US-Russia Journalism Teachers Exchange: Cross-Cultural Enhancements to Journalism Programs at Regional Institutions of Higher Education: Call for Applications
The Russian and East European Institute (REEI) of Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana; http://www.indiana.edu/~reeiweb/index.shtml) and the Regional Press Institute (RPI/Saint Petersburg, Russia; http://pdi.spb.ru/) announce the US-Russia Journalism Teachers Exchange: Cross-Cultural Enhancements to Journalism Programs at Regional Institutions of Higher Education. This exchange will provide journalism instructors at post-secondary institutions in Russia and the United States with the opportunity to engage in professional development activities that will enhance their ability to train skilled journalists capable of thriving professionally and producing globally-aware journalism.
Russian participants will travel to Indiana University-Bloomington for a two-week stay in order to engage in professional development activities that include attending journalism classes, meetings with journalism faculty, visits to local media outlets that provide internships to students of journalism, and a presentation on some aspect of contemporary Russia to interested students and faculty.
US faculty participants selected for the exchange will visit Saint Petersburg, Russia for two weeks in May, 2015 in order to engage in the following activities:
1) seminars in the history of Russian journalism and contemporary Russian mass media, as well as seminars in contemporary Russian society, culture, and politics;
2) educational and cultural excursions in Saint Petersburg and its environs;
3) visit to journalism faculty in the nearby Russian cities of Pskov or Novgorod to compare methods and approaches to journalism education;
4) visits with representatives of student, local, regional, and national newspapers;
5) visits with representatives of broadcast and electronic media providers;
6) pursuit of independent projects;
7) a one-day conference that will bring together US and Russian participants in the exchange to review their experiences of the program, discuss common challenges and opportunities facing journalism education in the two countries, further their knowledge of Russian/American journalistic and educational practices, and establish Russian-American professional relationships between individual participants, laying the groundwork for future international collaboration among the institutions of higher learning represented in the exchange.
In Russia, RPI will coordinate all academic and logistical aspects of the program.
Immediately prior to departure for Russia, the US participants will travel to Indiana University-Bloomington for a 3-day orientation organized by REEI. The orientation will cover language fundamentals, contemporary Russian social issues, history of Russia, and contemporary Russian urban customs and attitudes.
REEI will provide US faculty participants with: 1) round-trip transportation between their local airports and Indiana, and between Indiana and Saint Petersburg, Russia; 2) lodging in Bloomington and Saint Petersburg; 3) a per diem to offset the cost of meals not otherwise provided in Bloomington and Saint Petersburg; 4) coverage of all program-related costs in Saint Petersburg.
The exchange program has a regional focus in both countries, and is intended to bring particular attention, on the US side, to the place of international studies at Minority-Serving Institutions. We therefore invite applications for the exchange from journalism faculty at institutions in the US Southeast that have been accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). Special preference will be given to applications from faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Applications should include the following:
1) CV (in English)
2) A statement of interest (maximum 500 words) that includes: A) an account of how participation in the exchange program will contribute to the applicant’s professional development and to the enhancement of the journalism program at his/her home institution; B) a brief outline of a small-scale research or curricular enhancement project that can be conducted while in Saint Petersburg.
3) A letter of support from the applicant’s department chair or dean.
Application materials should be submitted in PDF files to: email@example.com
Deadline for submission: November 30, 2014.
Questions about the program may be directed to Mark Trotter at firstname.lastname@example.org.