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Professional Development

FACDIS offers opportunities for professional development at both the college/university level as well as for K-12 faculty. 
Fall Workshops
L-R: Amy Trauger, University of Georgia; Gretchen Peterec, FACDIS; Jim Siekmeier, FACDIS; Ellen Messer, Boston, Tufts and Brandeis Universities; and Nick Cullather, Indiana University Bloomington.

During the academic year, FACDIS sponsors a two-day workshop in November for higher education faculty to update themselves on the latest information and resources for a given topic of international significance. Approximately 120 attend each year. 

Scholar-Diplomat 2016
2016 Scholar-Diplomat Program Participants

In the spring the John A. Maxwell Scholar-Diplomat seminar in Washington, D.C., affords a smaller number of professors, chosen on the basis of how appropriate that particular topic is to their teaching assignments, to attend a three-day seminar in the nation’s capital. Again, a topic of international significance and contemporary relevance provides the focus.

Matthew Wilson

2017 Summer Institute Participants with Presenter Matthew Wilson

For K-12 teachers in West Virginia classrooms, the FACDIS Summer Institute offers a week-long opportunity to focus on material they can incorporate into their teaching. 

FACDIS in Cuba

Every three-to-four years, FACDIS offers an international travel opportunity, recent trips having been to Cuba, China, Venezuela, and northern Italy.