Faculty Development

One of the best ways for faculty to learn more about how study abroad is delivered at a particular site is to make a visit. Through the partnerships the Study Abroad Office has with international education academic consortia, there are occasional opportunities for faculty to participate in independent individual or organized small group site visits to study abroad program centers worldwide. Sometimes these visits are heavily subsidized by the sponsoring institution. As budget resources permit, the Study Abroad Office may also be able to cost-share. For more information contact Chris Deegan in the Study Abroad Office.

International Faculty Development Seminars (CIEE)
International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS) are sponsored by the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), an academic consortium of US colleges and universities with a high interest and involvement in international topics and issues.   Open to faculty and administrators from institutions of higher education, CIEE faculty seminars are programs with an interdisciplinary focus that offer a contemporary, global perspective.  The seminars are delivered in over 20 countries and usually consist of two weeks of lectures by local faculty and experts from prestigious institutions, site visits that illuminate ideas explored in those lectures, and opportunities to contribute to lively discussions with international colleagues. Interdisciplinary by design, all CIEE faculty seminars examine contemporary issues, globalization, and local perspectives.  Sometimes these visits are heavily subsidized by the sponsoring institution.   As budget resources permit, the Study Abroad Office may also be able to cost-share. For more information, go to the CIEE site or contact Chris Deegan in the Study Abroad Office.
Faculty Development Seminars (IES Abroad)
Faculty Development Seminars are sponsored by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), an academic consortium of US colleges and universities.  Seminars are sponsored by an IES Abroad Center or jointly sponsored by IES Abroad and an overseas or U.S. institution. IES Abroad Faculty Development Seminars are designed to bring together U.S. faculty, international faculty, and local experts for an intellectual exchange of ideas. Seminar nominees must be full-time professors at IES Abroad Member or Associate Member institutions (UIC is a full member). Nominees must be able to demonstrate that they are actively engaged in teaching and/or research on topics relating to the specific seminar theme. Participants are invited to submit proposals to present current research or course lectures on these topics.  Sometimes these visits are heavily subsidized by the sponsoring institution.   As budget resources permit, the Study Abroad Office may also be able to cost-share. For more information, go to the IES site or contact Chris Deegan in the Study Abroad Office.
International Educator’s Workshop, Copenhagen (DIS)
DIS – the Danish Institute for Study Abroad -  is a Danish non-profit educational foundation governed by an external board of directors. It is recognized by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and partners with the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.  DIS welcomes education abroad professionals, faculty, academic advisors and student affairs staff  to a five-day workshop in Copenhagen each semester, providing a forum for dialogue about DIS programs and broader issues in education abroad. Participants may be invited to serve on discussion session panels and are encouraged to indicate areas of expertise in workshop registration.  Sometimes these visits are heavily subsidized by the sponsoring institution.   As budget resources permit, the Study Abroad Office may also be able to cost-share. For more information, go to the DIS site or contact Chris Deegan in the Study Abroad Office.
Visiting Faculty Opportunities in Copenhagen
U.S. faculty from DIS Partner Institutions (including UIC) are invited to apply to teach an upper division three-credit course for a semester at DIS in Copenhagen. For more information, go to the DIS site or contact Chris Deegan in the Study Abroad Office.
International Program Development Workshops (CAPA International)
Since 1972, the Centers for Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA) weave experiential and academic learning together with internships, co-curricular activities and methods of instruction at their now seven program sites.  CAPA’s International Development Workshops focus on academic content, campus support, budgeting and marketing, health and safety, course-related travel, and experiential opportunities such as internships. Participants will meet with CAPA’s on-site staff and participate in round-table discussions with representatives from other U.S. institutions.  Sometimes these visits are heavily subsidized by the sponsoring institution.   As budget resources permit, the Study Abroad Office may also be able to cost-share. For more information, go to the CAPA site or contact Chris Deegan in the Study Abroad Office.
Professional Conferences
International Education Conferences
Faculty are invited to attend the annual international education professional conferences sponsored by the primary organizations to which The Study Abroad Office belongs.  They include:
NAFSA: The Association of International Educators
The Forum on Education Abroad
Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Area Studies / Discipline-focused Conferences
Latin American Studies Association
Association for Asian Studies
African Studies Association
American Institute for Indian Studies Research Fellowships
The American Institute of Indian Studies is a cooperative, non-profit organization of sixty-four American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India, its people, and culture.  AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. It especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning.    Fellowships are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the AIIS website for more information.

Senior Research Fellowships
Available to scholars who hold the Ph.D. or its equivalent. Senior Fellowships are designed to enable scholars in all disciplines who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India.  Senior Fellows establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution.  Short-term awards are available for up to four months.  Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships
Available to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India.  Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution.  Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.
Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships
Available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions, and strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.
Fulbright US Scholar Programs
The following programs offer U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.  For specific country opportunities, you can search the CIES catalog. The UIC Office of International Affairs is the Fulbright Campus Representative.  Contact them directly at oia@uic.edu for more information on the opportunities below:

Core Fulbright Scholar Program
The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
Fulbright Specialist Program
The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give Specialist greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.
Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.
Fulbright International Education Administrators Program
These IEA seminars are designed to introduce participants to the society, culture and higher education systems in Germany, India, Japan or Korea through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings on education. Participants gain new perspective on the need to internationalize U.S. campuses and insight into how it can be done.
Fulbright German Studies Seminars
Participate in a group seminar on current German society and culture. Participants in this seminar gain a firsthand look into how Germany’s political, economic and cultural systems deal with contemporary issues. For U.S. scholars, the engagement in substantive dialogue with political, academic, scientific, journalistic and cultural leaders in Germany can strengthen research and teaching.
Fulbright Nexus Regional Scholar Program
The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program will bring together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience.