Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence opportunity at the University of North Dakota for the 2023-24 academic year.

For the 2023-24 academic year, the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks proposes to bring a scholar with a specialization in Human Geography/Scandinavian Studies, and with expertise in the Circumpolar North, to join the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures for 9 months as a Scholar in Residence.

Program start: August 2023
Monthly stipend/allowance: $2850
Program length: 9 months
Discipline: Human Geography
Specialization: Scandinavian Studies/Circumpolar North
Host: Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures
Application deadline: March 10, 2023
Notification of selection: April 1, 2023
For more information, contact Cathrine or Petter at cathrine@fulbright.no or petter@fulbright.no

Institutional and Program Summary:
Summary of Activities: An S-I-R with expertise in the Circumpolar North will augment UND’s asymmetrical focus on the Arctic and elevate the visibility of the transnational, interdisciplinary scholarship needed to understand this complex region. By teaching three popular classes, the S-I-R will enrich student learning on the North and assist faculty as we continue to decolonize our curricula to include indigenous knowledge. Campus events will show how scholarships such as Fulbright foster international collaboration.

Academic Program:
The S-I-R will carry a 2-1 load. The S-I-R would likely teach a geography class each semester and potentially a culture course covering the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. Flexibility availability in course design. Anticipated enrollments for 100-level courses are 125; upper-level courses are 20-30.
FALL: GEOG 151. Human Geography. A systematic analysis of people’s cultural regions–settlement patterns, change via migration, and diffusion. OR GEOG 161. World Regional Geography. Development of the concept of region with analysis of the relationship of physical & cultural features to the contemporary world situation. FALL: A cultural course designed in collaboration with UND is desired.
SPRING: GEOG 463. Geography for Europe. A regional and topical analysis of the physical and cultural features with emphasis on Europe. Course development opportunity. Two presentations requested.

Scholar Profile:
Our ideal S-I-R should be strongly anchored in the social sciences, witha geography or geographic information science as a disciplinary background, but also have complementary expertise in the humanities. We are open to any angle of research that informs our understanding of the Circumpolar North: glaciation, permafrost, sea ice, and tundra are possible specializations. So too are fields informed by the people residing here; we welcome knowledge of global indigenous populations and languages (Sami and Inuit for the Nordic focus, but also Aleut, Yupik, Nenets, Khanty, Evenk, and Chukchi peoples) as a complement to UND’s focus on American Indian Studies. The many challenges facing the Circumpolar North can be tapped: climate change, global energy transition, international shipping channels, and global security(cultural, economic, food, health, military, political). The desire for interdisciplinary collaborations on Arctic issues drives UND’s wish to host an S-I-R with this expertise.
Our ideal S-I-R would ideally hold a Ph.D. relevant to the aforementioned fields. Some university teaching experience would be ideal, delivered both in-person and online, for our university has a strong teaching tradition for all undergraduate courses. All of the proposed courses are validated in our general education program and attract a diverse population of students who could interact with our S-I-R to give a representative sample of undergraduates at a public state research university. Course enrollments could warrant smaller seminars and larger lecture formats, and the S-I-R will have access to pedagogical resources to ensure a most successful teaching experience. This includes membership in our first-year faculty program, the Alice T. Clark Mentoring Program, to ground the S-I-R in a community of newcomers. There may be opportunities to work with graduate students in Geography & Geographic Information Science or across the College of Arts & Sciences, but no advising expectations.

Plans for Other Campus Activities:
The S-I-R will be invited to join numerous campus colloquia for discussions and presentations during the academic year. The S-I-R will be included in the Alice T. Clark faculty mentorship program with all new UND faculty. In the Fall, the S-I-R will offer a formal Fulbright Lecture sponsored by the Provost. Expect invitations to speak at other colleges and local groups based on the S-I-R’s research expertise; the S-I-R Steering Committee will help facilitate these connections. During International Education Week, the S-I-R will team with International Centre and Dr. Chu to showcase Fulbright fellowships for students and faculty. A similar invitation will come to Dr. Gjellstad’s LANG 380 grant-writing course, where the S-I-R can speak about the Fulbright application process. The S-I-R will work with Dr. Gjellstad to develop a faculty-led study abroad to the BEAR & Circumpolar North. The International Studies program hosts a Spring Symposium, at which the S-I-R may be the keynote speaker.

Community Outreach:
The S-I-R will be invited to join numerous community events for discussions and presentations during the academic year. Contacts within the City of Grand Forks and the Public School (K-12) system would welcome the opportunity to invite the S-I-R to collaborate on visits, projects, and building town-gown relationships, as their support letters state. Steering Committee members have connections with local service clubs such as Rotary, CBYX Organization, and other cultural organizations for speaking opportunities as warranted. With expertise in global indigenous issues, visits and partnerships with faculty at local tribal colleges such as Cankdeska Cikana Community College and Turtle Mountain Community College are a priority. Local organizations such as Grand Forks Public Library, Grand Forks Historical Society, East Grand Forks Heritage Village, and Pembina State Museum are but a sample of regional institutions along the Red River Valley that may welcome the opportunity to host the S-I-R.

If you are interested in applying for the 2023-24 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence position at the University of North Dakota, please send the following items by March 10, 2023 to cathrine@fulbright.no:

If you are interested in applying for the 2023-24 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence position at the University of North Dakota, please apply online at: https://apply.iie.org/sir

In addition to the online application, please send the following items to cathrine@fulbright.no

  • A detailed CV
  • Three letters of reference
  • A letter from your home institution stating that you will receive leave of absence if selected for the Fulbright grant.

Application deadline: March 10, 2023 (both the online application and additional application materials will need to be submitted by the application deadline)

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