Faculty Pedagogical Summer

The Faculty Pedagogical Summer is a short-term professional development program designed to enhance pedagogical skills. Scholars take a customized pedagogy course and are introduced to new approaches and enhancements to teaching skills. Visiting international scholars also participate in classroom observations and develop or redesign courses for feedback and evaluation. Additionally, participants will engage in cross-cultural experiences through coordinated activities and events.

Mentee Profile

• Participants must hold a master’s or doctorate degree. PhD and posdoc students are welcomed.
• Interested in new approaches and enhancing pedagogical skills in their teaching environment
• Meet J-1 visa requirements, including English language proficiency and proof of financial support


Expanded knowledge of pedagogical skills
• Exposure and application of emerging educational technology
• Redesigned courses with new/enhanced teaching methods
• Cross-cultural classroom management
• Cultural activities including excursions to Atlanta tourist attractions

Pedagogy Course

The Pedagogy Course is a collaboration with Georgia State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). In addition to 16 hours of customized instruction, visiting international scholars will have access to learning environments and teaching equipment (CETL recording and learning studios, active learning classrooms, etc.). CETL will determine course content and participants’ focus based on a survey administered prior to the program. Offerings may range from active learning and assessing the impact of experiential learning to digital literacy and virtual reality. Learn more at http://cetl.gsu.edu

Program Coordination & Services

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

• Coordination of admission and visa application (English language proficiency interviews, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) application and fees, and invitation letters)
• Organizing the Pedagogy courses with CETL
• Logistical support for airport transportation
• Orientation and farewell events
• Program evaluation and final program report to sponsoring institution
• Access to university resources and services including PantherCard, Recreation Center, Library, CIRCLE, CETL
• Two weekend excursions
• CityPASS (Ticket book) to explore Atlanta’s attractions including The Coca-Cola Museum, CNN, and the Georgia Aquarium
• On-campus housing and flexible meal plan
Please note: Airfare, visa fees and mandatory medical insurance ore not included.

Program Cost & Duration

This program is for four weeks and will be held July 5 – August 5, 2021. The cost per scholar is $3,900. For more information, please contact fmp@gsu.edu.

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