Faculty Mentoring Flex

Since 2013, Georgia State University has hosted scholars in the Faculty Mentoring, a professional development program designed to engage scholars from around the world in customized, field-specific, and cross-cultural activities. Visiting scholars are paired with Georgia State University faculty to engage in academic mentoring including: research, teaching in an U.S. classroom, class observations, syllabi development and enhancement course evaluation, and language training. Georgia State University faculty may also engage scholars beyond the classroom. Participants take part in cross-cultural experiences such as sporting and cultural events, visits to historical sites, and possible travel within Georgia and across the United States. Additionally, scholars have the opportunity to enhance their English language proficiency through the Intensive English Program and individual/group tutoring sessions.

Mentee Profile 

• Hold a master’s or doctorate degree
• Interested in learning about the U.S. educational system while collaborating on research and projects with Georgia State University faculty
• Meet J-1 visa requirements, including English language proficiency and proof of financial support


• Regular consultations with Georgia State University Faculty Mentor
• Curricula and syllabi development
• Classroom observations and co-teaching opportunities
• Learning about research methods
• Access to the University Library and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Languages Enhancement 

The Faculty Mentoring includes Intensive English Program course(s) focusing on writing and oral communication as well as weekly individual/group tutoring sessions. Program participants also have access to MANGO and the Center for International Resources and Collaborative Language Engagement (CIRCLE) making language-learning softwares available to the scholars.

Cross-Cultural Experiences

• Visits to Atlanta attractions using City Passes provided by the program
• Travel opportunities within the region and across the United States
• Weekly cultural events coordinated by the Intensive English Program
• Access to numerous campus events

Program Coordination & Services 

Georgia State University’s Office of International Initiatives will coordinate the FM with the visiting scholar and/or the international institution’s relevant office and Georgia State host departments. Services include, but are not limited to:

• Coordination of admission and visa application (English language proficiency interviews, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) fees, ISSS application including invitation letters)
• Georgia State University Faculty Mentor pairing
• Logistical support for airport pick-up and drop-off
• Orientation and farewell events
• Mentor-Mentee agreement to outline and track goals, roles, and responsibilities
• Mid-program evaluations and final program report to sponsoring institution
• Access to university resources and services including PantherCard, Recreation Center; Library, CIRCLE, and CETL
• Intensive English Program course(s) and weekly individual/group tutoring sessions

• CityPass to explore Atlanta’s attractions including The Coca-Cola Museum, CNN, and the Georgia Aquarium

     Please note: Airfare, visa fees, housing, and mandatory medical insurance ore not included.

Program Cost & Duration 

This is a customizable program. Please request a quote based on your needs. The typical program structure is 4 to 6 months, however scholars can attend anywhere from
one to 12 months. For more information, please contact fmp@gsu.edu .