Teaching on a study abroad program develops your ability to be innovative and creative. On Springfield’s campus, you have your classroom. When you are abroad, you have the entire city, culture and more.
If you are interested in directing a short-term program, and seeing academics and experience converge, please review the proposal template for short-term faculty-led study away programs posted under Resources for Program Directors. Remember, your study away course should be so integrated with the location that it cannot be executed anywhere else. It should facilitate comparative study within your field, and reflect the city, country, culture, significant people and sites, foreign language, and more. Do not create your course without the county in mind, or choose the country without the course in mind. Program directors may offer a course within their own discipline and/or offer the General Education Course IDS 397. Please review the syllabus template for IDS 397, along with instructions regarding course approval, posted under Resources for Program Directors.
Short-term study away programs vary in length. Some directors lead programs over spring break for one week; other programs may be as long as six weeks. Program directors lead orientation sessions prior to travel to better prepare the students for cultural differences and maximize their learning opportunities. As you begin developing your proposal, please contact Study Away Director Elizabeth Strong with questions or further information.
Resources for Program Directors Preparing to Submit a Proposal
List of Program Director and Study Away Office Responsibilities
Study Away Programs Advisory Committee (SAAC)
David Romano (CHPA), Chair
Linnea Iantria (CNAS)
Rosa María Mejía (COE)
Carmen Boyd (CHHS)
Roger Dowdy (COAL)
Courtney Pham (COB)
Dennis Schmitt (AGR)
Janessa Mitchell (SGA)
SAAC Meetings for Spring 2013:
January 29th from 1 - 2pm in PSU 311
March 28th from 2 - 3pm in PSU 311
Faculty-Led Domestic Field Trips
The template below pertains to trips that are tied to a credit bearing course AND trips that are academically related, but not credit bearing. Unless a college dean states that s/he is responsible for a particular trip, Study Away Programs will manage the accounting of these trips. The college dean must notify Study Away Programs if the dean makes the decision for Study Away to manage the trip’s accounting. Of course, Study Away Programs manages all short-term faculty led programs for trips outside the United States.
All students must sign the Statement of Responsibility, Release, Waiver of Liability & Hold Harmless Agreement posted below.
Program Provider Options
Faculty have the option of using a study abroad provider to assist them in planning short-term study away programs. Program providers can help arrange on-the-ground logistics so that faculty can focus on teaching. A program provider may make hotel arrangements, book flights, organize meals, facilitate guided tours, and arrange guest lectures, among other tasks. Please be aware of University Policy Op.5.20 when working with program providers in this document.
See University-Wide Study Away Policies for complete details.
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Also see the Op5.20-1 Travel Warnings and Prohibitions Policy page.
Responsible administrator and office: Vice President – Research and Economic Development and International Programs
Contact person in that office: Director, Study Away Programs
Presidential approval: March 4, 2013