Faculty may apply for a variety of intercultural funding and learning opportunities.
On-campus Funding Opportunities
Travel Study Exploratory Funding Grant
This program development fund assists faculty who are designing a new Travel Study course and is intended to be used toward site visit expenses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Funding awards are up to $2000 for international travel, and up to $1000 for domestic travel. Applications and more information are available on the Travel Study Faculty Information page.
Faculty Intercultural Learning Grant
This program supports WSU faculty members who are participating in intercultural professional development. Supported activities include participation in conferences, workshops, travel opportunities, or training events which are designed to enhance the intercultural competencies of attendees. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Funding awards are up to $2000 for international travel, and up to $1000 for domestic travel. See the application instructions (PDF).
Off-Campus Global Engagement Opportunities
The Center for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers annual International Faculty Development Seminars. These are short, intensive, experiential study away opportunities for faculty. The cost for these programs is comprehensive, excluding airfare, some meals, and personal expenses. WSU is a CIEE academic consortium partner and International Programs can provide supplemental financial support for one first-time WSU faculty IFDS participant each year. (Please see information about Faculty Intercultural Learning Grants, above. Faculty applying for a CIEE IFDS and requesting funding from International Programs should apply for one of these grants.) Because this usually covers only a portion of the program fee, faculty must seek additional funding sources.
SAI offers two one-month research fellowships in Italy each academic year in order to foster deeper connections between SAI affiliate schools (which WSU is) and Italian institutions, and provide teaching and/or research opportunities for faculty. One fellowship is in Florence or Rome, open to faculty in any discipline, and available in late summer or late fall. A second is in Milan in design-related fields and available in summer only. The deadline is early January of each year.
Teaching Away Opportunities
- Institutional Exchange Partners. WSU has several institutional exchange partners, and teaching opportunities may be available at these locations. In some cases, knowledge of the on-site language is required. If you are interested, contact Carolyn O’Grady (COgrady@winona.edu) to explore possibilities. Current exchange partners include (among others): Akita International University (Japan); Pomeranian University in Słupsk (Poland); Heibei Foreign Studies University (China).
- Akita International University. AIU is a liberal arts college located in a rural area about 25 minutes from the center of Akita, Japan. All undergraduate courses are taught in English. Many international languages are also taught, including Japanese. All AIU degree-seeking students are required to study abroad for one year. Originally a Minnesota State Colleges & University system school, AIU became an independent institution in 2004. Faculty from any discipline may be in residence for a semester or year. Knowledge of Japanese is not required. Housing for foreign teachers is provided. There is no additional stipend.
- Hebei Foreign Studies University. Located in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, China , HFSU is a private, comprehensive university. It has about 9,000 students, 72 academic majors, and specializes in language programs. Faculty from any discipline may be in residence for a short-term course/seminar (2-6 weeks) or for a semester. Knowledge of Chinese is not required but is helpful. Housing for foreign teachers is provided. There is no additional stipend.
- Hebei University of Technology is a public university located in Tianjin, China. It specializes in engineering studies, with other academic areas in technology, science, economics, and management. It has two campuses. Faculty from any discipline may be in residence for a short-term course/seminar (2-6 weeks) or for a semester. Knowledge of Chinese is not required but is helpful. HEBUT’s goal in hosting visiting faculty is to help their students enhance their ability to communicate in English, regardless of the discipline. Housing for foreign teachers is provided. There is no additional stipend.
- Tamkang University. Located in Taipei, Taiwan, TKU has four campuses (one of them a “Cyber Campus”) with many undergraduate and graduate programs. Classes are taught in English. The College of Global Development requires their students to study abroad. Other programs (such as the interdisciplinary Global Financial Management program, the Dept. of International Business, and the English Department) do not require but strongly urge their students to study abroad. Faculty from any discipline may be in residence for a short-term course/seminar (2-6 weeks) or for a semester. Knowledge of Chinese is not required. TKU has a summer seminar program (beginning of July into August) and offers visiting faculty who participate in this program a round trip air ticket, campus housing, and a stipend.
- Other visiting faculty opportunities may be available with other institutional partners, including Pomeranian University in Słupsk (Poland), Chung-An University (Seoul, S. Korea), University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong), Kristianstad University (Sweden), or Soonchunhyang University (Asan, Chungcheong province, South Korea. In some cases, knowledge of the on-site language is required.
- Semester at Sea. This “floating campus” recruits faculty members to teach three courses on board the ship. The curriculum is a comparative intercultural program, and faculty members are expected to include content about all of the countries on the semester voyage’s itinerary in their three courses. Faculty receive a stipend plus all travel costs.
The Fulbright Scholar Programs are competitive, funded international opportunities for university faculty and staff members, as well as certain other groups of professionals. Programs include:
- Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: This is a research and/or teaching award, for 2-12 months, for U.S. faculty and professionals in 125 destination countries. Most awards have an application deadline in August.
- Other Programs for US Scholars include:
-Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards
-Fulbright Global Scholar Awards
-Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars
Contact Carolyn O’Grady (COgrady@winona.edu) to be connected to former Fulbright recipients at Winona State.