Rising Stars of Korean Studies Mentoring Workshop
USC’s Korean Studies Institute, with generous funding from the Korea Foundation, invites inquiries and applications for the 4th "Rising Stars" junior faculty mentoring workshop, to be held on October 3-4, 2013.
This workshop will bring together the next generation of Korean Studies scholars in either postdoctoral or assistant professor positions, along with senior scholars from various disciplines. The intention is to link this new generation with each other, provide feedback on their work from senior scholars, and in particular mentor these younger scholars through the tenure process. Each younger scholar will prepare in advance either a paper intended for eventual submission to a disciplinary journal, or a book prospectus and one key chapter, while senior scholars serve as discussants. We particularly wish to focus on younger scholars who may be at schools not known for Korean Studies, or scholars whose work is not primarily about Korea but who use Korea as “a case of” a larger question in their research.
The workshop has a limited number of openings, and is available to participants from all fields in the social sciences and humanities and from institutions throughout the US and Canada.
The workshop will fully cover participants' travel, lodging and meals for the duration of the workshop. Funding for the program is provided by both the Korea Foundation and USC’s Korean Studies Institute.
Eligibility and Application
- Application due date: TBA
- Scholars must have Ph.D. in hand by October 2012
- Special consideration will be given to faculty from universities that are not major Korean Studies institutions, or those scholars whose research uses Korea as a case of a larger question or issue.
Those interested in attending the workshop should send a cover letter, research abstract (no more than 250 words), and CV to Elaine Kim, Associate Director of the USC Korean Studies Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Guidelines for Faculty Workshop Proposals
The KSI has a limited pool of funds available to support faculty scholarship, workshops, and conferences related to Korea or Korean issues. We welcome all proposals, but specifically encourage interdisciplinary and comparative proposals that situate Korea within a larger intellectual or substantive context.
For planning and budgeting purposes, proposals should be submitted the semester prior to the expected date of the event. For example, proposals for Spring 2012 must be submitted during Fall 2011. Faculty should be aware that it may not be possible to accommodate proposals submitted without sufficient lead time, although the KSI will make every attempt to support faculty as much as possible.
There is no specific format for applying for funding, but in general we expect a short (2-3 page) application that contains the following elements:
1. Workshop or conference objectives, why would conference be important for the field, for your research, what questions will be answered, will it result in deliverables?
2. Provide a list of proposed participants (speakers, panelists, etc...)
3. Include a draft budget to include anticipated travel (domestic vs. int'l participants), incidental reimbursements, meals (ie. do you want to offer a conference package that usually includes snacks, lunch), dinners (with select speakers for example), honoraria?, student assistance (hourly wages).
4. List of expected external funding; list of USC departments outside of the KSI that will likely co-sponsor. It is expected that the proposals will make every effort to secure funding external to USC in addition to any requested funding from the KSI.
KSI Korean Studies Manuscript Review Program
A centerpiece of the Korean Studies Institute's efforts to support all forms of research that deal with Korea at USC is the manuscript review. Any USC faculty working on a book that deals with Korea in some way are eligible for possible support. The program is designed to provide helpful and timely feedback to faculty preparing monographs or other similarly large academic works prior to submission for publication.
The core of the program is the manuscript review seminar. Rather than simply requesting individual reviewers to provide comments on the work, the KSI organizes a review seminar in which two invited external reviewers, USC faculty and staff, and the author can all interact with each other and respond to each other's comments in order to collectively devise strategies for strengthening the final text. As an endeavor in collegial constructive criticism, the review seminar represents the best of academic enterprises.
Manuscripts selected for participation in the review program will be copied and distributed to USC faculty and graduate students as well as two external reviewers identified by the author in collaboration with the KSI. The KSI will then arrange a review seminar in which the reviewers and any interested USC faculty and students gather to discuss the work and assist the author in developing strategies for the manuscript's improvement and possible placement for publication. A dinner follows the seminar at a local venue.
The KSI covers all costs for the program, including copying and distribution of the manuscript, travel, accommodations, and honoraria for the external reviewers, and dinner following the seminar.
This program is open to all USC faculty with manuscripts that are near completion, but yet not so polished and finalized that they may still benefit from the review.
Questions about manuscript review should be addressed to:
KSI Associate Director
- Phone: (213) 740 - 3758
- Email: email@example.com