Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Two Notes: Distinguished Scholar Honoree; Travel grant issues



Dear Global South Caucus members,

It is once again time to solicit nominations for our GSCIS Distinguished Scholar Award to be presented at the Annual ISA Convention next February. As has been our tradition, we rotate regions each year and for 2017 our scholar will be from Latin America or the Caribbean.

Criteria for nominees is the following, as noted on the ISA website, http://www.isanet.org/Programs/Awards/GSC-Distinguished-Scholar:

-A distinguished record of scholarship and policy contributions reflecting a sustained interest in global south affairs.

-It is not required that the nominee be an ISA member but s/he should be familiar with the association and usually will have participated in some way in the past.

Members and friends of the GSCIS are asked to submit nominations by email to me with a note substantiating consideration of the nominee and a bio/CV (or web link to one) by November 15, 2016. Final decisions will be made by the GSCIS Executive Committee serving as well in its capacity as the Nominations Committee.

Many thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you!

Nanette Svenson
Chair, Global South Caucus
International Studies Association

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Dear all,

I write with regard to the recently awarded ISA travel grants for the annual ISA Baltimore conference next February. I received a number of communications from our caucus members expressing unmet expectations, which motivated further investigation to help clarify the situation. Here is what we have to date, though the figures are very preliminary:

1. The ISA travel grant budget is now at $225,000, $25,000 above last year but still able to meet only a fraction of the demand.
2. Demand for the grants this year was more than double (250% above) that of last year, so although more was given and to more recipients, average amounts were less (around $300 compared to $450 last year).
3. GS applicants received more overall this year: last year GS participants received $104,500 of the total $200,000 (52%) and this year GS participants received $127,000 of the total $225,000 (56%), plus more GS scholars received awards this year.
4. The criteria for grant decision-making is detailed on the ISA website, http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Policy, but has not been applied consistently over the years and is in need of revamping.
5. These criteria, along with the surrounding procedure and protocol, will be sent to the Professional Development Committee (PDC) for review and reworking with the aim of producing a new set of operational standards in for 2017.

While there is little we can do to change the travel grant situation for this year, we can work on improving the process for coming years by presenting to the PDC an official GSCIS memo detailing our views on the policy redesign. I suggest we collectively come up with concrete ideas and priorities to document our GS concerns and put on record what we would like to see changed in future travel grant decision making.

It is important to note that no matter what we achieve with the ISA travel grants, we will still not solve the financial issue of GS participation in ISA conferences. Even increased travel grants will cover only a small portion of the cost of attendance for developing region scholars. Therefore, we must highlight this issue in the GS Task Force discussions, as well, and try to be creative with solutions for obtaining more funding (from ISA and beyond).

This also offers an opportunity to reiterate our interest in reaching out to scholars and institutions in the GS with the aim of facilitating and sponsoring more local/regional conferences, meetings, and workshops. Many of our caucus members are located in GS locales, hence our great potential for really hearing and understanding the views in these parts and including more local discussions in our agenda.

Thanks, everyone, and I look forward to hearing your input!

All the best,

Nanette Svenson
Chair, Global South Caucus
International Studies Association


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jobs (new one added), ACUNS news, book ad, Mosul piece

New:



University of Oklahoma
Wick Cary Assistant Professor of Brazilian Studies (Tenure Track)
The University of Oklahoma’s Department of International and Area Studies, a thriving academic department in the expanding College of International Studies, invites applications for the Wick Cary Assistant Professor position in Brazilian studies at the level of Assistant Professor beginning August 2017. This new position accompanies the recent creation of a University of Oklahoma center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil along with a new center in Puebla, Mexico to expand the university's international presence and to enrich study abroad opportunities for OU students. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests focus on political and economic development, energy and the environment, political institutions, or Brazil’s international relations and foreign policy.  
The person hired for this position will teach undergraduate and MA-level courses on Brazil as well as thematic courses in their area of expertise.  Additionally, the person hired will contribute to teaching at the Rio Center.  We hope to welcome a new colleague with a demonstrated commitment to fostering inclusivity and mentoring members of underrepresented groups.
The Department of International and Area Studies (IAS) offers seven undergraduate degrees to approximately 360 majors, and an MA in International Studies with 40 students enrolled. The Department has approximately 20 full-time faculty with collective research strengths in the areas of development, security, and national identity. For more information, please visit the IAS website at https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias.html.  The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a comprehensive public research university with a Carnegie classification of very high research activity known for excellence in teaching and research.  OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.  Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. For more information, visit http://soonerway.ou.edu and http://www.ou.edu/flipbook.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. The teaching load will be two courses per semester (2-2). Salary is competitive. The appointment will begin on August 16, 2017. Applicants should submit a letter of application, statements of teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, complete sets of teaching evaluations, and a writing sample.  Submit all materials electronically at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7636.
                               
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. We especially encourage applications from underrepresented groups as we continue to build a diverse faculty. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution (www.ou.edu/eeo).

JOB OPENINGS
Monash University, Australia (www.monash.edu) is seeking

1) Lecturer in International Relations
2) Lecturer in International Development Practice

Politics and International Relations is the largest Section within the School of Social Sciences. It has a reputation for research and teaching excellence. The Section offers two complementary undergraduate majors, Politics and International Relations, as well coursework postgraduate programs that have a fast growing domestic and international student base. It is a centre of research dynamism with three major research streams: Australian politics (with particular strengths in executive government and parties); international relations (with particular strengths in gender peace and security, and political violence and terrorism studies) and political theory.
Key result areas and responsibility
Specific duties required of a Level B academic may include:
1. the conduct of tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, workshops, student field excursions, clinical sessions and studio sessions
2. initiation and development of subject material
3. acting as subject coordinators
4. the preparation and delivery of lectures and seminars
5. supervision of the program of study of honours students or of postgraduate students engaged in course work
6. supervision of major honours or postgraduate research projects
7. the conduct of research
8. involvement in professional activity
9. development of course material with appropriate advice from and support of more senior staff;
10. marking and assessment
11. consultation with students
12. a range of administrative functions the majority of which are connected with the subjects in which the academic teaches
13. attendance at departmental, school and/or faculty meetings and/or membership of a number of committees

Position 1: The Master of International Relations is an innovative coursework degree offered through the School of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts. It emphasises the development of conceptual knowledge and applied hands-on skill development in policy contexts. We value research-informed teaching, and industry partnerships with government, non-governmental organisations, and businesses. The Master of International Relations is a vibrant program a focus on policy relevance and industry connections.
Position purpose
The lecturer will join Politics and International Relations section of the School of Social Sciences as a full-time, continuing academic staff member, with teaching, research and service roles. For the first three years, the successful candidate’s teaching and service contributions will be dedicated to the Deputy Directorship of the MA in International Relations, a vibrant coursework program with a focus on policy relevance and industry connections.
In this role, the lecturer will assist in the development of a foundation program for incoming MA students, provide oversight of the internship and research project units, support the administration of the program, assist the Program Director with program delivery and strategy, and undertake supervision, mentoring, and consultation with students. After three years, the lecturer may then relinquish the Deputy Director position and take on a traditional teaching and research role in international relations.
Reporting line: Dr Benjamin MacQueen
Supervisory responsibilities: Honours and postgraduate students
Financial delegation and/or budget responsibilities: Nil

Key selection criteria
Essential
1. A PhD in International Relations
2. Emerging track record of achievement of research in international relations, with a clear research plan for the next 3-5 years
3. Demonstrated ability to make significant contributions to teaching and learning outcomes in the MA in International Relations, including working with the Program Director in developing the mentoring, internship, and supervision programs
4. Capacity to supervise Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students
5. Capacity to manage unit administration
6. Demonstrated excellence in and enthusiasm for student-centred learning
7. High level of interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
Other job-related information
• Travel (eg. to other campuses of the University)
• Peak periods of work during which the taking of leave may be restricted


Position 2:
The Master of International Development Practice is an innovative multidisciplinary degree offered through the School of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts. It emphasises the development of conceptual knowledge and applied hands-on skill development in cross cultural and comparative contexts. We value research-informed teaching, and partnerships with the development and humanitarian sectors, including their involvement in our student mentoring programs. Following its introduction in 2014, the Master of international Development Practice has experienced significant growth.
Position purpose
The Lecturer is expected to make contributions to the teaching effort of the University and to carry out activities to develop and maintain scholarly research and/or professional activities relevant to the profession or discipline. It is expected that the successful candidate will serve as Deputy Program Director for the MA International Development Practice for 3 years, with a focus on oversight of the internship and research project units, supporting administration of the program, working with the Program Director on program delivery and strategy, undertaking supervision, mentoring, and consultation with students, and supporting the delivery of on-line subjects.
Reporting line: Dr Benjamin MacQueen
Supervisory responsibilities: Honours and postgraduate students
Financial delegation and/or budget responsibilities  Nil


Key selection criteria

Essential
1. A PhD in International Relations with a focus on International Development and/or Humanitarian Studies
2. Emerging track record of achievement in related research and a clear research plan for the next 3-5 years
3. Demonstrated ability to make significant contributions to teaching and learning outcomes in the MA International Development Practice (MIDP), including working with the Program Director in developing the mentoring, internship, and supervision programs
4. Capacity to supervise Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students
5. Capacity to manage unit administration
6. Demonstrated capacity for student-centred learning
7. Possess a high-level of interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
Desirable
8. Experience working in the development or related sector
9. Strong professional networks in the development or related sector
10. Experience in the development of pedagogical resources for teaching online

Other job-related information
• Travel (eg. to other campuses of the University)
• Peak periods of work during which the taking of leave may be restricted

Applications close October 25. You are welcome to contact ISA's  ISS Section's Vice Chair Maria Rost Rublee for more information. She is the:


Director, Master of International Relations
Department of Politics and International Relations
School of Social Sciences
Monash University 

Office:  + 61 3 9905 0052


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News from our Friends at ACUNS
ACUNS will hold its annual meeting on June 15-17, 2017 at Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea. The theme is:
Revitalizing the United Nations for Human Rights, Peace and Development
2017 will see a new UN Secretary-General taking office on the 38th Floor at UN Headquarters, following the end of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s second term. The new SG will be faced with a number of ongoing global, regional and other challenges, and will be confronted with new issues that will arise over time. The SG also will have the job of continuing to build on the momentum of recent milestone agreements, including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Commitments to Action from the World Humanitarian Summit.
While the transition in the leadership of the United Nations is likely to be a central interest for many ACUNS members, the 2017 Annual Meeting notably also marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Academic Council. This year’s meeting, therefore, will offer a relatively rare opportunity for members—that is, a moment to reflect on the achievements of one Secretary-General and to consider the agenda of the new leader of the global body, while connecting those reflections to discussions of the role of ACUNS and its members in promoting innovative scholarship and greater understanding of the UN system and its place in meeting global governance.
This is the first ACUNS meeting to be held in East Asia, or in Asia broadly. We will be working with colleagues of the KACUNS in Seoul, Korea, to reach out to UN studies associations, institutions and individuals in the region. We very much welcome this as an important bridge-building initiative; thus we will look for scholarly papers that might identify and engage regional as well as global topics including but not limited to the promotion and protection of human rights; the challenges of peace and development; supporting global civil education; the dynamics of relations amongst Asian states on issues of human rights, peace and development, and how these take shape within the UN framework—including the possibility of peaceful reunification; the evolving roles of regional bodies, non-government organizations, civil society and the private sector; as well as shifts in relations between the region and external actors.
Proposals on the Annual Meeting theme—“Revitalizing the United Nations for Human Rights, Peace and Development”—and on the subthemes and issues raised in this introductory note, in addition to other topics relating to the UN system and the broader mandate of the Council, will be considered.
You are invited to discuss these, and many other challenging issues, at the 2017 ACUNS Annual Meeting.
Please go to http://acuns.org/am2017/ for more details.

ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship
The Award
The ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship Award recognizes emerging students of extraordinary potential who have reached the stage of writing an advanced graduate-level dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system. Applications not thus related to the UN and/or UN system will not be considered.
An important component of the Award for its winner is the recognition of excellence that this entails throughout ACUNS’ global community of scholars and practitioners. The Award also includes a monetary component in the amount of $1,500.00 US.
In addition, the winner is encouraged to attend the ACUNS Annual Meeting in that same year, where she/he will be introduced and recognized as the Award winner. In that case, the winner will receive an Annual Meeting registration fee waiver (worth up to $150 of the registration fee) plus an additional award of up to $500 following the Meeting for the reimbursement of related travel and accommodations costs.
The Dissertation Award winner is encouraged to consider in the future submitting some written product to ACUNS’ journal, Global Governance. Use of any materials, however, will be at the discretion of the journal editorial team and the normal peer review process.


EligibilityApplicants for the award should already be a student member of ACUNS. Information about joining ACUNS can be found on our website under Join/Renew. If you are an applicant from the Global South whose financial status may preclude them from purchasing a membership, please contact admin@acuns.org.
Eligible candidates may be citizens of any country and must be entering the writing stage of a PhD, JSD, or LLM level degree—for example, a doctoral candidate who has defended her/his dissertation proposal and who has completed the majority of field research, and who now is writing a first draft of the dissertation. It is not intended for students who already have completed, or who are about to complete, the writing, or who are about to defend their thesis (NB for students working in a UK-context of doctoral studies, the Award relates to students who are in the beginning of their final year/year three of registration and are in the process of writing up).
If you have any questions, or are not clear whether your application falls within the guidelines, you should contact the ACUNS Secretariat prior to submitting your application, at admin@acuns.org.
Applications must be received at the ACUNS Secretariat in full by Thursday, January 12, 2017.


Application Procedure
Applications must include all of the following:
  • The applicant’s dissertation proposal or a similar description of the research, which must be no more than 25 pages (typed and double spaced, including bibliography/citations) in length. The review committee will not examine any submissions longer in length than 25 pages;
  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with the student’s academic work, one of whom must be the applicant’s dissertation supervisor. Only two letters should be provided.
  • Apply online
Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the submission and your two referees will receive an email from ACUNS containing the URL link to the webpage where they can upload their letters of recommendation. This email will also contain the essential details your references will need to complete their portion of this application.
You will be notified by the online system when a letter of recommendation has been submitted by one of your referees. Your application will not be considered if it remains incomplete by the submission deadline.
The winner will be notified by March 31, 2017. Once the Award has been accepted, ACUNS will notify all other applicants of the final decision, and details of the winning applicant’s project will be posted on the ACUNS web site.
Due to the large number of applications received, ACUNS cannot provide any detailed response regarding the evaluation of any individual application.


References
If you wish to submit a recommendation letter, you can can do so by clicking the URL link included in the email you received when the student applicant submitted his or her application. If you did not receive this email, please contact admin@acuns.org.(See the ACUNS website for more details)


 Don't forget to check out: Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South (ed. J. Braveboy-Wagner), with contributions  by many GSCIS members. Palgrave-Macmillan, October 2016.

Also see a trenchant analysis of the situation in Mosul by one of our members: https://theconversation.com/the-battle-for-mosul-is-too-little-too-late-in-the-fight-against-the-islamic-state-67262 

Cick here for next blog post: Distinguished Scholar Honoree!  http://gscis.blogspot.com/2016/10/job-acuns-news-et-al.html