For Faculty

WMU employees at dinner in Spain

WMU employees on a Spanish immersion program in Spain, 2011.

To encourage campus-wide globalization, Western Michigan University offers several resources to support faculty international research and activity.

Campus internationalization

Global Engagement Award

  • The Global Engagement Award Committee is seeking nominations for the University's Global Engagement Award. This award will be for contributions to the global engagement of the university and to its students, faculty and staff; to our knowledge and understanding of global affairs; and/or to communities and stakeholders locally or abroad. The contributions can be in the realm of teaching and other instructional activities, research and creative activities, service, and/or outreach. Information and nomination form.

Curriculum development

  • The International Education Council of the WMU Faculty Senate, Office of the Provost, and the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education are working together to increase global engagement across campus. One aspect of this is internationalizing the curriculum. Information.

Funding resources

  • Global Engagement Fund—offers co-funding for activities that enhance global engagement on campus, such as visiting scholar events, support for conferences or workshops at WMU, and other internationalization activities.

Faculty exchange and study abroad resources

  • WMU enjoys formal partnerships with more than 100 international institutions, offering a wide range of options to faculty who are interested in exchange opportunities. Information.
  • WMU offers a short-term faculty exchange opportunity at Musashino University, Japan, the University of Passau, Germany, and the Universidad de Burgos, Spain. Information.
  • The WMU Haenicke Institute for Global Education invites faculty to apply for funding to attend a CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar during the summer. Full finding will be available for up to 4 faculty members. Information.

Fulbright grants for faculty

  • Each year, approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals lecture and research through the Fulbright United States Scholar Program. Information.

Inviting and hosting international visitors

International travel information

  • Resources and information for WMU employees traveling outside of the U.S. for business, teaching or research. Information.