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Faculty Resources

HWS faculty contribute in a multitude of ways to the work of the Center for Global Education. For many (nearly 40%), this has involved serving as the Faculty Director of a semester-long or short-term off-campus study program. For others, this may include teaching globally-focused courses on campus that introduce our students to critical international issues and to other areas of the world; such courses are integral in helping to prepare our students for their time abroad and enabling those returning to campus to build upon and remain connected to their international experience. Virtually all HWS faculty will, at one time or another, advise students who will participate in a CGE off-campus study program.

This page is designed for faculty seeking to support the CGE’s mission to promote global study and internationalize our campus. Those interested in directing an off-campus study program will find proposal forms and related materials, while resources such as comprehensive Faculty Director handbooks and relevant forms and documents are available for faculty who have already been approved to lead a program. Information is also provided for advisors to assist students with academic planning and to identify courses that students may take prior to or after participating in a study abroad program to enhance their academic and intercultural experience. Those interested in learning more about the CGE’s extensive menu of study abroad program options and the range of pre-departure and reentry programming available to students can access relevant pages on the CGE website via the links below.

Any faculty member planning to travel abroad with students should review the Hobart and William Smith Colleges International Travel Policy.

Resources: Directing a CGE Off-Campus Program

The array of off-campus study options available to HWS students is extensive and diverse, both in terms of geographic location, academic focus, and program “type”. Along with direct enrollment opportunities and programs offered through affiliate providers, the CGE menu includes a variety of options in which a faculty member from HWS (or a partner institution) serves as a Faculty Director. In addition to teaching, Faculty Directors provide on-site academic and administrative oversight, working in collaboration with local partner institutions and the CGE.

The CGE offers semester-long faculty-led programs in several locations, with some offered every semester and others on an annual or biannual basis. While certain programs are designed for faculty in specific disciplines, in other cases faculty from any academic area may apply to direct. A call for proposals to direct semester-long programs is announced early each semester while proposals for short-term programs, which may be offered over the summer or during the “J-Term” between semesters, are solicited each spring. There is no set menu for short-term faculty-led programs and destinations will vary each year, subject to safety and security considerations as outlined in the HWS International Travel Policy.
Faculty directors for both semester and short-term programs are recruited over a year in advance of the date of departure. Early planning allows approved directors to share information and generate interest in their program, to participate in the recruitment of a strong pool of student applicants, and to play a role in reviewing those applications. This, in turn, allows students the time to do more preparatory coursework and participate in pre-departure programming.

Faculty proposals to direct both semester and short-term off-campus programs are initially reviewed by the Committee on Global Education (CoGE), which makes recommendations to the Committee on Academic Affairs (CoAA). CoAA reviews and approves program proposals (and accompanying new course proposals), while final approval rests with the Provost and Dean of Faculty. A detailed description of the review process is included on the Semester and Short-Term Program proposal forms. Please note that preference in the selection of Faculty Directors is given to those in tenure track lines.

Below you will find important documents and resources for faculty interested in applying to direct a CGE program and for those who have already been selected and are preparing for their program. The CGE collaborates closely with faculty and provides support throughout the process of designing, proposing, and conducting programs abroad. Please contact CGE staff with any questions you may have.

Semester Programs

Argentina (Mendoza) – Fall semester even years
Australia (Queensland) – Every Fall semester*
Ecuador/Peru (Quito and Cuzco) – Spring semester odd years
Ireland (Galway) – Every semester*
Italy (Rome) – Every Spring semester (Art/Architecture focus)
Italy (Rome) – Every Fall semester (Other disciplines)
New Zealand (Auckland) – Spring semester even years (Education focus)
New Zealand (Auckland) – Spring semester odd years (Other disciplines)
Spain (Seville) – Fall semester odd years (Spanish and Hispanic Studies focus – language program)
Vietnam (Hanoi) – Every Fall semester*
*Program shared with Union College through Partnership for Global Education (Fall semester only in Galway)

Semester Program Documents

Short-Term Program Documents

Resources for Faculty Advisers

Faculty advisers play a critical role throughout the study abroad process. Students are encouraged to communicate as early as possible with advisers about their interest in international study to facilitate on-campus course planning. Prior to applying to participate in a CGE study abroad program, students must discuss program options with advisers, who are required to sign off on all applications to indicate that the program is an appropriate academic fit and will enable the student to continue to progress toward graduation. Upon admission to a program, students and advisers must complete the Academic Adviser Planning Form to detail how courses taken abroad will fit into the student’s academic plan. In addition to consulting with appropriate academic department/program chairs to ensure courses taken abroad may count toward major or minor requirements, students must work with their advisers to determine if courses may address the Colleges’ educational goals. Finally, advisers can assist students in identifying on-campus coursework to help prepare them for their experience abroad , as well as courses they can take upon their return to campus to build upon and remain connected to that experience.

1. HWS courses that connect with CGE programs (A list of courses that focus on location or academic themes/issues that students may take before going abroad or after returning from abroad)

2. How to E-Sign a Student’s Off-Campus Program Application (All student applications to study abroad must be signed electronically by their faculty adviser) – COMING SOON

3. Academic Adviser Planning Form for Study Abroad (Once accepted into a program students are required to work with their advisers to complete this form to ensure they are able to remain on track for graduation)

Learn More

CGE Off-Campus Programs Menu
Student Pre-departure Programming and Resources (COMING SOON)
Student Reentry Programming and Resources (COMING SOON)