Global Practitioner in Residence

Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship
Global Practitioners in Residence

Nomination Deadline: January 17, 2014


Under the guidance of Drake’s highly qualified faculty members, students critically engage with cutting edge scholarship related to global issues and perspectives across virtually all fields of study.  Equally valuable are opportunities for students to learn from recognized leaders and experienced practitioners in such fields as diplomacy, international business, the sciences, humanitarian outreach and international cultural or artistic endeavors. This initiative would seek to attract Global Practitioners (whether still working or retired) from these and other international fields to teach part-time while also serving as mentors to our students and resources for our faculty and the community. These experienced professionals will engage with the campus and community through teaching, public lectures and joint research projects while drawing upon their professional networks to help our faculty, students and the institution as a whole develop new and fruitful external collaborations.


Global Practitioner candidates should be nominated by the academic unit to which they will be attached. Nominations must be accompanied by appropriate supporting materials, including a nomination letter that discusses the qualification of the candidate and the expected contributions that they would make to the life of the university, biographical information about the candidate, a letter of interest from the candidate and a letter of support from the Dean. Nominations should be directed to the Vice Provost for International Programs, who will review nomination packages in consultation with GIPAC. Upon the Vice Provost’s recommendation, the university President will send a letter of invitation to successful candidates. Units considering a nomination are encouraged to consult with PFGCGC Director David Skidmore.


Among the criteria to be considered are the following: 1. A record of recognized international leadership and distinguished professional accomplishment in any field. 2. A documented commitment to international understanding and global citizenship. 3. An ability to bring unique perspectives and experiences to bear in relation to relating to Drake faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. 4. A willingness and ability to offer courses that complement the existing curriculum and meet rigorous academic standards.


In recognition and in support of their contributions, Global Practitioners will receive a stipend, a travel allotment, an appropriate workspace, a computer and access to all university facilities. Financial support for the Global Practitioners program will derive from endowed funds intended to support international initiatives as allocated by the Vice Provost for International Programs. Global Practitioners will be affiliated with an appropriate academic unit for one or two terms or semesters, as the case may be, and will offer at least one course for each term or semester that they are in residence. The office of the Vice Provost for International Programs and the relevant department chair will jointly be responsible for facilitating opportunities for the visiting Global Practitioner to mentor students and engage in other outreach activities or research collaborations with members of the Drake and Central Iowa communities.