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Faculty Development in Human Rights

The Weissberg Program in Human Rights provides a number of opportunities for faculty development.  While some activities vary from year to year, they typically include

  1. a reading group that enables faculty member to prepare for the residency of the Weissberg Chair,
  2. opportunities to interact with the Weissberg Chair during the residency (informal conversations over meals, classroom visits),and
  3. the opportunity to attend a conference and/or workshop held in conjunction with the Chair's residency and involving speakers with expertise in the area of the Weissberg Chair's interests. 

Additionally, funding is available to support faculty members' research in the area of human rights and curriculum development.  All proposals must align with institutional priorities as well as demonstrate how they will help further the mission of the Weissberg Program.  

Both collaborative and individual proposals will be accepted.   Proposals that include funding for student participants in the activities will only be accepted if the students will actively contribute to the design and implementation of the activity, as opposed to being the targets of the activity. That is, they must be active partners, for example, serving in the role of teaching or research assistant.


Call for Applications:

The following opportunities are intended for faculty members who are committed to incorporating perspectives from the seminars into their teaching.

January 2015:  Human Rights -  Perspectives from Costa Rica

May/June 2016:  Human Rights - Perspectives from former Yugoslavia

Format and timing:

Costa Rica:  

· Fall seminar on the Beloit College campus

· One week visit to Costa Rica, departing c. January 4, 2016 with visits to the Inter-American Court, the United Nations University for Peace, the National University, and other sites as determined by participant interests

· Debriefing in Beloit:  February 2016

Curriculum development/implementation/dissemination:  spring 2016 through 2016/17

Former Yugoslavia

Spring semester seminar on the Beloit College campus

7-10 day visit to former Yugoslavia in May/June 2016

Debriefing in Beloit:  September 2016

curriculum development/implementation/dissemination:  2016/17  & 2017/18

 The goals of the seminars & country visits are to:

1. Inform participants and, through them, the campus about human rights and possible solutions from the perspective of Costa Rica and former Yugoslavia,

2. Engage in discussions of pedagogy and other ways to equip students to understand and address human rights, and

3. Encourage teaching and research about human rights across disciplines.

These will be accomplished by engaging in discussion with colleagues on the Beloit College campus and in observation and discussion with a variety of actors in Costa Rica and former Yugoslavia.

To apply:

For Costa Rica:  by September 15, submit a statement to with “Costa Rica Human Rights” in the subject line.  

For former Yugoslavia:  by November 1,  submit a statement to with “Yugoslavia Human Rights” in the subject line. 

The statement should discuss

  1. How the seminar might impact your teaching, including the possible development of new units within courses or new course; and 
  2. What you might bring to the seminar. 
  3. Your prior experience with the Weissberg Program if applicable, and your plans for for future engagement.

The Weissberg Program Committee recognizes that course development takes time.  Please therefore, include a time-line when discussing course development.