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Faculty & Staff Resources

Additional International Opportunities for Faculty/Staff

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls prides ourselves on our deep commitment to global education and engagement. The internationalization of our campus does not stop and start with our education abroad programs and international students, but permeates campus culture in a myriad of ways. Some of the additional international opportunities available for faculty and staff on campus are listed here; check back as additional opportunities and resources become available.

  • Faculty Senate International Programs Committee: The Faculty Senate International Programs Committee (commonly called "IP") is a Faculty Senate standing committee whose role is to explore internationally-related topics and issues for the UWRF campus. The IP reviews education abroad course and program proposals, explores faculty leader topics (compensation, selection, etc.), examines issues relating to international students, etc., to manage and maintain standards and make recommendations to the campus regarding international programs. The IP also strategizes ways to internationalize the campus as a whole, and acts as an advisory body to the Office of International Education. Faculty/staff members will serve three-year terms with approximately one-third being appointed each year.
  • Year of...Involvement: One of the three goals of the UW-River Falls Strategic Plan, Pathway to Distinction, is Global Education and Engagement.  In 2013, UW-River Falls initiated the "Year of . . .", an exciting program to help meet that global education and engagement goal.  The "Year Of" program allows faculty, students, and community participants to break down stereotypes and connect across cultures.  During the year, various educational and cultural activities will highlight a specific country and engage faculty and staff members, students and others in raising awareness of that country. Faculty and staff can be involved in Year of initiatives in a variety of ways - volunteering on the planning committee, organizing an event, arranging for a guest speaker, and so on. Some limited funding has been available to support programming in the past; check with the current Year of organizers (follow the "Year of" link) to find out what is possible.

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

At UWRF, the Faculty and Staff Handbook policy states that, "faculty who wish to accept a Fulbright grant will be continued in their present salary and benefits by UWRF through the mechanism of turning over to UWRF the cost of replacing their teaching services for the duration of the Fulbright" (Article IX: Fulbright Fellowships).

Fulbright Scholars on Campus:

Marshall Toman 


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Marshall Toman
Department of English, TESOL, & Modern Languages
Teaching Fulbright


Geoffrey Scheurman

Geoff Schuerrman

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Fulbright Norway, 2010-11
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Adding a Global Perspectives University Requirement designator (a "GP") to your course is a formal way to indicate the internationalized components of that curriculum. GP courses support the campus strategic goal of developing global education and engagement, and also have the added benefit of positively positioning a course that could be under-enrolled within the University and/or departmental curriculum. GP designators are allowable for courses at the 200-level or above which are 3+ credits. The GP works well for on- and off-campus courses. For more information, visit the Faculty Senate Academic Forms page and look for Appendix GP: Global Perspectives.

The International Friendship Program supports new international students during their transition to campus by pairing them with a member of the River Falls community and surrounding area. The program promotes cross-cultural understanding by providing participants with the opportunity to share in a variety of social and cultural activities. Find out more by visiting the International Friendship Program page.