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Teaching in Another Country

Faculty may apply to teach for a summer, semester or a year in another country. Employees benefiting from international travel or teaching are expected to share their experiences with the College upon their return. Before and after their teaching abroad experience, participants will also be responsible for recruiting Heartland students to study abroad in that country.

Note: Academic calendars vary depending on the country.

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Visiting Abroad: Miller and Bierbaum

Canterbury, England

Each year, approximately four instructors from the Midwest are chosen to teach at our study abroad site in Canterbury, England. Disciplines requested vary each year. Selected faculty teach for one semester (approximately 13 weeks) and participate in a Modern Britain class consisting of only American students. The faculty members accompany students on seven or more field trips in England chosen to complement British History or British Literature course material. Part of the American faculty's role is to act as an advisor assisting students with adjusting to another country and college.

Faculty selection is highly competitive. Sharon Migotsky, Humanities, was chosen to teach in Fall 2004 at Canterbury Christ Church University. She was the first faculty member chosen from Heartland Community College to participate in this program.

Timeline for selection of faculty for fall or spring of the following academic year

  • October: Applications available and are due in the International Office
  • November: Phone interviews, personal interviews, selection

Changchun, China

One element of our partnership with the College of Humanities and Sciences of Northeast Normal University (formerly known as the Jilin Institute of International Languages and Culture or JIILC) involves sending our faculty to teach in China. Jennifer Pauken, an English faculty member, was the first instructor to participate in the program. She taught February through July 2004 in China. Chris Miller, Industrial Technology faculty member, taught from September 2005 to January 2006. Lindsay Bierbaum was our first student to participate, teaching low-level English students from September 2005 to January 2006.

Northeast Normal University is interested in having English-speaking visiting faculty. Faculty of various disciplines will be considered. Interested faculty are encouraged to speak with the Heartland President or Vice-President of Instruction. Selected faculty may teach for one semester or an entire year. Faculty are likely to work within the Foreign Language (English) department. Arrangements for an out of country teaching assignment require advance planning.

San José, Costa Rica

Since 1996, an instructor from the Midwest has been chosen to serve as assistant director/visiting professor for a five-week study abroad program in San José, Costa Rica. This faculty member accompanies students on several field trips in Costa Rica chosen to complement the Culture and Civilization class and acts as an advisor assisting students with adjusting to another country and college. Part of the American faculty's role is to participate in a two-day pre-departure orientation at College of DuPage (C.O.D.), to work as a team with the C.O.D. directors in administering the program, and to share in the teaching responsibilities during the seminar on-site in Costa Rica.

Timeline for selection of faculty for summer of the following academic year

  • December: Applications available and are due in the International Office
  • January/February: Phone interviews, personal interviews, selection

Seville, Spain

A semester faculty teaching position is offered to one professor from the Midwest each semester. Assigned responsibilities include overseeing and providing leadership for the program and students in Seville via attending a pre-departure orientation session, aiding students with the adjustment to living in a different culture, chaperoning all field trips, holding on-campus office hours, etc. Chosen faculty will teach a course in English that is not normally available to Seville students OR conduct research OR do a professional project in Seville. In addition, this faculty will teach a one credit service learning course.

Timeline for selection of faculty for the following academic year

  • November: Applications available and are due in the International Office

Sydney, Australia

A faculty/staff member from the Midwest is selected to serve as an Academic Escort for a group of approximately 15-30 students during their 6-week summer study in Sydney, Australia. This Academic Escort is responsible for serving as a liaison between students and staff; attending orientation sessions, field trips, etc.; reading and providing feedback on student journal assignments; and advising, guiding and supporting student participants during their study in Australia.

Timeline for selection of faculty for Summer of the concurrent academic academic year

  • Early March: Applications available and are due in the International Office
  • Late March: Phone interviews, personal interviews, selection