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With increased globalization, more colleges and universities are establishing faculty exchanges, study abroad programs, collaborative research efforts, and technical assistance programs with counterparts overseas resulting in enhanced faculty development, increased learning for students, revenue generation and prestige for the partnering institutions. If faculty are inadequately prepared and supported for overseas assignments valuable time and resources are wasted, student learning is impacted, and the image of the institution and faculty member may suffer. The purpose of this research was to determine how institutions can better prepare faculty for overseas assignments. To study this problem, faculty with international teaching experience and overseas country coordinators were surveyed and a literature review was conducted. Data were compiled to identify actions which can be taken to ensure greater success in overseas assignments. The researchers will share results exploring why educational institutions are expanding operations overseas, the negative impact of failing to adequately prepare and support faculty for overseas assignments, and actions which can be taken to ensure faculty are adequately prepared and supported for their overseas assignment.
Higher Education and Teaching
McDaniel, Garry; Petrizzo, Debra; Stroud, Gary; and Arehart, Susan, "Preparing Faculty For Overseas Assignments" (2014). Learning Showcase 2014. 22.