Joint faculty and staff projects consist of collaboration among individuals at Drake and at least one other institution.
These projects may or may not require a travel component to be successful – for example, joint research can often be completed virtually. Global Engagement provides resources and support to encourage Drake faculty and staff from any unit to get involved.
Faculty and staff are essential for sustaining active collaboration with Drake’s global partners. This collaboration may include providing international academic experiences for students, faculty research and scholarship, teaching and mentoring, joint curriculum development, or other initiatives. The collaboration should be actively pursued by individuals at both (or all) participating partner institutions and should be of mutual benefit to facilitate a relationship that is both sustainable and has the potential to expand over time.
Faculty and staff interested in pursuing research with human participants while in another country may need to seek approval from the Institutional Review Board. The video below is a training from the OHRP on institutional research and may provide a useful starting point for those interested in pursuing a global research project. Mary Pat Wohlford, Director of Sponsored Programs Administration and Research Compliance, can also advise on research regulations for almost every country in the world.
Global Engagement supports faculty and staff interested in establishing a new partnership, developing a program or joint project, or welcoming international visitors. This support can range from developing key contacts to coordinating logistics to providing funding. Various grants are available through our office and Drake’s international Centers and Institutes.
"By collaborating with faculty from a different country, I am learning more about how culture influences our perspectives and the richness that can come by learning a different point of view."
"Conducting courses with an international travel component is a learning experience that can't be replicated. When students have meaningful exchange with residents of another country on their turf and without boundaries, history comes alive, problems become real, cultural understanding deepens, and barriers are overcome."