Faculty and Staff: International Professional Development

The Institute for International Studies provides support for several international professional development opportunities for faculty and professional staff. These programs enable you to develop international content for courses, new ways to integrate international students into the classroom and co-curricular life, and develop education abroad programs for study, research, or internships. See below for a quick synopsis of each program and eligibility details.

As you peruse programs and determine your fit, consider inquiring within your department for program support. This could be in the form of funding support for all or a part of the program. There may also be advice on which program to apply for given previous experiences of your departmental colleagues.

Discover Scotland
NEW for summer 2016, the Discover Scotland Program will introduce faculty to their field in Dalkeith and Edinburgh, Scotland. Utilizing MSU's partner, Experience Scotland, faculty will have the opportunity to explore their own research interests in Scotland, understand the cultural and historic landscape of Scotland, and seek ways to offer education abroad programming in Scotland for MSU students through study, research, or internship opportunities. While living in Dalkeith Palace, located just outside Edinburgh, faculty will experience firsthand the teach abroad location

Belize Faculty Development Seminar
NEW for summer 2016,
the Faculty Development Seminar in Belize is open to faculty committed to developing a short-term study abroad program in Belize. Faculty will explore options in Belize through their discipline by partnering with Belize institutions and communities to create experiential programs abroad for MSU students. The FDS in Belize is sponsored by COBEC: The Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation. Applications are due at MSU by December 1st. Those selected will be nominated to COBEC for the 10-day May 2016 program. For more details, such as dates, costs, and application materials, go to the application page.

Discover China
Discover China is a two-week program that takes place in Beijing and Xi'an and is hosted by the People's Education Press. Cultural activities, popular sites, and tradition are the focal point of this introduction to China. Applications should be submitted online with a final deadline of January 15th. Up to 6 faculty and staff participants will be selected. The sample program schedule gives an overview of the activities that are customarily included in DCI, which typically starts the first full week of June. The link above will provide more details for this year's program, including dates and costs.

Discover Korea
The Discover Korea program is a two-week intensive cultural program hosted by Daegu University in Daegu, South Korea. The sample schedule will illustrate a packed program chocked full of traditional and contemporary experiences in South Korea. Program dates and costs can be found at the application link above. Applications should be submitted online by the final deadline of January 15th.

Europe in Transition
EiT is the longest running international professional development program available at MSU. The program is housed at the University of Regensburg, Germany, the longest-standing exchange partner of Murray State. Participants will provide a two-hour lecture on a topic related to their academic interests. Pre-departure workshops will guide participants regarding their presentations and accompanying site visits. The program typically runs in the last two weeks of July and first week of August. Applications should be submitted by January 15th each year via the online application. More details, including costs and this year's dates, can be found at the link above.


International Professional Development Programs Eligibility Guidelines

Full-time MSU faculty or professional staff will be considered before adjuncts, retired faculty, and staff.

To be considered, applicants must complete the full application, including the permissions and essay required. The essay should specifically address the following while keeping in mind the participation objectives indicated below:

  • Your interest in the program and the professional value of the experience
  • Indicate your plans to integrate the experience in your teaching, research, and/or service area
  • Provide an overview of your international or other relevant experiences dealing with diversity and/or challenging environments
  • Explain how you would use this experience to prepare or present at one or more of the following:
    • International Education Week
    • Teaching & Learning Technology Forum
    • Residential Colleges
    • Student organizations
    • Other: be specific

Participation Objectives

  • To enhance faculty/staff professional and educational experience
  • To continue to expand faculty/staff international experiences that can be used in professional activities and contributions to the MSU community
  • To begin to understand culture and higher education at the program site
  • To provide a positive, professional representation of MSU while on site
  • To have a continuing impact on the internationalization of MSU