Visiting Faculty Program

OVERVIEW

Our Visiting Faculty Program funds Israeli academics to teach about Israel at elite universities in the United States. This program gives both tenured and tenure-track Israeli academics the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad teaching about modern Israel and expanding their academic circles, while granting students from top universities access to leading Israeli professors.

ELIGIBILITY

Visiting Faculty placements are open to tenure-track faculty and professors emeriti from Israeli universities and colleges. All applicants must possess a strong command of English and be able to teach courses about modern Israel.

LOGISTICS

We have two paths for receiving a Visiting Faculty grant.

  1. Invitation. Applicants may obtain an invitation from either a top-tier or priority university. See the list of universities below as well as instructions for obtaining an invitation and applying for a grant via this route.
  2. Placement. Applicants may indicate on their application that they are willing to be placed at a university by the Institute. Please note that most of these placements are in California or outside of the New York and Boston areas.

Grant awards are from $50,000 to $80,000 depending on the qualifications of the applicant and the arrangement with the university. Grant recipients must teach one course about modern Israel in each semester/quarter of their placement. Visiting Faculty are not employees of the Israel Institute and should plan to cover all expenses including, but not limited to, living expenses, taxes, health insurance, travel expenses, bench fees, etc.

Please note that this is a selective program and the Israel Institute does not guarantee placement to those who apply. You may also be interested in our Teaching Fellow Program.

INVITATIONS

Priority will be given to faculty members who either have or can obtain an invitation from one of the schools listed below. Please note: The Institute does not necessarily have relationships with these universities. Rather, our goal is to foster academic connections between scholars at these schools.

PRIORITY INSTITUTIONS

Highest Priority:

  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

Second Highest Priority: A top-25 college or university as ranked by the most recent year of U.S. News and Work Report Rankings of U.S. National Universities. 

NOTE: Placements at high ranking universities outside the United States are made only in very rare and exceptional circumstances. To discuss a possible international placement contact Dr. Erika Falk (efalk@israelinstitute.org).

When requesting an invitation from a school, applicants must ensure that the invitation includes several concrete provisions: 

PROVISIONS

  1. Allows the grant recipient to teach one course about modern Israel in each semester/quarter of the placement;
  2. Provides an on-campus office (shared is fine);
  3. Sponsors the appropriate visa;
  4. Provides library privileges;
  5. Demonstrates willingness to refer to the grant recipient as Israel Institute Visiting Faculty; and
  6. Demonstrates willingness to cross-list the classes taught by the grant recipient.

GRANT RECIPIENT COMMITMENTS

Visiting Faculty grant recipients must agree to our list of commitments. 

ALL COMMITMENTS

  1. Attend a pre-trip orientation;
  2. Teach one course at the University about modern Israel in each semester/quarter during the Grant Period;
  3. Coordinate the precise classes, content, and schedule of your classes with the University;
  4. Provide the Institute with your course titles by May 30;
  5. Make efforts to cross list and advertise your courses to ensure maximum enrollment;
  6. Live no more than 20 miles from the university campus and spend no fewer than three days a week on campus;
  7. Actively participate in the social and scholarly life of the University;
  8. During the Grant Period, speak at no fewer than three academic/community events per semester that you arrange;
  9. Administer a pre-test and post-test of knowledge about the topic of your classes to measure students' learning over the course of the semester, and report the results to the Institute;
  10. Respond to Institute surveys about your professional activities during the placement, including sending copies of your syllabi; reporting on course enrollment; and, informing us about conference attendance and any academic/community talks or panel presentations you make, and the number of people in attendance;
  11. Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and University policies and procedures during the Grant Period;
  12. Allow the Institute to use your name, photo, biography, and short description of your proposed course on our website and in publicity materials; and
  13. Use the title “Israel Institute Visiting Faculty” on all correspondence, publications, and whenever I am publicly identified during the period covered by the Grant award, including adding this title to my email automatic signature.

APPLICATION

This program has a multi-part application process.

The next deadline for applications is September 13, 2018.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To be considered for the Visiting Faculty Program, please submit the following materials:

  1. Our online application;
  2. High-resolution headshot (300 ppi);
  3. An academic curriculum vitae (C.V.);
  4. Course information, including titles and course descriptions for two courses about Israel you propose to teach; and
  5. An invitation from a university that meets our specifications (see above). Although you are not required to have an invitation when you apply, we give preference to applicants who have or believe they can get invitations from elite universities or universities on our priority list (see above). Applicants may also request invitations after applying.

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