Edited by D. Bruce Johnstone, Madeleine B. d’Ambrosio and Paul J. Yakoboski
Chapter 9: Internationalizing the Scholarly Experience of Faculty
9. Internationalizing the scholarly experience of faculty Diana Bartelli Carlin INTRODUCTION It is a rare post-secondary institution in the United States that does not make reference to campus internationalization in its mission statement. As a result, senior administrators crisscross the globe in pursuit of exchange partners, new sites for faculty-led study abroad programs, students, research collaborations, and international alumni cultivation. Patti McGill Peterson’s Chapter 8 in this volume acknowledges the limitations of such efforts in attaining the goal of an international campus unless more effort is put into internationalizing the faculty who “own” the curriculum. Green and Olson observed that “Only when a substantial number of faculty members actively participate can the institution provide students with diverse international learning opportunities that are fully integrated into the educational process” (Green and Olson, 2003, p. 69.) Doing so may be difficult, as Peterson indicates, but it is not impossible since the potential exists within every classroom for internationalization “as a process that prepares the community for successful participation in an increasingly interdependent world” (Francis, 1993, p. 5.) John Hudzik, the current president of NAFSA (the Association of International Educators), expressed this potential in a column for NAFSA’s International Educator: “It is difficult, perhaps impossible, to imagine any discipline or university program that is not shaped by global forces, not able to contribute to global solutions, or better off informed by global perspectives” (Hudzik, 2009, p. 5.) Unless internationalization across the curriculum becomes a reality, the number of students who are prepared to...
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