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Recruiting Internationally Minded Faculty and the Role of Visiting International Faculty

Recruiting permanent and visiting faculty members offers the opportunity to deeply connect faculty and students to global perspectives. Whether these professionals are tenure track or visitors, potential contributions to your campus and community are significant. Leadership and committees play an important role in ensuring that an aptitude for international perspectives is an integral part of any recruitment process.

Recruiting Internationally Minded Faculty

Recruit Students with International Interests and Experiences Into Teaching

The number of students who come to today’s college campuses with experience of the world and enthusiasm to learn more is increasing. An American Council on Education report (2008) revealed that 61% of incoming students had traveled in another country with their families, and 51% have close friends or family who live in another country.  These students need to be encouraged to enter teaching.

Science

The importance of scientific literacy to well-informed 21stcentury citizenry is paramount. Teachers who bring a global perspective to the study of science help their students understand that the field is rooted in research and discovery that dates back to ancient Greece, China, and the Islamic world.

From the Field

There is no denying that charismatic leaders and “lighthouse” projects can have major impact in achieving goals like internationalization. These efforts, however, are often limited and short-lived, missing the chance to have lasting and deep influence in effecting organizational reform in educator preparation. Many colleges have positive initiatives that strive to implement broad goals related to internationalization, but true internationalization is systematic and requires holistic transformation of everything from curriculum to faculty and staff attitudes to fund

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