For Faculty

John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD Program Leader

John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD
Program Leader

This page contains links to a range of posts on this blog I wrote since beginning to lead study abroad programs. The posts are aimed at faculty and inidviduals interested in the faculty experience. You will notice I do not talk about or name specific students. My comments are limited to my experience including my working partnerships with my teaching assistant, UIC Study Abroad office colleagues and overseas partners.

My posts try to convey the objectives and processes I used before and during the program. The purpose of this page is to share ideas and ways for reader’s to use my experiences and insights for their own benefit for their future study abroad programs.

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For Faculty: Working With Your Host Country Faculty

Often in higher education I find myself like a solo perfomer. Most teaching experiences have been quite solitary without much collaboration, team work, community and communication with peers. I expend a lot of energy learning and working to be a better educator. but...

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For Faculty: Making the Transition From Chicago to Barcelona

I planned for Memorial Day weekend to follow our Chicago content and photography skills orientation and the start of the program six days later. I imagined students might want the Memorial Weekend rememberance holiday with their families. It turned out most students...

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For Faculty: Getting Ready to Lead in Barcelona

I am frequently asked by faculty at my own institution and others about study abroad. They often question me about the benefits and value of the program and tell me how much they would like to travel. I typically reply with an invitation to lead a program and I offer...

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