Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, Economics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Doug Kiel
American Studies, Faculty Affiliate in History
Williams College

Karma Chavez
Communication Arts, Affiliate in the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and Gender and Women's Studies
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Barbara Lewis
Theater, Cultural History, Literature, Francophone Studies, Director of William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Ira Dworkin
English, American Studies, African Diaspora Literature and Culture, Global South
Texas A&M University

Karla McKanders
Migration, Refugee & Humanitarian Law
University of Tennessee

James Heintz
Economics and Political Economy Research Institute
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Soraya Mekerta
French and Francophone Studies, Director of African Diaspora and the World Program
Spelman College

Erica Caple James
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Elizabeth Ursic
Religious Studies, Women and Gender Studies
Mesa Community College

J. Kehaulani Kauanui
American Studies and Anthropology
Wesleyan University


2014 Faculty Development Seminar

PARC's fifth annual Faculty Development Seminar was composed of ten U.S. professors who represented a variety of disciplines from Anthropology, Art History, and Literature to Geography and Cultural Studies. This year's group witnessed strong minority participation, as well as the first professor from an Hispanic-serving institution, and our second professor from an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-serving institution. We look forward to our Palestinian colleagues forging working relationships with a diverse array of U.S. colleges and universities. The U.S. professors attended meetings with faculty members and administrative personnel at five Palestinian university campuses and toured historic sites in four West Bank cities. This year's activities embraced a wide range of topics from culture to education and included a round table discussion and visits to several Palestinian NGOs and research institutions. Recognizing the enthusiasm for this program among all past participants, PARC looks forward to continuing the program in 2015.

2014 Faculty Development Seminar Participants

Kerry Chance
Faculty Fellow in Social Anthropology
Harvard University

Sarah Roberts
Assistant Professor of Information & Media Studies
Western University, Canada

Erika Derkas
Associate Professor of Sociology & Women's Studies
New Mexico Highlands University

Amy Ross
Associate Professor of Geography & Human Rights
University of Georgia

Nilda Flores-Gonzales
Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American & Latino Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago

Greg Thomas
Associate Professor of English & African Studies
Tufts University

Elisabeth Friedman
Assistant Professor of Art History & Visual Culture
Illinois State University

Neha Vora
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Lafayette College

Maimuna Islam
Associate Professor of English in World Literatures, Postcolonial & Contemporary Fiction
The College of Idaho

Craig Willse
Assistant Professor of Cultural/Urban Studies
George Mason University

2013 Faculty Development Seminar

PARC's fourth annual Faculty Development Seminar was composed of ten US professors including a variety of disciplines from Anthropology to Public Health. This year's program witnessed strong representation from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, something PARC is committed to continuing in the coming years. The group attended meetings with faculty members and administrative personnel at five university campuses and toured historic sites in a number of cities. This year's activities embraced a wide range of topics from culture to economics and included round table discussions and attendance at musical performances and a book launch. Recognizing the enthusiasm for this program among all past participants, PARC hopes to expand the program in 2014.

2013 Faculty Development Seminar Participants

Christopher Daniels
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Florida A&M University

Starr Sage
Assistant Professor of Public Health
University of Minnesota, Rochester

Tiffany Davis
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Chicago State University

Susan Shepler
Assistant Professor of International Peace & Conflict Resolution
American University

Cynthia Franklin
Professor of English
University of Hawai'i

Diana Stover Tillinghast
Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications
San Jose State University

Byron D'Andra Orey
Department Chair and Professor of Political Science
Jackson State University

Kamala Viswesvaran
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin

Robert Ross
Assistant Professor of Global Cultural Studies
Point Park University

Erica Lorraine Williams
Assistant Professor of Sociology & Anthropology
Spelman College

Images from the 2012 Faculty Development Seminar

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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

Lisa Adeli
Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of Arizona

Lanisa Kitchiner
Program Manager in International Affairs Center
Howard University

Nita Sue Currey
Professor of Communications
St. Edward's University

Jack McTague
Professor of History
Saint Leo University

Adenike Davidson
Department Chair and Professor of English
Delaware State University

Kim Shively
Professor of Anthropology & Sociology
Kutztown University

Susan Hume
Professor of Geography
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Pamela Waldron-Moore
Professor of Political Science & International Relations
Xavier University

Katie Kane
Associate Professor of English
University of Montana


Images from the 2011 Faculty Development Seminar

2011 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 benefited 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 Participants

Afshan Bokhari
Assistant Professor of Art History
Suffolk University

Persis Karim
Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature
San Jose State University

Craig Campbell
Associate Professor of Public Safety Management
St. Edward's University

Elizabeth Kolsky
Associate Professor of History
Villanova University

Chris Corley
Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of History
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Christopher Lee
Assistant Professor of African History
University of the Witwatersrand, SA

Denise DeGarmo
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Jess White
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Western Illinois University

John Ferré
Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Communication
University of Louisville

Charles Zerner
Professor of Environmental Studies
Sarah Lawrence College

Images from the 2010 Faculty Development Seminar

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 10 U.S. professors from a variety of disciplines 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 Participants

Michael Daher
Director of Arab Cultural Studies Program and Professor of English
Henry Ford Community College

Gail Sahar
Associate Provost and Professor of Psychology
Wheaton College (MA)

Allen Fromherz
Assistant Professor of History
Georgia State University

Yasmin Saikia
Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies at the Center for the Study of Religion & Conflict and Professor of History
Arizona State University

Jacqueline Guzda
Visiting Professor of Communication
Western Connecticut State University

Mahasin Saleh
Lecturer in Social Work
University of Bradford, UK

Amy Kaplan
Edward W. Kane Professor of English
University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Stone
Head of Arabic Program and Associate Professor of Classical & Oriental Studies Hunter College, City University of New York

Heidi Morrison
Assistant Professor of History
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Lucian Stone
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion
University of North Dakota



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