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Southeast University (China) Partnership

Opportunity for UT faculty to mentor visiting professors from China

The Center for International Education, the English Language Institute, and Teaching and Learning innovation have collaborated to support faculty members from Southeast University, a partner institution in China. These faculty come in the fall and spend a semester learning about how to teach their subject matter in English, as well as the academic and educational practices in the American higher education system.

As part of the program, each Southeast University faculty member is partnered with a mentor from UT in their field of study who they meet with on a regular basis to talk about teaching and learning. For their time, the mentor will receive $1000 in compensation. This year (2018), programming will be developed to support the mentors’ professional development related to teaching and learning.

As part of our commitment to this partnership with Southeast University, Teaching & Learning Innovation provides the following services:

  • Teaching & Learning Innovation connects the SEU faculty to UT mentors. TLI assists the mentor and mentee monthly with curriculum development, assessment, student projects, testing, grading, resources/materials, discussion techniques, large vs. small class teaching, classroom techniques, assisting students, and understanding differences between undergraduate and graduate teaching.
  • Teaching & Learning Innovation staff will collaborate with UT mentors on coaching for micro-teaching sessions.
  • SEU professors may attend and/or observe other class sessions taught by other UT faculty members to learn about different teaching styles and methods. Teaching & Learning Innovation can assist in connecting SEU faculty to various UT professors.
  • Teaching & Learning Innovation may provide workshops for the SEU faculty determined by their interest and backgrounds. Topics may include introductions to the American style of teaching, problem-based learning, flipped classrooms, and much more.

For the Fall 2018 semester, Teaching & Learning Innovation seeks to find UT faculty mentors in Engineering and Philosophy. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for a SEU faculty member, please email Dr. Ferlin McGaskey, TLI director of faculty development, at