PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP

What is it like to work at a university in another country? Seminar 3/7/12 at UMBC, 1PM

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Dear Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars,

We recently posted a series of jobs in Australia and we encourage you to think globally as you consider postdoctoral positions, faculty positions, or other careers. Here is that post:
Perhaps you’d like to hear some accounts from others in our community before you consider submitting an application overseas, or before you give your advisor the go-ahead to recommend you for a job with one of their colleagues in another country.
Please take this opportunity to hear from a few of the professors at UMBC who will take time to share their accounts of living in other countries and working at universities outside of the U.S.
– Dr. Ivan Erill (Spain)
– Dr. Gloria Chuku (Nigeria)
– Dr. Claudia Galindo (Colombia)
– Dr. Marie-Christine Daniel (France)
Moderator: Michelle Massey – Office of International Education Services
Light refreshments will be served. 

A Professors Beyond Borders Seminar 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

1:00 – 2:00 PM

UMBC Campus, Commons 329






Coming Soon:  

Career Paths for Graduate Students

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

4:30 – 6:00 PM

UMBC Campus

Library 7th Floor

Dinner will be served.

Round table discussions with employers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Co-Sponsored by UMBC’s Career Development Center

  1. I loved this seminar. Although I hadn’t considered teaching in another country, it was very interesting to hear the professor’s experiences going to school and teaching in another country. In places such as Nigeria and Peru, it was surprising to hear that there was no real admissions process for students at the university level. It made me think how fortunate I am to have schools recruit me instead of me solely trying to persuade schools with monetary influences. Also the seminar *sort of* made me think Americans are so selfish. One thing common in other countries was a sense of gratitude towards professors. This was instilled in me at a young age, but when I got to college I fell into the *professors-get-paid-to-do-____-for me* attitude, which isn’t right. Although education here in the U.S. isn’t free, students should not have such a strong sense of gratitude, they should have more respect. Once again, this seminar was very informative and made me reflect on my own experiences and I greatly enjoyed it.

  2. Although I do not want to teach in another country, I felt a connection with the speakers of this seminar. Being from a different culture, I have found the transition to UMBC a bit harder than I expected. One of the key points Dr. Daniel was taking about made me realize that this was the reason why. I do not feel a connection with people here, since there is no one I am familiar with and no one that shares my background. I was also surprised at what Dr. Galindo said about having to spend one whole year preparing for the admissions into the university, but that afterwards students just spend their time focused on their individual majors and not have to take general studies courses. This makes a lot of sense for me, since those courses were usually the ones I had most difficulty with during my undergraduate education, since they were of no particular interest to me and it was harder to focus on them and to find the time and motivation to work on their assignments. It was also surprising for me to find out that in european universities you are supposed to come in already knowing what you want to be when you “grow up” and that there is no chance of changing your mind. This would make things a lot difficult, since most people I know do not realize what they want and what they are good at until after they have experienced a lot of different things.

  3. I really learned a lot from the working abroad seminar. My eyes were opened to the various perceptions of education and its value. The perception of education in Nigeria helped me understand why Nigerian Americans in particular excel academically. In Nigeria, college is not a given like it is portrayed to be in America. Students go above and beyond to get into college because the amount of spaces available are so limited. I understand now that Nigerians who com to America view education as the greatest gift of all, because it is so easy to obtain an education in America. The perspective of education in France also opened my eyes to how different education was over there compared to America. A college education in France is pretty much equivalent to a high school education in America, because it is free. Therefore, the majority of the population attends college. I found that interesting and part of me wishes I had gone to college in France for that reason. From this seminar, I learne a lot about the cultural differences in each country and behaviors that are unacceptable in academia

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