• AASCU-CCIEE Visiting Instructor Program

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    Coordinated by AASCU and the China Center for International Educational Exchanges (CCIEE), the Visitor Instructor Program (VIP) invites professors and instructors from AASCU member institutions to teach and/or lecture in Chinese universities to increase the exposure of American teaching methodology and academic disciplines to Chinese students.

    VIP aims to accomplish the following goals:

    • Encourage professional exchanges among faculty members between the United States and Chinese partner institutions                           

    • Support student mobility and campus internationalization for both Chinese and American institutions

    • Allow American faculty members to experience and understand Chinese higher education, culture and Chinese tradition

    • Provide opportunities for Chinese students to gain American classroom experiences and to have a more seamless transition to American campuses

    Program Dates

    The courses in this program will be taught in a compressed format over a four-week session in one of the time frames noted below. Selected teaching instructors will be responsible for course planning and delivery and engagement with faculty/staff/students at the host institution. The dates below include days used to travel to and from China. Other proposed dates will also be taken into consideration. 

    Summer Term of 2019
    Session A:  May 6 – June 5, 2019           
    Session B:  May 20 – June 19, 2019

    Fall Term of 2019
    Session A:  Oct. 14 – Nov. 13, 2019          
    Session B:  Nov. 17 – Dec. 16, 2019

    If you have similar dates available for 2020, you are welcome to submit an early application. If you have plans to teach for a semester or one academic year in the next two years, you are also welcome to submit an application.  

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    Program Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a full-time lecturer or teacher in a U.S. university: Full-time professors with terminal degrees are strongly preferred, but those with master’s degrees and/or part-time faculty members with extensive experience may also apply. Subject matter experts with a strong interest in teaching are also encouraged to apply. 

    • Deliver one academic course (three or four credits standard) or serial lectures on certain topics in four weeks of teaching at a Chinese host university, teaching 12-16 hours per week on a schedule provided by the host institution. Please see the “High-Demand Disciplines and Majors” section for topic suggestions.

    • Provide one or two seminars on American culture, teaching methods, or academic discipline development (to be determined by the host institution). 

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    Program Benefits and Support

    AASCU and CCIEE will provide the following support for the program:

    • Consultation to applicants regarding selection of regions and institutions
    • Coordination with Chinese partners regarding placement  
    • Purchase of international, economy class round-trip air tickets for the selected candidates
    • Pre-departure orientation in the United States and orientation in Beijing after arrival to China
    • Arrangement of airport pickup, overnight accommodation, sightseeing and consultation before participants depart to host institutions
    • Transportation from Beijing to the host university and back to Beijing
    • A stipend of ¥3000 RMB for the selected instructor

    The host institution will provide the following support as part of this program:

    • Pickup from the airport on arrival and transportation to the local airport at the conclusion of the program
    • Accommodation at the host university
    • Pocket money for four weeks: ¥4000 RMB to cover all other costs (food, laundry, incidentals, etc.)
    • Access to an office (may be shared) during the teaching period at the host institution
    • A faculty peer who will help coordinate teaching, communicating about materials needed for the course, debriefing, grading and other issues with the host institution

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    How to Apply

    Complete the application form with the required materials and send them to the AASCU office (address below).  Application documents can also be emailed to Jody Dixon ( dixonj@aascu.org) and Sufei Li ( lis@aascu.org).

    Your complete application should include the following documents: 

    1. Application form (download PDF)
    2. Current résumé/curriculum vita
    3. Recommendation provided by the provost, dean or department chair
    4. Statement of interest for participating (limit to one page) and description of the courses proposed (no more than three potential courses), with at least a one-paragraph description of each proposed course (a syllabus from a previous offering of a course can also suffice)
    5. A copy of the photo page of your passport (it must be valid for at least eight months beyond the time you are scheduled to return from the program in China)
    6. A digital passport photo (taken within the last six months)
    7. Completed payment of the $250 application fee

    If emailing your application, please attach each document as a separate file. For questions related to this program or assistance with the application, please contact Sufei Li ( lis@aascu.org) or Jody Dixon ( dixonj@aascu.org).

    Mailing Address: 

    Jody Dixon
    Program Coordinator, Global Initiatives
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
    1307 New York Avenue – 6th Floor
    Washington, DC 20005

    Popular Disciplines and Majors

    Below is a list of disciplines and majors that are in popular throughout China. However, the disciplines and majors we will accept for this program are not limited to this list. Our partner universities in China are spread over 20 provinces, four municipality cities and four autonomous regions, and have various needs. We will share the applications with these universities to have them identify potential fits. 

    Business Administration:  
    International Business
    Civil Engineering  
    Electrical Engineering  
    Mechanical Engineering  
    Environmental Engineering  
    Construction Management  
    Computer Science:   
    Software Engineering  
    Computer & Information Studies Computer Networking and Communication   
    Artificial Intelligence  
    Database Systems  
    Environmental Science:  
    Environmental Sciences   
    Environmental Studies  
    Climate Science & Solutions   
    Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability  
    English Education   
    Applied Linguistics  
    Professional Writing  
    Mathematics & Statistics  
    Biology & Chemistry  
    Social Sciences   
    Fine Arts 

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