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Year of India (YoI) Faculty Learning Community

This faculty learning community is offered as part of the Year of India (YoI). Faculty selected to participate in the community will work to develop a deeper appreciation for and understanding of India in all its complexity through diverse disciplinary perspectives. The community will serve to connect faculty across disciplines through an exchange of ideas based on discussions of common readings and attendance at the lectures, events, and other activities during the academic year.

Faculty will attend selected guest lectures and group meetings as part of the experience and as preparation for a Faculty Development Seminar (FDS) to India in the Spring/Summer of YoI. FLC participants will team teach in an interdisciplinary YoI course in the Spring Semester of 2018 with an option for students to participate in the Seminar abroad for academic credit.  All participants are expected to develop teaching modules about India and its changing contexts for use in their classes and/or with student/community organizations. Participants will share ideas about how best to incorporate the YoI lectures and events in their classes which will in turn impact how they see and approach future Year of programs.

Selected faculty are, therefore, expected to incorporate at least two required Year of India lectures, events, activities and/or assignments into their syllabi for both the fall and spring semester courses for a total of four events. They will also be responsible for recruiting and mentoring student participants in the YoI seminar to India. The faculty development seminar may also lead to the development of future exchanges, joint research, and study abroad programs with partners in India. Participants will be encouraged to present in the YoI series, present a topic of interest to colleagues in India, and/or write a paper for possible publication in the Journal of Global Initiatives Special Issue on India or other journals.

Application Deadline

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 11:59pm

Amount

$1500 towards travel to the Faculty Development Seminar.

Criteria

Schedule: There are more than 25 YOI lectures/events planned for the up-coming academic year. All of the lectures are to be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. Participants are encouraged to attend as many of these lectures as possible. Beginning in August, the YoI Faculty Learning Community will meet as a group once a month in order to plan and prepare for the faculty development seminar, discuss the lecture series, and selected readings. Participants are required to attend at least 6 of the 8 scheduled group meetings and a minimum of 8 lectures/events in the YoI series.  Team teach with the other FLC participants in an interdisciplinary YoI course in the Spring Semester of 2018.

Friday, August 25, 1-3 pm: Share learning gained through lectures, films and reading materials. Discuss and share ideas on how the YoI program can best be incorporated into teaching.

Friday, September 29, 1-3 pm: Share learning gained through lectures, films and reading materials. Discuss and share ideas on how the YoI program can best be incorporated into teaching.        

Friday, October 27, 1-3 pm: Share learning gained through lectures, films and reading materials. Discuss and share ideas on how the YoI program can best be incorporated into teaching.      

Friday, December 1, 1-3 pm: Share learning gained through lectures, films and reading materials. Discuss and share ideas on how the YoI program can best be incorporated into teaching.

Friday, January 26, 1-3 pm: Share learning gained through lectures, films and reading materials. Discuss and share ideas on how the YOI program can best be incorporated into teaching.

Friday, February 23, 1-3 pm: Share learning gained through lectures, films and reading materials. Discuss and share ideas on how the YoI program can best be incorporated into teaching.       

Friday, March 23, 1-3 pm: Share learning gained through lectures, films and reading materials. Discuss and share ideas on how the YoI program can best be incorporated into teaching.

Friday, April 20, 1-3 pm: Share learning gained through lectures, films and reading materials. Discuss and share ideas on how the YoI program can best be incorporated into teaching. 

May 18-31, YoI (tentative): Seminar to India, estimated cost $4000.

Eligibility

Any full-time faculty member at KSU that is under contract during FY18. 

Selection and Application Process

Each applicant will submit the following documents collated in one PDF:

  • Signed copy oif FLC Letter of Understanding (use this as a cover sheet)
  • A short essay (500 words max) in which you address:
    • your involvement with/interest the Year of India
    • how you plan to incorporate the YoI experience into your course work or other professional activities at KSU; 
    • Modules you could contribute to Team teaching with the other FLC participants in an interdisciplinary YoI course in the Spring Semester of 2018; and
    • the kind of curricular, research, and/or partnership project(s) you envision developing (be as specific as possible)
  • A letter of support from the applicant's chair/director. (or Dean if the Coordinator is a chair/director). Note: Please indicate any financial support from the applicant's department

All participants are required to submit a final report reflecting on and evaluating the Year of India learning community experience including an outline of specific plans for future projects and follow-up.

*Note:  Up to 8 faculty will be selected to participate in the YoI Learning Community and eligible to receive $1500 in order to support their participation in the Faculty/Staff Development Seminar to India in the Spring of YoI. The estimated cost of the Faculty Development Seminar will be $4000.00 and includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, and some meals.  If for some reason, you are unable to attend the required FLC group meetings and lectures/events, you will forfeit this funding. 

Electronic Proposal Submission Guidelines:
A single electronic copy (PDF only) including the cover sheet (leter of understanding) and all supporting documentation described above must be uploaded to the application below. It will be the responsibility of the individual submitting the proposal to ascertain that the proposal materials are complete when submitted (all documents requested are included; no materials missing). The CETL funding committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.

Submission Instructions:
1. Fill out the required fields and text areas below.

2. Upload required PDF Documentation
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3. Click “Submit” and when you are ready to submit your application.

4. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, you should immediately contact CETL in case there was an “electronic glitch.” It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal was received by the deadline.

Application Documents