JMU is proud to offer a unique summer study abroad program in Scotland that allows students to complete 13 credit hours towards their General Education requirements at two locations, the University of St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh.  

The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) and the General Education program invite expressions of interest for General Education Instructor positions in Scotland for Summer 2025 or Summer 2026. All JMU faculty who regularly teach in General Education are eligible for this opportunity. Each summer the program brings one faculty member to Edinburgh and another faculty member to St. Andrews to teach JMU students. Each faculty member will teach a single three-credit course over four weeks in either Summer 2025 or Summer 2026 (but not both). 

For 2025 and 2026, we are looking for instructors who will teach a course within the American and Global Perspectives Area (previously cluster 4) or the Sociocultural and Wellness Area (previously cluster 5). We are also open to faculty excited to develop a UNST300 Integrative General Education Course. Information about Integrative courses can be found on the General Education website.

Faculty in Scotland receive a teaching stipend (at College summer rates), as well as have travel and housing expenses covered as part of their contract. (Meals are not included.) Faculty members do not live with students, but they are the primary points of contact for students while abroad. There are some minor administrative and recruitment tasks that accompany these instructional positions. Successful candidates will also demonstrate a strong desire to work in a student-support role during the program. The program dates are June-August. 

JMU's Study Abroad Programs offer JMU faculty an exciting opportunity to work in an international environment, collaborate with faculty of different nationalities and educational training, live in the host country with their families and experience everyday life in a new culture.

Selection Process

Interested faculty should complete the interest form and attach a current résumé or curriculum vitae, and submit it to studyabroad@jmu.edu by 5pm on Thursday, May 16, 2024. The Selection Committee (consisting of the program director, CGE staff, and representatives from International Accounting and the General Education program) will review all completed materials received by the deadline.

The Committee will conduct brief personal interviews with the applicants May 23-24 via Zoom. A personal interview with the Committee allows the applicant to expand on their interest in serving as an instructor in Scotland and in turn allows the members of the Committee the opportunity to ask questions of the applicant.

It is possible that the Committee chooses to interview only the top-ranked faculty. Faculty who are not interviewed and/or are not selected may resubmit their materials for a later selection. 

Once the interview process has been completed, the Selection Committee will recommend faculty to the CGE Executive Director who makes the appointments. Notification is sent by email and in print with instructions for accepting the position.

How to Express Interest

Faculty interested in this opportunity should submit their interest forms (including department head signature) and résumé/cv by 5pm on Thursday, May 16, 2024. Interest forms can be found here.

Teaching General Education in Scotland Faculty


Rebecca Howes-Mischel Sociology & Anthropology ANTH 195
Chelsea Duncan Kinesiology KIN 100
Bill Grant Economics ECON 200
Kerry Dobransky Sociology & Anthropology SOCI 140
Cathy McKay Kinesiology KIN 100
Chris Colocousis Sociology & Anthropology SOCI 110
Liz Edwards Kinesiology KIN 100
Megan Tracy Sociology & Anthropology ANTH 195
Stephen Poulson Sociology & Anthropology SOCI 110
Erika Collazo-Vargas Health Sciences KIN 100
Aaron PeeksMease Sociology & Anthropology SOCI 140
Stephen "Kirk" Elwood Economics ECON 200
David Trouille Sociology & Anthropology SOCI 140
Bernie Kaussler Political Science POSC 200
Raymond "Skip" Hyser History HIST 225
David Trouille Sociology & Anthropology SOCI 140
Kristin Wylie Political Science POSC 200
Kerry Dobransky Sociology & Anthropology SOCI 140
Robert Lifka Kinesiology KIN 100
Jessica Adolino Political Science POSC 200

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