About Us

Structure

Appointments are made in each of the four participating units of the cluster: Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Appointments are 100% in each unit.

Faculty will participate in collaborative research and teaching projects, including a monthly research seminar.

The cluster is governed by a Steering Committee. Members of the Steering Committee for 2013-2014 are:

The Mediterranean cluster is also very pleased to welcome three of the four new faculty members: 

 

Research Collaboration

Members of the cluster and members of the steering committee will take part in a monthly research seminar in which they share their work in progress and discuss the emerging work in their individual areas. At the end of the academic year, they may hold a public conference or symposium devoted to a particular problem in Mediterranean relations (religion, trade, migration, etc.), and to which prominent figures from outside the University may be invited. Other opportunities for research collaboration will be actively supported.

Teaching

The cluster will have a strong presence in the undergraduate curriculum. Established faculty will work with new faculty to design an introductory course on cross-disciplinary approaches to the Mediterranean.

We encourage crosslinguistic and collaborative teaching, including "languages across the curriculum" and bilingual team-teaching.

Faculty will teach relevant courses in their home departments.

Mentoring

The members of the cluster are strongly committed to mentoring assistant professors in the cross-disciplinary context of the cluster. A common mentoring plan will complement discipline-specific mentoring arrangements organized by the units. A mentoring committee consisting of at least one mentor from each department will meet regularly to discuss issues relating to the cluster and to co-ordinate mentoring activities. Mentors will take part in the faculty's monthly research seminars, thus gaining familiarity with the research conducted by the cluster as a whole.

Each junior faculty member will meet annually with his or her Chair to review teaching, research, and service in the context of progress to tenure. The Chairs of the participating units will then meet together to discuss mentoring issues relating to the cluster as a whole, and will review their individual and collective requirements of the faculty.

One member of the general mentoring committee from outside the candidate's department will be a non-voting member of the third-year review panel. Chairs of participating departments will sponsor a CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) workshop on interdisciplinary and team teaching for the benefit of members of the cluster.