Global Dialogue Partners are professionals from U.S. higher education institutions. They assist international educators from Africa to help their institutions build capacity in international education. The partners maintain a professional relationship with a Global Dialogue Fellow for a minimum of two years, helping the Fellow expand his or her knowledge of model practices in international education development and management and his or her network of contacts at higher education institutions outside of Africa.

Program Benefits

Volunteering to be a Global Dialogue Partner, you will gain the opportunity to:

  • Further your professional development,
  • Connect with African colleagues,
  • Expand institutional connections with and outreach to African higher education institutions,
  • Network with peers from the United States,
  • Receive complimentary registration for the 2020 and 2021 NAFSA Annual Conferences.
Program Responsibilities

Each Global Dialogue Partner will:

  • Provide insights and tips for an assigned Global Dialogue Fellow from Africa regarding international programs model practice and the development of successful institutional partnerships for international education;
  • Acquaint their fellow with resources to support capacity building in international education;
  • Identify useful connections between their fellow and international educators at higher education institutions in other world regions and make introductions virtually or in person at the NAFSA annual conferences;
  • Participate in group conference calls with other Global Dialogue Partners and fellows and one-on-one calls with their assigned fellow;
  • Respond to questions from their fellow regarding international higher education partnerships and direct the fellow to resources or colleagues as needed;
  • Advise their fellow on workshop and session selection at the 2020 and 2021 NAFSA annual conferences;
  • Attend the 2020 and 2021 NAFSA annual conferences and participate in a facilitated pre-conference group workshop with all fellows to share information about programs and plan for a successful conference experience and year-round collaboration, as well as attend an end-of conference closing meeting. Travel and accommodations before, during, or after the conference are not covered.
  • Provide ideas to their fellow in developing an action plan for increased international education activity following completion of the fellowship;
  • Help their fellow navigate the world of NAFSA.
Time Commitment

The position begins in February 2020 and ends December 2021, a two-year term. On average, three hours per month will be needed to participate as a Global Dialogue Partner, which includes the following:

  • Early February 2020: Group conference call for Global Dialogue Partners;
  • February-May 2020: Individual conference calls between Global Dialogue Partners and their assigned Fellows;
  • May 25-29, 2020: Attend the 2020 NAFSA Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, including:
    • Pre-conference workshop for Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners on Monday, May 25, 2020
    • Closing meeting for Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners on May 29, 2020
    • Individual meetings throughout the conference week with their respective fellows
  • May 31-June 4, 2021: Attend the 2020 NAFSA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, including:
    • Pre-conference workshop for Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners on Monday, May 31, 2021
    • Closing meeting for Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners on Friday, June 4, 2021
    • Individual meetings throughout the conference week with their respective fellows
  • Regular phone calls and/or email communication with their assigned fellows throughout the program term.
  • NAFSA staff coordinates the Global Dialogue Fellowship Program and provides support as needed or requested by Global Dialogue Partners.

Required qualifications include:

  • Current NAFSA membership throughout two year term of service.
  • Six or more years of experience as a faculty member engaged in international education or as a director or senior administrator in international education.
  • Experience in building institutional partnerships with higher education institutions outside the United States.
  • Demonstrated interest in African higher education.
  • A strong network in international education.
  • Willingness and availability to partner with a fellow over the full two-year program.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including listening and advising, and the ability to help fellows identify, refine, and achieve learning goals and action items.
  • Approval from your institution to participate in all required program events.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Experience in study, research, or institutional partnership building in Africa.
  • Service in a NAFSA leadership position.
How to Apply

If you are interested in serving as a Global Dialogue Partner, please send the following documents to [email protected] by November, 30, 2019:

1. A letter of interest that addresses the following questions:

  • What experience do you have with African higher education institutions and/or African educators?
  • What experience do you have developing international partnerships?
  • What professional networks and resources might you share with a Global Dialogue Fellow?
  • How will being a Global Dialogue Partner benefit you and/or your institution?
  • Please confirm that you will you be able to attend the 2020 and 2021 NAFSA Annual Conferences, held on May 25-29, 2020 (St. Louis, MO) and May 31-June 4, 2021 (Orlando, FL).

2. A résumé or curriculum vitae

Download the 2019 Global Dialogue Partner Position Description