KIIS welcomes faculty from all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, health sciences, law, business, and engineering. For KIIS Summer programs (4-5 weeks in length), each accepted faculty will teach two courses abroad; for KIIS Winter programs (2-weeks in length), each faculty teaches one course. Our course offerings vary each summer and winter so faculty are free to apply to teach on virtually any KIIS program (see "program exceptions" below). With the exception of language courses, all instruction is in English. Only faculty from one of the full member KIIS consortium schools are eligible to teach on a KIIS program. Faculty are not required to speak the language of the host program (the Program Director speaks said language).
Instructors and Adjunct Faculty are welcome to apply.
KIIS takes pride in its high academic standards. KIIS regards international education not as "glorified tourism," but rather a meaningful intellectual and pedagogical exercise aimed at taking full advantage of the host country environment. All student participants must register for at least one course for academic credit though most summer participants choose two (the program fee is the same). Students need a minimum GPA of 2.0 at the time of application (though most student participants have considerably higher GPAs). KIIS adheres to all of the applicable regulations of its Sponsoring Institution, Western Kentucky University (WKU). WKU's academic and accreditation standards from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) are utilized by KIIS. Each KIIS course totals at least 37.5 instruction hours. Click here for more on KIIS academic policies.
Faculty members receive the following benefits:
Teach two courses abroad on KIIS Summer programs (one course on Winter programs)
Infrastructure already in place: KIIS handles all overseas planning and logistics
Excursion opportunities in your field of expertise
Roundtrip international airfare to the program site
Food, accommodation, travel, and other overseas living expenses
$2000 stipend ($1000 stipend for Winter) paid two weeks prior to departure
Comprehensive medical insurance for the duration of the program
Security and terrorism evacuation insurance
Indemnified against liability
Large pool of students from which to recruit (from among all KIIS member-institutions)
Orientations provide an opportunity to meet fellow faculty members and student participants
Great professional development opportunities
Please note: all faculty accepted to teach on a KIIS Summer 2017 program must attend two orientation meetings. The first is in Bowling Green on September 10, 2016 and the second is in Bowling Green on April 15, 2017.
Winter 2016-2017 faculty must attend the April 2016 orientation in Bowling Green and the November 2016 program-specific orientation.
KIIS offers faculty teaching opportunities on the following programs (click on a program for more info):
How to Apply:
Choose your desired courses based on: a) geographic location, b) academic focus, and c) expected student interest.
Inform your academic supervisor of your intention to apply and provide him/her with your responses to KIIS "11 Questions" (below).
Contact your college or university's Study/Education Abroad office to help familiarize yourself with rigors of international education.
Prepare answers to the Faculty Application Questions (you will submit your answers online during the application process).
Prepare your CV (to be uploaded during online application).
Complete your online MyKIIS application (you can return to MyKIIS at anytime by clicking on any "Apply Now" button on the website).
You may apply to teach on more than one KIIS program (though you must submit separate course proposals for each program).
Faculty Flight Options: KIIS faculty have the option of flying round-trip with the group (known as Option 2) or flying to and from the program site independently (known as Option 1). If you elect to fly both ways on the group flight, KIIS will purchase your airfare for you. If you elect to fly independently (defined as anything but both ways on the group flight), you will purchase your own airfare and then KIIS will reimburse you for the cost of your airline ticket up to the amount of the group flight. Click here for faculty flight/reimbursement details.
KIIS Summer Programs: Deadlines & Timeline:
The faculty application deadline for Summer 2017 programs is March 1, 2016 (approx. 14 months prior to the program start date).
You may apply online anytime between October 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016.
Faculty selection occurs at the KIIS Board Meeting in April 15, 2016.
KIIS will inform faculty of acceptance decisions in May 2016.
Accepted faculty please need to email their two syllabi to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15.
(Note: In accordance with WKU policy, KIIS does not use a plus/minus grading system.)
Accepted faculty must attend two mandatory faculty orientations: in September 10, 2016 (Bowling Green) and April 15, 2017 (Bowling Green).
KIIS Winter Programs: Deadlines & Timeline:
The next faculty application deadline for Winter 2017-2018 programs is November 15, 2016 .
You may apply online anytime between August 15, 2016 and November 15, 2016.
KIIS will inform Winter faculty of acceptance decisions by January 15, 2017.
Accepted Winter faculty please need to email their one syllabus to email@example.com by March 15.
(Note: In accordance with WKU policy, KIIS does not use a plus/minus grading system.)
Winter 2016-2017 faculty must attend the April 2016 orientation in Bowling Green and the November 2016 program-specific orientation in Elizabethtown, KY.
"Program Exceptions" (from opening paragraph above):
The KIIS Munich, Paris II, Spain I, and Spain II summer programs are open to language professors only (must be fluent and can teach course in the target language).
Language professors may apply to teach on any KIIS summer program.
Non-language professors may apply to teach on any KIIS program except Munich, Paris II, Spain I, and Spain II.
The Ecuador program has a Biology focus. The Tanzania program has a Public Health focus.
The Salzburg program is geared towards music majors (both vocal and instrumental).
The Argentina, Austria, and Chile programs offer Business or Economics courses. Faculty may propose to teach Business or Economics courses on other KIIS programs as well.
Several summer programs are offered in alternate years only. The Argentina program in even-numbered years. The Chile program in odd-numbered years. The Prague program in even-numbered years. The Slavic Europe program in odd-numbered years.
The Zanzibar Winter program is geared towards professionals enrolled in Executive MHA, MBA & MPA programs.
Spouses or children may accompany faculty members on KIIS programs, if logisitics permit. Faculty interested in bringing their spouse/partner and/or children should contact their Program Director ahead of time. Faculty are responsible for all related costs, including airfare, accommodations, meals, transportation, entrance fees, health insurance, child care, etc. Any faculty spouse/partner and children present on a KIIS program is required to follow KIIS policies and guidelines as set forth in KIIS written materials, at the KIIS Faculty and Student Orientations, and by their KIIS Program Director or KIIS Executive Director. Faculty spouses/partners and children eighteen and older will be required to sign a KIIS Travel Companion Policy prior to departure; in the case of children under eighteen, the child (if possible) and the faculty-parent are required to sign the KIIS Travel Companion Policy Form.
Faculty are required to purchase medical insurance coverage-- under the KIIS policy as instructed by KIIS ahead of program departure-- for their spouse, partner, and/or children accompanying them on a KIIS program. KIIS requires faculty spouses, partners, and children to be covered under the same KIIS policy as KIIS students, faculty, and program directors for the overall safety and security of all concerned. The charge for spouses, partners, and children is currently over $4 per person per KIIS program day. Faculty pay the cost directly to the KIIS insurance provider (KIIS does not receive any financial benefit, or otherwise, related to the transaction; our motivation is greater safety and security-- e.g. if a security evacuation were ever required abroad, we would want to ensure the faculty's spouse, partner, and children were evacuated with the KIIS group). Note: faculty participating on KIIS programs are not required to purchase medical insurance for themselves; KIIS does so on behalf of KIIS faculty, program directors, and students.
Note: If someone other than the faculty member's spouse will be caring for the child/children, the faculty member must pre-arrange (prior to departure) on-site child care for the duration of the KIIS program. Faculty members may not rely in any way on KIIS program participants (i.e. students) to provide any form of child care (even if paid).