SUSI for Secondary School Educators

Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators

Application deadline: January 6, 2019

 

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators (SUSI) is a six-week summer program.  It provides secondary educators (English teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, etc.) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture, past and present.  The programs are organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization and have a strong contemporary component.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, the programs elucidate the history and evolution of U.S. educational institutions and values.  The programs also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.

Specific program information is posted on the website at:

http://exchanges.state.gov/susi

 

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 have to share a hotel room during the study tour (up to two weeks). Housing is typically 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. Candidates should be 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.  It is important that these requirements and restrictions be clear to all candidates.

 

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

A. Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 25-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary educators. The ideal candidate is a secondary teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, textbook writer, ministry of education official, or other related professional with responsibility for secondary education.

B. The ideal candidate should also be 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 education professionals in U.S. studies. 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 educators are eligible applicants, first consideration will be given to younger and mid-career professionals, and to persons who are likely to be comfortable with campus life and an active program schedule.

 

OTHER FACTORS FOR CONSIDERATION: The following factors are 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 institution 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? Why, in short, does the nomination matter?  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, it is requested that each candidate 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 will be 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.

Please send your application (form can be found here) to BaukuvieneR@state.gov no later than January 6, 2019.