Teach

Benefits of Joining IICS

IICS is essentially a guild–a community of Christian professors sharing a commitment to teach with excellence in secular universities outside North America, communicating truth and biblical values in the context of their academic disciplines. In doing so IICS teaching fellows are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14) among the future leaders of nations where there is little if any witness to the gospel. IICS fellows are often God’s only ambassadors “seeking the peace of the city” through the classrooms of these distant lands (Jeremiah 29:7), desiring to advance justice and human flourishing (“shalom”).

To fulfill this calling, members of the IICS guild associate voluntarily for at least three reasons:

(1) To form a learning community whereby “iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17). By being a part of the IICS guild you are joining your labors with the labors of dozens of other academics and professionals who are committed to the same cause, learning from one another and encouraging one another “to love and good deeds,” (Hebrews 10:24) spurring one another on to greater conformity to Christ’s image. According to Dr. Gary Richardson, professor of Economics at Cal-Irvine, this sanctificational element is at the very heart of the guild notion.

(2) To receive the financial benefits of membership. “Fellow,” came from the Anglo-Saxon féolaga, “to lay money.” Thus, the oldest definition of fellowship–a partnership of fellows–was thick with financial implications, and this sense of fellowship remains a synonym for a guild. IICS provides a means to ensure all fellows have the financial resources necessary to teach in a university outside North America.

(3) To provide mutual accountability and ensure high professional standards, under the shared Lordship of Jesus Christ. The IICS community provides direction, encouragement, warnings, counsel, advice and prayer, both while preparing to teach internationally and during your time “teaching in a distant classroom.”

Click on the following links to learn more information about the benefits of membership in the IICS guild:

WHILE TEACHING INTERNATIONALLY: Once you make it to your teaching assignment the IICS staff continue to work on your behalf so that you grow personally, professionally and spiritually. Click on the following links to find ways our fellows receive ongoing benefits from the guild:

To apply, please complete our preliminary application.



IICS Helps You Secure a Position: IICS specializes in doing one thing—helping Christian professors and professionals teach in secular universities outside North America. To help you secure such a position…

IICS Helps You Grow Spiritually: Just as you have invested much in your academic development by positioning yourself for a university appointment internationally, you must also invest in your spiritual development. Only then will you thrive as a Christian professor “in a distant classroom.” Our application and training processes represent our commitment to your spiritual formation. We ask you to engage in the process prayerfully, seeking God regularly. As for us…

IICS Provides Necessary Training and Resources: IICS offers the best training available in living and teaching internationally as a Christian, as well as essential resources to succeed in such a role. These include:

-Health Insurance: This should be a high priority concern of every person planning to live and teach internationally. We make available to IICS teaching fellows an international health benefits plan that may be purchased from Aetna International that adapts to your specific assignment, host country and lifestyle. Aetna also offers a suite of wellness programs that provide you with tools and resources to accomplish your health goals.

-Disability insurance: Our long term disability policy guarantees you will continue to receive a portion of your salary if you become disabled during your service with IICS.

-Retirement benefits: You may choose to participate in what is arguably the best retirement program available—TIAA-CREF, the same best-in-class retirement services offered to university professors in the United States. Because these are IICS-sponsored programs, they are tax-deferred. Top of page

IICS Helps You Develop Necessary Funding: Often the salaries provided by universities internationally are not adequate even for their own indigenous professors (who, in some countries, end up working multiple jobs to make ends meet!) In addition, expatriate professors may have additional costs national faculty members do not have such as insurance, travel, children’s education (depending on language and other issues), and even everyday expenses such as rent, utilities, and food. When adding these extra costs to an already inadequate salary, it is often expensive and difficult for expats to live and teach in some countries. To make it possible for you to have an influence for the gospel in these lands you will find that many individuals and churches are willing to invest with you financially to supplement your university salary. IICS helps facilitate such financial partnership with in the following ways:

WHILE TEACHING INTERNATIONALLY: Once you make it to your teaching assignment the IICS staff continue to work on your behalf so that you grow personally, professionally and spiritually. Below are some ways our fellows receive ongoing benefits from the guild:

To apply, please complete our preliminary application.

Comments are closed.

  • College students

    Making the Decision »

    Deciding to go teach overseas may result in a variety of reactions from friends and family.

  • MP910220841

    Name Calling »

    When I first arrived in the country where I would begin teaching, I had high hopes that the great training IICS had provided me as a new professor would soon pay off.

Teach.

Become A Teaching Fellow

Learn More

Connect.

ENGAGE WITH OUR MINISTRY

Learn More

Give.

Support The Mission

Learn More

©2014, International Institute for Christian Studies. All rights reserved | P.O. Box 12147 Overland Park, KS 66282-2147 | 1.800.776.IICS