Al-Quds Bard Fellowship Program - Abu Dis, Palestine
The Program Living and working in the West Bank from August 1, 2018-May 31, 2019, Al-Quds Bard Fellows serve as full-time writing tutors and program support staff for Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) undergraduate and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. Structured as a multi-faceted fellowship year, the fellowship provides an opportunity for recent BA and MAT graduates of Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (Abu Dis) and Bard College (Annandale) to gain hands-on teaching and program development experience with the first dual-degree program between US and Palestinian institutions of higher education. AQB emphasizes student-centered learning, the development of independent inquiry, and the free exchange of ideas and AQB Fellows play an important role in facilitating such an environment on campus..
The Urban Studies and Spatial Practices Program at Al-Quds Bard combines the theoretical approach to the study of territorial and social transformation with forms of urban interventions and spatial analysis, connecting the theoretical analysis of space to practices of the everyday life. Students will learn how to employ spatial concepts and urban analysis to examine different systems of social organization and their impact on social relations, culture, and the environment. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on methods and knowledge from fields — such as anthropology, geography, economics, environmental studies, literature, human rights, law, and the visual arts — to the study of urban space.
Who Can Apply?
AQB Fellowships are competitive and open to recent BA and MAT graduates of any of AQB and Bard’s major programs of study. Experience tutoring writing is strongly desired but not required. Similarly, knowledge of the region, or of Arabic, is an advantage but not required. The principal qualities AQB seeks in Fellows include maturity and social awareness, openness to other cultures, self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team, an interest in institution-building and taking initiative, and a strong sense of professionalism.
Academic Resource Center Responsibilities
Fellows will provide undergraduate and MAT students with writing and English language support. This support includes tutoring in the Academic Resource Center, as well as running one section of an “intensive writing lab” or a similar section in the MAT program. Fellows design and conduct workshops for students. In addition, Fellows will be designated as support for one core course, including First Year and Sophomore Seminar, Arabic Composition, English Composition, Issues in Teaching and Learning, Culture, Identity, and the Classroom, Cognition and Learning, Curriculum and Instruction, and Theory and Practice of Teaching I, II, III. In this capacity, Fellows serve as a vital link between students and faculty, providing students with less formal instruction and support. While Fellows have the opportunity to audit one or more courses in their general field of interest, this is not required. Fellows are expected to be in the Academic Resource Center during working hours when not engaged in classroom or program support outside the Center.
Program Support Responsibilities
In addition to their Academic Resource Center responsibilities, Fellows are to provide program support to the growing institution, AQB. This support may take the form of student life development, graduate and alumni opportunity support, assistance in undergraduate recruitment and admissions, study abroad support, assistance in communications and web presence, and other general administrative duties.
The AQB Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of US $1,000 for full-time appointments. Part-time appointments for AQB MAT graduates will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Fellowships are eligible for renewal for an additional year subject to approval of AQB program leadership.
Applications will be available from the following website: https://bard.studioabroad.com/?go=aqbfellowshipaqbgraduates
All applications must be submitted on-line.
February 28, 2018 is the deadline for the submission of completed applications with supporting documentation. Incomplete applications, or applications submitted after February 28, will not receive consideration.