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International Opportunities for Faculty and Staff   Partnership Maine-France

 

Who may participate? 

How do faculty exchanges work?

What preparation and paperwork is required?

What does the host institution provide?

What are the responsibilities of a faculty member on exchange?

Who are our academic partners in France?

Workshops

Research Collaborations

Teaching Exchanges

Colloquia

UMS International Study-Exchange Policy

Who are the University of Maine System contacts for PMFQ?

 


 

Who may participate? 

Faculty in any field at any one of the seven UMS universities can participate as long as a faculty exchange has been established in that field.  A faculty member may also start a faculty exchange in his/her field if one does not already exist.

Because we want as many faculty as possible to be able to participate in these opportunities, our official UMS Exchange Policy Document specifies that “…no faculty member should participate in the exchange more than two years in a row before the opportunity is made available to another qualified faculty member in that discipline”. 

 

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How do faculty exchanges work?

Faculty exchanges may involve short-term or long-term visits for the purposes of research collaboration, creative activity, PMF program development, teaching, and/or other cooperative academic activity. 

Normally, exchange faculty are hosted by a particular academic department at the host institution.  The host department, working with their campus’ International Exchange/Program Office coordinator, is involved in the selection and acceptance of a visiting faculty member to ensure appropriate timing, purpose, subject area match, etc.  Should a visiting faculty member wish (or be invited) to teach, the host academic department makes that decision based upon openings available, departmental needs, budget, etc. The host department also determines the appropriate rate of pay based on normal university practice. 

 

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What preparation and paperwork is required?

Visiting faculty from France must meet U.S. immigration regulations and, in the case of remunerated teaching assignments, campus HR hiring regulations.  Visiting UMS faculty to France must get a visa (after receiving a “protocol d’accueil” from the host institution) from the French Embassy before going to France and must open a French bank account once in country in order to be paid.  Visiting faculty must go to the appropriate host campus international exchange office within two working days of arrival for immigration clearance. 

 

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What does the host institution provide?

Host campuses will provide exchange faculty with office space, which may be a shared office, and use of a computer.  Visiting faculty members will be given a campus ID and accorded regular faculty privileges such as use of the library.  All costs of housing, food, books, travel, etc. are the responsibility of the exchange faculty member.  Housing options vary by campus, and most living arrangements will be off-campus.  The host campus will assist with identification of appropriate housing to the degree possible. 

Visiting/exchange faculty members are met upon arrival by a designated representative of the host department/institution.  A general orientation and tour of the campus (and, potentially, the community) is usually provided.  A contact person or mentor in the host department will be assigned to the visitor.  Visiting faculty should receive briefing materials and information regarding the host campus and community prior to departure (a “pre-departure info and orientation” packet).

 

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What are the responsibilities of a faculty member on exchange?

Faculty selected to participate in faculty exchanges should have a clear understanding of the multiple responsibilities involved.  In addition to engaging in their teaching and/or research activities and assignments, they are representatives of Partnership Maine-France and its exchange programs, their department, their institution, and the University of Maine System.  Their presence and efforts while abroad should serve to support and enhance PMF relationships and will include, in addition to teaching/research assignments, collaboration with colleagues at the host institution; formal sharing of information and experiences upon return home; assisting with identification, recruitment, and orientation of other faculty for the exchange; and helping ensure that this opportunity is provided to as many faculty as possible.

 

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Who are our academic partners in France?

Please note that the following links are only available in the French language, unless "in English" is indicated.

Our partner institutions

France

University Partners:


Teacher Preparation Institute Partners (Instituts Universitaire de Formation des Maitres):


Fine Arts School Partner:

 

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Workshops

Information is coming soon!

 

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Research Collaborations

Information is coming soon!

 

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Teaching Exchanges

Information is coming soon!

 

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Colloquia

Colloque IUFM Nord-Pas de Calais (click here for conference information in English)

May 2-4, 2007

Here is the web site for a conference at the IUFM Nord Pas de Calais. http://www.lille.iufm.fr/fpu2007/index.php

A call for proposals is open until December 15 (new date!). UMF's Ann Lynch and Tiane Donahue are speaking at this conference.

 

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UMS International Study-Exchange Policy

UMS International Study-Exchange Policy (PDF)

 

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Who are the University of Maine System contacts for PMFQ?

UM:  Office of International Programs (email: Karen Boucias)

UMA: Director of Admissions and Advising (email: Sheri Fraser)

UMF: Office of Enrollment Services and Exchange Programs (email: Lynne Eustis)

UMFK: Office of Student Affairs (email: Scott Voisine)

UMM: Vice President for Academic Affairs (email:Stuart Swain)

UMPI: Director of Career Services (email: Bonnie Devaney)

USM: Office of International Exchange (email: Domenica Cipollone)

 

 

 

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