Faculty and Staff: International Professional Development

The Education Abroad Office provides support for several international professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. These programs enable you to travel abroad and visit one of our international partners. Throughout this visit you may develop international content for courses, determine new ways to integrate international students into the classroom and co-curricular life, or begin to develop education abroad programs for study, research, or internships. 

As you peruse programs and determine your fit, consider inquiring within your department for funding support. This could be in the form of funding support for all or a part of the program. Financial obligations of participants vary by program and by year as funding is made available to support these programs, but generally range from the full cost of the air ticket to visa costs or meals on-site. There may also be advice from your Department Chair on which program to apply for given previous experiences of your departmental colleagues. 

Discover Scotland
The Discover Scotland Program will introduce faculty to their field in Dalkeith and Edinburgh, Scotland. Utilizing Murray State'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 Murray State students through study, research, or internship opportunities. While living in Dalkeith Palace, located just outside Edinburgh, faculty will experience firsthand the teach abroad location. This program is offered in the summer for 9 days every even year. The next program will be summer of 2020. Applications should be submitted online by January 15, 2020

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 annually. 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 DC, which typically starts the first full week of June every odd year.

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 for programs taking place every even year . 

Europe in Transition, Germany
Established in 1993, EiT is the longest running international professional development program available at Murray State. The program is divided between time at the University of Regensburg, Germany, the longest-standing exchange partner of Murray State, and Berlin and Munich. Participants will provide a two-hour lecture on a topic related to their academic interests with excursions connecting this topic in either Regensburg, Munich, or Berlin. Pre-departure workshops will guide participants regarding their presentations and accompanying site visits. The program typically runs in July and August. This program runs every year that funding is available. The next program will take place in summer 2020. Applications should be submitted by January 15th via the online application. 

International Professional Development Programs Eligibility Guidelines

Full-time Murray State faculty or exempt staff will be considered before adjuncts, retired faculty, and non-exempt 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 Objective

  • 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 Murray State community
  • To begin to understand culture and higher education at the program site
  • To provide a positive, professional representation of Murray State while on site
  • To have a continuing impact on the internationalization of Murray State