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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: Human Rights; Perspectives from Jordan

Format and timing: 

· Fall seminar on the Beloit College campus:  6 sessions

· Visit to Jordan in January 2016 (tentative departure / return:  December 31 / January 12)

· Debriefing in Beloit:  February 2016


Application deadline:  June 15, 2015

The Weissberg Program in Human Rights is pleased to announce a call for applications for a seminar on human rights that will draw on lessons from human rights issues, discussions, and attempts at solutions in Jordan. 

The exact topics of focus will depend on the final composition of the seminar group.  However, possible topics include human rights questions related to:

  •   Environment and natural resources
  •   Refugees and immigration
  •   Religion and political Islam
  •   Education
  •   Health care
  •   Gender and sexual expression
  •   Women’s rights
  •   Civil society and freedom of expression
  •   Ethnicity and tribes

    The goals of the seminar are to:

    1. Inform participants and, through them, the campus about human rights and possible solutions from the perspective of Jordan,

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

    3. Encourage teaching 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 Jordan.

    The Weissberg Program is partnering with the School for International Training (SIT) for the Jordan portion of the seminar. SIT sponsors two semester-long programs in Jordan and is introducing a summer lab course focused on water in summer 2015.


    To apply:

    By June 15, submit a statement to with “Jordan 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.