2012 - Maximizing Faculty Motivation in International Programming

2012 - Maximizing Faculty Motivation in International Programming

Heather A. Schieman, University of Dayton

Internationalization of college and university campuses is a growing trend around the country. In recent years the number of incoming international students has continually risen, creating an even more significant imbalance with the number of domestic students studying abroad. University faculty, who serve as a key factor in recruiting student participants, are often hesitant to get involved in international programs and curriculum integration. With that in mind, the intent of this research is to discover the motivational factors that bring faculty to international programming. The University of Dayton, and its long running faculty-led programs, has established a number of committed faculty members to the task of expanding the UD classroom to an international arena. Through analysis of individual interviews with faculty participants, across departments and disciplines, key themes were found for their involvement in international programming, as well as possible areas of improvement and continued support. By pinpointing the motivational factors that drive their involvement, as well as areas of concern, the intent of this research is to be able to create a framework for faculty development. In turn, recommending an environment that will increase participation by both the faculty and student populations in international programming.

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