Tuesday November 1, 2016

Faculty development opportunity supporting internationalization

In its seventh year, the Global Education Seminar (GES) has had over forty faculty complete the year-long program, each cohort coming from diverse disciplines and focusing on one or two countries: China, Argentina, Peru, Chile.  In 2017-2018, the GES program will shift its focus to West Africa, in Ghana and Togo. 

The GES program provides faculty with the opportunity to advance internationalization priorities of academic units by supporting faculty projects that advance curriculum, research and scholarship, and/or engagement with international resources and partners.  Each year, a cohort of faculty come together and spend a year together, in monthly seminars, studying the historical, cultural, economic, and political contexts of a particular region of focus before a three-week international trip.   Faculty often share the program expands their perspective given its interdisciplinary model and opportunity to understand the role of faculty in internationalization as well as UD’s engagement abroad.

Ghana and Togo provide an excellent context to further understand its wide array of cultural settings and to explore its economic development, human rights and natural resources that link to issues around sustainability, energy and environment.   The university is committed to develop engagement with Africa and the GES is one key strategy to advance this goal. 

The application for the GES program is a two-part process.  Currently the call for nominations is open until December 22, 2016.  Faculty interested in the program should speak with their chair. Faculty with no prior experience Ghana and Togo are encouraged to apply.   After the GES planning team reviews the nominations, a select group of faculty will be asked to submit a full proposal about their projects by March 10, 2017.  The final cohort is selected within the same month.

Information sessions are being held in November and December.  The first is Wednesday, November 16 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in Rike 207 and the second on Tuesday, December 6 from 2 to 3 pm in Rike 207.  To RSVP, please email sgosalia1@udayton.edu.

The GES program is supported by the Office of the Provost, Center for International Programs, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education & Health Sciences, School of Engineering and School of Law.  To learn more contact your department chair and/or visit go.udayton.edu/ges

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