KIIS welcomes faculty from all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, health sciences, law, business, and engineering. Each accepted faculty member will teach two courses abroad (KIIS Summer programs are typically 4-5 weeks in length). Our summer course offerings vary each summer so faculty are free to apply to teach on virtually any KIIS summer 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 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 in the summer
Infrastructure already in place: KIIS handles all overseas planning and logistics
Countless excursion opportunities in your field of expertise
Roundtrip international airfare to the program site
Food, accommodation, travel, and other overseas living expenses
$2000 stipend (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 2013 program must attend two orientation meetings. The first is in Lexington on September 8 2012 and the second is in Bowling Green on April 13, 2013.
KIIS offers faculty teaching opportunities on the following summer 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 these 11 Questions (you will upload your answers during the online 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 complete a separate online application 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.
Deadlines & Timeline:
The faculty application deadline for Summer 2014 programs is March 1, 2013 (approx. 15 months prior to the program start date).
You may apply online anytime between October 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013.
Faculty selection occurs at the KIIS Board Meeting in April 2013.
KIIS will inform faculty of acceptance decisions in May 2013.
Accepted faculty need to email their two syllabi to email@example.com by October 15, 2013
(Note: In accordance with WKU policy, KIIS does not use a plus/minus grading system)
Accepted faculty must attend two manadatory faculty orientations: in September 2013 (Lexington) and April 2014 (Bowling Green).
"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 Mexico II program focuses on Public Health, Nursing, and Teaching ESL.
The Tanzania program also has a Public Health focus.
The Salzburg program is geared towards music majors (both vocal and instrumental).
The Argentina, Austria-Bregenz, and Chile programs each offer two Business or Economics courses. Faculty may propose to teach Business or Economics courses on other KIIS programs as well.
Spouses or children may accompany faculty members on KIIS programs. Faculty members are responsible for all related costs, including airfare, accommodations, meals, transportation, entrance fees, health insurance, child care, etc. Faculty members interested in bringing their spouses and/or children should contact their KIIS Program Director ahead of time.
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).