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KEY ASPECTS OF FACULTY INTERNATIONALIZATION
III. ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE Ten Elements of Faculty Involvement in Global Engagement
By Woody Pelton
ELON UNIVERSITY HAS long had an international vision. Listed below are ten ways that faculty are integrally involved in Elon’s global engagement.
1. Study Abroad Committee (SAC) One of the initial faculty involvements with education abroad was the establishment of the SAC as a standing committee of the faculty’s Academic Council. The SAC reviews Elon’s many short-term facultyled programs. Each faculty proposal must not only include a syllabus and proposed itinerary but also describe how the program would meet the three goals of study abroad: academic content, personal growth, and cultural awareness. The SAC is also responsible for policy associated with the faculty-led programs, including program evaluation, outcomes assessment, and issues regarding program leaders. 2. International Centre Advisory Committee The Isabella Cannon International Centre (ICIC) is charged with the internationalization of the campus. The ICIC Advisory Committee assists in all ICIC’s areas of responsibility, including education abroad; inbound international students, faculty, and scholars; and international programming. Among the responsibilities is the selection of an Elon faculty-in-residence at our semester programs abroad. 3. Faculty Fellow in the International Centre In 2009, Elon created a new Faculty Fellow position within the ICIC, open to all full-time faculty. The Faculty Fellow helps in developing materials used to support faculty abroad, acts as liaison between the ICIC and faculty, mentors new faculty who wish to submit proposals for programs abroad, and is currently helping to create a student developmental outcomes assessment plan. The Faculty Fellow receives two course releases and the position is for two years with the option to extend.
4. Faculty-Led Short-Term Programs Abroad Through Elon’s winter term abroad program we send approximately 50 out of 358 faculty members abroad each January. Our winter term programs abroad generally have 20-30 students accompanied by two faculty leaders. Both faculty receive full course loads for the winter-term course taught abroad. In addition to the four-credit course in January, there is a one-credit course taught by the program leaders during the fall preceding the program abroad. The faculty are compensated for that one-credit course, the cost of which is included in the student’s winter term program cost. 5. Faculty-in-Residence at Elon’s Three Semester Programs Abroad Elon operates semester programs abroad in London, Florence, and San José, Costa Rica. Faculty teach one general studies seminar and also serve as faculty-in-residence. Although each of these Centres operates with a local program provider, the faculty-in-residence still has responsibilities associated with managing all the students in the program. Faculty must apply through the ICIC Advisory Committee to serve as faculty-in-residence. When serving as facultyin-residence they receive credit for three courses toward teaching load during the semester abroad. 6. Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Abroad The ICIC, with assistance from the Faculty Fellow, facilitates opportunities for faculty professional development abroad. For example, in November 2011 the ICIC hosted a workshop with four providers of faculty development programs abroad: Fulbright, Council on International Educational Exchange, Danish Institute for Study Abroad, and Semester at Sea. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently listed Elon among leading institutions that produced Fulbright scholars in 2011-12. 7. Academic Departments Play an Important Role in Global Engagement When we need to change our local faculty at the Elon Centres, we ask the relevant academic
department to review resumes and syllabi and select our local faculty abroad. The ICIC also works with the academic departments to determine preferred semester programs for the majors and minors, as well as the preferred semester for their students to study abroad. In this way, departments have ownership over particular semester programs abroad and faculty can assist students in selecting appropriate semester abroad programs through the academic advising process. 8. Periodic Faculty Site Visits to Affiliates and Exchanges Abroad While we cannot fund faculty site visits to all our affiliates and exchanges programs, Elon covers the expenses for faculty who are abroad for other purposes to visit nearby partners. This helps our faculty to better understand and appreciate our partners abroad and inevitably results in more advocates for that program. 9. The Global Experience First-Year Course Faculty are encouraged to teach a section of the required first-year interdisciplinary course entitled “The Global Experience,” which explores six common global themes: importance of individual responsibility; relationship of humans to the natural world; globalization and tribalization as powerful world forces; impact of imperialism and colonialism; nature of culture; plights of disempowered groups. Every academic department must have faculty teaching this course. 10. Faculty Are Supported in Bringing International Guest Scholars to Elon The ICIC supports faculty, academic departments, and colleges in bringing international guest scholars to campus. The ICIC supports the immigration and other logistical steps involved in these visits and works with the host department to assure a successful experience for the international guests. Woody Pelton is Dean of International Programs at Elon University.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Network - Spring 2012
A Message from Allan E. Goodman
2012 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series: Renu Khator, University of Houston
Overcoming “Publish or Perish”: Fostering Faculty Engagement in Internationalization through Tenure Codes and Other Employment Policies
Engaging Science Faculty in Internationalization: Teaching Innovations at UW-Madison
Early-College Study Abroad: A Gateway for Faculty Engagement in Internationalization
Promoting Engagement in Curriculum Internationalization
The International Network of Universities (INU): The Consortium for Global Citizenship
Ten Elements of Faculty Involvement in Global Engagement
Building an Interculturally Competent Faculty
A Shrinking World with Expanding Visions: Faculty as Key Players in Internationalization
China’s Policies on Overseas Faculty Recruitment
Overcoming the “American Bubble”: The Norwegian Partnership Programme (PPNA) for Collaboration in Higher Education with North America
IIE Program Profi le: Fulbright Visiting Scholar Occasional Lecturer Fund
IIE Network - Spring 2012
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