International Collaborations

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Faculty Resources for Working in International Cultures

Language skills and cultural competence are crucial for establishing and maintaining successful international collaborations.  We define cultural competence as the skills, knowledge, and connections that enable faculty to actively engage in international academic environments and collaborations. Faculty, both domestic and international, routinely note the importance of language and cultural knowledge when working abroad.

Cultural competence for both women and men is also crucial in ethnically and culturally diverse institutions, such as Northeastern, where many faculty come from international settings and have different cultural experiences or expectations in their professional environments.  These differences between faculty members might pose constraints on women by limiting their social networks and promoting harmful gender stereotypes
  (Caliguiri & Cascio, 1998).

Based on existing literature and the ADVANCE supported research project on international collaborations, this website hopes to address specific faculty needs when working internationally.