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Consortium Model TnCIS Programs

The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) application to teach in its Summer 2024 study abroad programs has closed. Deadline to submit an application was February 1, 2023. 

TnCIS accepts applications to teach in its study abroad programs from faculty members at any Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) member institution. Faculty from outside of TBR should contact the TnCIS office directly to inquire about eligibility. Each program has a lead faculty or Program Director, pre-selected, who is charged with managing that program on behalf of TnCIS. Faculty members from all member institutions are invited to apply to teach a course in their field in one of the existing programs. Please check with your institutional rep to determine if you qualify to be approved to teach in a TnCIS program (i.e. some institutions do not approve adjunct faculty applications.) The course can be a regular offering in your department which you adapt to teach abroad or you might also use a Special Topics or Seminar course to do something abroad which is more unique.

Applicants should keep in mind that all components of the application will be taken into consideration during the approval process. A competitive application would indicate the academic need and integrity of the course proposed, appropriateness of the course in the program location, as well as a demonstrated understanding of study abroad on the applicant’s part. Furthermore, please be aware that once approved, the complete application will be forwarded to the TnCIS Advisory Council, TBR, and eventually accessible to all TnCIS institutions.

Please note: Most programs invite applications from all academic fields.  Some programs have a special focus which may not suit your field. Please read the Program Descriptions for Prospective Faculty for details on each program. It is also beneficial to review the Faculty FAQ section before completing an application.

Please read all of the instructions below before beginning the online application. Click on the button at the bottom of this page to start the application.

1. Complete the online faculty application questionnaires in their entirety by February 1. Click done to submit your responses for each questionnaire. The item will move to Completed requirements at the bottom of the online application homepage once it is successfully submitted. Directions on how to proceed with approval of your application at your institution will be included in an automated email you will receive after you begin the application process. 

2. Download the Institutional Approval Form which will need to be signed by your Supervisor(s), your Chief Academic Officer, your President, and the TnCIS Representative at your institution. See Members on the TnCIS website for the contact information of your TnCIS representative. 

To complete the home institution approval process: 
  • Download and save the approval form to your computer. 
  • Open the form with Adobe Acrobat Reader and follow the instructions for fill & sign to insert your name and program information at the top of the form to prepare for routing.
  • Email the updated PDF form to your supervisor. Include the following with your message: your email confirmation (see item #1 above), your curriculum vitae (CV), and your syllabus. Your supervisor will need to electronically sign the form in Adobe Reader using fill & sign and forward all the documents on to the next signer to complete the process as indicated on the form. DO NOT have signers print, sign, and scan the form to send to the next person. It must be an electronic signature or the PDF will no longer allow the fill & sign process for the next person in the chain. 
3. As part of the online application, you will upload your CV. Please use the short form of your CV. The application requires a .doc or .docx (Microsoft Word) file.  Include your name as part of the file name. Please be aware that your CV will be made available online to TBR and the CAO’s of each member institution.

4. As part of the online application, you will also upload your syllabus. Please provide a syllabus for your course using the TnCIS Syllabus Outline. The syllabus should be designed for a short term study abroad experience and not a standard semester course syllabus.  Be sure to include your name as part of the file name.  The application requires a .doc or .docx file. Please remember that all courses must comply with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) standards and reflect the same rigor as expected by any course at your institution. Course syllabi should include the basic master syllabus components for the same course at your home institution, including catalog descriptions, prerequisites, course goals and learning outcomes. Additional goals and outcomes may be added based on the study abroad experience. Make sure to communicate, either in your course description or in another section, how you intend to incorporate the program site into your course content. Faculty will also be required to upload a Master Syllabus from their home institution. Faculty can access the current year’s approved courses and syllabi on each program page under the course information tab. Please note, the current TnCIS syllabi are considered the intellectual property of TnCIS faculty and should serve only as examples of how to develop your own unique syllabus.

In an effort to continue our work in developing global citizens as a part of the TnCIS 2024: Sustainability & International Education, all course proposals for 2024 Consortium Model programs should include a renewable assignment as a part of the student evaluation process. The assessment or assignment is renewable if the work has value to the world and is not disposable (Wiley & Hinton, 2018). The intent behind a renewable assessment is for the student’s work to live on in a meaningful way. This may include examples of work for future students, work that a student can take on to a future course, work that can be used to impact a local community, or work that adds to a broader knowledge base.

For 2023 TnCIS Consortium Programs, please include a minimum of one renewable assessment/assignment that is at least 15% of the student’s final grade in the course syllabus.

For more information on renewable assignments please visit the following:
View of Defining OER-Enabled Pedagogy | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (
Evolving Into the Open: A Framework for Collaborative Design of Renewable Assignments – Open Pedagogy Approaches (
Are Your Assignments Renewable or Disposable? | Center for the Advancement of Teaching (
Solutions to the world’s biggest problems are within our reach (

5. All faculty applying to teach in a TnCIS program are required to submit an official transcript for SACSCOC verification purposes. Please submit an official copy of the transcript for your most recent degree. If you have multiple degrees, all transcripts which show coursework that qualifies you to teach the course you have proposed to TnCIS will be required. Once a faculty member submits a transcript, TnCIS will keep it on file and faculty will not need to resubmit another should they apply to teach for TnCIS in subsequent years. Contact us if you have questions.  Electronic transcripts are preferred unless they are not available. Send transcript to to the following: 

Email: (for electronic official transcripts)
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS)
Pellissippi State Community College  
P.O. Box 22990  
Knoxville, TN  37933-0990

6.  If accepted to teach in a TnCIS program, faculty are required to attend two mandatory faculty orientations leading up to the onsite programs. Both meetings are scheduled on Saturdays and will be held either virtually or in the Middle Tennessee area. A fall orientation is scheduled in September and the spring meeting and orientation will be in April prior to the onsite program.  

Complete application packets, including all supporting documents and signed Institutional Approval Form will be due in the TnCIS office by February 1, 2022. If there are any questions about the application process, please call the TnCIS office at 865.539.7279 or email

Faculty Benefits May Include:

Faculty members teaching in a TnCIS program may receive the following: 
  • $2,200 remuneration from TnCIS
  • Any required visitor's visa (cost reimbursement)
  • Round trip international airline ticket out of Nashville, Tennessee or regional airport
  • Accommodations and meals based on the program budget
  • All transportation and entry tickets on sponsored excursions
  • Limited health insurance while abroad
Expenses not covered by TnCIS: 
  • Passport
  • Health insurance (beyond the limited insurance provided abroad)
  • Transportation/Lodging to and from the departure airport
  • Transportation/Lodging to and from the faculty/student orientations
  • Personal spending money

Consortium Model TnCIS Program Application