3rd epsNet Workshop and Training for First-time University Teachers (Epsnetteaching2006)

Venue: Central European University

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Event Date/Time: Jun 17, 2006 End Date/Time: Jun 17, 2006
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3rd epsNet Workshop and Training for First-time University Teachers
Call for papers

Dear doctoral members of epsNet, junior teachers of political science and related subjects!

This is a general call for papers for the 3rd epsNet Workshop and training for first-time university teachers, which will take place during the plenary conference of the European Political Science Network in Budapest on June 17th 2006.

The training shall consist of two sessions. The first session shall be focused on the problem “How to motivate students”. The second one shall be oriented toward the problem of “Supervision”.

The training originates from the recognition that teaching is often an ignored area of professional development for doctoral students even though as (future) academics they are expected not only to contribute to scientific knowledge as researchers but also to educate the younger generations as university teachers. Therefore, the organizers hope to fill this gap and offer an opportunity not only to learn from experienced professors but also to discuss personal teaching experience with other political science doctoral students from all over Europe and even behind the continent. The primary aim of the workshop is to make junior university teachers more conscious of their in-class performance by discussing and explicating problems they face in teaching.

Each session shall have two parts. First, two experienced university teachers will lecture on the specified topic. Then, every session will continue in a seminar format where doctoral students can discuss their problems with each other and the lecturers.

Topics of the workshop
The workshop and training shall be focused on two key issues:
· Motivation of students: How to make students more active?
· Supervision of students: How to supervise students when writing theses?

At the training following lecturers shall present their ideas and advice
Joanna Renc-Roe, Central European University in Budapest,
Juraj Hvorecký, Masaryk University in Brno,
Brian Green, Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA,
(fourth lecturer shall be specified later).

Guidelines for application
Doctoral students who wish to participate in the teacher-training workshop should apply by an essay of approx. 1500 words. The organizers are looking forward to receiving essays that discuss the personal experience of first-time university teachers with regard to the advantages or disadvantages of some original teaching method they have used or, more generally, problems (and attempted/successful solutions to them) that they have faced while teaching. The essay should be preferably focused on the topics of the workshop (motivation of students and supervision). However, it might discuss also other teaching-related issues such as course structure, teaching students to write essays, synergy during the lesson, original activities, achieving respect etc.
The essay should be set in Times New Roman font, size 12, double-spaced and sent in rich text format (.rtf). Applicants are strongly encouraged to turn to journal articles or books in their essays and when doing so, adequate referencing are expected. The essay should also have a title and the body of the text should be divided into parts, using subtitles.
Moreover, the applicants are kindly asked to attach their professional CV.
Essay proposals and the final version of the paper should be sent to Matthieu.Lietaert@iue.it. The deadline for final submission is March 24th 2006. All papers shall be evaluated by the organizing committee which will choose 20 workshop participants.

epsNet support for Ph.D. students
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend all other workshops of the epsNet annual conference. Every participant shall receive hard-copy of the volume edited after the Paris 2005 workshop; moreover an issue of the Journal of Political Science Education published by APSA and will receive a certificate at the end of the training. Besides, epsNet can help workshop participants to find cheap and suitable accommodation in Budapest.
Perspective participants from NIS countries are encouraged to apply for funding to Open Society Institute, since they offer funds for professional development as part of their fellowship. Participation in our workshop fits well in this. In case of interest contact Ms. Liana Ghent lghent @ osieurope.org.

Publication from the workshop
The best essays of the doctoral participants, along with the papers given by the lecturers and a concluding report of the workshop proceedings will be published at the epsNet web page. The coordinators are currently seeking funding to publish also the output in hard-copy format as it was the case of previous workshops.
Two reports from the 1st workshop for junior university teachers (Prague, June 2004) and from the 2nd workshop (Paris, June 2005) are available at http://www.ads.sk/?en and http://www.fses.uniba.sk/staff/gregusova/English/index.htm
Before writing essay, the applicants are strongly encouraged to read the papers in these volumes – at least those covering the topic they would like to write about.

Come and meet great people, learn from them and share with us what you’ve learned before!

Looking forward to receive your interesting essays,

Gabriela Gregušová, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
Kinga Kas, Corvinus University of Budapest
Matthieu Lietaert, European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy
Irina Mattová, University of Prešov, Slovakia
Patrycja Matusz, University of Wroclaw, Poland
Eszter Simon, Central European University, Budapest
Inga Ulnicane, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga
Organizing team of the 3rd epsNet Workshop and training for first-time university teachers


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