CAORC – INYA Faculty Development Seminar

CAORC-INYA Faculty Development Seminar: « Myanmar: Between Political and Climate Change in Southeast Asia » (June 4-21, 2020)


Since 2011, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has undergone a very challenging political, socio-economic, and cultural transition. More recently, the country has had to face the devastating effects of climate change, with many communities affected considerably by floods, typhoons, and sea-level rise. How, in the run-up to Myanmar’s 2020 General Election, is the country addressing this wide spectrum of challenges? How are these challenges perceived and dealt with by urban and local communities, covered by local media, and discussed during the political campaign?

Featuring lectures, meetings with media professionals, civil society organizations and political activists, and site visits, this two-week faculty development seminar will offer participants a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a country which now appears frequently in international news headlines. It will also leave time for the discovery of Myanmar’s ancient cultures and civilizations with visits to some of the country’s major historical and natural sites.

Eligibility and Program Expectations

The program is open to full-time or part-time faculty and administrators at U.S. community colleges or minority-serving institutions.* The program is open to faculty in all fields and encourages applicants from a diverse array of academic departments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and must also have a valid passport or have already submitted an application for a new passport. Please note: Previously awarded CAORC seminar participants must wait at least two years before applying for a new award.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be required to:

  • Develop a 1-pg concept note of short and long-term goals to increase teaching and awareness about Myanmar and Southeast Asia in their classes and college community.
  • Develop new or improved course materials about Myanmar that can be openly shared on CAORC’s website and social media to enhance U.S. teaching on Southeast Asia.
  • Contribute a short blog article, written for a popular audience, that expresses something about how the seminar improved your knowledge or understanding of Myanmar.

In addition, awarded faculty to the Myanmar seminar will attend an in-person, pre-departure orientation session in Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 5, prior to the seminar’s departure to Myanmar that same evening. Participant travel to and one-night stay in Washington (June 4) will be provided by CAORC.

*Please refer to the Department of Education for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions. A useful directory of MSIs can also be found at the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application.

Application Process

 Applications can be accessed via You must sign up for an account to access the application. This will allow you to save and return to your application before submitting. Please save your login/password information for future applications.

In addition to providing basic personal and professional information, applicants are required to respond to the following essay questions (up to 500 words each):

Please describe your personal and/or academic interest in participating in the Myanmar faculty development program and, more specifically, why you are excited to learn more about Southeast Asia, the theme of the seminar, or both? How do you currently engage your students, campus, or community in these issues?

  1. Please describe how participation in this seminar is essential for your own professional development and especially improving your teaching related to global education.
  2. Please discuss why global perspectives are important and/or useful for college educators and their students and what impact such perspectives can have both inside and outside the classroom.
  3. Please describe the ways in which your college has prioritized global education initiatives and how your participation in this program will benefit or help develop these efforts. If your college does not yet have programs in global education, how do you believe your participation in this program will help initiate such efforts?

Applicants must also upload: 

  • Current CV/Resume (less than 3 pages in length)
  • Letter of Support: From an administrator, department chair, or senior colleague within your institution. Letter should speak to your personal and professional qualifications to participate in the seminar, as well as your collegiality and ability to partner with others to achieve goals and objectives. All letters must be written and signed on institutional letterhead.

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