[URBANTH-L]Urban Anth. job announcement

Mieka Ritsema mieka_ritsema at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 14 18:44:11 EDT 2009

Education Job Announcement:
Traveling Faculty in Urban Anthropology and Urban Issues 
International Honors Program
Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics
The International Honors Program (IHP), in affiliation with World Learning SIT, offers a series of travel study abroad programs for undergraduate students. We are currently seeking a person to join an interdisciplinary team of faculty and host-city coordinators for spring semester of "Cities in the 21st Century," a comparative study program on urban development. In the spring semester of 2009, the group will study in New York, U.S.; Sao Paulo & Curitiba, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; and Hanoi, Vietnam.  
The mission of the program is to provide students with first hand experience in the challenges of urbanization throughout the world. Students learn how to “read a city” through formal courses, homestays, guest lectures by local academics, politicians, and policy makers, site visits, and meetings with NGOs, neighborhood organizations and community activists. IHP is seeking a candidate to teach Culture and Society of World Cities and to co-teach Contemporary Urban Issues: Problems and Solutions. Courses taught by the other faculty are Urban Planning and Sustainable Environments and Urban Politics and Development.  

The ideal candidate should: a.) have a Ph.D. or be a Ph.D. candidate in socio-cultural anthropology or urban social sciences with research experience in ethnographic methods and fieldwork, preferably in an international context; b.) teaching experience at the college level and the ability to develop a syllabus and teach the course Culture and Society of World Cities and contribute to a team-taught course Contemporary Urban Issues: Problems and Solutions; and c.) possess not only the appropriate technical skills to manage a field course, but the sensibilities (flexibility, adaptability, collegiality, cultural sensitivity, etc.) necessary for such an endeavor.  
Expertise/field experience in one or more of the countries on the itinerary is preferred, but not essential. Preference will be given to candidates with experience leading or teaching on field-based courses, and those who have traveled extensively and/or lived in another culture for an extended period. Class size is 30 students with undergraduate level course work. There are 2-4 traveling faculty members plus local experts. Students live with host families in each country. Faculty live with families or in guest houses.  

More information about IHP is available on our Web Site: http://www.ihp.edu.  Please email a letter of interest, a CV, and names/email contact information of 3 references, to the program co-directors, Barbara Knecht (beknecht at earthlink.net) and Ken Kruckemeyer (kek at mit.edu).  Applications due August 14, 2009.


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