Every summer, the Villa hosts intensive academic summer programs directed and taught by Georgetown faculty. These programs, usually between 2-6 weeks in length, are a fantastic opportunity for short-term international teaching experience that offer students a deep dive into a specific subject area. While programs vary widely in content and structure, these programs are generally marked by diverse and interdisciplinary course topics, highly experiential and field-based pedagogies, and use of local resources in and around Florence.
Call for Proposals: Summer Programs at VLB (2018-19)
The Office of Global Education at Georgetown University seeks proposals from Georgetown faculty members interested in developing new academic programs for summer terms 2018 and 2019 at Georgetown’s Villa Le Balze in Fiesole, Italy. Successful proposals will seek to utilize the Villa’s unique learning environment and will expand as well as enhance the Villa’s curricular goals and objectives.
The academic life of Villa Le Balze is centered around the interdisciplinary study of Italian history, culture, and language. While the current curriculum offers strengths in traditional liberal arts and humanities disciplines related to these subject areas, OGE’s goal is to expand the reach of the Villa as a resource for learning and teaching to a wider range of Georgetown faculty and students. For this reason, additional consideration will be given to proposals that feature crossdisciplinary themes and perspectives, as well as to faculty from schools/departments that have not engaged with the Villa.
Additional criteria for successful proposals:
- Explores topics and questions in direct relation to Italian (or Florentine) history, culture, language, or contemporary society through a cross-disciplinary lens. Past/current examples include The Brain and the Experience of Beauty in Renaissance Art
- Engages students through experiential approaches that make full use of resources of the Villa and the city of Florence. Past/current examples include Italian Realisms: Documentary Filmmaking
- Meets specific academic need (i.e. fulfills major or minor requirements) for undergraduates in at least one department, preferably with a departmental course number. Past/current examples include Machiavelli Seminar
- Adheres to OGE’s standard guidelines for short-term program development, detailed here: http://studyabroad.georgetown.edu/summer-guidelines
Proposals should be submitted using the Villa Le Balze Program Proposal Form to Gregory Spear, Assistant Director of Global Living and Learning Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 15, 2017. We strongly encourage interested faculty members to contact OGE to schedule a preliminary meeting at least one month before the proposal deadline.
While non-Georgetown faculty and subject area experts may teach or co-teach on summer programs at the Villa, all programs should be proposed by a Georgetown faculty member with whom ultimate academic oversight of the program resides.