2013 Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators and Scholars
- Gaza: No later than December 24th, 2012
- West Bank: No later than January 7th, 2013
The Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) programs are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture and institutions. The ultimate goal of SUSI programs is to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.
2013 Program Descriptions:
SUSI programs for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)
This Institute will provide a multinational group of 30 experienced secondary school teachers with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture - past and present. The focus of the Institute will be on providing materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. To this end, the Institute may be organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization. Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will elucidate the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The program will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The four week academic residency will be complemented by a two week study tour. The Institute host will be determined at a later date.
Secondary School Educators (Administrators)
This Institute will provide a multinational group of 30 experienced administrators (including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture - past and present. The program's theme, "Exploring Access and Equity in U.S. Education and Society" will focus on education, immigration, and civic engagement within U.S. society and culture. The Institute will include an intellectually rigorous academic residency component, meetings with regional educators and prominent community leaders, guided independent research, visits to topically relevant sites, a two-week study tour, and the completion of a research project. The Institute host will be determined at a later date.
SUSI Programs for University-Level and Faculty Members
The following six summer Institute programs are intensive six-week post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. The topics of the six programs are:
- American Politics and Political Thought
- Contemporary American Literature
- Journalism and Media
- Religious Pluralism in the United States
- U.S. Culture and Society
- U.S. Foreign Policy
All of the Institute programs will be held this summer at different U.S. universities and colleges over the course of six weeks beginning in mid June 2013.
International and domestic travel, health insurance, housing, and a living stipend in the United States will be covered for all fellows. All fellows will travel to the United States in an unaccompanied status.
SUSI programs are extremely competitive. The Institute is not a research program.
Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher education; should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute; Little or no prior experience in the United States; seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.
All of the Institute programs require excellent proficiency in English and outstanding qualifications, as these programs are extremely competitive. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions. Applicants must have Palestinian residency identification. Individuals holding permanent residence status in the United States (including U.S. citizens and green card holders) are not eligible.
For more information to obtain general information, please visit the following site: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi
- Participation in the program is contingent upon the applicant qualifying for a J-1 visa to the U.S.
- Holders of American passports or green cards are not eligible to participate in this program.
Application Deadline and inquiries:
Gaza: No later than December 24th, 2012
West Bank: No later than January 7th, 2013
The nomination form is available at:
Where to submit your nomination form: Exchanges@state.gov
Gaza: Tel: 08-2864-623 or 0599-677-317; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
West Bank/East Jerusalem Tel: (02) 622-7172 or 0545-420953;
email: MarroumMV @state.gov;
The 2013 Study of the United States for Secondary School Educators and Scholars
A. Nominee's Full Name: Last Name(s), First Name, Middle Name.
C. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)
D. Birth City
E. Birth Country
F. Country(ies) of Citizenship:
G. Country of Residence
H. Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal Considerations:
I. Candidate Contact Information: Home Address, City, E-mail, and Telephone.
J. Current Position/Title, Institutional Name, and Country
K. Work Experience, including previous positions and titles
L. Education; Academic & Professional Training, degree earned and fields of specialization.
M. Active Professional Memberships
N. Publications: publication year, type of publication, title, and publisher. All foreign titles should be translated into English. (Please list no more than 10.)
O. Previous Experience in the United States: trips made to the United States; dates & reason.
P. Family Residing in the United States:
Q. Evidence of English Fluency (e.g. personal interview, test score, etc.)
R. Personal Statement (no more than one page):
Forms must be fully completed and sent to the emails below with the resume as well as a copy of the passport biographical information page no later than December 24th, 2012
Exchanges@state.gov (East Jerusalem and West Bank) / Emattar@palnet.com (Gaza)