May 03, 2013

In this newsletter:

EU Class for K-12 Educators
Community News
Summer Schools
PhD Scholarships
Calls for Applications
Conferences and Workshops

Teachers: Register today for "The European Union: An Introduction for Teachers"

FREE 4 week online course offering two CEUs
Begins June 26, 2013

Flags of EU member states

The goal of this course is to introduce in-service teachers to the history and the function of the EU, and to digital resources and methods for student learning.  By the end of the course, teachers will understand the EU as an essential part of European history, government, economics, and culture, and will be able to facilitate learning about the EU through use of technology. 

The final project is a standards-based technology-rich lesson plan incorporating online EU resources for each teacher’s class. Lesson plans will be submitted to the EUCE UNC for possible inclusion in the online lesson plan database. 

Register for the course here. For more information, contact Dr. Regina Higgins at

Sponsored by the European Union, UNC European Union Center of Excellence, and LEARN NC

Community News

Local 8th and 9th Graders Visit Belgium as Part of Exchange Program

local students and thier host families in BrusselsAmerican students with their Belgian host students in Brussels, after visiting the European Commission.

On March 22 - April 6th, students from Smith Middle School and Chapel Hill High School visited Belgium and France, as part of the Belgium Exchange Program, organized by Robin McMahon, a French teacher at Smith Middle School. The program was started in 2001 and partners Chapel Hill students with a sister school in Liege, Saint Benoit-Saint Servais. This is the 7th time that Chapel Hill students are visiting Lieges, while their French counterparts have visited Chapel Hill five times. The program allows students to stay with a host family in Lieges and to practice their French. The program was generously funded by the EU, through the "Getting to Know Europe Grant," and by the locally based French company bioMerieux, Inc.

We are excited to share with you three short videos documenting the trip, as seen from the perspective of the students, and are grateful to Robin McMahon for organizing such an outstanding trip that stresses the importance of cultural exchange! To view the videos, click on the links below.


The European Union and Brussels

Life in a host family    

Celebrate Europe Day May 9th at Smith Middle School

May 9, 2013 | 4 - 7:30 pm | Smith Middle School, Chapel Hill, NC

Europe Day (May 9th) is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. Join our local community as we pay homage to the EU and European cultures. Events at Smith Middle School will include Euro-Mania Jeopardy, a Walk for Unity, European food booths, student projects and travel videos, and European performances. Please see flyer for more information or contact Robin McMahon at

Summer Schools

ECPR Standing Group Summer School on Interest Groups
Interest Groups and Agenda Setting in Multilevel Systems of Governance

Barcelona skyline

July 3 - 10 | Barcelona, Spain

The 4th ECPR Summer School on interest group politics offers a mix of courses on interest groups and agenda setting in multilevel governance systems. The goal is to provide graduate students firm knowledge about how interest organizations mobilize to foster policy change in a tremendously complex and multilayered political environment. Students are furthermore trained in methodological approaches necessary for the analysis of framing and mobilization strategies.

Students will be in contact with internationally renowned scholars that will not only offer high-quality lectures, but also provide specific advice about individual PhD projects as students have the opportunity to present a research paper during the summer school. The best paper will receive a special award.

Registration is open from 22nd February until 31st May on a first come first serve basis. Further information can be found here.

IPSA-NUS Methods Summer School

July 8 - 19, 2013 | National University of Singapore

The 2nd annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore, July 8-19, 2013. This year's Summer School offers eleven courses in quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods. All courses are taught by highly experienced international faculty and provide participants with rigorous training in state-of-the-art research methods.

For more information on the various Summer School courses, financial aid, early registration discounts, and more, please visit the website ( or contact us at

ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques

July 25 - August 10, 2013 | University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The ECPR School in Methods and Techniques has become a major event for methodological training, catering for the diverse needs of researchers and advanced students in political science and neighbouring disciplines. Besides the intensive courses (5 refresher courses, 7 two-week courses and 24 one-week courses), the ECPR Summer School offers a great social programme in the stunning City of Ljubljana and the opportunity to network with fellow researchers from around the World. Registration for the Summer School in Methods and Techniques is now open. Please click here to log into myECPR and register. Click here to decide your course combinations prior to registration. 

Click here for more information on fees. Funding is open from 3 March to 6 June 2013. Further information will be made available on the ECPR's website in due course.

PhD Scholarships

PhD Researcher in Public Policy, Interest Groups, and Regulatory Politics at the University of Antwerp

The Antwerp Center for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (ACIM) is offering a four-year position for writing a PhD on how non-state stakeholders (firms and civil society) affect transatlantic regulatory coordination. Candidates should have 1) a Master degree in political science, economics, or other relevant social science discipline; 2) an interest in conducting inter-disciplinary research combining political economy and political science; 3) strong methodological knowledge situated in the filed of quantitative data analyses; and 4) excellent knowledge of English and a desire to learn Dutch.

The PhD researcher will is expected to write a PhD and to publish scientific articles, to disseminate scientific output on scientific conferences and to the broader public, and to organize a research seminar. Date of commencement is October 1, 2013. A monthly scholarship allowance is provided.

Please apply online until 30 May 2013 and add your degrees, results, a short note on how you would conduct research in this field (two pages) and a letter of motivation. Selected candidates are invited for an interview.

For questions regarding the completion of the form, contact Ellen Huijer (tel 0032 3 265 31 45; or Robin Wynants (tel 0032 3 265 31 41; For information about the PhD and the research environment, contact prof. Jan Beyers (

Application Deadline: May 30, 2013

PhD Position in "Public Policy/Regulatory Governance" at University of Zurich/University of Lausanne

Univeristy of Zurich main entrance

The NCCR Democracy is an interdisciplinary research program on the challenges to democracy in the 21st century. In the framework of the NCCR project "The Democratic Accountability of Transnational Private Governance" the program is seeking a new PhD student. The project investigates the emergence of private governance as a major change in the modes of regulation that have taken place in the last decades. The program's core research questions are to what extent and how do soft rules produced by private entities become de facto binding.

Applicants should be interested in public policy, regulatory governance, and have had some methodological training. They need to be motivated to do empirical research and work in a team. Candidates should hold a MA/MSc degree in political science or in a related social science discipline, and be fluent in English and German/French. Position starts October 1, 2013. Work location is at the University of Zurich.

Please submit a one page letter outlining your motivation and research interests, as well as a CV, a writing sample (e.g., a published article, a chapter from your MA/MSc thesis, a seminar paper), copies of all academic degrees, and the names of at least two references. Please send your electronic application to: To read the full position description, please visit here.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2013

PhD Position in "Populism and National Political Cultures" at University of St. Gallen

The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) project "Populism and national political cultures" is inviting applications for a Ph.D. position. Starting date is October 2013 or by mutual agreement. The project investigates the long-term cultural roots of populism and the relationship between national political cultures and the development of populism in Europe. It is under the direction of Prof. Daniele Caramani at the University of St. Gallen.

Candidates must have expertise in comparative politics, electoral research and political communication, and have had methodological training. They must have completed an MA degree in political science. Candidates need to be fluent in English as well as in German and Italian. The appointment is limited to four years. The work location is at the University of St. Gallen.

Please send your electronic application (cover letter, CV, list of publications, copies of academic degrees, and names of at least two persons for reference) to To read the full position description, please visit here.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2013

Calls for Applications

Temporary Lecturer in Political Theory, Queen's University, Belfast

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast is seeking a Temporary Lecturer in Political Theory. The successful candidate will undertake research in one or more areas of political theory in line with the School's research strategy, to teach political theory at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and contribute to School administrative/outreach activities. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The position is available from September 2013 for nine months.

To learn more about the position and to apply, please see webpage.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2013

Lectureship in International Political Economy, Newcastle University

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Politics, based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology. You will join a Politics unit that is committed to achieving excellence in research and teaching as demonstrated by our very strong performance in the 2008 RAE and our outstanding NSS scores. Applications are welcome from candidates with an excellent record of published research or outstanding research potential in any area of International Political Economy.  You will be expected to contribute to the teaching of undergraduate programmes, will be required to lead our Masters programme in Globalization, Poverty and Development and will participate in the supervision of research postgraduates.
Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of Politics, Dr Nick Randall, (tel: +44 (0)191 222 6997; email

Click here for full job description.

Application Deadline: May 19, 2013

France Faculty Fellows Program

IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France is pleased to announce its Faculty Fellows Program, designed for visiting professors on sabbatical leave from their home institutions for the 2013/14 academic year.  Collaborative teaching opportunities between home institution and IAU College are also possible. 

The Fellow can choose to participate in the IAU College program of their choice for a semester or the full academic year (fall and spring semesters), promote intellectual and cultural exchange through a series of public lectures in their field of expertise, conduct smaller seminars and discussions with students and faculty and develop their own research.  They will have full access to all IAU resources including library, classrooms, WIFI and an affordable Resident Fellow apartment in Aix.  Stipends and housing subsidies are available to qualified faculty from IAU partner institutions.

Interested U.S. faculty may find additional information, including the IAU Resident Fellows Application, at  Applications for the fall 2013 semester should be submitted by June 15, 2013 with the Resident Fellow announced by June 30, 2013. Applications for the spring 2014 semester should be submitted by October 15, 2013.

Any questions can be directed to Professor Alan Roberts, Director of IAU College’s Marchutz School of Fine Arts and Chair of the Resident Fellows selection committee, at

Application Deadline: June 15, 2013

Apply for a Master in EU Studies Online

The European Online Academy grants professionals the opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the EU integration process, while pursing their careers, through a combination of e-learning and intensive face-to-face learning sessions (mainly during weekends in Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul, Rome and Budapest). 

The Master in EU Studies Online, a two year programme, offers the perfect blend of theoretical and practical knowledge of the EU. Participants will gain a working knowledge of recent developments in the European integration process. They will also gain the skills to negotiate within an international context, to draft reports, to plan and manage international projects, and to present their ideas in a transnational legal dimension.

Application Deadline: September 5, 2013. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to eligible candidates to cover part of their tuition.

For further information, visit or see flyer. Email Aline Palige ( with questions.

Conferences and Workshops

ASEAN-EU Conference: "Dynamics of Inter-regionalism"

May 13, 2013 | 9 am - 5:30 pm | School of International Service (SIS) at American University, Washington, DC

The ASEAN-EU conference is organized by Amitav Acharya, UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center, Michelle Egan, Jean Monnet Professor, and Pek Koon Heng, ASEAN Studies Director, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC. The keynote luncheon speaker Michael Fuchs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic and Multilateral Affairs, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, State Department, will speak on issues pertaining to the U.S. and EU strategic dialogue on Asia.

To learn more about the conference, please see conference program. The link to RSVP for this event is

The conference will be live streamed for those unable to attend. Below is the link to the event

Workshop and Call for Papers
EU Simulations: scholarly reflection and research on an innovative teaching methodology 

September 27-8, 2013 | Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Over the last decades, the academic landscape of European Integration has been reshaping - leading to the emergence of interdisciplinary and multinational educational programmes, as well as to an increased use of innovative learning tools and concepts. In teaching the European Union, simulations are employed for multiple reasons, the most central being the attempt to help students to better grasp the multifaceted and fluid 'negotiated-order' of the European integration, to understand EU decision-making, etc.

Scholarly reflection and research concerning this teaching methodology have begun during the last decade, but they are still at a relatively early stage. Hence, this Call for Papers has been launched in view of the growing use of EU simulations in academic teaching, its promise as a didactic tool and due to the indicated lack of scholarly work on EU role-play games. The Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration Studies together with the Institute of Political Science at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz invite scholars of international relations, political science and neighbouring disciplines with a clear focus on European integration, who employ simulation games in their teaching, and/or engage in scholarly research of the various aspects of employing simulations, to participate in a two day workshop on conceptual, methodological, and didactic issues related to this innovative learning tool.

There is sufficient funding for participants' accommodation during their stay in Mainz.. A limited number of travel grants are also available. To learn more about the workshop and the call for papers, see flyer.

Please submit your abstracts, including title of proposed paper, author's name and contact email address, together with a brief outline of the proposed paper of approximately 150-300 words per email to Prof. Arne Niemann ( AND Annika Herbel (

Submission Deadline for Abstracts: May 14, 2013


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