Fellowship: Visiting Israel Professors in the United States, 2013-2014

AICE Visiting Israel Professors

Announcement for 2013-2014

The nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) is now accepting applications from Israeli faculty interested in being considered as Visiting Israel Professors in the United States for the 2013-14 academic year. Positions are for the full academic year. A limited number of shorter-term positions may be available depending on funding.

The aim of the program is to present American students with a broad understanding of Israel’s history, society, politics, culture and relations with its neighbors and the broader international community. Applicants should hold a Ph.D., have a distinguished publishing record and be prepared to spend a full academic year in residence at the U.S. institution. AICE Visiting Israel Professors should also be fluent in English and engaging teachers as they will be expected to teach four courses, at least two on topics relating to modern Israel.

The definition of Israel studies varies among the campuses and positions, but should be considered flexible. The greatest demand is usually in the fields of history and political science; however, scholars in other fields of social science, humanities (literature, film, art, dance, music, etc.), as well as law and education will also be considered

Visitors will be asked to participate in an orientation conference, usually held during the summer in Israel. They should also be prepared to spend time and work with students and faculty outside of their classes and to engage in public education about Israel through the media and by speaking on campus and in the community.

Since the program began in 2006, AICE has brought more than 100 visiting scholars to more than 50 campuses across the country. AICE is currently supporting scholars at 22 universities including Berkeley, the U.S. Naval Academy, Tulane, George Washington and Virginia. Some of these institutions may receive grants for 2013-14, but other universities will be added to this list.

AICE recommends scholars to the universities, but the institutions ultimately make hiring decisions and negotiate directly with the scholar terms of employment. AICE does not pay any funds directly to scholars, with the exception of reimbursing expenses associated with participation in the AICE orientation meeting.

AICE will not fund a professor for more than three years. The purpose of the program is to facilitate an exchange of knowledge, to build international cooperation and to promote the field of Israel studies. To ensure that the exchange objectives of the program are respected, and the impact on the brain drain from Israel is minimized, professors are expected to return to Israel upon completion of their visit.

Interviews will be conducted in Israel in October 2012.

Thanks to the generous support of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, AICE will select at least 20 major American universities to receive grants to appoint Schusterman Visiting Israel Professors. We anticipate funding from other foundations to support several additional visiting professors. Each university will receive $60,000 toward the salary, benefits and travel expenses of the Visiting Israel Professor. Universities will be required to contribute a minimum of $15,000.

To be considered as an AICE Visiting Professor, please send a CV and cover letter that includes courses you would like to teach and a sample syllabus (that may be published on our web site).

Materials should be submitted by September 1, 2012.
Forward all correspondence: aiceresearch@gmail.com

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