SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad

This was the best thing I've done for my own education in my field in all my years of teaching (16 years).

Wendy McIntyre, University of Redlands

SIT Seminar in Ecuador

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SIT offers two different kinds of faculty seminars:

  • Skill-building and training in best practices for integrating experiential learning activities into faculty-led study abroad programs
  • Academically focused seminars that allow faculty to explore a topic in depth in a particular geographical and cultural context

Our rich network of resources, skilled academic directors, leadership in experiential and field-based education, and years of experience working in each seminar location combine to create an engaging and immersive seminar experience.  Participants learn from local experts and bring home valuable new skills and knowledge they can apply to the courses they teach. 

As a result of participating in an SIT Faculty Seminar Abroad, you can expect to:

  • Acquire valuable experience with and expertise on a topic and/or region that can be applied to existing course offerings or developed into new courses
  • Increase your ability to contribute to internationalization efforts in your department and institution
  • Gain meaningful insight into a geographic region, which may lead to the development of a faculty-led, customized program in the program country or other locations
  • Acquire a new network of colleagues and experts around the world

Integrating Experiential Learning into Faculty-Led Programs Abroad

Dates: January 5–14, 2020

Location: Amman, Jordan

Topics of Inquiry: Examine best practices in experiential learning for study abroad programs and build skills to ensure effective curriculum integration, design impactful programs, and navigate common challenges. Learn firsthand about SIT’s approach to field-based learning and consider how experiential pedagogy can enhance students’ experiences on faculty-led programs abroad. 

We are currently accepting applications for this seminar. Admission is on a rolling basis, and the final application deadline is October 1, 2019.

Africa Rising: Hip-Hop, Politics, and Religion in Senegal 

Dates: June 2020 (exact dates TBD)
Location: Dakar, Senegal

Topics of Inquiry: Explore the vitality, resilience, and global breadth of contemporary African and African diaspora communities. Examine hip-hop and urban cultures as decolonial voices that constantly engage the limits of coloniality, global capitalism, religious pluralism, and local political realities. 

Additional program and application information will be available for this seminar in summer 2019.

To apply for one of SIT’s Faculty Seminars Abroad, download the program application available on the program website and email it as an attachment to facultyseminars@sit.edu. Admission is on a rolling basis, and applications are due by the following deadlines:

Applicants will be notified of admission decisions within two weeks of applying. Upon notification of acceptance, a $400 nonrefundable program deposit will be due within three weeks in order to confirm a spot on the program.

Eligibility and Admissions Criteria

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad are designed for active faculty from US institutions of higher learning.    Admission decisions will be made based on the relevance of the seminar’s focus to the applicant’s areas of interest, academic background, research, and/or courses taught.

Preference may be given to applicants and/or schools with past experience on SIT’s programs or site visits.

An applicant’s experience in the program location may be considered, but in-country experience is not essential.

Please see each program’s full description to help determine if the seminar might be a good fit with your experience and/or academic interests.

Program Fees

Fees for each program, along with what is included in that fee, are detailed in each seminar’s full description.

A nonrefundable $400 deposit will be due within three weeks of notification of admission. Payment in full is due 30 days prior to the start of the program.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for each seminar. Award decisions are based on financial need and other factors. 

To apply for a scholarship, please download and complete the Faculty Seminar Scholarship Application and email a completed copy to facultyseminars@sit.edu.

The seminar organizers did an excellent job packing the program with leaders of political parties, NGOs, and media. I was amazed at the access we had to such high-profile participants of the Revolution and current government. The cultural outings also helped situate the present environment in the long history of Tunisia. Finally, having the opportunity to interact with faculty from around the country with diverse academic interests added to the intellectual rigor of the trip.

Kate Floros, University of Illinois at Chicago

SIT Seminar in Tunisia

I went on an SIT seminar to the program in Belgrade, Serbia, and Pristina, Kosovo. . . . We were quite impressed by everyone we met there. The six Gettysburg faculty members plan to incorporate material from the seminar into courses and programs at our college in the US. An archaeologist, for example, will use some of the information from a visit to local museums in her courses. A sculptor will use pictures and information from a wide range of public pieces that we viewed while in Belgrade and Pristina. An expert on Muslim religion in South Asia found great material for comparative studies on Muslim communities in both Serbia and Kosovo. As an historian, I will use material and insight from the seminar for courses on modern European history, including a new course on the Habsburg Empire and its neighbors that I plan to introduce soon at the college.

William Bowman, PhD, Professor of History, Gettysburg College

SIT Seminar in Serbia and Kosovo

The SIT program met all of my professional and personal goals for academia. It was one of the highest quality faculty seminars I have had the pleasure of attending.

Participant on an SIT Seminar in Tunisia

Learning about the diversity of Ecuador with SIT and with my wonderful seminar participants was an amazing experience that I am excited to incorporate into my courses! Highly recommended!

Participant on an SIT Seminar in Ecuador

Art and Memory in Argentina

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Topics of Inquiry: How residents of Buenos Aires have made sense of the violence of the dictatorship and the period of State Terrorism through the arts

Community Health and Indigenous Knowledge in China

Location: Kunming, China
Topics of Inquiry: The intersection of “western” and “traditional” medicine in practice, policy, and community health in the city of Kunming and in Tibetan areas of Yunnan province

The New Tunisia: Migration and Democratic Consolidation

Location: Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Topics of Inquiry: Current issues in Tunisia, where the only successful revolution of the Arab Spring ushered in a new democracy as well as an influx of migrants headed toward the European Union

Rwanda in the Contemporary Global Order

Locations: Kigali, Rwanda, with an excursion to southwestern Uganda
Topics of Inquiry: The contemporary roots of genocide; sociological and psychological perspectives on the causes of mass violence; prospects for and threats to sustainable peace in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa; the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and the current refugee crisis

Public Health, Community, and Healthcare Systems in India

Locations: Delhi, Agra, and Dharamsala region, India
Topics of Inquiry: Introduction to India; public health systems in India; traditional and alternative healthcare practices; right to health and equity in Indian and global contexts; social determinants of health; women’s and children’s health

Geopolitics and Humanitarian Action in Jordan

Location: Amman, Jordan
Topics of Inquiry: International relations in the Middle East; the impact of immigrants and refugees in Jordan; causes and consequences of the Arab Spring; psychology of peace and diplomacy; priorities of intervention for refugee relief; the role of the UN and other agencies in humanitarian response

Comparative Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Topics of Inquiry: The ecology of Amazonian and Andean ecosystems; current ecological challenges and the efforts under way to combat them; key biological and ecological indicators such as plants, insects, birds, mammals, and other biological taxa; current research projects at world-renowned Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Tunisia in Transition: Social and Political Transformation

Location: Greater Tunis Area, Tunisia
Topics of Inquiry: The dynamics between modernity and tradition; Islam and constitutional democracy; technology and youth culture; social and political transition in Tunisia