Centre for Global Studies at Huron University College: Teaching opportunities

Teaching Opportunities in Global Studies, 2014/15

The Centre for Global Studies at Huron University College <huronuc.ca>, in London, Ontario, invites applications to teach seven different one–term undergraduate courses over the 2014/15 academic year.  The Centre for Global Studies is an interdisciplinary site of learning and research, promoting critical inquiry into how we may effectively engage the world.  Applications are welcomed from persons holding a PhD or who enjoy PhD candidate status in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts from across the social sciences and humanities.  The courses that are available are as follows:

Fall Term:

CGS 1023F — Introduction to Global Development (anticipated enrollment of 90)

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of international development studies with the focus on investigating the notion of ‘poverty’.  It will examine the roles of development organizations, states and civil society in addressing globally identified development issues through the negotiation of global development agendas.

CGS 2002F — Problems in Global Development (anticipated enrollment of 60)

This course provides a comparative and theoretical examination of societies and cultures undergoing significant change and of the complex global relations between developing and industrialized areas.  It offers an interdisciplinary perspective on such issues as economic development, development indicators, gender, foreign policy, development aid, participatory development and post-development.

CGS 2340F — Mapping the Middle East (anticipated enrollment of 60)

The complexity of the region is addressed by studying a series of mapping techniques:  of the Ottoman and Persian Empires; of the economic concessions (from 1550);  the dislocation of culture and religion;  and the legacy of this history for the Treaty of Versailles (1919) to the present day.

      Please note:  Proposals to teach this course from a critical geographies perspective are especially welcomed.

CGS 4014F — Honors Seminar:  Gender (anticipated enrollment of 12)

Examinations of the pervasiveness of gender and gender–specific experiences in social encounters, interrelations and communal structures in the world.

Please note:  The Calendar description for this course is intentionally vague, to allow this course to be taught in many different manners and toward a wide variety of possible topics and literatures.  However, applicants should be aware that this course is not intended to serve as a survey course in any way.  Each applicant should propose an approach that allows students to engage gender in a manner that focuses around specific problems, lines of analysis, and/or theoretical debates.

 

Winter Term:

CGS 1023G — Introduction to Global Development (anticipated enrollment of 90)

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of international development studies with the focus on investigating the notion of ‘poverty’.  It will examine the roles of development organizations, states and civil society in addressing globally identified development issues through the negotiation of global development agendas.

(CGS course at intermediate level)  (anticipated enrollment of 40)

We invite proposals to teach a 3000-level course from our regular offerings, or a proposal to teach a special topics course of the applicant’s suggestion.  The courses from our regular offerings that could be proposed are as follows (for Calendar descriptions, see: http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2014/pg1293.html#37826):

– CGS 3508F/G — Africa in Transition

– CGS 3509F/G — Indigenous Peoples and Development in Global Perspective

– CGS 3511F/G — Language and Cultural Discourses

– CGS 3512F/G — Human Displacement and Refugees

 – CGS 3514F/G — Global Resistance Movements

 – CGS 3524F/G — Postcolonial Global Studies

      Please note:  In addition to proposals to teach one of the above courses, we are seriously interested in considering proposals for special topics courses, drawn from the applicants’ research and teaching expertise, as long as they are consistent with the streams of study offered in the Centre for Global Studies and may be taught with an interdisciplinary approach.

CGS 3516G — Economies of Development (anticipated enrollment of 40)

This course examines alternative tools for assessing development, such as development indicators and indices (GNP/GDP, Human Development/Poverty Indices, Physical Quality of Life Index, Gender Empowerment Measure), community–based indicators, and explanations of economic development in micro and macro contexts.

When preparing applications to teach any of the courses listed above, please take into consideration the fact that, in addition to being interdisciplinary and critical in its pedagogical orientation, the Centre for Global Studies is also a site in which its faculty take very seriously the aims of teaching students to read, research, write, think, and talk with one another effectively.  It is normal in Centre for Global Studies courses for us to give our students ample practice in doing all of these things.  Rather than assigning mere textbooks for our students to read and asking them to show only fluency with the materials and topics they study, Centre for Global Studies faculty members routinely require our students to read serious scholarly literature, engage primary sources, conduct research across many possible sources, write substantial essays and papers, and critically engage each other through thoughtful discussion, debate, and presentations.

To apply to teach one or several of the above courses, applicants should prepare and submit the following:  a letter of application that includes discussions of the applicant’s academic background, teaching experiences, and her/his fit within interdisciplinary/global studies;  a current curriculum vitae, including names and contact information of three academic referees;  formal teaching evaluations from courses taught in the past;  and a list of the course(s) that the applicant is proposing to teach, along with discussions of the approaches that the applicant would take in teaching each course, in terms of content/topics, types of readings and assignments, and pedagogical strategies.  Applications should be sent in paper form to:

Dr. Mark F. N. Franke, Director,
Centre for Global Studies
Huron University College
1349 Western Road
London, Ontario N6G 1H3
Canada

The Centre for Global Studies will begin reviewing applications as of March 28th, 2014, and will continue to do so until offers to teach these courses are made and accepted.  If you have any questions about these teaching opportunities, you may contact Dr. Franke via email at <mfranke@huron.uwo.ca>.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Huron University College is committed to the highest standards of equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, members of minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.   Huron values its place in an interconnected world and desires to create a diverse and equitable employment and educational environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

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