There are a variety of opportunities for faculty members to internationalize teaching and research. These include teaching abroad, leading study abroad programs and participating in faculty exchanges and in professional development. International Programs & Exchanges can help faculty to identify and pursue international teaching and professional development opportunities.
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NCSA offers term-long teaching positions in Europe and Latin America. Teaching positions are available in Rosario, Argentina; Vienna, Austria; Shanghai, China; London, England; Angers, France; Athens, Greece; Macerata, Italy; Siena, Italy; Fes, Morocco and Oviedo, Spain. AHA International, the University of Oregon, and the Northwest Council on Study Abroad (NCSA) are currently reviewing and restructuring the program model used in the NCSA study abroad programs. At this time, the call for faculty applications for academic year 2013-14 has been postponed until the new program model is finalized. If you would like to be notified when the call for applications is opened, please contact Roger Adkins (chairperson of the NCSA Faculty Oversight Committee) or Liz Partolan-Fray, and we will ensure that you receive notice promptly when the call is opened.
Past/Current Faculty: List of WWU Faculty who have tought or will teach at NSCA sites
Western Washington University has formal and affiliate agreements with more than 30 universities and institutes around the world. While the focus of our exchange efforts is often on providing our students with international educational opportunities, nearly all have the capacity to involve greater numbers of faculty members, as well.
International exchanges are partnerships that Western has with institutions around the world. They are reciprocal in nature and students participate in quarter or semester exchanges. Western has exchanges with universities in Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK. See the complete list on our Direct Exchange webpage. Faculty exchanges, which often include both teaching and research, strengthen our relationships with our partner institutions and move us a great deal closer to providing graduates of the WWU with the global competence that the world now demands. For more information, contact Liz Partolan-Fray, Director, International Programs & Exchanges.
Over the course of the past decade, there has been tremendous growth in study abroad at Western Washington University. More recently, the number of faculty-led study programs has grown bringing students, faculty and staff to a range of continents, cultures and host countries, enriching the scope of Western Washington University.
Faculty-led programs are easily accessible to WWU students and can be readily integrated into their programs of study. They eliminate questions about credit transfer since it is a WWU course offered by a WWU faculty member or team of faculty members. They can be quarter or semester-long, but also can be organized for the summer or for shorter periods during the academic year. These types of programs help internationalize the campus in two ways, enhancing the global competencies of the students who participate, as well as giving faculty members opportunities to expand their international experiences.
The success of a Faculty-Led Program depends on many factors that include:
- Course content that is relevant and interesting to a broad number of students;
- Courses that fulfill specific WWU degree requirements, e.g. major or minor requirement;
- Situating the course in a location that reinforces the curricular content and makes the site a learning laboratory;
- A faculty director who can successfully promote the program to students.
Roles and Responsibilities for Faculty-Led Programs Abroad
Procedure for Approval and Coordination of a Faculty Led Program