Civic Education Project Programs

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The Civic Education Project supports two main programs — the Visiting Faculty Fellow Program and the Local Faculty Fellow Program. Scholars in both programs are referred to as CEP Fellows.

The Visiting Lecturer Program

In the Visiting Lecturer Program a social science academic commits to a year of living and working at a university in Central or Eastern Europe or Eurasia.

CEP attracts advanced graduate students, established professors, professionals, and emeriti as Visiting Faculty Fellows from the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Far East, and Australasia. By introducing critical thinking, academic writing, research and analytical skills, Visiting Faculty Fellows expose their students and faculty colleagues to a new and exciting range of materials and methodologies. Visiting Lecturers also bring with them books, journals, and articles that they donate to their regional university libraries at the end of their tenure. Visiting Faculty Fellows’ academic expertise and familiarity with Western teaching methodologies are important assets for reforming social science departments.

When universities see the results of Visiting Faculty Fellows’ increased emphasis on discussion, independent work, avoiding plagiarism, citing sources, writing, making presentations, developing moot court arguments, etc., they begin to value the new methods as well as the new information.

The Eastern Scholar Program

CEP’s Local Faculty Fellow Program is a conscious strategy to reverse the “brain drain” from the region and help young, promising scholars who have received graduate education abroad to return to their home countries to teach. CEP assists these scholars by providing financial and institutional assistance for up to two academic years as well as teaching materials, enrichment programs and access to its international network of scholars.

Without CEP’s support, many of these scholars could not afford academic careers and would be forced to take additional jobs. CEP helps Local Faculty Fellows stay in academia and conduct classes according to international standards. Many former CEP students have now become Local Faculty Fellows themselves.

Because they possess the language and cultural skills to be more easily accepted, Local Faculty Fellows can have a profound effect on reforming a given department or program. Local Faculty Fellows often build on a Visiting Faculty Fellow’s initial impact, and can continue the work in reforming higher education once the Visiting Faculty Fellow returns home. Local Faculty Fellows are the key to lasting, sustainable reform as they have a more permanent commitment to their university.

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