Faculty Development E-Module for Professional Acculturation in Canadian Higher Education

Global education in a global world means increased professional mobility. An important source of new professors in Canada is new immigrants, but an academic career in a Canadian post-secondary institution can be very challenging for internationally trained faculty, limiting their potential and reducing their willingness to persist.  The goal of the project presented in this study was to explore the issues, challenges, and barriers to success for international faculty in Canadian post-secondary institutions, and to develop an online professional development module offering resources and hands-on tools and activities to all members of the academic community willing to create and reinforce an inclusive academic environment. Funding for this project was provided by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as part of the Bridge training programs to help internationally trained professionals get the skills and knowledge they need to practice in Ontario.

Received: 2 March 2009
Revised: 28 September 2009

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