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Professional Development Opportunities

Faculty Development Opportunities

There are a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty members and professionals to internationalize teaching and research, and to explore global issues.  Education Abroad can help faculty and professionals to identify and pursue international teaching and professional development opportunities.

The Fulbright International Education Administrator's Program (IEA)

Deadline: Varies depending on country
The International Education Administrator’s Program (IEA) helps professionals and senior higher education officials learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.  A number of grants are available for the various programs and the duration of the grant is two weeks.  Grantees return with enhanced abiltiy to serve and encourage international students and prospective study abroad students.   The programs are in Japan, Korea, France, Germany, Russia and India.  

Fulbright Scholar Program

Deadline: Early August
The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year.  Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.  The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. For more information on the Fulbright Scholar Program visit the website.  Faculty may contact Vicki Hamblin, Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement.

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS)

Deadline: Mid-March
CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS) are short-term, intensive educational experiences designed to explore global issues shaping the world today.  Western is a member of the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) academic consortium and there is up to $2000 in a WWU CIEE Consortium Grant to attend the IFDS this summer.  The seminars provide faculty and administrators with innovative approaches to enhance syllabi, internationalize curricula and increase global understanding on campus.  

The Summer 2017 International Faculty Development Seminars are offered in a variety of disciplines and countries.  Each program features lectures, discussions with overseas academics and colleagues, and coordinated site visits to academic, economic, educational, environmental, historic, political, religious, and social institutions.

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has provided education abroad programs since 1947 and is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization.  WWU has been a member of the CIEE Academic Consortium since 1977.

Application Process:
Seminar applicants must be first-time IFDS participants.  To apply, applicants complete the CIEE online application and this is where more detailed information about the application process, eligibility, and pre-departure logistics may be found.  

Applicants must also submit the following additional information to Ryan Larsen, Director, Education Abroad:  (1) a Summary Description of how the information gained will apply to a WWU course(s) and how participation will further the goal on internationalizing the curriculum at WWU and (2) an estimated budget and any other funding sources.  

Send application materials in pdf format to Ryan Larsen, Director, Education Abroad.

Grant Awardees:  Joy Wiggins (Elementary Education) participated in the "Women, Tradition and Revolution" seminar to Jordan; Rosalie Romano (Secondary Education) participated in the "Learning While Leading" seminar to Madrid, Spain.

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad are academic programs that will allow faculty to explore critical contemporary issues in depth within a particular geographical and cultural context.

SIT's rich network of resources, skilled faculty leaders, and years of experience in each seminar location create an engaging, immersive academic experience. Faculty participants learn from local experts and bring home valuable new skills and knowledge that they can apply to the courses they teach.

The 2017 Faculty Seminars Abroad are: What you will gain:
• Valuable experience with and expertise on a topic and/or region that can be applied to existing course offerings or developed into new courses
• Increased ability to contribute to internationalization efforts in your department and institution
• Meaningful insight into a distinct geographic region, which may lead to the development of a faculty-led customized program in that location in the future
• A new network of colleagues and experts around the world

Contact facultyseminars@sit.edu to learn more.

AIFS Study Abroad Richmond the American International University

Richmond is offering five summer faculty fellowships, available to AIFS affiliates, of which WWU is one.  The program is designed to provide research opportunities for faculty, strengthen best practice in teaching, and enhance the relationship between the university and its partners.  These fellowships provide visiting fellows with accommodations for 10 days at Richmond in Rome from June 5-16, 2017.  See the flyer AIFS Richmond Summer Visiting Faculty Fellowship Programme Rome 2017.pdf and website for more information.