Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators

Program Overview:

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place at various academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of five weeks beginning in June 2022.  Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study tour to another region of the United States.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (SUSIs) will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.  The Institutes focus on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others.

Program Details:

  • All participant costs are covered by the program, including program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence, as well as international travel and visa costs.
  • All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Candidates should be made aware that they are applying for an intensive program and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.  Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program.  Please note that Institute curriculum will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods.
  • All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.
  • Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the SUSI will pivot to a virtual format.

 

Candidate Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • Be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced secondary school teachers and administrators.
  • Demonstrate English language fluency.  Institutes are rigorous and demanding academic programs conducted entirely in English.  Participants will be expected to read and comprehend substantial written materials and assignments in English and to participate in all seminar and panel discussions fully and actively.
  • Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program.

Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.

 

How to Apply:

Applications for candidates in Bosnia and Herzegovina must be submitted by e-mail to the U.S. Embassy by December 30th at 11:59pm local time. Applicants must fill out the application form and submit the form by e-mail to bhexc@state.gov with the Subject Line “2022 SUSI Educators Application”

Qualified candidates will be contacted by the embassy for phone interviews in early January.

For questions about this program or application please e-mail the academic exchange coordinator at bhexc@state.gov