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Dec 09, 2013
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GCP Faculty & Administrators Sessions

From July 6-20, 2014, Salzburg Global Seminar will conduct two Faculty & Administrators Sessions at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg.

Approximately fifty-five participants from colleges and universities throughout the United States will gather to explore the factors that either support or restrain a comprehensive approach to global education within higher education institutions and to jointly develop strategies for those teaching and learning within those institutions on how they can incorporate a more comprehensive approach to global education.

The session will include several formats including plenary lectures and discussions, small group discussions, and time for informal exchange and networking as outlined below.

Plenary Lectures and Discussions

Lectures will be delivered by an international Session Faculty who will speak about both the broad issues of globalization (such as sustainable development, global security issues, the image and role of the US, etc.) as well as specific perspectives, strategies and examples of global citizenship education at colleges and universities. Drawing upon case studies and experiences from both the US and abroad, the lectures will illustrate trends in education for global citizenship and the need for such education. The combination of looking at the “big issues” of globalization and some of the practical strategies and ways that these issues are affecting and addressed in US higher education will allow participating institutions and individuals to reflect upon and discuss how their institutional and individual work does, can, or should fit into this context. Some lectures will be followed immediately by a Plenary Discussion period in which participants are encouraged to ask specific questions that relate to their own interests, experience and work.

The Plenary Discussion for some of the lectures will be held a few days after the initial lecture. This will allow participants to discuss the information presented in the lectures in formal settings such as the Thematic Group Meetings and Institutional Meetings as well as informally. Thus the Plenary Discussions in these cases can be more focused on the topics that are of particular interest and relevance to session participants.

Thematic Group Meetings

Several times throughout the session, participants, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to engage in smaller Thematic Group Meetings focused on Thematic Conversations and Thematic Strategies. These two aspects will allow participants to explore some of the “big issues” of globalization in more depth in terms of how they relate to education for global citizenship in a broad sense (Conversations) and encourage them to develop practical ideas for addressing those issues in institutions of higher education (Strategies).

The groups will be self-selected in Salzburg around themes that relate  to global citizenship education. Themes may include, for example, global commons and sustainable futures, the US as a global player, the importance of global civics, higher education at the juncture of the local and global, or others. Participants are encouraged think about themes that they are interested in discussing in Salzburg.  More detailed information on the Thematic Group Meetings will be provided at the beginning of the session in Salzburg.

Institutional Meetings

The Seminar recognizes that many of the participants attending this program are coming from institutions that have sent students and/or faculty to the GCP in the past. It is assumed that participants are aware of the initiatives and endeavors of past GCP participants at their institutions. The Seminar also recognizes that even though participants might be working at the same institution, they may not always have the chance to interact with their colleagues in the way that a week at the Salzburg Global Seminar affords them. Therefore, on several occasions throughout the week, time has been allotted for institutional meetings.

Participants are encouraged to set their own institutional agenda for the week and to use this time in whatever way they feel is most useful and effective for their institution. In the past, participants have been encouraged to develop institutional initiatives or projects and action plans for how to implement them on their campuses. Some institutional groups may want to engage in this type of exercise. For others it may be more useful to discuss and plan ways in which they can further contribute to and enhance the institutional initiatives focusing on education for global citizenship that are already underway. And still others who may have specific expectations or assignments from their institutions can use this time to address those.

Networking Opportunities

Because networking opportunities are an important part of any conference, participants will have plenty of chances to informally share ideas and experiences as they develop personal and professional relationships that will hopefully continue beyond the duration of the session. If there are issues that are not explicitly addressed in the session schedule which participants would like to have a chance to discuss with colleagues, time to do so can be arranged formally or informally at reserved tables over meals or during the “flex time” that is listed on the schedule.

UPCOMING DATES

GCP 64 (Jul 6 – 13, 2014)
Education for Global Citizenship: What, Why, and How?

GCP 65 (Jul 13 – 20, 2014)
Education for Global Citizenship: What, Why, and How?