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Academic Directors Overseas:
Challenges of Managing the
‘Academics’ in Latin American and
European Programs
Jose B. Alvarez Ph.D.
Vice President, Program Management and
Development
CEA Study Abroad
Based in Rome, Italy
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Study abroad experiences that shape my belief on
administration and execution of all facets
• Lausanne Switzerland: 1973
• US, undergraduate 1982: “Welcome to Boston”
• Spain summer 1996. TA teaching responsibilities.
8-week program
• 1996, hired as Assistant Professor at the University of
Georgia. Tenured 2002.
• UGA 2001 Valencia and Cadiz *Cannot be done!
Expanded to Seville, Spring semester Valencia then year
round. *Brand. Summer in Cuba, Venezuela and Peru
• SIT Study Abroad: oversaw 30 programs in Latin
America and Europe over 5 years. Based in US (2 years)
then 3 Years in Rome
• CEA: Based in Rome. Overseeing locations in Europe
and LA since May 2013
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My Supervisory roles:
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Long distance: common denominator
Across multiple time zones
Multiple languages, many not proficient
Various expectations: Faculty & Admin
Multifacet roles
– Academic
– Administrative, incl budget & personnel
– Development
– Health & Safety/Crisis Intervention/Confidant
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• Academic Director: *Definition,
*Qualifications, *Experience, *Roles
• No standard title in our field (unlike
academic titles): *Resident Director, *Field
Director, *Center Director, *Program
Director, *Dean, *Faculty Director, *other?
• I have chosen to use for this presentation:
Academic Director to highlight the
essence of the job.
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Definition: the primary mission of the AD is related to
what gives meaning to the title
: Academics
• In essence we could argue that he/she is the
Chief Academic Officer in the field
• Curriculum Development and Supervision
• Syllabi development
• Faculty hiring, mentoring, supervision and
evaluation
• Teaching
• Courses: selection, scheduling, assignments
• Student Academic issues
• Liaison with home office (US), sending
institutions
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Qualifications:
• Advanced graduate degree (terminal
degree preferred)
• Field of Academic expertise
• Previous supervisory role
• In country knowledge/SA experience
• Knowledge/experience US higher
education
• Bilingual in English and the local language
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Experience; How does one qualify for a job that
requires all that is expressed above:
• Academic preparation and experience
• Administration skills, including budgetary
responsibilities and personnel
management
• Student services SA experience
• And…
– Can work long distance with little supervision
– Follows directions
– Not a research position
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Roles: Depending on the size and
staffing of the program: Various hats
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Program administrator
Language coordinator
University liaison
Internship coordinator
Student Services Coordinator
Legal representative
Homestay coordinator,
Thus: Wonder WOMAN or Superman!
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Challenges of the academic role
• Center program (autonomous)
• Partner program
– Faculty
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US vs Foreign
Adjunct: buy in (faculty meetings, excursions, etc.)
Proficiency in English
Expectations: program and students
Understanding the audience (who is it)
Basic matters: concept of time, syllabi,
assignments, feedback, methodology
• Academic Freedom!
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Faculty seminars
• Origin: cooking classes homestay mothers
• Audience: first year faculty teaching US
students, others needed due to evals
• Leader: Best: local national (AD/Peer)
• Threats: faculty resistance, feeling
insulted, University partner not allowing
• How to present it: PD opportunity, time for
sharing, intercultural seminar.
• PAY: include in contract hours
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Objectives
• Train new instructors on U.S. standards on
grading practices, scales, inflation
• Provide an overview of U.S. students
expectations on faculty feedback: frequency,
type
• Usage of methodological best practice
(experiential learning cycle: theorize, plan,
experience, reflect)
• Strategies on engaging the student in the
classroom, seeking an informed, participant
atmosphere
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Objectives: cont.
• Identification of (SMART) learning objectives
for the lesson/course
• Training on course design (i.e. discussion of
U.S. syllabus standards), lesson design,
assessment design, classroom delivery skills
• Exploitation of additional resources (visual
aids, study sheets, etc.) BALANCE (ppt)
• Communication with student: the importance
of responsiveness, ability to answer student
queries, and of clarity on course goals,
expectations, requirements, etc.
• Instructor approachability outside of class
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Objectives cont.
• Attitude toward different views in the
classroom
• Employment of teaching strategies to
accommodate different learning styles
• Understanding and incorporating student
evaluation feedback into improving
teaching
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Audience
• New instructors teaching for the first time
• Instructors teaching U.S. students for the
first time
• Faculty identified from Student Evaluations
• Optional continuous learning opportunity
for current instructors/Refresher
• Anyone that is teaching your students!
• **Program staff
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Format
• Presentation of key information, combined
with active discussion of best practices in
higher education, exchange of experiences,
discussion of cultural differences
• Should follow the experiential model in that
instructors have an active opportunity to get
engaged in planning/experiencing/reflecting
(e.g. developing SMART lesson learning
objectives in a small group)
• Role play
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Learning outcomes
By the end of the training, participating faculty should
be able to:
• Understand and employ/adhere to key U.S.
standards on course and assessment design,
methodological best practice, classroom delivery
skills and management
• Understand the profile/academic
background/expectations of U.S. study abroad
students and be better prepared to teach,
communicate, and provide feedback to them
• Comprehend the idiosyncrasies of US
undergraduates
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