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  1. Faculty Position:  Visiting Professor, Southeast Asian Studies
  2. Faculty Position:  Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance
  3. Volunteers in Asia: Indonesia Summer Program
  4. Faculty Position - Kennesaw State University
  5. Internship opportunities: UN Women, Bangkok
  6. Interpreter: International Rescue Committee (IRC), Malaysia
  7. Casework Manager: IRC, Malaysia
  8. Protection Coordinator: Thailand
  9. Jobs and Internships: United Nations Thailand


  10. The Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award
  11. Summer Dissertation Fellowships

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  12. Annual Public Humanities Conference: UW Madison

1. Faculty Position:  Visiting Professor, Southeast Asian Studies

Johns Hopkins University

Southeast Asia Studies Program at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC invites applications for two-year visiting professor in Southeast Asia Studies beginning fall 2012. Preference is given to candidates having Ph.D. and teaching experience with graduate courses in development issues, political economy, and/or democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia. SAIS is equal opportunity employer. Please send C.V., three recommendations, sample syllabi, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to Karl D. Jackson, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 or via email (kdjackson@jhu.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately.


2. Faculty Position:  Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Deadline: Immediately

The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications and nominations for a visionary scholar of distinction to serve as the inaugural holder of the Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, a new faculty position focused on the scientific study of nonviolent direct action and civil resistance.

Nonviolent direct action refers to strategies and activities designed to achieve social and political change without the use of violence. Examples of nonviolent direct action include collective organizing, social movements, protests, sit-ins, vigils, consciousness raising, and other forms of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance. Proponents of nonviolent direct action recognize the need for active struggle to foster social and political change and use nonviolent approaches as alternatives to passive acceptance of oppression and inequality, or the use of violent confrontation, to achieve social and political goals. The activities of Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. (and others like them) provide good examples of the kinds of nonviolent direct action on which the chairholder should focus his/her scientific work.

The chairholder will provide national/international leadership to the study of this critical topic. The chairholder may be from any discipline, but her/his research methodology must be scientific and focused on large-scale social phenomena.

The appointment will be at the full or associate professor level. The departmental home(s) of the appointee will be determined based on the successful candidate's scholarly expertise. The position will begin as soon as a qualified candidate has been found.

The candidate is expected to become an integral member of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and should be interested in interdisciplinary collaboration, scholarship, and training of graduate students on issues involving peace, conflicts of interest, nonviolent direct action, and civil resistance. The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program adds to scientific knowledge of how to resolve conflict between groups, promotes reconciliation, and builds peace through cooperation (www.umass.edu/peacepsychology).

Beyond her/his primary affiliation with the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, the chairholder will find many other supportive colleagues here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) and within the wider region. For example, at UMass Amherst, the chairholder may affiliate with the Development and Peacebuilding Program of the Political Economy Research Institute, the Social Inequality and Justice Initiative of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, and/or the Feinberg Papers Project.

QUALIFICATIONS: a Ph.D. and a proven record as a scholar of the scientific study of peace, non-violent direct action, and civil resistance as well as exceptional promise to serve as a national/international leader in advancing this study at UMass Amherst and beyond are required; a proven record of inclusive and multi-cultural skills in teaching, research, and/or service is strongly preferred.

RANK AND SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin on March 5, 2012 but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position has been filled. Applications comprising a cover letter expressing interest and describing research program, a vitae and a list of at least three references should be sent to Kelly Smiaroski at ksmiaroski@provost.umass.edu or Kelly Smiaroski, Office of the Provost, 373 Whitmore Administration Building, University of Massachusetts, 181 President's Avenue, Amherst, MA 01003-9313. Electronic submissions strongly preferred. .


3. Volunteers in Asia - Indonesia Summer Program

Deadline: 1 April 2012

VIA (Volunteers in Asia) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to increasing understanding between the U.S. and Asia that has been based at Stanford since 1963.

The Indonesia Summer Program incorporates two elements. First, students are immersed in Javanese and Indonesian culture by living on a campus in Yogyakarta, visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites, and attending seminars by local experts, NGOs, and local community based organizations that will introduce students to contemporary social, environmental, and political issues in Indonesia. The second portion of the program is a self-designed independent research project that students will conduct in their area of interest. Students will work with VIA coordinators and will be paired with NGO and other expert partners for assistance and guidance throughout the course of the research project.

The Indonesia Summer Program is an ideal opportunity for:
• Students with a strong interest in Southeast Asia, Indonesia and/or Islam.
• Students wishing to gain a deeper understanding of local non-governmental organizations and their role(s) in development, health, media and social justice.
• Students intending to do further research on (i.e. fellowship or thesis) themes or issues addressed through the program, or students planning on seeking employment in a related field.

Program Details:
2012 Program Dates: 21 June-21 July (4 weeks) with optional one-week additional homestay
2012 Program Fee: $2,000
2012 Application Deadline: April 1, 2012
Program Fee Includes: medical and evacuation insurance, local ground transportation, all accommodations in Yogyakarta and some meals, language classes, program materials, and field trip expenses
Program Fee Excludes: round-trip airfare from U.S. to Yogyakarta and home, visa fees, most meals, and independent travel expense.

For more information, see our website: http://www.viaprograms.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34


4. Faculty Position - Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies

Kennesaw State University, Georgia USA
Deadline: 25 March 2012

Kennesaw State University, the third largest university in the University System of Georgia, invites applications for Department Chair in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, beginning July 1, 2012. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position with possibility of tenure upon appointment. Located on an attractive campus in suburban metropolitan Atlanta, KSU enrolls 24,000 traditional and nontraditional baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral students. KSU offers a fast-paced, dynamic environment with opportunities for innovation. KSU faculty members are engaged in an impressive array of research and professional service initiatives on regional, national, and international levels.

With 22 full-time and joint appointees as well as numerous affiliated faculty members, the recently established Interdisciplinary Studies Department houses eight interdisciplinary programs: African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS), American Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Latin American/Latino Studies, Peace Studies, and Religious Studies. The Interdisciplinary Studies Department is a fast growing and dynamic unit that offers an M.A. in American Studies, a B.A. in African and African Diaspora Studies, and minors in most fields. Gender and Women’s Studies and Environmental Studies have developed proposals for Bachelors’ degrees that are awaiting final approval. American Studies and Asian Studies are currently developing undergraduate program proposals. In addition to academic programs, faculty and students are deeply involved in community outreach activities and research and organize several major national and international conferences every year.

The department seeks a dynamic and innovative Chair who has worked in a shared governance environment and who values collaboration and collegiality. The ideal candidate will articulate a clear and compelling vision for the department's future, and be capable of leading a diverse team of faculty and staff in a recently established department that is experiencing rapid growth and programmatic expansion. The Chair is expected to facilitate synergy among the various interdisciplinary programs, help strengthen the department’s ties with the professional community, promote research, build and maintain successful teams, and cultivate external support for departmental activities.

For more information regarding qualifications and the application process, see our website.


5. Internship opportunities: UN Women, Bangkok

The UN Women Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UN Women's work. It is designed to complement gender and development studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation. The internship would also complement other studies such as international relations, communications or law.

Internship assignments vary greatly in terms of content, however interns are normally involved in some aspect of the design, implementation and evaluation of UN Women-supported programmes and projects. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organisation.

Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UN Women. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year.

For any interested individual, please see our website and send the completed application form, agreement, a cover letter and your CV to info.th@unwomen.org .


6. Interpreter - International Rescue Committee


Based in Bangkok with four field offices in Thailand and Malaysia, the IRC Resettlement Support Center (IRC-RSC) assists persons throughout East Asia seeking permanent resettlement in the United States. Operating in fifteen countries, the RSC prepares refugee applications for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, provides information to resettlement agencies about arriving refugees and offers cultural orientation training to those refugees bound for the U.S.

SCOPE: The Interpreter will provide operational support to all departments in providing language support services for applicants to the US refugee resettlement program. The Interpreter will act as an interpreter of oral statements given in Burmese/Chin languages into the English Language and vice versa for RSC Prescreen interviews, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) interviews, and for Cultural Orientation training. Additional responsibilities may include assisting in the training and mentoring of other interpreters and written translation work. This position reports to the Casework Manager, with monitoring and technical assistance from the Interpreter Services Manager. There are currently 4 vacancies available for this position.


• Act as an interpreter during RSC assignments for prescreen, US immigration interviews, and post-processing appointments at the RSC processing center at the UNHCR compound in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
• Translate documents from Burmese/Chin languages to English language and vice versa;
• Train and mentor new interpreters as needed;
• Perform other relevant duties as directed by supervisor.

For more information on the application process, please see the IRC website.


7. Casework Manager: IRC, Malaysia

The Casework Manager ensures a high level of both general processing and casework services on behalf of refugee applicants to the USRAP through leadership, supervision, casework management and quality control. Casework Managers are responsible for daily management of workload assigned. The Casework Manager performs other office functions outside of the general responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor. Casework Manager supervises Caseworkers and Field Team Assistants. The position reports to Field Team Leader.

For more information regarding qualificants and application procedures, please see the IRC website.


8. Protection Coordinator: IRC, Thailand

The PLE Protection Coordinator (PC) will coordinate project efforts to promote access to justice and protection, prevention and response to gender based violence, and the integration of humanitarian protection in all PLE-supported interventions for displaced Burmese. The PC will work closely with the Senior Health Coordinator, Education Director, Partner Development Coordinator, Advocacy Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, and Sub-grant Compliance Coordinator, to ensure that all PLE protection work is consistent with project objectives, is coordinated and integrated with other PLE sectors, and promotes more effective and efficient service delivery. The PC will also coordinate with the Senior Protection Coordinator to ensure PLE and other country program protection programming is aligned. The PC will promote partner relationships based on principles of mutual trust and respect, mutual accountability, reciprocity, inclusion and transparency, and will be the primary liaison with relevant Thai officials and civil society organizations at the provincial level. Further, the PC will ensure that protection activities promote the staged transfer of responsibility for project leadership and management to local partners over the life of the project. The PC will also ensure that the project produces the necessary quantity and quality of data to inform program decisions and improve program quality, in coordination with the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. The PC reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.

For more information regarding qualificants and application procedures, please see the IRC website.


9. Jobs and Internships: UN, Bangkok

United Nations Thailand has various openings for jobs and internships. Deadlines range between the end of March and April. See the UN Thailand website for details.

10. The Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award

The Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award Committee encourages you to nominate your doctoral student(s) for the Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award. The committee awards $600 to a doctoral student who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarly writing accomplishments in the social studies while a graduate student at UW-Madison. The requirement for the award is that the work be excellent and demonstrate "outstanding research in the social studies."

The student's work may be a book, manuscript, seminar paper, course paper, or paper submitted for presentation at a professional conference or to a scholarly journal. Theses and dissertations may not be submitted, although the student may submit papers derived from these larger works. Each submission must be accompanied by a brief letter of nomination from a social studies division faculty member. In the letter of nomination, please describe the submitted work and its contribution to its field and to social studies, and tell us what makes the material worthy of this award. Please verify, too, that the student author has indeed produced the work him/herself, and that the author is a doctoral student. The award can only be given on the basis of a sole-authored paper. For future nominations, whenever a student completes a promising paper that leads to co-authorship for publication with a faculty member, please be sure to retain the sole-authored version for nomination for this award. Please send six copies of each student's work, and your letter(s) of nomination by Monday, March 26, 2012 to: Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award Committee c/o Office of the Secretary of the Faculty 133 Bascom Hall Phone: 262-3958 If you have any questions about the award or submission procedures, please contact Joe Farrenkopf, Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, at 262-3958. We look forward to reviewing your student's work.


11. Summer Writing Fellowships

Rotary Centers for International Studies
Deadline: 10 April 2012

These fellowships are intended to provide three months of summer fellowship support to allow students to work full-time on their dissertations. For this first year, only dissertators are eligible for these fellowships; in subsequent years we expect to open the competition to students at all stages of doctoral training. Students may receive this support only once. Please see the OFFR website for more information.



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Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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e-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu