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Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian
Full-tuition fellowships to attend Middlebury College Language Schools – Information Session 

Wednesday, October 14
11:30am – 12:30pm
B 108

Jamie Northrup, Director of  Institutional Collaboration & Marketing , Middlebury College Language Schools, will be here talking about the Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace, to study at Middlebury College Language Schools, summer 2010.  Languages as part of this Fellowship: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian

See their application and information at: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/fellowships_scholarships/kwd.htm

 NB – Current MIIS students MUST apply through the process offered by Middlebury by following the link above.

I am pleased to annouce that the recipient of the Fourth Annual Leslie Eliason
Excellence in Teaching Award is Professor Laura Burian.  Professor Burian has
a record of excellence in teaching and an ongoing, inspiring commitment to
providing our students the highest quality education possible.  She has a
wonderful rapport with her colleagues and students, an exceptional teaching
record that reflects her ability to provide an excellent learning experience
to our students, and an intensive commitment to the Institute’s mission.

As a professor dedicated to her students and to delivering quality education,
Professor Burian embodies much of what Professor Eliason also dedicated her
teaching efforts towards.  Leslie Eliason was a strong woman, dynamic and
passionate about her chosen profession of teaching.
She pursued her responsibilities as a teacher and mentor with great warmth and
care for her students and colleagues, reflecting her intelligence, integrity,
good humore, and commitment to quality in all of her endeavors.
 Professor Burian has a similar thoroughness in her role as teacher, colleague,
mentor and advisor.  As was true for Professor Eliason, Professor Burian is
interested in building the capacities of her students, in helping them and the
Institute reach their greatest potential, and in working collaboratively with
her colleagues to achieve their goals.  There is no question that Professor
Burian reflects the qualities Professor Eliason valued the most — hard work,
intense and at times passionate commitment to students and sound academic
programming, and good colleagial interactions and collaborations.  Her
commitment to excellence both inside and outside of the classroom is greatly
appreciated and valued.

Congratulations to Professor Burian — we will celebrate her selection on
April 21st during the “quiet hours” at lunchtime in the Samson Center Reading
Room.  More details will follow about this celebration.

Thanks to all of you who nominated faculty for this award and helped in the
selection process.

Provost Sands

Dr. Amy Sands
Provost and Academic Vice President
Monterey Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA 93940
email:  asands@miis.edu
telephone:  831 647-4116


Dear Monterey Institute Faculty, Staff and Students:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce Paton will be the Chair of the Fisher Program of International Business (Fisher International MBA). The decision has been made after deliberation and consultation with President Sunder Ramaswamy, Provost Amy Sands, the Fisher Faculty and Staff, and the incoming Program Chairs of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management.

Dr. Bruce Paton is Visiting Associate Professor of Sustainable Business and Strategy at the Monterey Institute. He is Associate Professor at San Francisco State University’s College of Business, where he teaches courses on corporate social responsibility and sustainable business at undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. He was named the Teaching Professor of the Year for the College of Business in 2005. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Monterey Institute since 2002. Dr. Paton has been actively involved in curriculum reform at SF State. He served on a Dean’s Taskforce on Graduate Programs that led to streamlined MBA program requirements. He also chaired the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee during its preparation for the AACSB’s re-accreditation process. Dr. Paton currently serves as Board Chair for Sustainable Silicon Valley, a collaboration of nearly 100 businesses, cities, and community organizations that works to focus the region’s leaders on its most important environmental challenges and opportunities. He also serves on the International Planning Board for the Greening of Industry Network, and on the editorial board for the Journal, Business Strategy and Environment.

Dr. Paton focuses his research on business strategies and public policies for sustainability, especially the development of methods for designing and evaluating voluntary and collaborative initiatives to address social and environmental issues in management. His research and teaching draw on more than twenty years of decision-making experience in industry, government and higher education, including the District of Columbia government, an environmental policy consulting firm, Hewlett-Packard, and a Silicon Valley startup. He also served for two years as Director of Admissions for the MBA Program at Stanford University. Dr. Paton holds a BA in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, an MBA from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

– Dr. Yuwei Shi, Dean-Designate of GSIPM

Dear Colleagues


I am excited to announce the first issue of The Pathfinder: A Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies!  The url is: www.thepathfinderjournal.com


All comments and suggestions are welcome!




Pushpa Iyer

Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator – Conflict Resolution Graduate School for International Policy Studies Monterey Institute for International Studies 460 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Contact: 831-647-7104, pushpa.iyer@miis.edu


Please open the following file link for printable detailed information about
upcoming TOEFL iBT sessions next spring.


Location: Monterey Institute of International Studies – Pacific Lab (CF442)

Dates:  Friday, January 23, 2009
                Saturday, February 21, 2009
                Saturday, March 21, 2009
                NO APRIL DATE
                Saturday, May 9, 2009
                Friday, June 12, 2009

Times:  9am – 1pm

Cost:           $150

You can register by using this
link:   http://www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=toefl

Note:   Registration may not yet be open for all dates. If you can’t
register, don’t panic. Please keep checking the ETS web site (www.ets.org) frequently over
the next few days.

Seating is limited. Be sure to register early!

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Patricia Szasz, Director, Intensive English Programs at 1.831.647.3501 or english@miis.edu.

For anyone interested in attending the January TOEFL iBT Preparation Course, please note that the registration deadline is this Friday, December 19th.

Please download the instructions and registration form from this link:


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Patricia Szasz, Director, Intensive English Programs at 1.831.647.3501 or english@miis.edu.

Please see the following message from Provost Dr. Amy Sands about the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award.

From:              Amy Sands


Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

This year we have again received notification that funding to support the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award has been given to the Institute by Karen and Christopher Payne, good friends of Professor Eliason. I am requesting nominations for this award from all of you.

The Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award is a prestigious Monterey Institute award that recognizes outstanding contributions as a classroom teacher by a faculty member of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. This award is especially meaningful to the Institute because it honors the memory of Professor Leslie Eliason, well recognized for her commitment to quality teaching and to her students and their education.

Regular faculty members from the MIIS community are eligible for consideration.  The faculty member, who is selected, will receive a $10K stipend and will be recognized in the spring at a special ceremony and reception.  The award must be used for professional development, such as conference registrations, fees, and travel; release time from classes for research or training purposes; or acquisition of materials for curriculum development or research.

The award will be announced in March 2009 and must be used by August 31, 2010, at which time a report summarizing the professional development and expenditures made will be due to the Community Foundation, the group overseeing the disbursement of these funds on behalf of the Payne family.  A short interim report will be due approximately one year after the award.  Faculty recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award are not eligible to receive the award more than once in a four-year period.  (Previous winners are Professor Moyara Ruehsen, Professor Jackie Harmer, and Professor Jean Turner.)

The selection process for this award is as follows:

1) The Provost will request nominations from students, faculty, and staff of the MIIS community.
•    To nominate a faculty member, letters should be addressed to the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Committee and should explain why the nominee’s performance as a teacher merits the Excellence in Teaching Award.
•    Nomination letters should address specifically the award criteria outlined below and include examples from personal experience with the instructor. Nomination letters without such information will not be accepted.

2) The Provost will establish a Selection Committee consisting of 3 faculty, 3 students, and 1 staff member to be responsible for selecting the faculty member to receive this award.

3) The Committee will review the nominations and make their selections based on the award criteria outlined below.

4) Once the selection has been finalized and announced, a reception and ceremony will be scheduled in April to honor the recipient.

Award Criteria

The award recipient should:

•    Foster a sense of excitement in the classroom that stimulates the students’ learning process and creates a dynamic interactive learning space;
•    Inspire in students further pursuit of knowledge, especially relating to global issues/challenges;
•    Demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of his/her chosen area of expertise;
•    Enhance classroom discussion and interaction with the use of collaborative and innovative tools and pedagogy;
•    Be responsive to student needs, providing timely evaluation and feedback of student work;
•    Demonstrate intercultural competence and respect for all students;
•    Have a good rapport with students in and out of the classroom.

Timeline for Award Selection


The request for nominations is issued to students, faculty, and staff of the MIIS community.

The Provost will be responsible for forming the selection committee for the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award.  Nominations will be due to the Provost by February 1, 2009.


At the beginning of February, nominees will be notified.  Each will be asked to accept or decline their nominations.  Faculty accepting their nomination will be required to submit a dossier for committee review.  The dossier must be submitted to the Provost by the end of February 2009 and consist of the following items:
•    Course syllabi;
•    Some sample materials used in their classes;
•    Student evaluations;
•    Curriculum Vitae;
•    At least one recommendation and one other reference, including contact information, who could comment on nominee’s teaching ability; and
•    Letter by the nominee explaining in detail how they would use the grant money if they receive the Excellence in Teaching Award.


The Selection Committee reads the dossiers, keeping in mind the strict confidentiality necessary because of the nature of faculty evaluations, nomination letters, and other information in the dossiers.

The last week of March, the committee meets after reading all of the dossiers and selects an award recipient based on the criteria for the award, nomination letters, and faculty dossiers.


The winner is notified by the Provost and a campus announcement is sent out to the students, faculty, and the President’s Office. The winner is honored at a reception and ceremony.

I look forward to seeing your nominations.


Dr. Amy Sands, Provost
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Monterey, CA 93940
email:  asands@miis.edu
telephone:  831 647-4102

Open Study Rooms Announced!

Monterey Institute Students:

Just a reminder that we are keeping several additional rooms unlocked and available for open studying through the remainder of this semester. The following rooms will be open from 6PM – midnight, Sunday through Thursday through Tuesday, December 16, for anyone who needs additional individual or group study space.

Morse Room A202
Morse Room A205
McGowan Room 101 (except Mondays from 6 – 9PM, when there is already a study group scheduled) McCone Room 127 (except Thursdays from 6 – 8PM, when there is already a study group scheduled)

A few things to keep in mind:

1) Please turn the lights off when you leave a room.
2) Please be ameniable to sharing a room with others.
3) Please be courteous of the few times that the rooms are already officially reserved for a study group.
4) Study groups can continue to officially reserve rooms for specific days and times by e-mailing Room.Reserve@miis.edu.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Barbara Burke
Executive Assistant to the President

Excellence in Teaching Award

Every year, the Excellence in Teaching Award (ETI) recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding contributions as a classroom teacher. The winner gets a cash reward, speaks at the December commencement, and a gets a great deal of accolades from out community.

The neat thing is – it’s completely student-driven: we make the nominations and a student council committee reviews the applications and votes!

So we need you to nominate somebody!

Go to campus E-learning Moodle site to fill out and submit your nomination form.

This is a nice responsibility that we as students have been given – please help ensure that it works by making a nomination. The nominating period ends on October 24th.

Please click on the link below for more information on the Jet Program visit to MIIS: info-session-wordy-monterey-ins-10-21-08

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