There are many opportunities for Seattle Colleges employees to participate in professional development abroad. They are explained in detail in the International Professional Development Opportunities presentation.
Faculty Led Study Abroad
Faculty who would like to propose leading a group of students abroad can find procedures and proposal forms that have been approved for use by the Vice Presidents of Instruction as of July 2012.
Faculty and Staff: Seattle Colleges Global Impact - Leader / Participant Opportunities
See Global Impact service learning site. Some faculty and staff may be eligible to become group leaders. All are encouraged to apply as participants.
Faculty and Staff: International Professional Development Grant
This is a special designation of funds from the presidents of the colleges of Seattle Colleges to promote faculty and staff development in the area of international understanding through travel, teaching, research, volunteering, attending conferences or long and short term exchanges abroad. Previously only open to faculty, these funds have been used to facilitate a variety of initiatives overseas; research projects, guest lectureships, exchanges with sister institutions abroad, international conferences, workshops, or seminars. Grant awardees are expected to complete the attached final report template and do a poster session at District Convocation following their award activity.
Although I’ve travelled to a number of places around the world and enjoyed the tourist activities, visiting colleagues at a higher education institution in another country was far less superficial. I was really able to engage with others—students and teachers—around our shared passion of education. I enjoyed connecting with people living in another culture and discovering what they find important. A truly remarkable learning.
Bill Holt, Faculty, BUS Program Coordinator, North Seattle College
International Professional Development Grant recipients will be able to:
- demonstrate that they have incorporated more culturally sensitive practices and approaches to their daily interactions and activities.
- demonstrate that they have developed and incorporated global concepts and experiences into their work responsibilities.
Short-term Faculty Development Programs
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) both provide 1-2 week intensive overseas programs or seminars for U.S. faculty and administrators. These are hosted by prestigious academic institutions abroad and are designed to offer focused updates on global issues and regions that are shaping the course of world events, while introducing the faculty to scholarly communities overseas.
International Research and Exchanges Board
IREX is a non-profit organization whose efforts encompass professional training, technical assistance, and policy programs with newly-independent states, Central and Eastern Europe, Mongolia, and China.
Seattle Colleges Links with Institutions Abroad for Faculty or Classified/Exempt Staff Exchanges
See Institutional Linkages Abroad