Going Global for Faculty
The Office of Global Outreach (OGO) supports faculty members who wish to develop global dimensions to their teaching, scholarship and service, whether that means teaching about or researching global health topics, leading classes or service-learning projects abroad or collaborating on interdisciplinary team projects with other U-M health professionals. The director of the OGO is happy to discuss such projects and help guide faculty to appropriate resources.
Global Health Research
The OGO and the Grant Services Office (GRO) assist faculty in identifying and applying for grants to fund international research travel, both external and through other U-M campus units:
- The International Institute's eighteen centers and programs provide expertise in specific regions of the world and in thematic issues such as international security, development, business and governance. Faculty can apply for a number of grants through the Institute, including State Department programs such as the Fulbright.
- The University Library system has a wealth of online global health resources and a dedicated professional staff to assist faculty and students. For a guided introduction to online databases, please download: Global Health Information Resources.
The OGO also assists in bringing invited international colleagues and researchers from partner institutions here as visiting international scholars to collaborate with our faculty.
The OGO assists faculty who wish to incorporate global health concepts into their teaching in the following ways:
- Identify funding sources for course development and travel (Download: Professional Development and Funding Resources for UMSN Faculty
- Assist in preparation of course development grant proposals
- Identify clinical placement opportunities through partner institutions/organizations
- Identify lecturing or guest teaching opportunities at partner institutions
- Explore technological approaches to connect U-M classrooms to those at partner universities
- Assist as needed in navigating U-M travel policy and predeparture orientation requirements
The Office of Global Outreach has created a process flow / timeline for those faculty who wish to create a new clinical learning experience for students abroad. Please review the International Placement Process Flow & Timeline document carefully to understand the preparation necessary at various stages. You should note the 3 additional files that can be downloaded from hyperlinks in the "Stage 1" step on page 1.
What to Know Before You Go
All faculty, students, or staff traveling internationally on university business (teaching, research, conferences, etc.) should register in the University Travel Registry. In addition, please review:
- Requirements for faculty and staff travel
- U-M travel preparation checklists
- U-M travel policies
- If applicable: Requirements for group travel involving students (see below for more information)
Faculty Traveling with Students
If you are traveling with a group of students, please review the requirements for group travel with students. Please consult with the Director of OGO, who can provide assistance with pre-departure preparation, safety planning, travel registration, and health insurance. Any group travel involving students to a location included on the U-M Travel Warnings and Travel Restrictions list must be approved by the Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs. It will then be reviewed by the U-M International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC). The OGO Director will help faculty navigate the approval process and make sure appropriate safety planning and pre-departure briefings of students take place. Please contact Leslie Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
Please note: Earlier approvals may be revoked at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs in the event that new, serious safety concerns arise. The ultimate concern is the complete safety of our faculty, staff, and students.
For a step-by-step breakdown of approval requirements and processes, please download and carefully review: Faculty Traveling Internationally with Students
Dr. Leslie Davis, Director, Office of Global Outreach