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Consortium Model TnCIS Programs

The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) has closed applications to teach in its Summer 2021 study abroad programs. Deadline to submit an application was February 1, 2020. 

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 submit an application 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 available through the button at the bottom of this page.

1. Complete the online faculty application questionnaires in their entirety. After you click the apply now, you will receive an email confirmation that it was received. Directions on how to proceed with approval of your application at your institution will be included in the email. 

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. Attach the blank Institutional Approval Form to the printed email confirmation (see item #1 above), your curriculum vitae (CV) and your syllabus. Submit all documentation to your Supervisor for approval and routing.

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 can access this 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.

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.  All transcripts should be sent to the following address: 

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 in the Middle Tennessee area.  The fall meeting for 2021 programs will be in September 2020 and the spring meeting and orientation will be in April 2021.  

Complete application packets, including all supporting documents and signed Institutional Approval Form will be due in the TnCIS office by February 1, 2020. If there are any questions about the application process, please call the TnCIS office at 865.539.7279.

Faculty Benefits

Faculty members teaching in a TnCIS program receive the following: 
  • $2,200 remuneration from TnCIS
  • Any required visitor's visa (cost reimbursement)
  • Round trip international airline ticket out of Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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