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The Twenty-First Century University

Developing Faculty Engagement in Internationalization, Second Edition


Lisa K. Childress

During the last few decades, many university presidents and provosts have expressed an intent to internationalize their institutions to equip students with the broad intellectual skills necessary to succeed in the global twenty-first century. However, these well-intentioned calls for internationalization have remained little more than rhetoric. Obstacles embedded in developing faculty engagement in internationalization are largely responsible for this inability to turn rhetoric into reality.

This groundbreaking second edition of The Twenty-First Century University identifies what successful institutions have done to overcome endogenous challenges and successfully engage faculty in the internationalization process.

The book provides updated case studies on two exemplary institutions, demonstrating how these institutions operationalized Childress’ "5 I’s of Faculty Engagement in Internationalization Model" (including intentionality, investments, infrastructure, institutional networks, and individual support) from 2007 through 2017. This book also presents a typology of strategies for faculty engagement in internationalization that higher education leaders can use to increase their faculty’s international teaching, research, and service on campus, regionally, and abroad. Finally, this second edition includes a model of faculty engagement in internationalization within academic departments that institutional leaders can use to ensure that explicit connections are made between internationalization and individual disciplines.

Lisa K. Childress is a global education consultant, working with universities to engage faculty in international teaching, research, and service. Dr. Childress served as director of special international projects at Duke University Law School and international career consultant at University of Virginia’s Darden Business School.