Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellows in Atrocity Prevention Program

Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellows in Atrocity Prevention

Call for Nominations: Open to SUNY Faculty from Any Discipline on Any Campus

Nominations must be submitted no later than August 30, 2022


Across the globe, people are targeted for violence because of their identity, and these acts of violence can escalate to the level of mass atrocities. Effective prevention of mass atrocities requires that people in all sectors, fields and professions recognize risks and understand the role they can play in mitigating those risks and building societal resilience to identity-based violence. University faculty from all disciplines can play a role in introducing students to how their field of study and any career path can contribute to prevention.

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) at Binghamton University has pioneered the Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellows in Atrocity Prevention program to engage faculty in a guided process of learning and exploration of the potential for their own disciplines to contribute to atrocity prevention. Fellows learn from I-GMAP’s faculty, staff and practitioner visitors and alongside faculty from a wide range of disciplines both within their cohort and from previous cohorts. The program culminates with each faculty member modifying at least one of their own courses to integrate an atrocity prevention lens through innovative and engaged pedagogical approaches.

The upcoming program runs from September 2022 through April 2023 (excluding winter intercession), primarily in an online and asynchronous format, with synchronous meetings at the start and finish of the program, and successful completion of the fellowship comes with a financial award.

Click here to nominate yourself or someone else on your campus

Nomination Process

Faculty may be nominated by Deans, Chairs, colleagues or themselves using the
simple form found here. Nominations must be submitted no later than August 30, 2022.

Who is Eligible to Participate

Faculty members from all SUNY campuses (university centers/doctoral-granting institutions, comprehensive colleges, technology colleges, and community colleges) and from any and all disciplines and professional fields are eligible to become Fellows. I-GMAP takes a broad view of prevention—one that extends far beyond crisis management or intervention in the face of mass killing. Prevention includes strategies that can reduce the likelihood of violence before it starts, mitigate harm and motivate an end to conflicts once they begin, and rebuild in the aftermath of atrocities. Effective prevention encompasses all fields and professions – from humanities and social sciences, through the physical sciences and technical fields, and everything in between – and it takes a variety of fforms. For example, it may involve:

  • cinematic, musical or artistic portrayals that shape perceptions about groups and of atrocities;
  • algorithms to analyze speech patterns for early detection of plans to engage in mass violence;
  • development of smart phone apps to facilitate reporting and authentication of atrocity crimes;
  • psychological profiles of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders;
  • supply chain management for delivering humanitarian aid to conflict zones;
  • geospatial technologies such as GIS or remote sensing to identify locations of mass violence;
  • preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage;
  • the impact of traditional and social media on speech that legitimates violence;
  • regionally-focused (Latin America, Asia, Africa, etc.) studies of past or on-going atrocities and current prevention efforts;
  • K-12 educational curriculum that promote a culture of democratic, peaceful and inclusive societies;
  • and so much more.

Selection Criteria

In selecting among nominees for the Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellows program, the I-GMAP Co-Directors will be attentive to the stated rationale for interest reflected in the individual application as well as the diversity of disciplines represented in the overall group of awards. Since 2018, I-GMAP has supported 40 faculty members from more than 20 departments across five colleges at Binghamton University and from five other SUNY institutions. For the second consecutive year, faculty from across the SUNY system are invited to apply to be Scheidt Faculty Fellows in Atrocity Prevention.

Program Benefits

Scheidt Faculty Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  • An award of $2,500 upon successful completion of the program. (Those from Binghamton University will receive an additional award of $2,500 if their department commits to regularly offering the course with a GMAP cross listing for 2-5 seats).
  • Access (during and after the program) to a wealth of online materials related to atrocity prevention.
  • Priority access to scheduling meetings and class visits (in person or virtual) with I-GMAP’s diverse array of resident and visiting practitioners.
  • Lodging and travel expenses to attend the 2023 Frontiers of Prevention international conference hosted by I-GMAP in Binghamton, New York, on April 14 -16, 2023.
  • Copies of leading texts in atrocity prevention

Program Requirements

The program runs from September 23, 2022, through April 16, 2023 (excluding winter intercession), primarily in an online and asynchronous format, with synchronous meetings at the start and finish of the program. To successfully complete the program, Fellows must:

  1. participate in person or virtually in the synchronous meetings on Friday, September 23, 2022, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (followed by lunch for those attending in person)
  2. participate in a debriefing meeting on Sunday, April 16, 2023, around lunchtime (time TBD) following the I-GMAP Frontiers of Prevention conference;
  3. complete the 8 asynchronous online learning modules, which include readings, videos, discussions and reflections (roughly two weeks allotted per module with a break during winter intercession);
  4. submit a syllabus and related course materials demonstrating sufficient integration of atrocity prevention in learning outcomes, readings or other materials, and assignments.

Nominations open on May 9, 2022, and will be accepted until August 30, 2022, or until the 15 Fellow positions are filled, whichever occurs first. Click here to nominate yourself or someone else. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact prior participants to learn about their experiences (a list of prior participants is on the I-GMAP website). If you have questions about the Faculty Fellows Program, please contact Kerry Whigham at kwhigham@binghamton.edu. 

Past Faculty Fellows

Review the GMAP Curricular Innovations from past faculty fellows since the creation of the program.

2021-20222020-2021 2019-2020* 2018-2019*

*From 2018-2020 this program was known as the GMAP Curriculum Development Program.

Contact

If you have questions about the program and award, please contact Kerry Whigham (kwhigham@binghamton.edu).