For Faculty and Emeriti

Read the WMU Internationalization Initiative prepared by the International Education Council of the Faculty Senate and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Western Michigan University is committed to providing its faculty and emeriti the opportunity to increase and celebrate their global competency and engagement. Check this page regularly to learn about new opportunities!

To engage globally, faculty can:


Bring global engagement to campus

The College of Arts and Sciences International Event Support Award and the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Faculty Research Grant offer funding for activities that enhance global engagement on campus, such as research, visiting scholar events, support for conferences or workshops at WMU, and other internationalization activities.


Celebrate global engagement

Video of Western Michigan University 2018 Global Engagement Award for Faculty: Dr. Jennifer Harrison

Hear from Dr. Jennifer Harrison, a 2018 recipient of the WMU Global Engagement Award.

The Global Engagement Award Committee is seeking nominations for the WMU Global Engagement Award. 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  

Develop curriculum that is globally engaged

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. 

Curriculum Development      

Funding for developing curriculum can be available through:

Get involved with activities, events, and news with a global focus

 A listing of campus and community events that have an international theme or focus is maintained by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education and includes the Get Globally Engaged this Week!, a weekly email that includes forthcoming events, announcements, and news related to international activity at the University. The Global Engagement Information sheet is also helpful in talking with students about global engagement.

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENt opportunities    

Follow non-mainstream news sources from other countries, set up social media feeds from sources that cover or are located in other countries, and stay geographically oriented by identifying current the locations of current events.

Help with welcoming efforts


Invite international visitors

Interaction and collaboration with scholars from around the world is a critical component of a globally engaged campus, as noted in the University Strategic Plan’s third pillar. Western Michigan University encourages open dialogue and exchange between its faculty and staff and their international colleagues, including through invitations to campus.

Inviting International Visitors  

Research, study, or travel globally

WMU enjoys formal partnerships with more than 100 international institutions, offering a wide range of options to faculty who are interested in exchange opportunities. Funding is also available for faculty research abroad through the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and the U.S. Fulbright Program. 

WMU Faculty Traveling Outside the U.S. Information