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! 

SERMEISS in Medieval Spain: Guided Tour of the Lands of Al-Andalus for Educators and Friends of SERMEISS
JUNE 7–19, 2018
The Consortium is pleased to travel to Spain with SERMEISS. “SERMEISS in Medieval Spain” is a great opportunity to combine travel and educational enrichment. See the beauty of Spain and stroll through layers of history and culture. The coexistence of varied ethno-religious populations from 711 to 1492 and beyond had deep effects still perceivable in the Spanish people, food, language, and dance as well as in architecture, art, and artifact. Become immersed in the many worlds that have been part of what became the first country with a global empire. Our excursion through central and southern España/Al-Andalus, set in context through available readings, discussions, and on-site lectures, allows you to explore a rich terrain still brimming with the evidence of life in the medieval and Renaissance eras. For more information, please visit here.

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 dowload the application.

• 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 units with Middle East content. Below are examples of courses developed with Consortium grant support.