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International Training Program in Pedagogy

Project Overview

Beginning in 2012, the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SOEHHB) began hosting visiting faculty members from China as participants in the International Training Program in Pedagogy (ITPP).  The Program takes place fall semester each year.  Over 50 faculty members from China were hosted as participants in this program during fall semesters between 2012 and 2017.  Program goals for visiting faculty include:  Introduce visiting faculty members to pedagogy used in U.S. higher education classrooms; Provide unique access to U.S. higher education classrooms through observations; Enhance visiting faculty members’ understanding of American culture through immersion and structured activities; and Enhance English language fluency.  Although program participants have come from institutions in China, qualified faculty members from other international institutions are invited to apply for admission to the program.

Benefits

  • SIUE:
    • Enhance international reputation of SIUE
    • Potential for student recruitment.
    • Potential research and teaching collaborations for faculty
    • Potential travel study for students.
  • Faculty:
    • Opportunity to form international relationships for scholarly activities, teaching and service.
  • Students:
    • Consistent with the SIUE mission to provide programs that develop professionals, scholars and leaders who shape a changing world, students are able to interact and develop relationships with people from other cultures
  • Community:
    • Visiting scholars make a presentation to local community members through the Lifelong Learning Series through the SIUE Outreach Office and interact with local public school teachers, students and administrators.

Application Process

Each potential participant will provide SIUE with a copy of the following: resume or CV, official TOEFL and/or CET score indicating English proficiency with a score of 430 or higher on Band 6, and a statement of objectives (no longer than two pages, single spaced).   Applications should be sent as an email attachment directly to Dr. Yuliang Liu, Professor, Educational Leadership (yliu@siue.edu). 

In addition, participants will provide video answers to five questions.  Each person will answer in English the following five interview questions in order and video record answers in approximately 10 minutes of time total for all five questions. The video should be saved recording in one file using the candidate’s full name as the file name.  Files should be saved in .mp3 or mp4 format.  Files should be emailed to siue.soe.itpp@gmail.com .  Video interview questions include:

  1. Please provide evidence of your English proficiency levels in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  2. Why are you interested in the International Training Project in Pedagogy offered by SIUE?
  3. What do you want to achieve during your visit at SIUE?
  4. How will your visit to SIUE benefit faculty and students at SIUE?
  5. Is there anything special you would like to share with the project team at SIUE?

Application deadlines for the fall program are generally the end of February.  Specific deadlines are available by contacting SIUE (Dr. Yuliang Liu, yliu@siue.edu ).

Selection Process

Visiting scholars are selected by the International Training Program in Pedagogy Leadership Team, in consultation with other university administrators.  Selection can be competitive and is based on:

  • Level of English language fluency;
  • Professional objectives of the candidate match program goals;
  • Availability of appropriate classrooms for observations;
  • Clearance by name through export control.

Cost

Program fees are set annually per visiting faculty member, with a minimum of 10 participants.  The program fees include expenses for personnel (seminar instructor, orientation, observation arrangements, program evaluation and general support for visiting faculty) as well as miscellaneous expenses (planned cultural activities, initial and final group transportation to and from airport).  Visiting faculty members are responsible for travel expenses outside of the program, purchase of mandatory health insurance at SIUE, living expenses and miscellaneous personal expenses.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Yuliang Liu (yliu@siue.edu)

Professor, Educational Leadership

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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