Since 2008 when Penn State Harrisburg had 70 international students, we have experienced a significant increase with approximately 430 international students enrolled for the Fall 2014 semester. Several events sponsored by the Faculty Center have focused on our campus’s changing demographics, including a Talking about Teaching forum in February 2013, a faculty survey regarding campus internationalization in December 2013, an International Student Panel Discussion in March 2014, and a Faculty Panel Presentation and Discussion on International Students in April 2014.
The Office of International Student Support Services has partnered with the Faculty Center on a number of these events, has increased its programming, and has added a new full-time international student adviser, Anna Marshall. The Russell E. Horn Sr. Learning Center, in addition to their other tutoring options, has tutors specially trained to teach English as a foreign language to assist students who are non-native speakers of English. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact these support offices, as well as other support offices on campus, with their questions and needs regarding their support of our growing international student population.
The Faculty Center has created a new resource for faculty that provides a number of instructional strategies shared in the December 2013 survey, and a list of additional resources for further reading and reference. You may download the Word document here: FacultyResourceFA14.