1. How do I teach on a pre-existing study abroad program?
We are so glad you are asking this question! The Study Abroad Office is always looking for motivated faculty members seeking teaching positions on our programs. We have a number of semester and summer programs that draw from the LMU faculty for instructional needs. Please click here for more information on the application process, and feel free to address any questions to our office.
2. How do I develop a study abroad program not currently in existence?
First, we would welcome you do discuss your ideas with the Director of Study Abroad to see if they align with strategic development goals towards which we may already be working. In order to avoid intra-campus program competition, the Study Abroad Office is happy to facilitate communications between academic colleges and departments to make sure everyone is aware of the full range of international programming currently being offered. In this way we hope to combine resources when appropriate and avoid stepping on each other’s toes. The Study Abroad Office can help determine whether the program you wish to develop would be better managed by our office or by the administrative structure within your particular college. Many LMU faculty members are designing and leading 2-3 week international excursions on the tail end of semester courses, tied to semester registration and tuition. We call these excursions: “International Course Immersions.” You can find out more information about this program model here.
3. How or what will I be paid to teach on a program abroad?
Any LMU faculty member teaching on an LMU semester study abroad program will receive his/her regular LMU salary—the same as for teaching at LMU in Westchester. Faculty members teaching on LMU semester programs will also receive a cost-of-living supplement to help defray additional costs of living abroad.
Any faculty member teaching on an LMU summer study abroad program will be paid at the LMU summer salary rate for his/her rank. (e.g., an LMU Associate Professor will be paid at the Associate Professor summer rate.) Each summer program’s designated Onsite Coordinator also will receive an additional stipend. At the time of this publication, the stipend is $1,500. Note: To comply with IRS regulations, all stipends will be recorded as income.
LMU faculty members teaching on programs managed outside of the Study Abroad office will be compensated according to the budgets managed by the respective colleges.
4. What are other ways for me to support Study Abroad at LMU?
A huge percentage of LMU students opt to enroll in a credit-bearing program overseas. For some students, the prospect of living in a foreign environment and tackling a new academic structure can be daunting. As a faculty member—and perhaps even as a faculty advisor—you are often the first person who hears of a student’s intent to study abroad. The words of encouragement and support that you offer can make a world of difference to a student who is grappling with the decision to embark on this exciting experience. Especially in your role as an academic advisor, the support you can give related to course selections and graduation plan mapping are of enormous importance. For this reason, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our program offerings and maintain contact with us as questions or concerns arise. If you would welcome study abroad presentations in your classroom, we are always happy to visit and briefly share some general or targeted information. If you are teaching a course with an international or intercultural bent, keep in mind that you may have many LMU Study Abroad alumni in your class who may have much to contribute to class discussions based on their experiences. Finally, if your college or department has any financial resources that may be utilized to assist students with financial need, please guide them to those resources.