CIHE International Scholars Workshop

In the 2019 Call for Proposals, ASHE members were invited to reimagine the study of higher education and collective professional work. A particularly critical question stands on “How we mentor researchers along professional trajectories in and outside the academy?” (p. 2). We argue that, while ASHE has been offering mentorship and professional support through two outstanding programs, such as CEP Mentor-Protégé and CAHEP Early Career Workshop, the association has missed addressing professional and career development needs of the community of graduate students and scholars from international backgrounds. The academic experience of international scholars in the U.S. is nuanced and unlike any of other marginalized or invisible populations. For example, oftentimes international scholars face pressures to maintain a prescribed research agenda typically oriented towards international/global issues in higher education. But could be there other research options and researcher development orientations for international doctoral students? International students and scholars hold various identities that may extend beyond their nationality, where the intersectionality may shape their research interests. They go through identity formation and transformation by living in the American culture and joggle through the “insider” and “outsider” status as they move through our institutions and graduate programs. Additionally, international graduate students and early career faculty must deal with a complex and nowadays politically-charged immigration and visa policies, which can be a sole factor determining the post-graduation career choices and academic career success in the U.S. (Peri, Basso, & McElmurry, 2016; Zong & Batalova, 2018).
 
Given these challenges, how do international graduates of the programs in the field of higher education negotiate their career success, navigate career trajectory/ies, and explore job market should they decide to continue their work in tenure-track positions or other prestigious career options in the U.S.? What are other career options available for a fulfilling scholarly career upon graduation from the U.S. doctoral programs in higher education? To what extent, is a global academic market in the field of higher education open to the international students with doctoral degrees in higher education from the United States?
 
Unfortunately, not many institutions have faculty who are able to provide such a nuanced advice and mentorship to their international doctoral advisees who aspire for academic and alternative careers in the U.S. or abroad. This workshop aims to fill this gap. These and additional questions will guide the Career Success Workshop for International Students and Scholars.

The target audience are advanced doctoral students, recent graduates, post-docs, and early career faculty from international backgrounds. While the program is proposed under the umbrella of CIHE, it is important to acknowledge that not all international doctoral students and early career faculty are affiliated with research related to international issues and topics. Hence, the recruitment for participation in this program should focus on members of CIHE as well as members of ASHE general conference.
 
To draw from this larger population, we propose that faculty, chairs, and academic programs nominate potential participants for this workshop from their pool of advanced doctoral students, post-docs, visiting or adjunct faculty, and early career faculty. Self-nominations are also acceptable. To [self]nominate, nominators or nominees will complete a short form via Qualtrics to indicate potential participants’ current academic standing and role, career objectives, and expectations for participation in the proposed workshop. The workshop organizers will review these nomination forms to select 25 participants whose nominations are most closely aligned with the purpose of the workshop. 
 

Planning Committee

  • Zarrina Talan Azizova (University of North Dakota)
  • Jeongeun Kim (Arizona State University)
  • Milad Mohebali (University of Iowa)
  • Antigoni Papadimitriou (Johns Hopkins University)


Date and Time

  • Thursday, November 14th 
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 

Tentative Workshop Agenda

  • Breakfast
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Session 1. Panel Discussion: Navigating an International Researcher Formation and Career Success in the United States: Advice from Experience and Research
  • Session 2. Roundtables: Developing Success Strategies and Professional Plans
    • ​Roundtable 1. From Admission to Completion: Navigating Various Forms of Support in Home Institutions and Beyond.
    • ​Roundtable 2. Researcher Identity Formation: What Shapes your Research Interests and Agenda?
    • ​Roundtable 3. Career Choice Model for International Students and Its Implications on Traditional and Alternative Career Pathways.
    • ​Roundtable 4. On the Job Market in the U.S. and Abroad: From a Job Search to a Campus Visit to Negotiations.
    • ​Roundtable 5. Legal Challenges in International Faculty Employment in the U.S.


Registration Fees

  • Graduate Student $35 (ASHE member)
  • Early Career $45 (ASHE member)
  • Non-Member: $55


Timeline

  • Applications Open: July 1
  • Applications Close: September 15, Noon Pacific
  • Notifications: September 25
  • Registration and Payment Deadline: October 31

Nomination Information
*Self-nominations are accepted
To complete the nomination form, you will need the following:
  • Nominator's Name, Organization, Role, Email, Phone Number
  • Nominee's Name, Organization, Role, Email, Phone Number, Country of Origin
  • Answers to the following question:
    • Applicant’s Statement of Expectations for this Workshop (75 words limit).