Introducing the Global Engagement Institute

Gabriella Chavez (left) and William Sharpee (middle) talk with local cassava growers in Kenya about how Cassava Mosaic Disease is transmitted. Photo: George Kennedy.

The Office of Global Engagement is initiating a new annual program, the Global Engagement Institute, to provide professional development, support, guidance and consultation for faculty and staff interested in developing research, scholarship or academic programs with an international focus.

In coordination with colleges and administrative units across campus, the institute will expand faculty and staff global engagement and enhance collaboration with our global partners.

Each year, the Office of Global Engagement will select a cohort of faculty and staff members to participate in a variety of professional development activities focused on a selected world region. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Sub-Saharan Africa will be the region of focus, more specifically involving our partnerships in East Africa.

“This new initiative will enhance our strategic partnerships, establish new partners and develop more international programs by providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff,” said Bailian Li, senior vice provost for global engagement. “In collaboration with colleges and other units in selecting participants and through our year-long programming with professional development opportunities and an international symposium, we will develop more faculty and staff champions in leading international research, scholarship and student academic programs at NC State.”

Building upon the success of the previous global spring symposiums in Prague, Czech Republic and Guildford, U.K., the Global Engagement Institute will be a sustainable endeavor that will enable participants to participate in a year-long structured experience with faculty and staff engaged in the region of focus.

Institute participants will participate in workshops and seminars and will receive expert consultation from faculty and staff experienced in research or program development in East Africa. The program will culminate in a week-long international partnership trip during spring break.

View more details and this year’s call for nominations for the Global Engagement Institute.