Country:  Bosnia and Herzegovina
City:  Bihac

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the heart-shaped land that lies in the heart of southeast Europe. It is here that eastern and western civilizations met, sometimes clashed, but more often enriched and reinforced each other throughout its long and fascinating history. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a long name for a country that measures just over 50,000 km2. Perhaps what is most important for the visitor to know today, though, is that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a stunningly beautiful country with a vast array of landscapes, cultures, traditions and people. Bosnia and Herzegovina prides itself on its hospitality and treating guests and visitors as if they were family members. Bihac is a city situated in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the banks of the river Una, an area considered to be one of the ecological pearls of Europe. The economy is based on agriculture, some industry, and fledgling tourism due to the Una National Park. The city of Bihac is a six-hour drive by car from the capital city of Sarajevo and two hours from Zagreb in the neighboring Republic of Croatia.

Host Institution: Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Pedagogy, University of Bihac

The University of Bihac (Bosnian: Univerzitet u Bihaću) is a public institution of higher education founded in 1997 and currently matriculating approximately 5500 students. The University of Bihac and its English Studies Department at the Faculty of Pedagogy is striving to establish itself as a more independent entity by encouraging a cadre of dedicated, talented, young assistants to earn the requisite graduate degrees so that they can conduct lecture courses and sit on examination committees. The English Language Fellow program plays an important role in supporting this process. The Fellow’s teaching responsibilities focus heavily on American literature and American studies, thereby equipping future teachers with a sounder view of the United States.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will teach B.A. courses in the English Department related to 4 Skills, grammar, and vocabulary.
  • The Fellow will contribute to the development and implementation of the B.A. and M.A. programs in the English Department. The Fellow will help develop and create the program curriculum and extended course syllabi. His/her responsibilities will include evaluating syllabi critically, assessing learner needs, and contributing suggestions for syllabus design.
  • The Fellow will serve as a liaison between students and instructors from the University of Bihać, primary and secondary school teachers, the Pedagogical Institute of Una-Sana Canton, and the Cantonal Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Work with the Association for American Studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AASB&H) in Sarajevo and other programs to mentor U.S. Fulbright ETAs, work with English Teachers’ Associations, support the English Access Microscholarship Program, and collaborate with local contractors like American Councils for International Education, Education USA Advisors, and the American Corner.

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