Investing in faculty increases the long-term impact and sustainability of any new academic or programmatic strategy. Building a globally-oriented faculty requires a multi-pronged approach. According to a report from NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, faculty must “own” internationalization efforts and be heavily supported by administrators and policy makers (Green, 2012).
It is important to gauge faculty attitudes about internationalization to help ensure buy-in at the college level. Jennifer Mahon at the University of Nevada, Reno is currently conducting research on faculty and staff attitudes, especially toward overseas student teaching. More research is needed in this area to support deans interested in embracing internationalization.
Bill McDiarmid, Dean of the College of Education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, noted that faculty buy-in is essential to any internationalization effort. In his presentation at NAFSA's 2013 Colloquium on Internationalizing Teacher Education, he emphasized that administrators must coach faculty on the importance of internationalization in order to develop more globally focused teacher preparation programs. "We are talking about a culture of change. That is critical." He also notes, "Change takes time." Patience and guidance are essential in the process.
This section of the site highlights how to engage faculty and staff in the internationalization process through professional development, recruiting internationally minded faculty, the role of visiting international faculty, and incentives.
Green, M. F. (2012). Measuring and Assessing Internationalization. Washington, DC: NAFSA: The Association of International Educators.