Faculty & Study Away
Recent research validates the value of study away and the importance of faculty involvement in the student experience. Studying away is a rigorous endeavor, and faculty can inspire students to develop intercultural awareness, acquire a foreign language, sharpen intellectual curiosity, and make academic progress off campus. Faculty have the unique opportunity to encourage students to maximize their time away, advising them on how a semester or year away might complement their academic goals in Hartford.
The Office of Study Away values faculty involvement and encourages professors from all disciplines to get become a study away ally.
Faculty Opportunities Away
Trinity College faculty can teach abroad as a visiting faculty member at two of Trinity’s signature programs, Rome and Trinidad. Study Away teaching appointments are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible faculty. Those eligible include all active full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty. Retired and visiting faculty who are currently on a contract of less than three years are not eligible. Eligible faculty members interested in teaching for a semester at Trinity’s signature programs in Rome or Trinidad should contact Jennifer Summerhays, Director of the Office of Study Away.
Lead an Intersession Program: Summer or January Term
As a complement to the established study away programs that are offered each semester, Trinity faculty from all disciplines are strongly encouraged to propose short-term study away programs for the summer or January term. The Office of Study Away works closely with faculty to provide information and support in the development of programs.
Interested faculty should schedule a meeting with Jennifer Summerhays, Director of the Office of Study Away to discuss details and timelines. Following that meeting, faculty should submit their course proposal HERE . Once the proposal is approved, faculty will receive an online handbook to walk them through the steps and considerations for a successful short-term program.
Serve as a Study Away Faculty Advisor (SAFA)
The Office of Study Away values the academic leadership of committed faculty, and recognizes their essential role in the past, present and future growth of Trinity’s study away programs. Study Away Faculty Advisers (SAFAs) provide input and guidance to the Office of Study Away and its program on-site directors in three main areas: Curriculum, Advising, and Recruitment.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a SAFA, please email Jennifer Summerhays.
Apply for an International Exchange
The Office of Study Away works with faculty and the Deans Office to develop new international faculty exchange opportunities. Trinity has a growing portfolio of faculty exchanges open to professors in a variety of disciplines. The faculty exchanges include:
- The University of Vienna, Vienna AUSTRIA
- Pompeu FabraUniversity, Barcelona SPAIN (anticipated November 2020)
- Paris IV, Sorbonne, Paris FRANCE (anticipated November 2020)
Resources for Faculty and Academic Advisers
OSA Staff – Each OSA study away adviser specializes in a geographic region. If you have any questions about the programs, reach out to the respective OSA adviser.
Study Away Process and Deadlines – Students may have questions for you about the study away process and deadlines.
Approved External Programs – In addition to Trinity’s seven signature programs, the college approves over 70 other programs to meet the diverse needs and interests of its students. All AEPs are carefully vetted and approved by Trinity’s Curriculum Committee on an annual basis, so if you have questions about any current programs or suggestions for programs that would benefit Trinity students, the OSA would love to hear from you!
Health & Safety – The college partners with an established international security firm to develop an international travel approval process. This helps ensure the safety of all members of the Trinity community. Please refer to the Health and Safety pages of our website and contact Jennifer Summerhays or Eleanor Emerson with any questions.
Professional Affiliations – The OSA has membership with several international education organizations such as NAFSA, Diversity Abroad, and Forum on Education Abroad.