Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars for Year 2019
Application deadline: January 13, 2019
INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION: Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI)are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other
scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.
The institutes take place at various colleges and universities throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in mid June.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the website to obtain general information about the Institutes at: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi
A total of six institutes are offered for university-level faculty.
- SUSI on U.S.Culture and Society provides experienced and highly-motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history. The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base, and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society.
- SUSI on American Politics and Political Thought provides university faculty with a deeper understanding of U.S. political institutions and major currents in American political thought. The institute provides the participants insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions. The institute provides an overview of political thought during the founding period (constitutional foundations), and the development and current functioning of the American presidency, Congress and the federal judiciary. The examination of political institutions is expanded to include the electoral system, political parties and interest groups, the civil service system, media and think tanks, or the welfare/regulatory state. The institute addresses modern political and cultural issues in the United States (including but not limited to civil rights, women’s rights, immigration, etc.), and the significance of public discourse in the formulation of public policy.
- SUSI on Contemporary American Literature provides university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American literature. Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary American society and culture. The program explores the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools and movements reflect the traditions of the American literary canon. At the same time, the program exposes participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.
- SUSI on U.S. Foreign Policy provides university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented with an emphasis on the post Cold War period. This institute begins with a review of the historical development of U.S. foreign policy and covers significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have dominated U.S. foreign policy. In addition, the institute explains the role of key players in the field of foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches, the media, public opinion, think-tanks, non-governmental and international organizations and how these players debate, cooperate, influence policy, and are held accountable. Regional sessions, for the entire group, highlighting salient topics such as energy security and environmental policy in Europe; trade and human rights issues in Asia; foreign aid and humanitarian assistance in Africa; drug trafficking and immigration issues for the Western Hemisphere; and combating terrorism in the Near East and South Asia are among the relevant issues that might be explored.
- SUSI on Journalism and Media provides journalism faculty and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of journalism’s and the media’s roles in U.S. society. It examines major topics in journalism, including the concept of a “free press,” First Amendment rights, andthe media’s relationship to the public interest. The legal and ethical questions posed by journalism are incorporated into every aspect of the institute. The institute covers strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing. The program also highlights technology’s impact on journalism, addressing the influence of the Internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other advances in media that are transforming the profession.
- SUSI on Religious Pluralism in the United States provides university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralismin the United States and its intersection with American democracy. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law and others where appropriate, the program explores both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examines the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; examines the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and explores the sociology and demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics.
OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:
A. Program Funding: all participant costs, including:
program administration, domestic travel and ground transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence, are covered.
B. Housing and Meal Arrangements: Typically, participants have a private room with a shared bathroom during the residency portion (four weeks) of the institute, and share a hotel room during the study tour (up to two weeks). Housing typically is in college or university owned housing. Most meals are provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.
C. Health Benefits: All participants receive the Department of State’s coverage of $50,000 with a $25 deductible for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
D. Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to participate fully in the program. They are expected to attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program. Please note that teaching methodology and pedagogical methods are not addressed formally in the institute. Candidates should be made aware that this is an intensive institute and there is little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. The institute should not be viewed as a research program.
CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
A. Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 25-50, highly-motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher education. While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute.
B. The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on
the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme. In this respect, while the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, an equally important factor is how participation in the institute will enhance course offerings in U.S. studies at the nominee’s home institution.
C. Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour. While senior faculty members are eligible applicants, first consideration to younger and mid-career professionals, and to persons who are likely to be comfortable with campus life and an active program schedule is given.
OTHER FACTORS FOR CONSIDERATION: The following factors will be used in selecting participants from among the nominations.
A. Institutional Justification: The justification statement is a critical portion of the nomination, as it offers the opportunity to provide specific reasons why the participation of a nominee is particularly desirable in terms of enhancing the study of the United States at the home institution, or more broadly, in the home country. For example, would the nomination serve to strengthen an already established faculty, or is it intended to give a boost to a fledgling program? Is the nominee a leader within his or her field who is in a unique position to have a significant and immediate impact on curricular development, or is the nominee a younger professional with exceptional promise whose participation is likely to result in a substantial benefit to their home institution in the long run? The justification statement need not be especially lengthy, but it should address these and other relevant issues.
B. Candidate Statement: In order to get a better sense of potential participants’ motivations and goals, each candidate should provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why he or she is interested in participating in the program and what he or she expects to get out of the experience.
C. English Language Ability: It is imperative that all candidates demonstrate English language fluency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants are expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions.
D. Priority Consideration: Priority is given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component, who have limited experience in the United States, and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.