Faculty International Field Seminar: Teaching Latin America
"Extending the Walls of the Classroom: Preparing for Field-Based Learning in Central America"
As it prepares to transition to Latin America as its next Global Region of Focus for the academic years 2017-2020, the Office of International Education is pleased to announce its second Faculty International Field Seminar. This faculty development opportunity is supported by the Academy for Teaching Excellence and the Provost’s Office.
For this second iteration of the program, two versions of the program will be offered:
- GEC for 6-8 faculty (no application necessary)
- GEC complemented by the International Field Seminar for 12-14 faculty (see application materials below)
In both programs, all faculty development experiences will be aimed at increasing faculty capacity to develop and teach concepts, issues, and material in the area of Latin American studies.
The on-campus GEC will include five mandatory face-to-face meetings of 2.5 hours each and a minimum of two additional excursions and/or interactive programs. The class will meet on Fridays from 10 am to 12:30 pm on the following dates:
- February 24, 2017
- March 10, 2017
- March 31, 2017
- April 21, 2017
- May 5, 2017
See the GEC syllabus handout for more specific information.
In the GEC, participants will
- study global learning outcomes and assessment techniques;
- review effective study abroad design;
- acquire new competencies in inter-cultural communication;
- study the political, economic, social, and natural history of the region;
- create curriculum projects related to Central America for infusion in their classes; and
- gain the ability to mentor students based on their field experiences in Central America.
The GEC with Field Seminar includes a 16-day itinerary from May 20th to June 4, 2017, travelling to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.
During the Field Seminar, participants will
- study the natural history and ecology of the countries visited;
- engage in a service project;
- explore firsthand agricultural production and processing at coffee, banana, and tobacco plantations;
- visit an alternative energy facility (e.g., solar or wind)
- tour a medical clinic and/or other vocational enterprise (i.e., small business or tech incubator, vocational school for service industries),
- study the anthropological history and archaeology of indigenous peoples in the region; and
- examine the impact of U.S. policies on the economies, political systems, and cultures of the countries visited.
These seminars are planned for a group of faculty from a variety of disciplines represented on campus. The course is equally suited to faculty who are new to the concept of internationalization and to those who are familiar with the practice. Discussions, readings and course materials and the field seminar will aim to equip faculty with the knowledge and direct experiences required to effectively prepare students for careers and citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world. Through this program, faculty will be expected to create a classroom project, at the unit or course level, that infuses international field work in Central America into the curriculum. Participants will be expected to share their experiences and projects with faculty, staff, and students through presentations. They will also serve as Global Ambassadors to engage faculty and students through other faculty development activities sponsored through the Academy for Teaching Excellence.
Information Sessions: COMPLETED
Tuesday, September 20 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in D157
Wednesday, September 21 from 5 to 6 pm in X250ab
Applications due: October 28, 2016
Applications reviewed: October 31 – November 4, 2016
Announcement of participants: November 9, 2016
Procedures for Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs
- Faculty schedule a meeting with the Director of International Education to discuss proposal. This meeting should be scheduled at least 14-18 months prior to the anticipated course departure date.
- Read the Faculty Education Abroad Handbook available on the OIE website.
- Prior to completing the Faculty Education Abroad Proposal, faculty must consult with their chaqir/coordinator and dean about their proposal. These indiviudals may have insights useful to the preparing the Proposal. (This step is separate from step 6 below.)
- Complete the Faculty Education Abroad Proposal.
- Meet with appropriate Department Chair or Program Coordinator for course approval and signature.
- Meet with appropriate Division Dean for course approval and signature.
- Meet with the Director of International Education and appropriate Dean for submission of all application materials. The final program proposal for a spring or summer offering is due to the Director no later than March 1st of the year before the program is expected to be offered. For programs that will be offered during the winter intersession (January), the final program proposal is due to the Director no later than February 1st of the year before the program is expected to be offered.
- In conjunction with Study Abroad Proposal Review committee, the Director will review proposals and may recommend changes. Once the proposal is approved by the Review committee, it will be submitted to the Associate Provost for provisional approval. All approvals are provisional until the signature page has been signed by both the Provost and the President of Harper College. On occasion, an additional meeting between the Director, faculty leader, and Associate Provost may be necessary for final approval.
- Only after the Associate Provost has approved the program can outreach and recruitment for programs begin. Ideally, a marketing and recruitment plan can be created during the summer session, and recruitment can begin in earnest in August and September. Note: New programs cannot be advertised or marketed to students before final approval by the Office of International Education and the Associate Provost.
- The Director will work with deans to get approved courses on the appropriate semester schedule.
Sample Program Development Template
For a program to be offered in spring 2018:
- faculty would begin conversations with Director and their department in spring and fall 2016;
- a signed and approved proposal would be submitted to Director by March 1, 2017;
- a marketing plan and materials would be completed by August 2017;
- the application process would be completed by December 2017;
- the program would be delivered spring 2018.
- Process and responsibilities:
Recruitment and Marketing faculty, Director, Interdrisciplinary Programs Specialist Enrollment faculty, Interdrisciplinary Programs Specialist, Direc tor Classes on schedule Director with dean/program coordinator Orientations Interdrisciplinary Programs Specialist, faculty, Director Student application and essay; payments and paperwork Student, Interdrisciplinary Programs Specialist, faculty, Directorr, Business Office
- Faculty will be required to participate in a Faculty Leader Education Abroad Training.
- Prior to departure, faculty must complete and submit Faculty Leader Information Packet.
- Within two weeks of return from overseas, faculty must schedule a Debrief Meeting with students. At this meeting, ISP staff will administer a Student Evaluation survey.
To schedule an initial planning appointment with the Director, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harper College Application for Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leaves are an excellent opportunity to pursue research and/or teaching overseas. A tenured faculty member is eligible to seek a sabbatical leave after having completed six years of full-time service as a faculty member. In other words, a tenured faculty member can first apply for a sabbatical leave during the seventh year of employment at Harper and the leave would take place in the eighth year.
For additional information about applying for a sabbatical, visit the Provost’s Office webpage through the Harper Portal.
Orientation Week Presentation on Faculty International Field Seminar COMPLETED
In May, nine Harper faculty representing a variety of departments and disciplines travelled to Uganda and Rwanda in May as part of the first Faculty International Field Seminar: “Teaching Africa Today.” The group traveled to Uganda and Rwanda to meet with faculty colleagues at Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), and the National University of Rwanda. The program is aimed at strengthening undergraduate education on the subject of East Africa, with particular attention to Uganda and Rwanda, and ultimately contributing to the preparation of students for careers and citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world. Participating faculty have created curriculum projects for infusion in their classes this fall based on their field experiences in East Africa.
Join us on Friday, August 22 at 10 am in Z 102 for a synesthetic presentation about our experiences and learn how you might incorporate information about East Africa in your courses!
Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.
Faculty International Seminar in Uganda and Rwanda COMPLETED
"Teaching Africa Today: a field-based study of Uganda and Rwanda's social, economic, and environmental diversity"
International Studies and Programs is pleased to announce a two-week Faculty International Seminar to Uganda and Rwanda, East Africa, in May, 2014. This faculty development opportunity aligns with International Studies and Program's regional focus on the continent of Africa during the 2014-2016 academic years and is supported by the Academy for Teaching Excellence and the Provost’s Office. Participants will engage with faculty counterparts at Makerere University in Kampala, study the natural history and ecology of Uganda and Rwanda, explore firsthand agricultural production and processing at tea and coffee plantations, and examine national reconciliation efforts twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, to name but a few subjects.
The field experience in Uganda and Rwanda will be complemented by a graduate equivalent course (in the approval stage) that will meet on four occasions prior to departure and continue on-site in East Africa. During the on-campus course, participants will study the principles of curriculum infusion; global learning outcomes and assessment techniques; socio-economic trends in East Africa; the political history of Uganda and Rwanda, including human rights and national reconciliation efforts; and the natural history of the region.
This faculty development program will bring together between 8 faculty from a wide cross-section of disciplines represented on campus. Its design is equally suited to faculty who are new to the concept of internationalization and to those who are familiar with the practice. Discussions, readings and course materials and the hands-on experiences will aim to equip faculty with the knowledge and direct experiences required to effectively prepare students for careers and citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world. Through this program, faculty will be expected to create a classroom project, at the unit or course level, that infuses international field work in East Africa into the curriculum. Participants will be expected to share their experiences and projects with faculty, staff, and students through presentations. They will also serve as Global Ambassadors to engage faculty and students through other faculty development activities sponsored through the Academy for Teaching Excellence.
On-campus course will meet 4 times between March and May, 2014. The field experience will take place from May 18 to June 1, 2014.
Faculty applications are due by noon on Friday, February 28, 2014.
"Teaching Africa Today" syllabus