Foreign-born scholars in US universities

Issues, concerns, and strategies

Kenneth E. Foote*, Wei Li, Janice Monk, Rebecca Theobald

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This symposium focuses on foreign-born geographers pursuing careers in US colleges and universities. Though foreign-born scholars make up a significant portion of the US geography professoriate, little is known about their experiences, the cultural problems and legal issues they confront in the US, and policy and institutional changes that might be implemented to support them. These papers address some of these challenges - particularly in American classrooms - as well as some of the opportunities these scholars have to offer international perspectives on geographic issues to students and colleagues. While we address the situation in the US, the symposium suggests the need to consider the experiences of foreign-born academics in other nations experiencing similar growth in intellectual immigration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Foreign-born
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual migration
  • Internationalization

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