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Customizing and Funding Professional Development to Internationalize the Curriculum

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For the past two years, CIEE and Union College have collaborated to run International Faculty Development Seminars in Beijing, China, and Istanbul, Turkey, assisting Union in their efforts to internationalize their common curriculum. During this session, we'll outline how Union applied for and won a grant from the Mellon Foundation, approached CIEE for assistance with the design and execution of the programs, and ultimately, how the first of the two programs has changed and will continue to change the common curriculum at Union. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how international professional development opportunities can help internationalize curriculum on their own campuses.

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Customizing and Funding Professional Development to Internationalize the Curriculum

  1. 1. CUSTOMIZING AND FUNDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO INTERNATIONALIZE THE CURRICULUM Dr. Joyce Madancy, Union College Erin Santana, CIEE IFDS Karlis Rokpelnis, CIEE Beijing
  2. 2. What are International Faculty Development Seminars? 2 • Created by CIEE in 1990 –26 years supporting campus internationalization efforts • International professional development for faculty and administrators • Short-term, intensive overseas experiences focusing on issues and regions that are shaping the course of world events – overarching themes clearly aligned with academic disciplines
  3. 3. What is IFDS? (cont.) 3 • Structured around key programmatic components: • Detailed syllabus includes readings, objectives, framing questions • Comprehensive pre-departure and on-site orientations • Lectures & discussion sessions with local faculty, experts, community leaders • Site visits, excursions, and intercultural activities • “Now What?” workshop focused on putting IFDS experience to use back on campus www.ciee.org/ifds
  4. 4. A sample of 2017 seminars 4 Location(s) Seminar Title Discipline(s) Havana, Cuba Contemporary Cuban Transformations: Social Inequities and Social Policy Social Sciences Shanghai, China and Taipei, Taiwan Political Divergence, Culture Convergence, and Economic Reliance Business, Political Science Rabat, Morocco Intercultural Learning in the Multilingual Context of Morocco Language, Intercultural Learning Paris, France Best Practices for Creating Successful Faculty- Led Programs
  5. 5. BACKGROUND AND PLANNING FROM THE UNION COLLEGE SIDE
  6. 6. Background 6  Presidential/Administrative Initiative  Mellon Mid-Career Presidential Discretionary Grant – invited to apply  Inspired by President’s own study tour experience  Dean of Faculty Links to Common Curriculum (General Education)  Educational mission - Cuts across all disciplines - Support/affirmation for those who contribute  Director of Common Curriculum and GenEd Board - Fleshed out details – themes of Social Justice and Sustainability - Made decision to work with CIEE - Campus survey of possible topics and locations - China and Turkey (based on CIEE logistics and our themes) - Selection of Directors and Co-Directors - Application Process: info sessions, application essay, final decisions, deanly generosity
  7. 7. A Diverse Group 7  Fourteen total – a diverse group!  By rank  5 Professors  4 Associate Professors  2 Assistant Professors  3 lecturers  By Gender – 3 men, 11 women  By Department  Director - History – East Asia  Co-Directors - Modern Languages – Chinese and Asian Studies - Electrical and Computer Engineering
  8. 8. A Diverse Group (cont.) 8  Everyone Else  Biology  Chemistry  English (three)  Ethnomusicology & Asian Studies  Electrical and Comp. Engineering  Film Studies  Geology  Mathematics  Mechanical Engineering  Three Chinese speakers  Five had been to China previously
  9. 9. Preparation 9  Three Goals  Group “bonding”  Intellectual/Cultural Preparation  Thinking about curricular consequences  Five Pre-Departure Workshops  Historical background and Language  Summer reading list  Curricular brainstorming/mapping to prepare and to follow up  Logistics  Environmental Studies Lecture Series – focus on China  Group Chinese Dinner
  10. 10. PLANNING AND EXECUTION FROM THE ON-SITE PERSPECTIVE
  11. 11. Environmental, Cultural, & Economic Sustainability in China’s Urban and Rural Landscapes 11
  12. 12. Creating the Seminar 12  Wide in scope and vast in geography  The participant cohort was very diverse and so were needs and expectations
  13. 13. Adjusting the seminar for Union College 13  Even with a focus on social justice, the scope was still wide  The participant cohort was diverse  Interests were more articulated  Unfortunate timing of staff changes at CIEE Beijing and training needs – had to replace group leader last minute
  14. 14. The Trip! 14
  15. 15. Ten Days in Northeast China 15  A Smashing Success!  Cross-disciplinary bonding?  Check!  Educational lectures  Check!  Illuminating excursions  Check!  Results  New courses with new themes from the trip  New modules in existing courses  Guest lectures and invited speakers
  16. 16. Beijing and Beyond
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  18. 18. Challenges and Rewards 18 • Challenges • Last minute leadership change • Group concerns (film clip 1) • Some illness • Poverty tourists? (film clip 3) • Rewards • Informative lectures (clip 2) • Observations (clip 4) • Curricular mapping
  19. 19. Synergies 19  IFDS-style training for study center staff  IFDS group leaders planning to visit Union
  20. 20. QUESTIONS?
  21. 21. THANK YOU

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