The Future Professoriate Global Perspectives program in Chile represents an expansion of the PFP: Global Perspectives developed initially in 2005 and first offered by the Graduate School through Virginia Tech’s location in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. The purpose of the PFP Chile program remains the same – to prepare future faculty members with a global perspective of higher education but we will experience this visit in new ways.
The 2012 program is the initial program in Latin America to gather first hand knowledge about higher education in Chile through our visits to three important Chilean universities (for more information, see links to each university), discussions with Chilean faculty, administrators, and students, and dialogue among the group members. The group of 6 PhD students + DePauw and Dooley will travel in January to VT partner institutions in Chile.
I anticipate that each of us will enhance our knowledge and understanding of global higher education, gain a cultural understanding of the context for higher education in Chile, seek new colleagues for our professional endeavors and to grow personally and professionally through our shared experience. I look forward to our interactions this semester through face-to-face gatherings and digital communications and of course, our adventure in January 2012.