EVENT – Leading Abroad: Preparing Faculty in Best Practices

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Leading Abroad: Preparing Faculty in Best Practices in Health, Safety, and International Education Program Development

With Keynote Speakers: Dr. Gary Rhodes, Director, Center for Global Education, Loyola Marymount University & Michael O’Neill, Senior Director, Global Safety & Security, Save the Children

Details: Friday, April 9, 2010, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Madison Area Technical College, Downtown Education Center, located at 211 N. Carroll Street, Madison, Wisconsin

This workshop is offered free of charge and is made possible by funding from the Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) program and the Wisconsin Technical College System Leadership Grant.

Faculty who lead student programs abroad know firsthand that international experiential learning is one of the most powerful and transformative teaching tools in the field of education. However, faculty leads can also be faced with challenging situations including health emergencies, discipline problems abroad, or even large-scale natural disasters.  While faculty have usually spent years cultivating their content expertise as instructors, many have had little training in designing programs that can help prevent problems abroad and in responding to emergency situations.

Join this workshop to explore best practices in leading an education abroad program.  Learn how to develop programs that provide an infrastructure for health, safety, and program support, resources to help share best practices, and tips for responding to crisis situations. Participants will discuss the key elements of an emergency action plan and practice implementation of best practices using case study scenarios.

This workshop is recommended for current and prospective faculty program leaders, international education office staff, student services staff working with travel programs, and deans and other administrators with international education programs in their departments.  The program will focus particularly on the needs of community colleges in developing faculty-led short term programs abroad, but those from other educational institutions are welcome to attend.

Registration is free, but limited to 50 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. For registration information, please contact

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