[URBANTH-L]FUNDING: ICIS Visiting Scholar Applications (Emory University)

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Tue Apr 15 20:41:07 EDT 2008

Emory University
The Institute for Comparative and International Studies
Call for ICIS Visiting Scholar Applications

Theme Program, 2008-11

Emory University's Institute for Comparative and International Studies 
invites applications for a three-year visiting scholar position to begin 
fall, 2008.  This position emphasizes critical interdisciplinary scholarship 
and will interface with the theme "States at Regional Risk" (SARR). ICIS has 
received a major grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to develop 
a program around this theme; project details are in the attached summary. 
Targeted at recent PhDs, the position will be held at the rank of 
post-doctoral fellow or visiting assistant professor, depending on the 
background and credentials of the successful applicant. The field of 
specialization is open across the social sciences and related fields, 
including anthropology, history, political science, sociology, economics, 
development studies, women's studies, and the liberal arts. 
Interdisciplinary background and critical theory interests are welcome.

The ICIS theme program "States at Regional Risk" was undertaken to 
substantively increase understanding and awareness about practical ways of 
reducing state risk and increasing public governance and services in four 
key world regions: West Africa, Central-East Africa, South Asia, and the 
Americas. In each region, different dynamics shape the types and degrees of 
state fragility, the relation between weaker and stronger states, the impact 
of regional and international influence, and prospects for security and 
peace. The project foregrounds place-based knowledge in relation to regional 
and comparative dynamics, including how international interventions 
ameliorate or reinforce state fragility.

Along the lines of the attached SARR Executive Summary, the research of the 
SARR visiting scholar should address both analytic and practical issues of 
social fragility and regional risk within or across at least one of the 
following areas:

West Africa, including one or more of the coastal countries from Senegal to 
Central-East Africa, including the Great Lake Counties (the Democratic 
Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya)
South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, 
Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka
Northern Andes, including Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, or Venezuela

A significant goal of SARR is to cultivate and expand networks of practical 
influence in states at regional risk. To this end, the SARR program will 
organize seminars, workshops, and conferences that bring together policy 
makers, practitioners, and relevant scholars for discussions that emphasize 
pragmatic outcomes. These events will be held in major cities within the 
regions of program concentration as well as at Emory University.  One of 
SARR's aims is to involve policy makers who can learn and benefit from the 
insights of experienced practitioners and the knowledge of academic experts.

Additional outcomes of SARR include mentorship and career development of 
graduate students as well as scholarly papers, edited collections, articles, 
and web pages that integrate scholarship, practical experience, and 
policy-making initiatives.

Applicants should have strong grounding in place-based knowledge within or 
across at least one of the above-mentioned countries or world areas as well 
as analytic or theoretical interest in broader comparison.  Candidates 
should be knowledgeable about and have interest in practical implications of 
research in addition to having superior academic credentials and 
accomplishments.  Practical experience with policy or development studies or 
as a consultant is a plus though not strictly necessary.  Superior teaching 
qualifications will be considered along with excellence in research.

The applicant's PhD must have been successfully defended by the date of 
application and must have been awarded no earlier than 2002 (or no earlier 
than 2000 for scholars outside the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, or 

The visiting SARR scholar will teach one course per semester or equivalent 
and will participate actively in SARR seminars and as an integral member of 
the SARR Steering Committee.  He or she may also be instrumental in helping 
organize or orchestrate a relevant conference or workshop that takes place 
in her or his world area of expertise.

The Visiting Scholar will receive salary appropriate to her or his relevant 
background and qualifications plus Emory University benefits, research funds 
allocated in relation to the applicant's project, and an allocation of 
$2,500 for equipment.

Applicants should submit:

·   application letter that describes the candidate's research background 
and interests, including the title of the applicant's proposed SARR research 
·   CV
·   abstract and annotated table of contents of the applicant's doctoral 
·   1-2 paragraph statement of teaching interests
·   writing sample/s
·   supplementary statements or contextual information as desired (please 
submit these as appendices)
·   three letters of recommendation

Application materials should be e-mailed as files in standard MS-Word format 
attached to a single message with the subject line "ICIS Visiting Scholar 
References should be sent as file attachments or as message text with the 
subject line "ICIS Visiting Scholar Reference."
All materials should be e-mailed to Corina Domozick; Associate Director of 
Operations, ICIS @ cdomozi at emory.edu (phone, 404-712-9294).  Questions 
should be directed to Ms. Domozick at the contacts listed above.
Emory University is an EEO/AA employer.  Applications are encouraged from a 
wide range of scholars with diverse backgrounds.
The review of applications will begin on April 30, 2008 and will continue 
until the position is filled.
See further details about ICIS programs at http://www.icis.emory.edu. 

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