Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows

Now accepting applications for the:

Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program

Deadline: December 10, 2017
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We invite currently practicing K-12 teachers and curriculum coordinators across North Carolina to participate in the 2018 Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows program. This intensive year-long professional development opportunity will explore Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across the state, from visiting a refugee resettlement agency in Greensboro, to dining at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Charlotte, to attending a performance in Durham by Alsarah & The Nubatones, this program aims to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina, and develop culturally competent pedagogy.

Fellows will first attend a two-day orientation workshop January 19-20, 2018 at UNC-Chapel Hill to introduce program themes, and then attend a minimum of 5 site-visits throughout the year (held across North Carolina) while engaging with readings, scholarship, discussion, and pedagogy. Program content will be organized around three strands: Migration & Diaspora, Cultural Landscape & Community, and Shared Histories & Cultural Retention. At the culmination of the program, teachers will develop curricular resources related to program content and present their work at a culminating workshop in December 2018.

Fellows will receive:

  • Intensive and ongoing professional development throughout the year-long program
  • Access to scholars and community experts specializing in Middle East and African cultures, culturally competent pedagogy, and related topics
  • Free meals at each session, and at the orientation and culminating workshop
  • Travel reimbursement (depending upon your distance from the site visits)
  • Substitute reimbursement (if you must miss part of the school day in order to arrive at a site visit in time for programming and your school can not cover the cost of a substitute, Fellows may request a substitute scholarship)
  • Up to 5.0 CEUs (upon completion of all program requirements)
  • A $300 stipend (upon completion of all program requirements)


  • 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.
  • The deadline for applications is December 10, 2017. Click here for the application link. (Click here for a preview of the application essay questions.)
  • Optional: You may upload your resume or CV as supplemental application material.
  • Optional: You may submit your responses to the long answer questions via video (rather than providing written responses) and upload it to the application. If you choose to upload a video, please clearly state each question followed by your response. Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes.

**Please note that applicants must be able to travel to at least 5 out of 6 offered sessions throughout NC in addition to the January and December workshops. Sessions will fall on weekdays and weekends, and Fellows will complete pre-reading assignments before each session.
**Workshop dates for the year will be provided by January 2018. Please see below for the drafted schedule of site visits (subject to change).

Draft Schedule:
January 19-20, 2018 | Orientation Workshop, UNC Chapel Hill
February 16 (Fri.)  | Migration and Diaspora: NC African Services Coalition, Greensboro
March 1 (Thurs. eve) | Migration and Diaspora: Al Sarah and the Nubatones, Durham
April 28 (Sat.) | Shared Histories & Cultural Retention: Masjid Omar Ibn Said, Fayetteville
June 22 (Fri.) | Shared Histories & Cultural Retention: Middle East & African Food, Charlotte
September 8 (Sat.) | Cultural Landscape & Community: Triangle Lebanese American Center, Raleigh
October 6 (Sat.) | Cultural Landscape & Community: Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, Raleigh
December | Final Workshop, UNC Chapel Hill

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 between the UNC African Studies Center, Carolina K-12 and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. This program is funded by the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, Carolina K-12’s Warren A. Nord Endowment for Teachers, and Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Thank you to our additional partners:

  • Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at NC State University
  • National Humanities Center


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