News & Events

Announcements for December 29, 2010

Welcome Back!

I hope all of you had a wonderful and restful holiday season!  (Is "restful holiday" an oxymoron?)  In any case, I look forward to working with you in 2011 for Global NIU, throughout the campus.  Many thanks, and best wishes for a great spring semester.

Great Opportunity for Students of Spanish - Deadline 03/31/2011

The Ministry of Education of Spain is pleased to announce over 2,000 grants for American and Canadian participants to serve as teaching assistants in Spain, sharing their native knowledge of the English or French language and North American culture in Spanish public K-12 schools.  They will have a 12-16 hour weekly schedule.  Teaching assistants receive a minimum monthly allowance of 700 euros, an orientation course at the beginning of the school year and full medical insurance.

For more information, including application requirements, visit or contact .

NIU Fulbright Scholars

Two of our colleagues have held Fulbright Fellowships this academic year:  Prof. Nancy Wingfield of the Department of History, in Ukraine, and Prof. Teresa Wasonga of the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations, in the African Regional Research Program.  Congratulations to both for sharing their expertise in other countries!  For more information on the US Faculty Fellowships program, please visit this page:  The next application deadline for the traditional program is August 1, 2011.  Unfortunately, we don't appear to have any incoming Fulbright faculty scholars this year, although we do have a number of Fulbright students from other countries.  For more information on welcoming a colleague from another country to NIU through Fulbright, please visit this site:

Joseph Nye to Speak at NIU

Please save the date - Prof. Joseph Nye, formerly Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will be speaking at NIU on Wednesday, February 23, 2011.  Prof. Nye is the author of numerous books, including Soft Power:  The Means to Success in World Politics.  More details will follow; for more information please contact the Department of Political Science, 753-1011.

Taiwan Short Term Research Award

The Taiwan Ministry of Education offers doctoral candidates and post-docs the opportunity to compete for research awards for up to six months; this is for research in the humanities in East Asia and Taiwan.  Deadline is June 30, 2011; contact Deb Pierce  (753-1989 or  for information and the application form, or write .

Lillian Cobb Travel Grant

This program is funded through an endowment that was established from the estate of Lillian ("Pauline") Cobb, who served as the first Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature from 1930 to 1966.   This year's (2011) completition is open to NIU faculty who wish to do joint research with an international universities that NIU has a current "Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)."    For more information consult this website:  Deadline:  February 4, 2011.

Warmest regards to all, and Happy New Year!