Faculty, staff, and advisors are increasingly interested in embedding international education into their otherwise residential courses so as to leverage the international scope of the course content, to provide students with real-world learning opportunities, and to foster meaningful intellectual and intercultural experiences for their students. Engaged faculty, staff and advisors recognize the need to graduate students who have first-hand experience and knowledge of the world beyond one’s national borders.
Below are opportunities for faculty to engage and identify strategies for incorporating international education into their course content.
Global Issues Faculty Seminar: Year of the Middle East
In support of the College of Arts & Sciences Passport to the World initiative and its 2014-2015 Year of the Middle East, UK Education Abroad is partnering with the College of Arts & Sciences to offer a faculty development seminar in the Middle East that focuses on contemporary issues pertinent to the region. The goal of the seminar is to offer UK faculty members the opportunity to learn first-hand about these issues and to thereby make them better prepared to disseminate knowledge and understanding about this region among UK students and faculty. The seminar is intended for faculty members who (1) are open to internationalizing their teaching by blending a global component into a course or refocusing a course by incorporating contemporary Middle Eastern issues into it or (2) are interested in advancing the international education goals of the University (e.g., education abroad, institutional partnerships, etc.).
UK Confucius Institute & UK Education Abroad China Education Abroad Programming Site Visit
The UK Confucius Institute and UK Education Abroad are collaborating to offer a summer 2015, programming site visit to China. The goal of site visit is to offer UK colleges the opportunity to learn first-hand about international higher education issues in China and to further enhance education abroad programming in China for UK students. Each UK College dean will be invited to nominate one faculty/staff representative to participate in the site visit. All in-country expenses will be covered by the UK Confucius Institute. Representatives will meet with local university faculty, education abroad professionals, and government officials to discuss some of the factors that shape the student experience in China, with particular attention given to understanding the many challenges and opportunities involved in sending U.S. students to study in China.
UK Faculty Program Development Grant
The International Center (UKIC) maintains a fund to support faculty international travel for the purposes of establishing a UK faculty-directed education abroad program. Grants may be awarded for either a course that embeds an international education travel component into a fall or spring residential course or a program to be offered during the summer or winter intersessions. The proposal must relate to a new program that will be offered within two years of receipt of funding. Applicants must be eligible to receive at least 25% matching funds (e.g., cash or in-kind contributions) from their college/department or external funding sources and are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding sources.