Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program Goals

The 2016 Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development program will benefit the junior faculty participants, the host institution, and its community.

Goals for Participants

  • Increase proficiency in English for teaching, academic writing and research;
  • Gain skills in pedagogy, including curriculum and course development, student engagement, teaching methodologies, and effective teaching with and without access to electronic technology;
  • Be acquainted with the structure, leadership, and administration of U.S. higher education;
  • Be acquainted with the dynamics between an academic department, the broader academic community, and the job market;
  • Develop leadership and teambuilding skills;
  • Gain skills in working with different demographic groups in an academic setting;
  • Develop computing skills to support academic programs and instruction;
  • Engage more deeply with academics in their disciplines;
  • Experience American culture in academic,  non-academic, and social settings;
  • Share Afghan culture through speaking and community engagement opportunities;
  • Attend a professional conference relevant to teaching methodologies;
  • Increase exposure to academic research fundamentals and resources; and
  • Develop a network of support resources available to the participants after the program concludes.

Goals for Host Institution and Community

  • Engage more deeply with junior faculty from Afghanistan;
  • Deepen mutual understanding between U.S. and Afghan cultures through activities within the local community and the host institution;
  • Deepen pedagogical knowledge of the institution’s teaching community;
  • Expand linkages in higher education between Afghanistan and the U.S.; and
  • Implement a short-term professional development program that successfully addresses the above goals for the participants.