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International Students and Scholars in the United States
Coming from Abroad
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
15 Feb 2013
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Written by an international team of academics and experienced practitioners, this volume brings together scholarship on international academic migrants to the United States - the world's top recipient of academic talent. Topics considered include migration patterns, adaptation challenges, and the role that international students and faculty play in broader internationalization and diversity agendas within US higher education. Past understandings of "brain drain" are insufficient to understand the transnational and often multi-directional flows of academic migrants today. Instead, a more nuanced understanding of their migration patterns and decision-making is essential if the opportunities presented by these cross-border flows are to be realized.


Description

Written by an international team of academics and experienced practitioners, this volume brings together scholarship on international academic migrants to the United States - the world's top recipient of academic talent. Topics considered include migration patterns, adaptation challenges, and the role that international students and faculty play in broader internationalization and diversity agendas within US higher education. Past understandings of "brain drain" are insufficient to understand the transnational and often multi-directional flows of academic migrants today. Instead, a more nuanced understanding of their migration patterns and decision-making is essential if the opportunities presented by these cross-border flows are to be realized.


Reviews

"Heike C. Alberts and Helen D. Hazen have gathered together an impressive group of authors who offer compelling insights into contemporary patterns of international academic migration. This book identifies many of the key opportunities afforded by internationalization for enhancing academic practice and higher learning, yet it does not shy away from also addressing the real challenges facing foreign-born faculty and students and the need to adapt and improve support systems for helping them transition to a new life and ultimately find success in their academic pursuits."
- Michael Solem, Association of American Geographers, USA

"With this book, Alberts and Hazen are making a timely and extremely valuable contribution to contemporary debates concerning highly skilled and international student migration. This collection of essays, by internationally acclaimed scholars in the field, provides a unique perspective on academic mobility in all its diversity by including students at different 'levels' along with scholars. The practical focus on the United States is welcomed and reflects the continued, if dwindling, dominant position of the US in global mobility flows. This allows readers to engage critically with the changing geographies of intellectual power."
- Johanna L. Waters, University of Birmingham, UK

"Heike C. Alberts and Helen D. Hazen offer a highly readable collection on the changing patterns of the burgeoning international participation in higher education in the United States while simultaneously exploring the dynamics of 'brain circulation' with home countries. Though not autobiographical, their insightful identification of issues reflects their personal histories as international students and now faculty. Especially valuable is the use of research findings to offer ways of enhancing practices in the classroom and for support services."
- Janice Monk, Research Professor, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona, USA


Contents

Foreword; Wei Li
1.Introduction; Helen Hazen and Heike Alberts
PART I: MIGRATION PATTERNS AND EXPERIENCES
2. British Students in the United States: Motivations, Experiences, and Career Aspirations; Russell King, Allan Findlay, Jill Ahrens, and Alistair Geddes
3. The Emerging Brain Circulation between China and the US; Wan Yu
4. 'Too Many Things Pull Me Back and Forth.' Return Intentions and Transnationalism among International Students; Helen Hazen and Heike Alberts
German Faculty in the United States: Return Migration Intentions, Reform, and Research Networks; Heike Alberts
PART II: DIVERSITY
6. International Faculty: A Source of Diversity; Rebecca Theobald
7. International Students and Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities for Campus Internationalization; Kavita Pandit
PART III: CHALLENGES AND SUPPORT
8. Succeeding Abroad: International Students in the United States; Alisa Eland and Kay Thomas
9. African Students in the US Higher Education System: A Window of Opportunities and Challenges; Jane Irungu
10. Supporting and Mentoring International Faculty: Issues and Strategies; Ken Foote
11. Teaching and Learning with Accented English; Heike Alberts, Helen Hazen, and Rebecca Theobald
12. Conclusion; Heike Alberts and Helen Hazen


Authors

HELEN D. HAZEN is Visiting Professor of Geography at Macalester College, Minnesota, USA.
HEIKE C. ALBERTS is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, USA.