Course proposals and other things that go bump in the night.
August 25, 2011 7:32 PM Subscribe
Have gotten invited to be part of an academic research center. Will you tell me if I should approach them with the biggest proposal I would complete in three years?
About to graduate and found a company to sponsor my work visa. Result! My life depends on landing work that will allow me access to research libraries, I have two journal articles up for consideration and possibly doing a PhD this fall. My job won't provide access to anything and a PhD would not be enough to allow me to stay in the country and my research depends on a kind of business that is indigenous to this country but it is hugely successful in creating accessible and long-term work for artists from many backgrounds without government assistance. The government here has a requirement that I show an academic affiliation in order to hold any job but I cannot work on a student visa or hold two full-time jobs with work visa. What a country!
Going home would mean landing in a place with a very high cost of living. To do the research centre and get an on-campus desk which my job is OK with because I do account management for very long-term clients. I need to show the university I will be willing to shepherd a project they won't use existing funds for. A leading member of the faculty expressed fear of a foreign invasion by my people when I arrived and there is generally an atmosphere of surprise I have managed to be successful in areas of high social deprivation, academe for example. I am pursuing a PhD only now I know I have the patience to do a few kinds of research and write commentary well.
The thing my current school has a case for bringing back a master's course of previous years in an updated format without spending existing money on faculty. I want to propose a course that I would lightly direct at first and then personally lead marketing and help identify an admissions team. Can you recommend a book, articles, or actual proposals that were used to make the academic and business sense for a humanities master's degree course in a two-semester system? I would not be a lecturer on the course and I do not feel qualified to teach now. Do you think I'm jumping the gun? These faculty are all losing income because their courses are not being taken up. Would it be terrible to introduce a completely new one at the expense of other courses even if this one created paying jobs for existing faculty? Try to talk me out of it and tell me what you think I should do with this research centre. Am I looking a completely horrible process straight in the eye? Should I only ask for commission? Should I even think of asking for a budget?