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! 

The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies welcomes applications from community college educators across North Carolina seeking funding to attend our annual conference, “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” at UNC-Chapel Hill, March 22-24, 2019.  Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. This conference will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip, giving participants a deeper understanding of the context of these realities and offering concrete options that can better the lives of Gazans. The conference also highlights Gazan culture–music, films, food, and art–to showcase the beauty that goes along with the challenges of life in the Gaza Strip.

For more information about the conference, visit
To Apply: Download and complete the application form and submit to – application deadline is March 5, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.


  • This travel grant is open to all community college faculty in North Carolina.
  • Applicants must live at least 60 miles away from the event location (FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516)
  • Applicants must intend on teaching in the upcoming academic year.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the entire reception and keynote performance on Friday, March 22, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the full day of panels on Saturday, March 23, 9:00 – 5:30 p.m. Attending the film festival on Sunday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. is optional but encouraged.


  • The grant includes single occupancy accommodations in Chapel Hill for up to two nights (Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23), as well as a mileage stipend of $50, given as a reimbursement after the conference.
  • Optional: You may submit your resume or CV along with the completed application
  • Reporting Requirements: Grantees must respond to a brief survey immediately following the conference, and complete a second survey six months after the event.

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