Seminar Details

Working Effectively with American Students

GVSU 2009 sessions: September 10 (Pew campus) from 1-3:00 and September 11 (Allendale campus) from 10:00-noon. Register now.

An introductory seminar for international faculty. The 2-hour session will include video and discussion, with time allotted for participant questions.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Traits and Expectations of American Students
  • Balancing Flexibility with Authority
  • Breaking Down Barriers
  • Being Accessible
  • Building Rapport
  • Handling Language Issues
  • Classroom Management/Teaching Tips
  • Dealing with Discrimination
    Discrimination Resource: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) document on “Responding to Everyday Bigotry” (
  • Getting Support So You Don’t Feel Alone

International responses: The entire workshop was excellent and useful. / I have learned several things from the workshop and I would plan to innovate my classroom approach. / I appreciated the ability to exchange issues with different international faculty. / The workshop provides a great list of topics for us international faculty to better communicate with American students, to understand their culture, and to have a better teaching life in U.S. / This encourages me to be more straightforward and communicative with students. / It made me think a lot. / I learned how to set rules and limits for my class. I also learned some traits of American students and also to meet their cultural expectations.

American responses: To me as a Grad Assistant, it was great to understand the challenges facing international faculty members. I will definitely be able to use this in my studies and relay the information to my students. / I’m going to bring some of these points up in class next week and start a discussion about how administrators can help students make more of an effort for understanding international faculty.

Request an Information Packet

If your university does not currently offer this program, you may request more details, including a seminar syllabus and pricing information by sending me an email. Be sure to include your name and address and a packet will be mailed to you right away.

Alan Headbloom