British Association for American Studies Internship (in association with the Fulbright Commission)

BAAS is delighted to announce this exciting new internship for early career scholars and part-time PhD students, to begin on 1 April 2011.

The intern will work on a project directed by the British Association for American Studies to trace the development of American Studies in the UK between 2000 and 2010. A central aspect of the project is aligned with the Fulbright Commission’s focus on international education. The internship offers the successful applicant a unique professional development opportunity to work closely with key members of the American Studies community. The intern will be supervised by and report to the BAAS Development Chair, and will sit as an ex-officio member of the BAAS Development Subcommittee for the length of the internship.

The aim of the project is twofold: (1) to produce a census document that marks a particular moment in the development of American Studies in the UK in the early twenty-first century, and (2) to provide a historical resource for future researchers.

The project will focus on four key dimensions, within the period 2000-10:

1.      The development of American Studies degrees and programmes in the UK
2.      Study abroad and international exchange opportunities in the USA
3.      Submissions to the two Research Assessment Exercises, 2001 and 2008
4.      The key external relationships of BAAS (the US Embassy, Fulbright Commission, the Eccles Centre, schools liaison, publications, and outreach activities)

The intern will work on the project for 1 day per week, starting on 1 April 2011 and concluding with a report to be presented to the BAAS Annual General Meeting at the University of Manchester in April 2012. This report will be divided into four sections, as listed above, and will be published as an open-access PDF document on the BAAS website.

Members of the BAAS Executive will help the intern identify and contact key members of the American Studies community, including ex-Chairs and Secretaries of BAAS, heads of American Studies departments and programmes, admissions officers, year abroad tutors and advisors, and key personnel at the US Embassy and Fulbright Commission. The report will include a mixture of quantitative data (admissions numbers, year abroad exchanges, RAE results) and commentary that reflects discussion with members of the community.

The year-long internship will be divided into four quarters. The first two months of each quarter will focus on collecting and collating data, and the third month of each quarter will be spent writing up the research, with guidance from the BAAS Development Chair.

The intern will be paid a stipend of £2000 in four quarterly instalments of £500 (subject to review after the first quarter). Reasonable travel expenses will be paid to attend subcommittee meetings and to consult the BAAS archive at the University of Birmingham.

We strongly encourage applications from early career scholars and part-time PhD students.

Applicants should submit to the Chair of BAAS, Professor Martin Halliwell (mrh17@le.ac.uk), a current curriculum vitae and a covering letter, which should (1) outline your suitability for this position and (2) project your availability for 1 day a week from April 2011 to April 2012.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 1 March 2011.

Professor Martin Halliwell FRSA
Chair, British Association for American Studies
Head, School of English
Professor of American Studies
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester. LE1 7RH

email: mrh17@le.ac.uk
tel: 0116-2522645
fax: 0116-2522065

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