Imagine a philosophy student examining how basic moral concepts are applied to forensic investigations with a former head homicide investigator from Scotland Yard or a Nobel literature course where students read the Egyptian author Mahfouz, taught by an American professor with online contributions from an Arabic language and literature instructor from Egypt. Such interactions are rare for most college students but are routine at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where students are traveling on an educational odyssey throughout the globe without leaving their computers. Our unique Global Virtual Faculty™ Program (GVF) opens our students' eyes to how others in the world may approach an issue in ways very different from their own.
The GVF program consists of a cadre of distinguished scholars and practitioners from around the world who serve as Global Virtual Faculty members in partnership with the on-campus faculty in teaching of our on-line courses. As every undergraduate is required to enroll in one Internet-based distance-learning course for each year of study, it was only natural to bring together the distance learning requirement and our commitment to global education by engaging Global Virtual Faculty. The primary role of a GVF member is to bring a global dimension to the learning experience by offering different perspectives and observations to students on the issues under study.