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2018 Faculty Development Seminar: Lebanon

The Global Education Office and the College of Humanities and Sciences are pleased to announce the 2018 Faculty Development Seminar’s destination is Lebanon and will focus on the rich research, teaching and service collaboration potential for students and faculty that emerge through closer acquaintance. Topics include armed conflict and the global refugee crisis and the role of NGOs in civil society. Priority for participation is given to faculty who demonstrate potential to incorporate the seminar experience into their teaching, research and/or community engagement.

This year's seminar is a regional collaboration with the College of Humanities and Sciences and the VCU Office of Faculty Affairs, and is presented with support from the Humanities Research Center.

Program Components

Successful applicants will participate in a spring semester pre-departure program which includes preparatory readings, lectures, and discussions. The group will then travel to meet with university, governmental and community counterparts to explore and/or strengthen collaborations appropriate to the faculty member’s interests and discipline. Travel typically occurs over the course of two weeks during the summer. All programming logistics will be handled by the GEO, and faculty participants must be able to travel within the timeframe designated for the program. 

Estimated program cost (flight, lodging, local transport and most meals) is $4,000 per participant. Currently, funding support of $3,000 each is available for six participants leaving each participant responsible for securing the remaining $1,000 whether in personal or unit/university cost share funds.  Further funding may become available.