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College wins grant for faculty study-abroad program

November 30, 2017
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Hope College Martha Miller Center for Global Communication
The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is a 49,000-square-foot building partly designed for inter-departmental connections. Courtesy Hope College

A college in the region is offering a new study-abroad program for its faculty.

Hope College’s two-year program, beginning this summer, will provide opportunities for teams of faculty to travel abroad and “develop connections to globalize their teaching and scholarship.”

The faculty-development program, called “Hope Portal to the World,” is funded through a $170,800 grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Global Crossroads Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The program will allow faculty to gain international experience they can utilize in the classroom.

“It’s essential that we prepare students for a life of service and success in our interconnected world,” said Annie Dandavati, a professor of political science and former director of international studies at Hope, who is co-directing the college’s program with Deirdre Johnston, professor of communication. “Whether they are planning to work abroad or to be based in the United States, they need to be able to understand and interact with people with perspectives and cultural experiences different than their own.”

During the program, teams of four to five faculty each will spend two to four weeks conducting study tours on topics and in areas of mutual interest to the team members. The teams will connect with colleges, universities and other organizations in the places they’ll be visiting with a view toward learning more about opportunities to enhance their teaching or research and forming on-going partnerships.

A total of 10 teams will be supported through the summer of 2019, to be chosen based on proposals that they submit.

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