Professional Development

The Consortium regularly offers sessions at K-12 and community college conferences statewide. To keep updated on conferences and workshops, join our K-12 or community college listserv by contacting Program/Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver at

Upcoming Middle East programs

Click here for Past Educator Workshops, Presentations & Resources!


Dimensions of the Middle East: Summer Institute at Duke University
June 23-28, 2019
Duke University

40 teachers from across the country will join us this summer for a five-day institute designed to introduce participants to different dimensions of the Middle East. From social movements to geopolitics to cultures and more, teachers will deepen their understanding of both the historic and modern Middle East. Participants will learn from scholars and community experts, study authentic texts, and participate in experiential learning activities. Throughout the institute, teachers will reflect on integrating content learned into the classroom. All participating teachers will be required to develop a lesson plan or activity integrating workshop content. For a PDF download of the application announcement, please click here.

All expenses are covered for selected participants. Application Deadline is EXTENDED to Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 pm EST (please note that a letter of recommendation is required, so being your application now!).

Eligibility and Conditions

  • This institute is open to currently practicing educators teaching grades 6–12 in the United States.
  • Applicants must continue teaching in the next consecutive school year.
  • Given the themes of this institute, this program is open to teachers in the social sciences, humanities and arts fields.
  • Selected participants will be required to develop and submit a lesson plan or activity within two months of the institute’s completion.

How to Apply: Application Deadline EXTENDED to Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 pm EST or until 125 applications have been received. Please note that a letter of recommendation is required, so begin your application today!
To apply, you must register for an account on Qatar Foundation International’s Grants Management Portal, FluidReview, at Visit for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact Emma Harver at or 919–962–6732. For questions about the QFI application portal, please contact Craig Cangemi at or 202–618–3862.

Other Opportunities

The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is offering travel grants for NC educators to attend the annual fall meeting of SERMEISS (dates change slightly each year, but always in mid-October at the Valle Crucis Conference Center, Banner Elk, NC). If you are interested in applying, contact Program/Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver at by September 15 of the desired year. Please click here to download the application form.

• Open to secondary education and community college instructors in North Carolina
• The deadline for applications is September 15 of the desired year
• Please submit your resume or CV along with the completed application
• The applicant must intend on teaching in the consecutive school year
• All awards are a fixed $200, intended as a stipend for travel costs and registration, etc.
• Grant funds are awarded as reimbursements to teachers

World View, a public service program at UNC, equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices, and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world. World View organizes professional development opportunities including seminars and symposiums, workshops, online courses, on-site sessions, and study visits abroad. During these programs, participants immerse themselves with global knowledge and skills in order to integrate global education in all areas of the curriculum. Visit here to learn more about upcoming professional development programs.

Through World View, the Consortium supports the development of community college courses and course modules with Middle East content.  Click here for more information and to apply.
Below, please find sample community college modules developed with Consortium grant support:

  • Art Appreciation (ART111) – 2017
    Chellie LaPointe, Durham Technical Community College
  • Philosophical Issues (PHI215) – 2018
    Gaylyn Eddy, Robeson Community College
  • Theatre History I (DRA211) – 2018
    David J. Glover, Forsyth Technical Community College