Study Abroad in Montepulciano, Italy
Instructions for Submitting Faculty Application Packet
All faculty applications must be submitted via email to Bernard Anderson at Kennesaw State University
(email@example.com) in the following order. A faculty member's completed application, containing
all of the items below, should be sent as ONE email attachment. Organize applications as follows:
I. PERSONAL INFORMATION
III. COMPLETED COURSE PROPOSAL FORM FOR FIRST COURSE
IV. DETAILED SYLLABUS FOR FIRST COURSE
V. ITEMS III – IV. FOR SECOND COURSE
VI. ONE-PAGE SUMMARY OF CURRICULUM VITAE
VII. COMPLETE CURRICULUM VITAE
VIII. SIGNED STATEMENT of COMMITMENT
Applicants should print out a copy of the signature pages. Once all of the signatures have been obtained,
the completed signature pages should be mailed, or faxed to:
Study Abroad Advisor
International Services & Programs
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road, #2301
Kennesaw, GA 30144
The deadline for submitting applications is April 10, 2009.
Study Abroad in Montepulciano, Italy
Faculty Application and Course Proposal Form
Please complete ALL items and return by April 10, 2009 to: Bernard Anderson,
Office of International Services & Programs, Kennesaw State University,
1000 Chastain Road, #2301, Kennesaw, GA 30144.
Note: This program is administered as a consortium between Kennesaw State
University, Georgia College & State University, and Georgia Southern University.
Preference will be given to faculty teaching in the following disciplines: Art,
English, Foreign Languages, History, and Music.
Description of Montepulciano:
Montepulciano is the highest of the hill towns in Tuscany. It combines breathtaking
views of the Tuscan countryside dotted with vineyards and olive groves with a history
that stretches back to the pre-Roman Etruscans. It is small enough that students can
feel “at home” almost immediately, but its central location allows day-long field trips to
such cultural and historic centers as Rome, Florence, and Siena. Classes are held in
the 16th century Medici fortress in the historic center near the cathedral and 15th
century town hall. Instead of the typical study abroad arrangement where participants
live in university dormitories and eat in cafeterias, students in Montepulciano live in
shared apartments within the medieval walls eat in local restaurants. Field trip costs are
built into program fees rather than being out of pocket expenses for the students as is
the case with many programs. Best of all, students in Montepulciano will feel welcomed
as a part of the community rather than feeling like an anonymous tourist in a crowded
city. Many students come to think of Montepulciano as their “other” home and return
there whenever they can.
I. PERSONAL INFORMATION (Please list name as it appears on
Name: _______________________________ Rank: ___________________________
University/College: _____________________ Department: ______________________
Ph #: _______________ Fax #: _________________ Home Ph #: ________________
PREFERENCE OF SESSIONS (indicate as 1st & 2nd choices – no preference or one
_____ May – June, 2010 (exact dates are to be determined at a later date)
_____ June – August, 2010 (exact dates are to be determined at a later date)
_____ No Preference (either session)
1. Please describe your familiarity with Italy, including a summary of study in or about
Italy, previous courses that you have taught in or about Italy, or any travel you may have
2. Please identify any contacts you have in Italy, particularly in Montepulciano, Tuscany,
or Central Italy who might be willing to contribute as guest lecturers. If you have no
contacts, describe the sorts of contacts you would like to have access to.
3. Briefly describe how you plan to recruit students for your proposed courses and for
the program as a whole. How much time per week on average are you able to devote to
recruiting students for the program?
4. Are there particular types or groups of students towards whom you plan to target
your recruitment efforts? If so, please describe them.
5. What benefits do you as a teacher expect to derive from the experience of teaching in
6. What are the most important benefits students will gain from taking your courses in
7. Please provide any other information that you feel is pertinent to assessing the merits
of your application/proposal.
III. COURSE PROPOSAL(S): Submit a copy for each proposed course.
Course Title: ___________________________________________________________
Credit Hours: ____________ Prefix & Number: ________________________________
Level (Check all that apply):
______ Lower Division ______ Upper Division
Brief Description (100 words or less) – for program brochure – be enthusiastic!
PLEASE ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR COURSE PROPOSAL:
1. Please list field trip sites/activities that you plan to incorporate into your course.
(Every attempt will be made to assist new faculty who have not been to Italy to identify
2. Specify any core curriculum requirements that the course satisfies.
3. Specify major or minor requirements that the course satisfies.
4. Please specify any prerequisites the course has.
5. What special equipment, classroom space, library resources, etc. will you require in
order to teach this course?
6. How do you plan to evaluate student learning?
IV. STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT:
Read the following statement carefully. After signing and dating the statement of
commitment, return it along with the following completed items to the KSU Office of
International Services & Programs:
1. Personal Information and Questionnaire Form
2. Course Proposal Forms
3. Detailed Course Syllabi
4. Curriculum Vitae
I understand that my participation in the Montepulciano, Italy 2010 Study Abroad
Program is dependent on enrollment of eight students from my campus in the
Montepulciano, Italy 2010 Summer Study Abroad Program.
If I am accepted to teach in the Montepulciano, Italy 2010 Study Abroad Program, I
understand that I am to actively recruit students and participate in informational and
orientation sessions; that my salary for the Summer Study Abroad Program in
Montepulciano, Italy 2010 will be paid by my home institution; and that teaching in study
abroad is an intensive and comprehensive experience involving faculty members with
students in many out-of-class activities. I understand that I will be obligated not only to
teach my own formal class sessions but also organize and lead students on scheduled
course fieldtrips as well as collaborate with program faculty in scheduling and
conducting joint activities.
I further understand that I am responsible for working with the appropriate offices and
academic departments on my campus to assure that course equivalencies are assigned
for all of the program courses, that all the courses are made available to participating
students and that all the students are registered and paid for classes prior to departure.
By signing below, I indicate that I have read and understood all of the above information:
Signature of Faculty Member (Date)
Terms and Conditions for Participating Faculty
1. Eight students from an institution cover a faculty member's costs. The
program budget is calculated so that a faculty member's costs and benefits are
covered for every eight students enrolling in the program. Thus, eight students
must enroll from an institution to cover one faculty member's participation from
that institution. The eight students DO NOT have to be enrolled in the faculty
member's courses; they can be enrolled in any courses in the program, so long
as they are students from the faculty member's institution.
a. If some schools enroll 10 or 12 students per faculty member, faculty from
other schools may be able to participate with 6 or 4 students.
b. The program is concerned with costs, not course enrollments. If your
course has only two or three students, but you have enrolled eight
students from your school in the program, you are still eligible to go.
c. The 8 to 1 policy makes it crucial that faculty recruit for the WHOLE
program, not just their courses.
d. Faculty who barely miss the 8 to 1 criterion may be able to participate by
being given extra responsibilities, receiving reduced per diem, or paying a
portion of their own costs.
2. Faculty receive everything students receive, plus a per diem. Faculty will
receive the following at no cost:
a. Roundtrip airfare and accommodations
b. The same meal package students receive
c. A per diem amount, based on how healthy the budget is, determined by
exchange rate fluctuations, total program enrollment, airfares, and other
program costs. We are hoping to provide a $30.00 per diem.
3. Faculty who have spouses or others accompany them will have to pay
extra for all costs associated with those others. Spouses or others who
accompany faculty will be accommodated at a rate to be negotiated with
Montepulciano. Other costs, such as meals, airfare, travel passes, and tours, will
be priced individually for faculty interested in bringing another person along for a
portion of the program.
4. There is no provision for childcare. The program cannot provide supervision
for children. For liability reasons, faculty must arrange supervision for children
under the age of 16.
5. Faculty salaries are not provided. If faculty are to receive salaries for teaching
in the program, they must negotiate this with their home institutions. The larger
the number of students enrolled in the program, the stronger the argument for a
salary. Institutions will get tuition and FTE credit for all students who enroll from
that institution, regardless of whether the students' courses are offered by that
institution. Earnings from such "no cost" students should be part of the argument
for a salary.
6. Faculty are expected to actively recruit for the whole program. Obviously,
everyone will be working to enroll students in his or her own courses. Don't
forget to recruit for other courses, too: remember that program enrollment, not
course enrollment, determines whether a faculty member participates.
Recruitment takes time and energy; faculty who don't actively recruit are not
likely to enroll enough students to cover their costs.
7. Faculty are expected to plan their courses to incorporate the resources
available in Italy. The point in overseas courses is to make use of the
environment, not to teach courses exactly as they are taught at home. It is
important to integrate meaningful field experiences, to substitute planned field
trips for much of the library or computer assignments that would be given at
home. Help is available for those who haven't taught in study abroad programs.
A budget for all field trips must be submitted to the program director in advance.
8. Faculty will be teaching in a "total immersion" environment. Teaching in
study abroad programs involves extensive contact, both formal and informal, with
students. Faculty cannot expect to see students for five or six hours a week.
Faculty are expected to plan field experiences and accompany students on those
experiences. Additionally, faculty are expected to use some of the ample free
time to travel informally with students, helping them understand and appreciate
what they are seeing. Most faculty find teaching in a study abroad program
extremely rewarding: teaching as it was meant to be!
9. Faculty are expected to accompany students on the flights to and from
Europe. The program negotiates group travel and group rates. It is not possible
to arrange individual travel itineraries for faculty members or for students. The
group fares depend upon specific numbers traveling together, so that individuals
traveling separately affects the group rates on which program costs are based.
Most important, faculty are needed to assist students---most of whom are first-
time international travelers--on the journeys to or from Europe. Faculty members
who travel separately from the group must first obtain permission from the
program director and are responsible for arranging their own travel.
V. Approval Signatures of Appropriate Campus Officials
Director of International Services & Programs (Date)
Department Chairperson (Date)
Chief Academic Officer (Date)