Resources for Faculty, Instructors, and Departments

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Leading Study Abroad Programs and Traveling with Students

Faculty play an integral role in providing study abroad opportunities for students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Interested faculty should review the School of Education Travel with Students policy, which outlines the expectations of faculty and staff who plan to travel with students.

The Global Engagement Office is happy to meet with faculty members to discuss short-term study abroad ideas and find the resources that you need in developing a program, or integrating an intercultural perspective in your existing coursework. Faculty interested in leading a short-term study abroad or study away program (for credit) should review the resources available on the IAP website under “Program Leaders.” Faculty members who are interested in creating a new program should reach out to Matthew Geisler, Associate Director for New Programs. Returning faculty leaders should reach out to Nikki Davis, Associate Director for Program Management.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Development Grant

The Dean’s Office in the School of Education seeks to support SoE faculty and faculty associates in the development of new, for-credit, study abroad programs planned in cooperation with and administered by the International Academic Programs (IAP) office. The School of Education is dedicated to increasing short-term, faculty-led study abroad courses for our undergraduate students. Faculty-led study abroad programs offer a unique curricular opportunity for students to travel with faculty to another country and take SoE courses towards their major. This grant provides up to $2,000 for faculty travel to an identified program site. The funds are intended to be used for air travel, accommodations, per diem expenses, and entry to museums, historical sites, etc. Click here for the Call for Applications document and to learn more about this grant.

Global Perspectives in SoE Coursework and Programming

The Global Engagement Office seeks to work with faculty, instructors, staff, and departments on the development and infusion of global perspectives in course offerings and in the creation of programs for international visitors to the School of Education.

The inclusion of global perspectives in coursework and the creation of programs for international visitors are guided by the six aims of the Global Education Strategic Plan. Through this work, we seek to:

  • Consider how the School of Education community is shaped by and situated within socio-cultural and political economic systems that are deeply influenced by the contexts and relationships in which we live, learn, and work— and show that there is great value in recognizing and learning from the diversity of these experiences.
  • Utilize comparative perspectives in research, scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching, and service activities to disrupt common assumptions held in the U.S. about power, knowledge, and authority.
  • Ensure the inclusion of a diversity of perspectives and experiences when conceptualizing and addressing global education issues, in order to recognize and decenter the (neo)-colonial processes that systematically position certain logic systems, value systems, and groups of people as more valuable than others.
  • Practice humility and purposeful connections and collaborations with partners when seeking to identify and address global education issues.
  • Recognize that “global” and “local” efforts are interconnected in complex ways that have ripple effects across levels.
  • Generate and integrate courses, teaching practices, and service opportunities that prioritize transnational and indigenous perspectives; and explicitly name and analyze historical and contemporary systems of global power and privilege, such as (settler-) colonialism and imperialism.

Global Perspectives in School of Education Coursework

Coursework across the arts, education, and health fields approach and bring global perspectives and frameworks into the classroom in distinct ways. The Global Engagement Office is a resource to faculty, instructors, and departments seeking to:

  1. intentionally integrate global perspectives in their course offerings
  2. create new courses with diverse and global perspectives

More information and resources on this topic are forthcoming.

Invitations to School of Education Visiting Scholars

The Global Engagement Office is in the process of taking on the management of invitation letters and work with the International Faculty and Scholar Services Office. Departments interested in hosting visiting scholars for a semester or year are encouraged to reach out to the Global Engagement Office ( for assistance.

More information on how the Office will facilitate this process is forthcoming.

Visiting Delegations to the School of Education

The School of Education supports and encourages departments and units in their efforts to host delegations to the School of Education. The Global Engagement Office works with departments/units in providing resources on hosting visitors/delegations, issuing visa letters for visitors and documenting visitors/delegations for the School of Education Dean’s Office.

The Global Engagement Office assists in planning visits when:

  1. the visitors/delegations have requested to meet with the Dean or senior administrators in the School
  2. the meeting involves multiple units/departments within the School of Education
  3. when the topics of interest extend beyond the faculty or staff member’s own department

Visit requests with a specific, singular scholarly interest or requests that have been submitted too late and cannot be accommodated by the Global Engagement Office should be arranged within the relevant School of Education department/unit.

For assistance in organizing visiting delegations, GEO requires at least 6 weeks’ notice. Please note, the Global Engagement Office organizes half-day to full-day visits with up to 10 visitors. Multi-day visits must include coordination with the department/unit and the size of the delegation. The issuance of visa letters requires up to two weeks’ time. Please plan accordingly.

Programs for International Visitors

Departments looking to create short-term for-credit or non-credit experiences for international visitors, are encouraged to contact the Division of Continuing Studies (and the Visiting International Student Program) and/or Professional Learning and Community Education (formerly Education Outreach Programs). Both the Division of Continuing Studies and PLACE are two potential partners in facilitating programs for international visitors (i.e. students, faculty, researchers, teachers).

How to Host a Visiting Scholar

The purpose of the J Exchange Visitor Program is to implement the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act) of 1961, “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.”

Academic departments are encouraged to take advantage of the Exchange Visitor Program. Scholars typically collaborate on research or teach courses but may come for purposes of observing, training, or lecturing.

We encourage faculty to begin conversations with prospective scholars about a year in advance of the scholar’s arrival in order to allow the scholar adequate time to obtain a J-1 visa.

Below is the comprehensive process for hosting a visiting scholar in the School of Education.

1.     A prospective scholar initiates the application process by communicating directly with a pre-existing faculty contact based on a mutual area of research interest. The faculty member is encouraged to collect the potential scholar’s CV and research statement. The faculty member can also work with the scholar to hone their research focus/statement as appropriate for the project before securing support from sponsoring department.

2.     If a prospective scholar does not have a pre-existing faculty contact at UW-Madison, the prospective scholar completes the International Visiting Scholar Inquiry Form. The GEO will review requests and forward to department chairs as appropriate. The department chair will then forward to faculty whose research interests align with those of the prospective scholar.

3.     The faculty member agrees to work with scholar and notifies the respective department/department chair, often providing a letter of support to host the scholar.

4.     The department approves the prospective scholar’s work with the faculty member and notifies the GEO by sending the approved scholar name(s) with their CV(s) and research topic(s) via email.

5.     The GEO sends a welcome email to the prospective scholar and requests that they complete a Qualtrics form relevant to their prospective department in order to collect necessary information to generate an invitation letter for the scholar. The scholar also receives a detailed list of next steps in the visiting scholar process and is made aware of required documentation needed by International Faculty and Staff Services (IFSS) to process their sponsorship request so they may begin gathering and preparing these documents at this time.

6.     The GEO generates an invitation letter and shares it with HR for a 0% appointment request. HR approves the 0% appointment request.

7.     The GEO issues the invitation letter to the scholar via email and clarifies the remaining steps to complete with IFSS. Any request for changes to the scholar’s start date made to the GEO will be approved through the hosting faculty. If changes are made, the scholar will receive a revised invitation letter.

8.     The GEO works with IFSS to initiate a sponsorship request for the visiting scholar no sooner than 90 days prior to their arrival (per federal regulations) and maintains ongoing communication with scholar. Scholars will upload all of the required documentation to the Terra Dotta System (TDS) at this time.

9.     Once all documentation has been uploaded to TDS and meets IFSS requirements, they will issue the scholar Form DS-2019 and send it via mail to the scholar in their home country.

10.  The scholar makes the School of Education fee payment online using the GEO’s payment website (Note: this is separate from the SEVIS fee, visa application fee, and other required fees).

11.  The scholar is entered into JEMS (Job and Employee Management System) by the GEO.

12.  The scholar arrives, checks in with the GEO (within 48 hours), and receives a to-do checklist and resource packet.

13.  The scholar then checks in with faculty mentor, attends IFSS orientation, attends GEO orientation, finalizes insurance coverage, obtains WisCard Campus ID, and attends departmental workshop (if required).

The Global Education Committee

The Global Education Committee promotes a conceptualization of education, research, and public service that spans international borders, has global reach, and embraces open inquiry, innovation and social justice. The goal of this committee is to ensure well-coordinated international initiatives and opportunities that span research and practice and that have administrative, faculty, staff, graduate student and undergraduate student participation.

The Global Education Committee supports many funding opportunities for faculty, staff, and graduate students.