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Faculty and CIEE Staff Gather for the 2014 Faculty Summit

Top faculty from 14 colleges and universities across the U.S. joined with CIEE senior staff, resident staff from CIEE Study Centers in the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand, and a member of the CIEE Academic Consortium Board (ACB) for the 2014 Faculty Summit, January 8-11 in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Held annually, the Summit is part of CIEE’s commitment to collaborating with U.S. faculty to develop and evaluate its study abroad programs. This year’s impressive group of participants were chosen from a large number of applicants, based on previous experience with international education, curriculum design, and program leadership.

Participants explored various definitions and absolutes regarding academic service-learning, community engagement, and field practicum, and worked on best practices to strengthen and create CIEE programs that align with the needs of U.S. institutions.

Faculty participants and CIEE staff also met with resident staff from the CIEE Study Center in Santiago and visited CIEE community partner organizations that host students from CIEE Santiago semester, summer, and gap year programs.

Using the CIEE Santiago programs and community network as a base, the group explored various community engagement models and discussed opportunities and best practices for new global program models. Participants met with community leaders at a local orphanage, a nonprofit association of local Santiago artisans, and a clinic providing care to economically marginalized communities.

The Faculty Summit was followed by the annual CIEE Academic Consortium Board Retreat, January 12-15 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Feedback and best practices from the Faculty Summit were incorporated into the agenda, allowing CIEE and the ACB to discuss development opportunities for new and existing CIEE programs, as well as other ways to engage U.S. faculty in program development and evaluation.

It was an intensive and fabulous few days, working with faculty on programs and ideas for which we both share a strong passion. We look forward to the continued collaboration and input from these faculty leaders, as well as continued support and quality assurance from the ACB.

David F. Fougere
Chief Operating Officer – Study Abroad