for Faculty at U.S. Community Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions

A World of Opportunity

CAORC recognizes the immediate and growing need for faculty and administrators at U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions to provide a global perspective to their students. Educators at these institutions understand the value of developing “internationalized” learning environments that both broaden their students’ cultural horizons and foster critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills for an increasingly interconnected world.


CAORC offers fully-funded overseas seminars that help faculty and administrators gain the requisite first-hand experience needed to develop and improve international curricula at their colleges and institutions.


Since 2017, CAORC, in partnership with its member centers, has organized short-term, fully-funded, two-week overseas study trips that allow faculty to experience rich foreign cultures and engage with local scholars grappling with complex global issues like climate change and religious and ethnic diversity. CAORC seminars include lectures from leading specialists, collaborative networking with local scholars, cultural and educational excursions, and experiential learning opportunities.


Through such immersive experiences, CAORC Faculty Development Seminars:

  • Produce an increase in capacity for global studies in U.S. undergraduate education

  • Increase faculty participants' international contacts and foster new opportunities to expose their students and communities to global perspectives

  • Create a scholarly network of faculty engaged in global education, who in turn develop course materials, share teaching models, and participate in collaborative research with faculty from host countries

Video: CAORC Faculty Development Seminars

Upcoming CAORC and ORC Seminars

*Please note that applicants may apply to only one of the CAORC Faculty Development Seminar opportunities being offered for January 2022

West Africa and the Diaspora—Continuities and Transformations

Senegal: January 2022 (exact dates TBD)

Application deadline: August 30, 2021

Partner: West African Research Association

Mexico's Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Mexico: January 2022 (exact dates TBD)

Application deadline: August 30, 2021

Organizer: The Americas Research Network

Exploring Urban Sustainability through India's Cities

India: January 2022 (exact dates TBD)

Application deadline: August 30, 2021

Partner: American Institute of Indian Studies

Between Political and Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Myanmar: Seminar dates to be determined

Application deadline: passed (awards made)

Partner: Inya Institute

Recent Faculty Development Posts

Faculty Testimonials

Video: Levar Smith, assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College, discusses his experience participating in the 2019 CAORC faculty development seminar to Senegal.

Video: Monica Ambalal (Merritt College) and Sobia Saleem (Ohlone Community College) discuss their experience participating in the 2019 CAORC faculty development seminar to Senegal.


CAORC’s faculty development seminars are generously supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Past seminars have also received assistance through various university-based National Resource Centers that support area studies education in the U.S., including: Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Howard University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Syracuse University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Kansas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, Austin, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
PO Box 37012, MRC 178

Washington, DC 20013-7012
202.633.1599 main

202.633.3141 fax



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