College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Faculty Travel Funds and Stipend to Attend Field School in Tanzania

Would you like to travel to East Africa to contribute to an exciting experiential learning opportunity and enrich the classes that you teach?

The Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) at the University of Kansas has Title VI federal grant funds to support travel to Tanzania for a faculty member from a minority-serving institution and/or a community college. The faculty member will join KASC and nine U.S. members of an innovative humanities lab called ColLAB: Bridging East Africa's Health Divides in a two-week field school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from July 20-August 2, 2019. The participating member will receive a stipend of $3,800 to be used towards airfare, lodging, and per diem during the trip.

This is a special opportunity for faculty development and subsequent implementation of a global experiential learning program into your curriculum. ColLAB is the first of its kind humanities-based "lab" at KU and is comprised of Africanist faculty and Kiswahili students. The program takes an interdisciplinary team approach to the study of pressing global social problems, particularly the digital and health divides facing East Africans. The group is investigating gaps between health knowledge and access that contribute to social inequities. In the field school, students will collaborate with University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) students in a series of workshops and immersive experiences within health-focused non-governmental organizations. The program is structured to advance students' Kiswahili, research, and professional development skills. It is unique in its emphasis on teamwork, ethics, and cultural competency. Our approach will demonstrate how students can make vital contributions to collaborative research with real-world impacts when provided with robust and effective mentoring. For more information about ColLAB and the team, please visit 

We invite you to apply to join us as a mentor to the American and Tanzanian students in this new partnership. We expect that you will participate alongside KU and UDSM faculty and students in the groups' activities over the two-week program. You will be offered the opportunity to facilitate or co-facilitate a workshop session that showcases your expertise as an educator. You will also be asked to develop and occasionally lead reflection activities to provide students with a bridge between their community-based experiences and their different disciplinary perspectives. This opportunity would be particularly beneficial to faculty who lead or would like to lead a similar experiential learning program in their home institution. It will also provide you a unique perspective on global health and development issues in Tanzania that could be integrated into the courses you teach. Finally, this program will offer you a professional network of scholars who are passionate about African Studies and transformative teaching and learning.

Details of the program:
Arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by 7/19/2019 

Field School ends 8/2/2019

Participants will be staying at the Wistas Inn, a bed and breakfast located near the University of Dar es Salaam: The daily rate is approximately $35/night

Eligibility: Applicants must be faculty members from a minority-serving institution and/or a community college and be available to participate for the duration of the field school. Preference will be given to educators teaching in the mid-America/Heartland region of the U.S. as KASC is location at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

To apply: submit a detailed cover letter on school letterhead by June 17, 2019 to that addresses the following:

1. Describe your personal and academic expertise that you would bring to the ColLAB field school in Tanzania , why are you interested in learning more about East Africa, and experiential learning initiatives?

2. Provide an overview of previous foreign travel and intensive faculty development experiences, if any.

3. Describe how you anticipate improving knowledge and awareness of East Africa on your campus, in your teaching, and in your local community, such as through workshops, open houses, or information sessions.

Please provide the names, positions, and contact information of two professional references.

Finally, the faculty member will be asked to participate in 1-2 follow-up virtual conference calls or in-person meetings in the 2019-2020 academic year to reflect on field school achievements, lessons learned, curricular enhancements, community programming, and possible future collaborations.

Please refer to the Department of Education for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions.

A selection decision will be made by the end of June. Please include your summer contact information (email and phone) for us to reach you in June.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to work with us,

Elizabeth MacGonagle
Peter Ojiambo
Katie Rhine

Co-directors of ColLAB at the University of Kansas


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