International Educator's Academy
2016 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus
Nomination submitted by: Lisa Meritz, Director of Communications
Temple University’s International Educators Academy (IEA) has created a robust network of faculty and staff members across the institution who are attuned to the university’s global agenda. This 4-day professional certificate program, created in partnership between the university’s Human Resources Department and the Office of International Affairs, is conducted over the course of a semester and engages faculty, staff and administrators whose jobs do not necessarily have an international component but who want to contribute to campus internationalization.
The Academy gives participants the chance to be part of Global Temple, one of the university president's six key commitments, provides a space for networking and peer learning, and enables individuals outside of the international programs area to add a global aspect to their careers.
“As we look toward the future, our graduates will be living and working in an environment that requires global literacy. To ensure their success, Temple faculty and staff require a deep appreciation of internationalization, its benefits, and how it can be implemented both in and beyond the classroom. This is what our International Educator’s Academy aims to accomplish,” said Temple University President Neil D. Theobald.
Faculty and staff members who are experts in specific areas of internationalization lead the trainings, to promote international education, research, entrepreneurship, and cultural competence. Each participant is responsible for developing an internationalization project for Temple to help the university develop globally literate students ready for the international marketplace.
To date 165 Temple employees—62 faculty and 103 staff—representing 74 departments from 15 schools and four campuses, have completed the International Educator's Academy. More than 20 IEA alumni have developed or are currently developing new programs based on IEA projects. As one of HR’s regular professional development offerings, the IEA also provides continuing programmatic offerings to engage its alumni network, a group attuned to Temple's global agenda.
A few programs developed by IEA participants include: an international service learning project that brings about 30 faculty, alumni, and students from the Physical Therapy Program to Guatemala each August to provide physical therapy services to the poor; community outreach to give local high school students the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds, obtain passports, and develop awareness of education abroad; and an online international non-profit leadership training program collaboration between Temple Harrisburg and Temple University Japan.