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December 18, 2009

Sherwood Test Preparation - Instructor Positions Available

GRE / SAT Test Preparation Instructor Positions

Seeking test preparation instructors for our GRE and SAT classes. These are part-time positions with classes once per week on Sundays. Seeking intelligent, charismatic instructors who have both top test scores and excellent teaching skills.

Salary: $30/hour

- Current graduate or professional student (PhD or MA), or completed PhD or JD (or equivalent
- Top-tier test scores on one of the following: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, SAT, ACT
- Prior university teaching experience (at least one semester course)
- Both excellent math & writing/verbal skills
- Consistent Sunday Commitment: only take off weekends corresponding to Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's; instructors expected to teach from 3-6 hours/week

If interested:
Send cover letter, resume/CV, and test scores to employment@sherwoodtest.com. Interviews and hiring commence immediately.


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Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program
2009 - 2010

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Approximately ten awards of up to $10,000 each will be given to scholars who wish to carry out research on broad questions of multi-country significance in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and related natural sciences. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Given changing travel restrictions and/or security warnings to many countries, applicants should contact CAORC before preparing a proposal.

Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2010

For more details and application, please see http://www.caorc.org/programs/multi.htm

CAORC Affiliated American Overseas Research Centers
American Academy in Rome ~ American Center for Mongolian Studies ~ American Institute for Maghrib Studies ~ American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies ~ American Institute for Yemeni Studies ~ American Institute of Afghanistan Studies ~ American Institute of Bangladesh Studies ~ American Institute of Indian Studies ~ American Institute of Iranian Studies ~ American Center of Oriental Research ~ American Institute of Pakistan Studies ~ American Research Center in Egypt ~ American Research Center in Sofia ~ American Research Institute in Turkey ~ American School of Classical Studies at Athens ~ Center for Khmer Studies ~ Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute ~ Mexico-North Research Network ~ Palestinian American Research Center ~ The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq ~ West African Research Association ~ W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

CAORC fellowships for multi-country research are funded by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

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December 15, 2009

Columbia University - Turkish Language Lecturer Position Available

The Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University announces an opening in Turkish language to be filled at the Lecturer in Discipline rank, beginning July 2010. We are seeking a professional language teacher with a serious commitment teaching languages for academic purposes. This is a full time appointment with multi-year renewal contingent on successful review.

Ph.D. in Turkish preferred, but applicants with a Master's degree and considerable language teaching experience are also encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience.

We are seeking a professional language teacher with a serious commitment to developing pedagogical materials and incorporating technological innovations into the curriculum. A background in linguistics is an asset. Command of Ottoman Turkish is highly desirable. Responsibilities will include teaching 2 or 3 courses per semester and other duties associated with the language program. Successful candidates must have native or near native fluency in Turkish and English, foreign language instruction experience, and an oral proficiency based approach.

A cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy and methodology, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations and teaching materials to support the application should be uploaded at our secure online site:


Applications will be reviewed starting January 1, 2010.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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December 11, 2009

IREX - Short-term Travel Grants Available



IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program.

STG provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals to engage in up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

The STG application is now available online at: http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp

Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm EST on February 2, 2010.

Postdoctoral Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible to apply for the STG Program.

In addition to the pre-departure logistic support provided by IREX staff, the Short-Term Travel Grant also provides:
• International coach class roundtrip transportation
• A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses
• Travel visas
• Emergency evacuation insurance
• Field office support

Questions may be addressed to the STG Program Staff at stg@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

STG is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program

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University of Cape Town - One Year Scholarship


Telluride Association, the University of Michigan and the University of Cape Town are pleased to announce the 2010-2011 Reese Miller International Exchange Scholarship


Details of scholarship Eligibility and Selection
• The Miller Scholarship provides:
– one-year Visiting Scholar status at the University of Cape Town in South Africa for the 2010-2011 academic year
– a living stipend (~$10,000)
– health insurance
– travel expenses and
– room and board at the University of Cape Town
• The Miller Scholar will be expected to propose, and complete, a community service project for which an additional stipend may be available.

Eligibility & Selection
• All UM students currently pursuing a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree and not in their final year are eligible.
• The Miller Scholar will be selected on the basis of an application form consisting of essays and faculty recommendations.
• Note that the scholarship is for a full year abroad (departing in early July 2010, and returning in June 2011).
• Please email shannon@tellurideassociation.org with questions or concerns.

For the application form and instructions, please visit: http://www.tellurideassociation.org/programs/

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South Asia Summer Language Institute - University of Wisconsin

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu.

Applications for Summer 2010 are now being accepted.

Graduate students are eligible for FLAS funding through SASLI. Undergraduate and graduate students are also eligible for fee remissions (partial or full.) The application deadline for both forms of funding is February 5, 2010.

Applications and instructions can be found on the SASLI web site at sasli.wisc.edu. Please apply to apply as soon as possible as faculty hiring is based on student interest.

If you have questions about SASLI, the application process, or FLAS and Fee Remissions, please review the FAQ pages on the web site at http://sasli.wisc.edu/faq/index.html. Any additional questions can be addressed to Ean Barnard, by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu.

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CEU Summer University Course - Budapest, Hungary

The CEU Summer University announces the course MESSIANISM - JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES


In co-operation with the Center for Jewish Studies, The Gerst Program for Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies, Center for International Studies at Duke University (USA)

Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Course Directors:
- Michael L. Miller, Central European University, Nationalisms Studies Program/Jewish Studies, Budapest, Hungary
- Matthias Riedl, Central European University, Department of History, Budapest, Hungary

- Ida Fröhlich, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Hebrew Studies, Budapest, Hungary
- Michael A. Gillespie, Duke University, Department of Political Science, Durham, US
- Malachi Hacohen, Duke University, Department of History, Durham, US
- Moshe Idel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, Israel
- Vlad Naumescu, Central European University, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Hungary

This course will explore the ancient messianic idea, its spatial expansion, and its ideational development up to the present. The topic will be approached from a wide variety of disciplines (Political Science, History, Philosophy, Anthropology), sharing a common focus on the messiah as a central and enduring symbol of Jewish and Christian societies and their interconnected eschatological expectations.

The main aim and objective of this course is to provide a solid knowledge of the role of messianism in shaping Jewish and Christian traditions in order to
- relate this knowledge to phenomena in modern society and thought,
- create the ability to evaluate the ongoing relevance of the messianic traditions in modern thought and politics, and
- identify the religious dimensions in seemingly secular ideologies and movements.

This summer school is divided into two one-week sections. The first week covers the ancient oriental origins of the messianic idea and its articulation in Judaism and Christianity up to the Late Middle Ages. The second week focuses on the messianic symbolisms in modern Christians and Jewish societies but also in the political visions of liberalism and socialism, in Romantic literature, as well as in idealist and existential philosophy.

Applications are invited from junior faculty and advanced graduate students.

Central European University's summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a program in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty).

Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

Application deadline: February 15, 2010

For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site at

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December 09, 2009

University of London - Professorial Fellowships

The School of Advanced Study, University of London offers two Visiting Professorial Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences:
- The ST Lee Professorial Fellowship and
- The School of Advanced Study Professorial Fellowship

Applications for 2010–11 are now invited from senior scholars wishing to pursue research in London in any of the areas covered by the School, and to engage in an active relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community across the School. Both Fellowships are tenable for up to six consecutive months between September and June of any academic year. The Fellowships offer travel, accommodation and research expenses up to a determined maximum.

Application and Contact Details
Holders of the Fellowships will be ready to pursue their work in the context of an active and vigorous relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community within the School, and to play a leading intellectual role in cross-School seminars and other programmes. Applicants must be able to show that their research can benefit from the resources of one or more of the Institutes in the School, and that it will contribute productively to the range of activities across the School. Intending applicants may wish to contact the Director(s) of the relevant Institute(s) in advance (see below for the website address).

Deadline for submission is 31 January 2010.

Further particulars and the application form are available from the website: www.sas.ac.uk/fellowshipprogrammes.html
Peter Niven
Research Grants and Fellowships Officer
School of Advanced Study
University of London
Senate House (Room 263)
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU
T: +44 (0)20 7862 8666
F: +44 (0)20 7862 8657
E: peter.niven@sas.ac.uk

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) is the only institution of its kind in the UK publicly funded to facilitate and promote
research in the humanities and social sciences. SAS brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious postgraduate research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across and between a wide range of subject fields for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community.

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Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy - Call for Papers

U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairo


Call for Paper Proposals

Deadline for submitting paper proposals:
Dec. 10, 2009

U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairo

CSID's 11th Annual Conference
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Washington DC

In a much-anticipated speech in June 2009, President Barack Obama, speaking from the Egyptian capital, sought a "new beginning" in U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Promising to move beyond terrorism and security to focus on issues of mutual interest, the President laid out an ambitious agenda for overhauling ties between his country and the world's 1.57 billion Muslims. Since the speech there has been considerable debate over its meaning and significance: were Obama's words to be accompanied by new programs and concrete initiatives, or were they merely intended to signal a new diplomatic posture towards the Muslim world? Muslim audiences tended to welcome the speech, but indicated that they would reserve judgment until it was translated into action. Months after the speech-with the U.S. administration bogged down by healthcare reform, economic recovery, and ongoing challenges in Afghanistan-the path towards improved relations with the Islamic world remains unclear.

CSID's most recent conference invited reflections on what might be possible for the U.S. and the Islamic world under a new U.S. administration. Following naturally from this previous theme, its 11th annual conference will assess the state of U.S.-Muslim world relations a year after the Cairo speech. What, if anything, has changed in terms of how the United States approaches its major policy challenges in the Muslim world? Do we see signs that governments and other actors in the Muslim world regard the U.S. differently since the new administration came into office?

Paper proposals are invited from prospective participants on the following four broad topics related to the main conference theme. Prospective presenters are also welcome to submit papers that fall outside these topics, but must establish their relevance to the broader conference theme:

A. The Cairo Speech Agenda: Fulfilled or Deferred?
How have U.S.-Islamic world relations fared in the year following President Obama's Cairo speech? Has the new U.S. administration delivered on its commitment to a "new beginning" with the Muslim world? Can we detect significant differences in how the United States is viewed by the Muslim world?

B. Democracy Development in the Muslim World: New Approaches or No Longer a Priority?
The previous U.S. administration placed a premium on democratization in the Middle East and Muslim world, but received mixed reviews on its implementation. Some argue that so far the Obama administration has largely abandoned the democracy agenda in favor of regional security interests. How does the current administration view democratization in the context of other challenges it faces in the Muslim world, and to what extent can we detect any policy shifts?

C. The Role of American Muslims in U.S.-Islamic World Relations
President Obama made special mention of Muslim Americans in his Cairo speech. What role have Muslims in the United States played in promoting ties with the wider Muslim world and to what extent do they serve to promote economic development, political reform, and new thinking? Will the appointment of a Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the State Department have significant consequences for outreach to American Muslims and beyond?

D. The U.S. and Conflict in the Muslim World
From Afghanistan to the Israel/Palestine conflict, much of the U.S. relationship with the Muslim world continues to be defined by ongoing conflicts. How has the Obama administration dealt with these situations and have we seen any signs of new thinking?

Paper proposals (no more than 400 words) are Due by December 10, 2009 and should be sent to:

Prof. Peter Mandaville
Chair, Conference Program Committee
E-mail: conference2010@islam-democracy.org

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 22, 2010 and final papers must be submitted by March 15, 2010.

Selected panelists and speakers must cover their own travel and accommodations to participate in the conference, and pay the conference registration fee by March 15, 2010. Speakers and panelists coming from overseas will receive a contribution of $300 from CSID to defray travel expenses.

Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)
1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC, 20036
Tel. 202-265-1200

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December 03, 2009

PARC - Development Seminar on Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center

U.S. Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine
May 20-31, 2010 in Jerusalem

Application deadline: January 30, 2010
Awards announced: March 16, 2010

PARC announces its inaugural 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 15 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.

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 science.
•Have a demonstrated interest in Palestine.
•Have little 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.

PARC will make all arrangements for seminars, workshops, tours and meetings with Palestinian academic colleagues. PARC will also cover all expenses for group air and ground travel, accommodations, and group meals. Personal expenses will be the responsibility of each faculty member. For more information about this new program, please visit PARC on the web at http://parc-us-pal.org or send an email to us.parc@gmail.com. (Program contingent upon funding.)

This program is funded by the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State through an agreement with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

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December 02, 2009

Al Akhawayn University - Summer in Morocco

Al Akhawayn University - Summer in Morocco

*One year of Arabic in 8 weeks: May 31 - July 23, 2010
*One semester of Arabic in 4 weeks: May 31 - June 25, 2010 OR June 28 - July 23, 2010

Modern Standard Arabic
*Journalistic and Literary Arabic
*Moroccan Colloquial Arabic

North African Studies (June 1 - July 16):
*History of the Arab World
*Intro to Islamic Civilization
*Issues in Contemporary North Africa

Application Deadline: April 21, 2010


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2010 Gulf Research Meeting - Call for Papers

The 2010 Gulf Research Meeting
Robinson College, University of Cambridge, July 7-10, 2010

Call for Papers

Deadline: December 15, 2009

he Gulf Research Meeting seeks to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies and to promote scholarly and academic exchange among scholars working with the Gulf region. The Gulf Research Meeting aims to identify issues of importance to the Gulf region and provide a basis for academic and empirical research into those fields. Particular emphasis is given to encourage young scholars to engage in the debate and take part in research collaboration.

Workshops include:
- Natural Resources, Accountability and Democracy
- Formal and Informal Mechanisms of Political Participation
- The Role of the Private Sector in Promoting Economic and Political Reform
- The GCC Banking and Financial Sector Population, Labor Markets and National Identity
- The Impact of Migration on Gulf Development and Stability
- Developing an Agenda for Security Studies in the Gulf
- The Governance of Higher Education in the Gulf Cooperation Region - The Development of the Media in the Gulf region
- Environmental Policies in the Gulf Region
- EU- GCC Relations Gulf-China Relations
- Islamic politics in the Gulf

Participants outside the UK will receive a travel allowance. Hotel accommodation will also be available at a discounted rate.

Please visit our website for details on the workshops and how to apply: www.grcevent.net/cambridge

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