Teaching Fellow Program

OVERVIEW

Our Teaching Fellow Program places academics of various ranks and nationalities, who have the interest and expertise to teach about modern Israel, at American campuses. This program is intended for Israel experts who are available to be placed by the Israel Institute at colleges and universities in the United States.

ELIGIBILITY

This program is open to academics of all nationalities and ranks who possess a Ph.D. and strong English skills, can teach a wide variety of classes about modern Israel, and are willing to be placed at colleges and universities in the United States by the Israel Institute. Placements last for up to three years.

LOGISTICS

This program provides select faculty with grants of up $70,000 per academic year. Grant recipients must teach at least four courses and organize at least four academic/community events each year. Two of the courses and all four of the events must be related to modern Israel. 

The Institute works with many colleges and universities interested in hosting Teaching Fellows. Once grants are provided to select universities to support Israel Institute Teaching Fellows, the Institute then solicits applications from applicants and, after selecting the best among them, provides the applications to the schools who, ultimately, make the final award decision. With these program details in mind, Teaching Fellow applicants must be willing to teach where placed and must be able to teach a wide variety of courses about modern Israel, depending on the school's needs and interests.

This is a selective program and the Israel Institute does not guarantee placement to those who apply.

GRANT RECIPIENT Commitments

Teaching Fellow grant recipients must agree to our list of commitments.

ALL COMMITMENTS

  1. Teach four courses each academic year at the University, at least two of which are focused on modern Israel;
  2. Organize and implement at least four academic/community events about Israel each academic year;
  3. Coordinate the precise classes, course content, and schedule of your classes with the University;
  4. Provide the Institute with your course titles;
  5. Make efforts to cross-list and advertise your courses to ensure maximum enrollment;
  6. Use the title “Israel Institute Teaching Fellow” on all correspondence, publications, and whenever you are publically identified during the period covered by the Grant Award, including adding this title to your email automatic signature;
  7. Actively participate in the social and scholarly life of the University;
  8. Administer a pre-test and post-test of knowledge about the topic of your Israel-related classes to measure your students' learning over the course of the semester and report the results to the Institute;
  9. Respond to Institute surveys about your professional activities during the placement, including sending copies of your syllabi; reporting on course enrollment, and informing the Institute about any academic/community talks or panel presentations and the number of people in attendance;
  10. If asked, give two Israel Institute-sponsored public lectures and write a short essay for the Israle Institute Magazine; and
  11. Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and University policies and procedures during the Grant Period.

This program has a multi-step application process.

The next deadline for applications is September 13, 2017.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To be considered for the Teaching Fellow Program, please submit the following materials:

  1. Our online application;
  2. An academic curriculum vitae (C.V.);
  3. A syllabus for a course you have taught about Israel (if you have taught one before); and
  4. A statement on your teaching experience and philosophy. This should be a single document with three or four distinct sections:
  • In the first section, list the courses you have taught or could potentially teach about modern Israel, along with a one-paragraph course description for each. Clearly identify which (if any) of these courses you have taught before, the number of times you have taught the course(s), where you taught the it/them, and the level(s) and number of students enrolled.
  • In the second section, list the non-Israel-related courses you have taught or could potentially teach, along with a one-paragraph course description for each. Clearly identify which (if any) of these courses you have taught before, the number of times you have taught the course(s), where you taught the it/them, and the level(s) and number of students enrolled.
  • In the third section, describe your teaching philosophy.
  • If you have won any teaching awards, please describe them in the fourth section.

NOTE: Please include your full name on all documents you upload with your application.