International Faculty Group

Who are we?

The International Faculty Group (IFG) is an association of self-identified, permanent or temporary international faculty members and instructional and administrative staff, who have come to the Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges) from all over the world.


Since its inception in 2005, the IFG has organized a series of meetings and other events which offer its members an opportunity to discuss issues relevant to teaching and working in the US. Topics have included: legal issues (e.g., the working visa and the immigration process), issues of research and pedagogy, questions of balancing life, work and family, and the challenges of adjusting to American culture and the culture of liberal arts colleges in particular.

The IFG holds regular meetings during the academic year, which provide a venue for its members to socialize, exchange information, and network across institutional boundaries. Since members are from many areas of study, they also serve as a forum for inter-disciplinary conversation and academic collaboration, both within a college and the Tri-Co community.

In addition, the Group provides college administrators, international students, and students who plan to study abroad with support and advice on an ad-hoc basis.

As it further develops, the IFG is willing to consider other roles and services that benefit its members and the Tri-Co community.  We welcome any ideas you may have; if you have questions, suggestions, or simply want to join the International Faculty Group, please contact a member of the Steering Committee.


For its first two years, the IFG was supported by Mellon Tri-Co Seed Grants.  Since the 2007-2008 academic year, the Tri-Co Provost Offices have provided annual funding for the operating costs on a rotating basis.

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Steering Commitee

Annette Baertschi
Greek, Latin and Classical Studies
Bryn Mawr College
abaertschi at

Carola Hein
Growth and Structure of Cities
Bryn Mawr College
chein at

Agnes Peysson-Zeiss
Bryn Mawr College
apeyssonze at
Dianna Xu
Computer Science
Bryn Mawr College
dxu at

Alan Baker
Philosophy Swarthmore College
abaker1 at

Atsuko Suda
Swarthmore College
asuda1 at


Bryn Mawr College

Haverford College

Swarthmore College

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