International Faculty Development Opportunity to China

Monday, January 23, 2006 (Around 8 years ago)

The SIT Study Abroad, through the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, will again offer an Access Asia faculty development program in summer 2006 to southwest China. Hosted at the site of our SIT Study Abroad programs in Kunming, Yunnan Province and utilizing the resources and facilities of our summer program China: Public Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine, this visit will provide an introduction to the Chinese medical system for faculty wishing to pursue research and teaching interests in this area. It will also give participants the chance to interact with SIT program faculty, staff, and students and to learn more about the SIT Study Abroad experience.

Access Asia: China is designed to enable individual faculty to incorporate some aspect of Chinese medicine into their work, with the larger goal of promoting Chinese studies in the U.S. undergraduate curriculum and increasing student awareness of this non-traditional study abroad topic and locale. Participants will receive an overview of public health issues and the Chinese medical system, with an emphasis on both the philosophy and practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), during ten days of lectures, tours, and meetings with local health care and TCM practitioners, experts, and professors in Kunming and the surrounding area. The program will include some small group activities organized around specific faculty research and teaching interests, as well as the chance to observe first-hand the various techniques associated with TCM. It is our hope that during the trip, faculty will be able to make important connections and personal contacts and benefit from SIT’s extensive network of resources in China.

You can review our SIT China: Public Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine program at http://www.sit.edu/study abroad/asia/china_sum.html

Tentative trip dates, exclusive of travel time, are June 24 - July 2, 2006. International airfare from the U.S., accommodations, and most meals will be covered. Participants will be expected to cover their own personal expenses and any travel expenses higher than the established international airfare amount.

If you wish to be considered for Access Asia: China, please submit a letter of interest to SIT by February 15, 2006. Your letter should include

· Your departmental/institutional affiliation, as well as a brief statement of academic background, experience, and disciplinary interests; · An explanation of your interest in Chinese medicine, including how you plan to incorporate this experience into your teaching and research; · Information about your institution’s, and your own, involvement with Asian Studies and with study abroad, and some indication of how you would use this experience to promote study abroad upon your return.

Address letters and inquiries to:

Betsy Judson University Relations SIT Study Abroad P.O. Box 676 Brattleboro, Vermont 05302-0676

Or by e-mail to: betsy.judson@sit.edu

Participants will be expected to complete a written evaluation of the trip and to submit a follow-up report, describing efforts you have made to promote study abroad within your institution and how you have incorporated Chinese medicine into your teaching and research.

They hope to notify successful applicants by late February.

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