Thank you for your interest in teaching on an LMU Study Abroad program. We hope these guidelines will give you will get a better understanding of the current processes for Study Abroad faculty selection.
I) Selection of Faculty
It is important to understand that the process for appointing faculty instructors in Study Abroad programs involves many moving parts. The collaboration of multiple offices and individuals are involved in making appointment decisions. The individual approval of a chair, dean, or program director, does not necessarily guarantee an appointment to teach in a particular program. The final decision requires a joint effort to satisfy the priorities of departmental objectives, specific program curricula, and a diversity of overall course offerings across all Study Abroad programs.
II) Application Frequency
LMU seeks to provide a wide range of disciplines to our students and strives to benefit full-time faculty members to participate in Study Abroad programs by harnessing their personal specialties and ideas. To this end, we would like to encourage faculty from all departments to speak with the Program Directors and with the Study Abroad Office.
Decisions will favor faculty members who are new to Study Abroad over faculty who have participated in a program in the previous three years of the intended study abroad term, as long as the course proposal/s are suitable for the particular program. This is an effort to give all faculty members the chance to participate in an equitable manner.
III) Program Directors
Program Directors are faculty members who have designed the LMU Study Abroad programs listed below. Program Directors often, but not necessarily, participate in the programs in which they serve as directors. The Program Director is a key person to contact to learn about a program’s curricular needs and desired learning outcomes. She or he would be able to share details of a program’s structural design and explain how courses should be devised so that they match the program’s onsite academic and cultural environment. In cases where there is no current Program Director, the Director of Study Abroad (or Provost’s designee) can serve in this role.
IV) Program Offerings
The programs listed below are a large part of LMU’s faculty-led Study Abroad program offerings, but this is not an exhaustive list. The Study Abroad Office works in concert with several other departments, colleges, and schools on campus to facilitate an even broader array of programs. Should you know of a program not listed below and wish to teach on it, or wish to discuss new program development, please feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office or your respective department or dean’s office.