The UNC and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education, provides two college educators the opportunity to work as visiting research scholars with the Latin American and Caribbean library collections at Duke and UNC.
Fellows are chosen in a competition targeting regional faculty from institutions of higher education in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, with preference for regular faculty from community colleges and HBCUs.
The project must have a clear focus on Latin America or the Caribbean. Priority is given to proposals that create a new course or add substantial content to an existing course at the applicant’s institution.
Applications are now open for our 2016 competition!
2016 College Educators Research Fellowship
Call for Proposals
The UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to invite applications for the 2016 College Educators Research Fellowship.
The deadline for applications is Friday, February 19, 2016.
Purpose. The UNC and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education, provides two college educators the opportunity to work as visiting research scholars with the Latin American and Caribbean library collections at Duke and UNC.
The project must have a clear focus on Latin America or the Caribbean. Priority will be given to proposals that create a new course or add substantial content to an existing course at the applicant’s institution. Awardees will be assigned to one of the two campuses; however, Fellows will have access to both library systems: the campuses are only nine miles apart, and regular bus service joins the two.
About. The libraries of Duke and UNC rank among the top institutions in North America. Together, the two Latin American collections total more than 750,000 volumes. Our Latin American collections are designed to be complementary. Both libraries acquire materials needed for general instruction, and more specialized research resources are purchased cooperatively. UNC is primarily responsible for Argentina, Brazil (humanities), Chile, Cuba, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the Spanish- and French-speaking Caribbean; Duke covers the Andean countries, Mexico, Brazil (social sciences), Central America, and the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Numerous electronic resources on Latin America and the Caribbean are also available, and there are notable rare book and special collections: The Flatow Collection of Latin American Cronistas, George Stuart Maya Studies, and Latin Americanist Artists’ Books Collections, as well as a special digitized collection of works by 19th century Colombian author José María Vargas Vila at UNC, the Pérez de Velasco (Peru) and the Leonardo Muñoz (Ecuador) collections at Duke. Duke has also expanded its print collections related to Luso-Brazilian Studies, Haitian Studies, and Latin American environmental studies. The Duke Archive for Human Rights also contains many Latin America-related collections including the Center for International Policy records (Colombia, Cuba, drug trafficking), the Coletta Youngers papers (Peru and the Andean region), the Marshall T. Meyer papers (Argentina), the Washington Office on Latin America records, 1962-2008, and several other collections related to Cuba and Haiti. Applicants are encouraged to visit http://guides.library.duke.edu/latinamericanstudies, http://guides.library.duke.edu/human_rights, and http://www.lib.unc.edu/davis/gras/lair.
Eligibility. Fellows will be chosen in a competition targeting regional faculty from institutions of higher education in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, with preference for regular faculty from community colleges and HBCUs.
Duties and responsibilities. Recipients of the College Teacher Fellowship will conduct research using the Latin American and Caribbean collections and the Duke and UNC libraries. Upon notification of award, Fellows must meet, either in person or via Skype, with the librarian at one of the two campuses prior to beginning their research, and with the Consortium’s Outreach Coordinator. The librarians will provide guidance about the libraries’ collections and resources. The Outreach Coordinator will assist Fellows in identifying and networking with the Consortium’s faculty and scholars in relevant fields. Fellows are expected to submit a brief 3-5 page summary of their research findings and any modifications made to their original proposal, as well as a copy of the new or revised curriculum unit, and give a presentation at the Educator Workshop, which is part of the Annual Consortium Conference held in mid-February. Additionally, Fellows agree to complete the online evaluation survey during and after their project.
Terms of the award. With funds provided by the U.S. Department of Education, the Consortium provides two awards, each up to $1,500, to help defray travel and living expenses in Durham or Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as well as course development activities. A minimum of one week’s stay is required, but Fellows are welcome to return to the campuses after their initial visit to continue their research and/or participate in other Consortium activities. Proposed research may be conducted any time between June 6 and December 9, 2016.
Award criteria. The Consortium’s College Educators Research Fellowship Committee will award grants based on the relevance of the proposal to the unique holdings of the Duke and UNC Libraries, the merits and significance of the project, the extent to which the proposed project will contribute to the Latin American curriculum of their home institution, and the applicant’s scholarly qualifications.
How to apply. Applicants must submit a complete application as an attachment (Word or PDF) via email as indicated below. Complete applications must include a cover letter explaining how this fellowship will further professional and institutional development, the attached application form, a two-page description of the project, current CV, and a letter from the applicant’s dean or department chair endorsing the application and verifying employment. Previous Fellows may apply; however, preference will be given to first-time applicants.
For additional information, contact:
Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz, UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas Associate Director, 919.962.2418, firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Hartman, Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Associate Director, 919.681.3983, email@example.com
Emily Chávez, UNC-Duke Consortium Outreach Program Coordinator, 919.681.3982, firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 College Educators Research Fellows
Project Title: “Globalizing ECO-252 with a Latin American Focus”
Brad Bilsky currently serves as the Accounting Program Coordinator at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC. In addition to his administrative duties in this role, he has the pleasure of teaching courses in Accounting and Economics. He has held prior teaching positions in Economics and Business at Pamlico Community College and Tennessee Wesleyan College, and continues to serve as an adjunct instructor at both institutions. He is nearing completion of his DBA coursework at Wilmington University and holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Duquesne University. His undergraduate work in Economics was completed at the University of Pittsburgh.
Lucas Bruff, History, Davidson County Community College
Project Title: “The Brazilian Sugar Plantation: A Not-So-Sweet Experience”
2014 College Educators Research Fellows
Project Title: “How do you feel? Me duele el estómago: The Cultural Health Habits of the Hispanic/Latino Patient.”
DeOnna Lavette Gray, M.A. works as an adjunct instructor of healthcare interpreting at Davidson County Community College (DCCC) where she has been charged with the responsibility of developing and teaching the courses in both the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Interpreting program, as well as the Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting continuing education program. A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, she earned a Master of Arts in Spanish: Translating and Translation Studies from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has completed graduate courses in applied interpreting studies and methodology of teaching interpreting at Wake Forest University.
Ms. Gray has presented on topics such as “Strategies for Medical Interpreting”; “The Professional Healthcare Interpreter”; “Using Vocabulary Digital Stories to Enhance Literacy in the Foreign Language Classroom”; and “Interpreting Pedagogy” at recent conferences held by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) and the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI). In 2013, she was awarded a FLANC mini-grant to for the “DCCC Healthcare Interpreting” project, which funded observational internships for healthcare interpreting students enrolled at DCCC.
Prior to teaching healthcare interpreting at DCCC, Ms. Gray taught Spanish in either full- or part-time positions at Wake Forest University, Livingstone College, Davidson County Community College, Winston-Salem State University, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and The University of Akron.
Beginning in Fall 2014, she will pursue a Masters of Public Health: Community Health concentration, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Translation and Interpreting from East Tennessee State University, with the goal of becoming a nationally certified medical interpreter. Ms. Gray is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has some reading knowledge of Catalán.
Project Title: “Environment, State, and Society in the Caribbean and Latin America”
Oscar de la Torre is an Assistant Professor of Africana and Latin American Studies at UNC Charlotte. A specialist in Latin American History with a special focus on Brazil and the African Diaspora, he investigates the history and current political movements of black peasants in Amazonia and throughout the Americas, and has recently co-edited a special issue of Spain’s Boletín Americanista on post-emancipation societies, and another one at Ofo: Journal of Transatlantic Studies, on Community Engagement and Citizen Empowerment in Africa and the African Diaspora. He is currently writing a book manuscript based on his dissertation and tentatively titled Leaving Behind the Big Snake: A History of Black Amazonia, 1850-1950. Engaged in a permanent dialogue and exchange of ideas with scholars from the U.S., Europe, and Brazil, Dr. De la Torre is also interested in the study of comparative race and racism across the Diaspora, and in the broader fields of Atlantic and Environmental History. Beyond scholarship, Dr. De la Torre likes to watch Peppa Pig and to play board games with his kids and his wife.
2013 College Educators Research Fellows
Kathryn Bove, Spanish, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Project Title: “Restructure, Re-envision, and Reignite: Bringing new life to an online culture course”
John Davis, Psychology, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Project Title: “Psychology of Latin Americans”
Carol L. Schmid, Sociology, Guilford Technical Community College
Project Title: “Affirmative Action and Higher Education in Brazil and the United States: A View from the Other America”