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Information for Host Faculty

Thank you for your participating as a host faculty in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior’s International Training Program in Pedagogy. We’ve provided information below to help you begin this project. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact one of the ITPP team members. Our goal is to make this a meaningful experience for both our visiting scholars and SIUE’s host faculty.

Overview of Program and History
Expectations of Host Faculty Members
Seminar for Visiting Scholars
Guidebook for Visiting Scholars
Contact Information for School of Education, Health and Human Behavior ITPP Team Members

Overview of Program and History:

Project Overview

In 2012, SIUE has formed a partnership and began an exchange of scholars with Northwest Normal University (NWNU), China. NWNU proposed to send 4 faculty members from its institution to the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior during fall 2012 and 8 faculty members during fall 2013. Goals for NWNU included:

  • Expose Chinese faculty to American style pedagogic practices,
  • Expand faculty awareness of how English is utilized in the American university classroom (e.g., discussion, questioning, etc.),
  • Prepare faculty for teaching their respective disciplines in English,
  • Enhance exposure to spoken English by providing an immersion context for faculty

Goals for SIUE included:

  • Introduce faculty and students to university faculty from China,
  • Identify possible avenues of international collaboration with NWNU,
  • Provide opportunities for personal interaction between SIUE and NWNU faculty and students through SIUE International Student Admissions. These opportunities will facilitate cultural understanding, and curricular and research collaboration,
  • Develop a successful pilot for exposing international faculty members to U.S. pedagogy that could be replicated.

Key Project Activities:

  1. Class observations: Visiting Chinese faculty observe in 5-6 classes each week in the Visiting Scholar’s area of expertise,
  2. Seminar: School of Education faculty plan and deliver a weekly seminar (focused on pedagogy) for visiting Chinese faculty,
  3. Presentations: Visiting Chinese faculty are asked to give three presentations during their stay (open to all SIUE faculty and students),
  4. Community outreach: Present a 1-hour seminar for Lifelong Learning in a panel discussion by visiting Chinese faculty and the SIUE Leadership team; Visiting Chinese faculty may present additional seminars for students, upon invitation by chairpersons and faculty members in other university classes within the School,
  5. Cultural activities: Visiting Chinese faculty participate in planned activities designed to enhance understanding of American culture (e.g., zoo, Thanksgiving dinner, on-campus sports events).

Expectations of Host Faculty Members

Frequently asked questions for SIUE Faculty hosting a class observer

  1. What will my role be for the Chinese faculty member observing in my class?
    Your role will be to model teaching in an American university while allowing a Chinese faculty member observe.
  2. What are the goals of the observations?
    The goals for Chinese faculty include: Expose Chinese faculty to American style pedagogic practices; Expand faculty awareness of how English is utilized in the American university classroom (e.g., discussion, questioning, etc.); Prepare faculty for teaching their respective disciplines in English; Enhance exposure to spoken English by providing an immersion context for faculty. Goals for our SIUE faculty include: Introduce faculty and students to university faculty from China; Identify possible avenues of international collaboration with NWNU; Provide opportunities for personal interaction between SIUE and NWNU faculty and students that will facilitate cultural understanding, and curricular and research collaboration, as well as promote SIUE internationally.
  3. Will I need to do anything prior to the start of the semester?
    No, hosting a Chinese faculty should not change your course preparation. We hope to have an opportunity for all School of Education, Health and Human Behavior faculty and staff to meet the guests before the school year begins.
  4. Will someone bring the Chinese faculty member to my class the first time?
    Yes, we will accompany the faculty member to your class the first time and introduce him/her. We also anticipate holding a reception prior to classes beginning so that you can meet the Chinese faculty members.
  5. What should I do at the first class to help the Chinese faculty member?
    It would be helpful to provide the Chinese faculty member with a hard copy of your course syllabus and to introduce the faculty member to your class.
  6. Should I include the faculty member in class discussions?
    This is at your discretion. If you think the faculty member can contribute and enhance your class and the Chinese faculty member is comfortable doing so, you may include him/her in discussions.
  7. Should I include the faculty member in planning for instruction?
    This is not necessary, but if you and the faculty member are comfortable doing so and you think this planning would be helpful, you may do so.
  8. Can I ask the faculty member to talk with my students about his/her culture and teaching in China?
    Yes, if you think this activity would be helpful for your students, you may ask if the Chinese faculty member would be willing to make a short presentation. In past semesters, host faculty have found it very beneficial for the class to hear this kind of talk from the visiting scholars.
  9. What skills will the Chinese faculty member display?
    Although all of our visitors will display adequate English skills (via test scores), we are not sure about their initial fluency in English. We think they learned English from non-English speakers and they likely have never traveled outside of China. Therefore, it may take some time to become comfortable with English and our American culture. We do have video taped responses to questions for each of the visiting scholars and their English proficiency appears quite good in the videos.
  10. Will there be ways outside of class to interact with the Chinese faculty members?
    Yes, we will be planning several presentations for the Chinese faculty to share their experiences with various constituencies on and off campus. You and/or your students would be welcome to attend.
  11. What types of activities will be planned for the Chinese faculty members during the semester?
    The Chinese faculty members will be observing 4 courses each at SIUE and attending a weekly seminar to enhance their understanding of American style pedagogic practices. We will provide you a copy of the syllabus for weekly seminars. The implementation team is setting up several outreach opportunities in the community (local schools, Lifelong Learning series, etc). The Chinese faculty members will also be participating in several cultural activities in the St. Louis area.
  12. Will I be involved in any assessment of the program?
    You will be asked to participate in a short survey as a part of the project assessment.
  13. What should I do if I have questions about the Chinese faculty member?
    Contact any member of the implementation team: Mary Weishaar (X3491), Yuliang Liu (X3293), Gretchen Fricke (X3580), or Huaibo Xin (X3226). Jacee, the secretary in the dean’s office (X3350), can also forward a message to us. One of us will respond quickly.
  14. What should I do if I don’t think the Chinese faculty member understands the content of my class or is misplaced in my class?
    Please contact one of the implementation team members (above) as quickly as possible. We will schedule a meeting quickly to discuss the situation.

Seminar for Visiting Scholars

Weekly Seminar is offered every Friday Fall 2013. The goals of the seminar include: expose Chinese faculty to American style pedagogic practices; expand faculty awareness of how English is utilized in the American university classroom; prepare faculty for teaching their respective disciplines in English; enhance exposure to spoken English by providing an immersion context for faculty.  

Guidebook for Visiting Scholars

The ITPP has developed a guidebook that is provided to each visiting scholar. You may view this guidebook at: http:www.siue.edu/education/internationaltraining/pdf/GuidebookforScholars.pdf

Contact Information for SOE ITPP Team Members

ITPP team members
Mary Weishaar (mweisha@siue.edu, X3491)
Associate Dean, School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

Yuliang Liu (yliu@siue.edu, X3293)
Professor, Educational Leadership

Huaibo Xin (hxin@siue.edu, X3226)
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education

Gretchen Fricke (gfricke@siue.edu, X3580)
Director, School of Education, Health and Human Behavior Student Services

Tess Menzies (tmenzie@siue.edu, x3350)
Graduate Assistant

Jacee, the secretary in the Dean’s office (X3350), can also forward a message to us. One of us will respond quickly.

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