Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program

The Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program is a funded, eight-month intensive fellowship for teachers to explore Middle Eastern and African history, cultures, and diaspora through structured experiential learning experiences across North Carolina. Running March to December 2020, this program aims to enhance teacher expertise in Middle Eastern and African studies in part by making relevant connections to local communities.

Eight-month Teacher Fellows Program

The Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program consists of:


Participants will attend a two-day orientation workshop, Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 21, 2020 at UNC-Chapel Hill to introduce major themes of the fellowship including:

  • defining the Middle East and Africa
  • social movements and human rights issues in the regions
  • the role of women and gender in society
  • the diversity of cultures of these regions
  • resources and strategies for teaching about these regions

Fellows will attend four experiential learning field visits across North Carolina to explore the Middle East and Africa. Please consider your availability to attend these programs prior to applying to the fellowship. The program will include visits to:
  • Masjid Omar ibn Sayyid (Fayetteville), Friday, April 3, 2020
  • North Carolina African Services Coalition (refugee resettlement in Greensboro), Friday, May 22, 2020
  • Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies (Raleigh), Friday, September 18, 2020
  • Immigrant Kitchen experience (Durham/Raleigh), Friday, October TBD, 2020

  • Fellows are invited to attend one elective event that fits their own interests on the Middle East and/or Africa. The elective event can be a lecture, conference, workshop, cultural program, or other. Events may be in-person or virtual (i.e. webinar) and must be pre-approved. Suggested events will be provided by the African Studies Center and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

    At the culmination of the program, teachers will develop a reflection project (lesson plan, annotated bibliography, video about content learned, etc.) and present their work at a culminating workshop in December 2020.

    Fellows will Receive:

    • Intensive and ongoing professional development throughout the year-long program
    • Access to scholars and community experts specializing in the Middle East and Africa, culturally competent pedagogy, and related topics
    • Free meals at each session, at the orientation, and culminating workshop
    • Up to 5.0 CEUs (upon completion of all program requirements)
    • A $300 stipend (upon completion of all program requirements)
    • Travel reimbursement of up to $200 (depending upon your distance from the site visits)
    • Substitute reimbursement (if your school can not cover the cost of a substitute for Friday workshops, fellows may request a substitute scholarship)

    Eligibility & Application

    This program is open to all currently practicing K-12 educators and curriculum coordinators in North Carolina who will be teaching in the next consecutive school year.  Applicants must be able to attend March and December workshops, as well as travel to at least 3 out of 4 offered sessions throughout NC. Sessions will fall on weekdays and weekends, and Fellows will complete pre-reading assignments before each session.
    Application Deadline: January 31, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST.

    Contact

    If you have questions regarding the program or application process, contact Emma Harver, Program/Outreach Coordinator, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies at 919-962-6732, harver@email.unc.edu.


    The Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program is a collaboration of the
    UNC African Studies Center and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. This program is generously funded by the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, the Chancellor’s Education Fund, and Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education.