Wang Center for Global Education

Global Opportunities for PLU Faculty

The Wang Center for Global Education is committed to offering learning and research opportunities to PLU faculty. There are a variety of international faculty development and leadership opportunities available. For information, please contact Tamara Williams, Executive Director Wang Center for Global Education at or Megan Grover, Short Term Study Away Program Manager at

Wang Center Research Grants – The Wang Center Grant program encourages new global initiatives, internationalizes the curriculum and fosters student involvement in academic research. Each year, the Global Education Committee awards grants to qualified students, faculty and student-faculty research teams. Deadline for applications is April 4, 2016.

Semester Program Site Director – Serve as the faculty Site Director for a PLU Gateway program in Chengdu, China; Windhoek, Namibia; and Oaxaca, Mexico (Spanish language fluency required). The ILACA consortium also periodically offers a faculty instructor position in Granada, Spain (Spanish language fluency required). For any of these positions, an application with approvals from your Department Chair and Dean are required.

Short-Term Off-Campus Course Leader – Each year, PLU sends 200-300 students, and their faculty leaders, to learn all over the world on short-term courses. While most programs occur during January (J-Term), Spring Break and Summer programs are also an option. Course proposals are typically due 15 months in advance of the course being offered; for example, faculty should submit their J-Term 2017 & 2018 proposals to their Dean by October 19, 2015. Deans should submit all approved proposals to the Wang Center by November 1, 2016. Please click here to access the Off-Campus Course Proposal Form, Short-Term Study Away Programs (listed as the first document). Applications are also encouraged for the J-term course component of the Trinidad & Tobago Gateway Semester Program.

Short-Term Study Away Program Assistant – This opportunity was created in 2003 as part of the university’s global and cross-cultural education initiatives. Administered through the Wang Center, it aims to provide PLU faculty and staff with a demonstrated interest in global education with the opportunity to participate in one of PLU’s short-term programs in a support capacity. The program aims to provide faculty and staff with a first-hand experience of PLU’s study away opportunities. Additionally, it is designed to continually broaden and deepen the understanding, within the PLU community, of the institution’s mission-driven commitment to global education. Please click here to access the policy/guideline document and to access the application.  The deadline for applications is April 18, 2016.

Returner Reflection Series, Facilitator – Each semester, students who are returning from study away are offered the opportunity to participate in the Returner Reflections Series, a collaborative project of the Wang Center and the Wild Hope Center for Vocation. Two sessions are offered each semester and each session is co-facilitated by PLU faculty and staff members. For more information, please contact the Wang Center.

Opportunities Through Global Education Partners

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars

IES Abroad Faculty Development Seminars

IES Abroad Site Visits IES Abroad welcomes faculty and staff for short visits (1-2 days) at their Study Centers around the world. The visits provide an opportunity to meet Center staff, view the facilities and observe classes to gain a better understanding of the Center, its team and the way it operates. Small grants are available and are usually used in conjunction with an individual already being in country, e.g. conducting research, presenting a paper, attending a conference, etc. If you are planning to make a Site Visit, please notify Megan Grover (an IES Abroad Visit Request Form is required).

School for Field Studies Visiting Research Program SFS welcomes visiting faculty to teach or conduct research at any of their field stations. No salary is paid, but support for room and board and/or use of facilities may be offered in exchange for research collaboration or guest lecturing.

DIS As a Partner Institution of DIS, PLU faculty are invited to apply to teach an upper division 3-credit course for a semester at DIS in Copenhagen. Contact Megan Grover for more information.

Undergraduate Research Award Nomination

Nominate a student through The Forum on Education Abroad.

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