China Faculty Institute

CAIS is proud to offer, in addition to robust student travel programs, opportunities for faculty and staff to “embrace Chinese” through meaningful engagement and immersion in China. These opportunities are supported by generous family donations and by the Fund for Teaching Excellence. The programs aim to empower participants to experience and understand the diverse, dynamic nature of modern China through authentic group learning and development, and to apply the knowledge and experience gained to enrich their personal and professional lives.

2015 China Faculty Institute - Yunnan

2015 CFI participants exploring Yunnan’s natural beautyThe inaugural journey of the China Faculty Institute took place in summer 2015. Led by Adam Ross, fourteen faculty and staff members traveled to Yunnan Province for a two-week immersive experience designed around the theme of education. The program included visits to multiple local schools in the Dali area, as well as hikes, urban explorations, and discussions. Learn more at the trip blog.

2017 China Faculty Institute -  CAIS/Chingshin Educator Exchange

In 2017 CAIS partnered with Chingshin Elementary and Middle School (靜心國民中小學), a Chinese-English dual immersion independent school in Taipei, Taiwan, to hold an “Educator Exchange” program. Eleven CAIS faculty traveled to Taipei during February Break to give educators at both schools an opportunity to learn from each other’s program models and for CAIS faculty to experience daily life and culture in Taipei. The group spent lots of time observing classes and in conversation with teachers and administrators at Chingshin. Outside of school, the group explored the city, benefiting especially from the expertise of participating CAIS faculty from Taiwan! Learn more at the trip blog.

Working with students at Chingshin Elementary and Middle School 2017 CFI participants enjoying breakfast in Taipei