Forum Council Elections
The Forum Council invites nominations for election to the Council.
The Forum Council is the elected body of colleagues that sets the agenda for and carries out many of the Forum’s initiatives that benefit the Forum membership. Five positions on the Council are open this year, and the Forum welcomes nominations from colleagues who can dedicate their time and provide their expertise to Forum projects. Council members are elected to a three-year term, and are eligible to serve two terms. A position description for Forum Council members is available here
If you are interested in serving on the Forum Council or wish to nominate a colleague, please submit the following in support of your nomination:
a description of the qualifications of the candidate and their interest, referencing specific ways in which they would contribute to the Forum’s goals and projects;
a curriculum vitae;
full contact information.
Please send these materials, or any questions, to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 24, 2013. The Council nominations committee will assemble a slate of candidates and the Forum Council election will be held by e-mail ballot in mid-June. Results will be announced in the Forum News.
The Forum Curriculum Cooperative
The Curriculum Cooperative
is an online resource center where faculty and administrators from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to student learning abroad. Visit the Curriculum Cooperative to view course and program profiles, listen to advice from experts in the field, and to find out how to share information about your own approaches to curriculum design and teaching abroad.
Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design
submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative will be considered for the Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design. The recipient(s) will be announced on November 19, 2013 at the Standards Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad
. If you would like to be considered for the 2013 award, please submit information about your course
before June 1, 2013.
Call for Proposals: Standards Institute on “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad”
The Forum announces a call for session proposals
for its first Standards of Good Practice Institute on “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad.” This Institute will be held at the University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, on November 19, 2013.
This Standards Institute is dedicated to identifying and understanding an array of approaches to curriculum design and teaching in education abroad, and assisting participants to understand how to develop and improve their own education abroad curricula and enhance disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching. Plenary and concurrent sessions will bring together professionals in instructional design, education abroad faculty and administrators and highlight innovative ways in which Standard 3: Academic Framework
may be applied to achieve excellence in curriculum design and teaching.
The goals of the Institute are to:
Deepen knowledge and understanding of Standard 3: Academic Framework of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad;
Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet this Standard by analyzing what the Standard requires and sharing examples of best practices;
Explore pedagogical approaches from within as well as beyond the field of education abroad;
Evaluate and enhance the academic aspects of participants’ education abroad programs for the benefit of all involved with or impacted by them.
Proposals must be submitted by June 1, 2013
. For more information about the Institute, and to submit a proposal, click here
Register for the Standards of Good Practice Institute on Health and Safety
Registration is open for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,”
being held at the University of California, Santa Barbara
on June 20, 2013.
This year’s Institute promises new presenters and new topics for consideration by those concerned with issues of health, safety, security and risk management specific to education abroad. As in previous years, the Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and many of these sessions will be provided by experts in other fields. More details and a description of the sessions can be found here
to register! Early-bird pricing ends on May 10.
Upcoming Forum Workshop in Austin, Texas
The Forum will host a full-day Forum workshop, Code of Ethics and Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
, on Wednesday, May 8th in Austin, Texas. Hosted by Academic Programs International (API)
, this workshop is designed to assist participants in understanding and applying the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad
, by using the Standards of Good Practice for Short Term Education Abroad Programs
along with the Code
to focus specifically on issues surrounding ethics and integrity. It will include interactive exercises during which participants will explore the importance of managing stakeholder expectations, discuss different aspects of handling common ethical concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice
and the Code of Ethics
support program development, management and assessment. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include education abroad staff members, education abroad advisors, faculty program leaders, department chairs, and colleagues who manage campus internship programs and volunteer offices.
for more details, or register now
. Registration is limited.
Workshop on Standard 7 in Florence, Italy
On May 9th, the Forum on Education Abroad will deliver a workshop on Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources
in Florence, Italy. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Human Resources and Capital Development in Education Abroad
conference co-hosted by Syracuse University in Florence
and Gonzaga University in Florence
. President and CEO of the Forum, Brian Whalen, will facilitate the workshop and provide a review of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
, focusing on Standard 7. Using case studies and the latest data collected by the Forum’s 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey, participants will examine current institutional practices in assessing and managing resources. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include resident directors and on-site staff, education abroad coordinators and directors, education abroad advisors, and faculty who lead programs.
for more details on this workshop, or register now
Host Site for 2014 European Conference – Request for Proposals
The Forum welcomes its member institutions/organizations to submit a proposal
to serve as host of its 2014 European Conference
. The Forum plans to conduct its second European conference in October 2014 for an expected 400-500 participants. The conference will be a one and a half day event with an in-depth focus on and exploration of a theme that will be selected by the Forum’s European conference committee. Successful proposals will describe how the institution/organization can successfully meet the host requirements.
Find the RFP form and further details here
*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Lesley University's Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester.