PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program is a unique Fulbright Scholar Program initiative that is specifically driven by the goals of U.S. institutions of higher education to enhance internationalization and cross-cultural understanding efforts on their campuses. Through the program, institutions host a scholar from outside of the United States for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, and guest lecture in their area of expertise and understanding, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships and engage with the campus and within the local community to foster cross-cultural and global understanding. Scholars work across departments and curricula in a variety of ways to significantly enhance or expand an existing international program, develop new world area studies programs, add an international dimension to existing coursework or provide an opportunity for U.S. students to learn about a particular world region or country.
Although the Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Program is a small component of the Fulbright family of programs, it is most beneficial to the hosting U.S. colleges and universities and their students, faculty and communities. The institution benefits from the expertise provided, and the Scholar attains experience in the U.S. higher education arena. The community, through the institution, provides the Visiting Scholar with opportunities to participate in speaking engagements, community meetings, K-12 interaction, and other grassroots activities. Through this, the institution can diversify and internationalize the experiences of – and build goodwill among – the community. This program promotes cultural and intellectual diversity among the institution and the wider community.
For the academic year 2023-2024, Fulbright Vietnam seeks qualified candidate to place at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, for one academic year. Clark University’s mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. Clark is a values-centered institution that takes seriously its motto, “Challenge convention. Change our world.” The focus of Clark’s academic program is a liberal-arts education enriched by interactions among faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and is closely linked to a select number of professional and doctoral programs. Clark also serves students who wish to continue formal education throughout their lives.
Clark University has approximately 220 full-time faculty; 2,300 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students. It is home to more than 1,000 international students, faculty members, and scholars from over 85 countries, and more than 30 percent of students on campus are international. Its campus is in an urban setting with a large immigrant population, and it is fortunate to collaborate with the community in an award-winning national model of university partnership.
The Scholar will be housed in Clark University’s Becker School of Design and Technology’s (BSDT) Interactive Media [Games] department. In the Fall and Spring, they would be asked to co-teach the Game Studio course, with an instructor with significant previous experience. The course consists of a faculty guided project and will involve working with a partner entity, organization, research funding, or call for development. In the Spring they would also teach an advanced topics colloquium on international interactive media development. Throughout the year, the scholar will be invited to participate in curriculum development for an interactive media major track in international game studies to add to our seven existing tracks. A track consists of the selection of four to five courses, some of which may be from other departments or schools, or which are to be proposed, all of which provide concentrated study of a specialized topic within the Interactive Media (Game) major.
WHO CAN APPLY? Competition is open to people who meet the following criteria:
- Vietnamese citizen (no dual citizenship)
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or doctorate or be currently enrolled in a doctorate program
- Minimum 2 years of teaching experience
- A portfolio of professional/development experience
- A commitment to research and practice in the field
- Must demonstrate commitment to promoting a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion
WHAT COURSES TO TEACH & ACTIVITIES TO PARTICIPATE?
The Scholar will be housed in Clark University’s Becker School of Design and Technology’s (BSDT) Interactive Media [Games] department.
In the Fall and Spring, they would be asked to co-teach, with an instructor with significant previous experience, Game Studio which is an experiential production course in collaboration with community partners; Fall with the Worcester Art Museum, Spring with Boston opera company partner, White Snake. In the Spring they would also teach an advanced topics colloquium on international interactive media development.
Throughout the year, the Scholar will be invited to participate in curriculum development for an interactive media major track in international game studies to add to our seven existing tracks. A track consists of the selection of four to five courses, some of which may be from other departments or schools, or which are to be proposed, all of which provide concentrated study of a specialized topic within the Interactive Media (Game) major.
Opportunities to engage with the community include public talks supported by the Higgins School of the Humanities, established to foster humanistic perspectives on pressing issues of the day through open dialogue, and working with our University Park Partnership which
connects Clark with neighborhood residents, local churches, government officials, the business community, and public schools. There will also be media engagement around the Scholar’s contribution to the BSDT’s and partner work with the Worcester Art Museum and Boston White Snake Productions, arising from the scholar’s co-teaching of Studio.
WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHP PROVIDE?
- Monthly stipend
- One-time allowances for materials, settling-in expenses and professional development
- Monthly dependent allowance if qualifying and applicable
- A round-trip international airfare for the Scholar
- Accident and sickness health benefits for the Scholar
- J-Visa sponsorship for the Scholar and accompanying spouse and qualifying dependents
HOW TO APPLY?
Complete the online application form at https://apply.iie.org/sir All components of the online application must be submitted by the deadline, including:
- Application form
- CV or resume
- Three letters of Reference, including one from scholar’s home institution stating that the scholar will receive leave of absence if selected for the Fulbright grant
- A completed English language proficiency: conduct by the Fulbright Program in Vietnam
Deadline for application submission: 5:00PM (Vietnam time), February 20, 2023.