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ACM Offers Faculty a Free Trip South at Spring Break Time!

ACM Offers Faculty a Free Trip South at Spring Break Time! October 28, 2013

ACM is offering faculty free airfare and lodging to join students at a warm, sunny spot at spring break time!

The destination – a lot further south than Florida – is Botswana and the reason for the trip is ACM’s Faculty Site Visit to the country’s capital city of Gaborone, home to the Botswana: Development in Southern Africa program.

Students at Kgale HillStudents at Kgale Hill, overlooking the city of Gaborone, Botswana.

Photo courtesy of Audrey Herring

Including travel time, the visit will span seven days on March 22-28, 2014. The group of four or five faculty selected to participate will have the chance to meet with students on the spring semester program, faculty and staff at the University of Botswana (UB), and the program’s 2014 Visiting Faculty Director, Georgia Duerst-Lahti from Beloit College. The schedule will be designed to give a close-up view of the program’s curriculum and activities, UB facilities, and the setting in Gaborone.

Through the site visit, faculty can make contacts to build their professional networks and gain insights that will be useful in advising students who are interested in studying in Botswana and southern Africa. As part of their visit, the faculty will contribute to the program and the experience of current students by giving a presentation, lecture, or workshop in their area of expertise.

There are four main academic components to the Botswana Program: classes in Setswana language, an elective taught by a UB faculty member, an African-themed course taught by the Program Director, and an independent study project. The curriculum is augmented by volunteer opportunities with local organizations, field trips, a home stay in a village, and interaction with local students through living in UB residence halls.

To be eligible for the site visit, faculty must be tenured or in tenure-track or other continuing appointments at ACM colleges, with preference given to applicants who are not already familiar with the Botswana Program. ACM pays for the travel, lodging, meals, and other costs of the scheduled activities. See the Call for Applications for details and contact information. The deadline to apply is December 2, 2013.


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