International Faculty Group

Who are we?

The International Faculty Group (IFG) is an association of self-identified 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 offered a series of great opportunities to its members to discuss topics of common interest.  Topics have included: legal issues, such as the working visa and immigration process, issues of research and pedagogy, questions of balancing life, work and family, and the challenges of adjusting to american culture, the culture of liberal arts colleges, and to being a faculty member.

The IFG holds regular meetings, during which members may socialize, network, and mentor one another.  Members are from many areas of study; thus they can cultivate inter-disciplinary discussions and find opportunities for collaborative research or teaching within a college or the Tri-Co community.

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

As it grows, the IFG is also 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 three years, the IFG was supported by Mellon Tri-Co Seed Grants.  In the 2007-2008 academic year, the Office of the Provost for the three colleges began to provide annual funding for operating costs.

News and Events

  • 12/2/2011: Friends' Meeting House, Swarthmore
  • 12/12/2010: Lang Center on Swarthmore campus [Pictures]
  • 11/19/2010: International Education Week breakfast at Taylor Hall
  • 11/10/2010: Lang Center on Swarthmore campus [Pictures]
  • 4/17/2010: Picnic on Swarthmore campus [Pictures]
  • Saturday Feb 27th, 2010: Kalala Ngalamulume's house
  • 12/5/2009: Lourdas in Bryn Mawr
  • 11/20/2009: International Education Week breakfast at Taylor Hall
  • 10/24/2009: Dianna Xu's house
  • 6/6/2009: Heng's Thai-Sushi Restaurant in Swarthmore
  • 3/28/2009: Kalala Ngalamulume's house
  • 2/21/2009: Titina Caporale's house
  • 11/23/2008: Deepak Kumar's house

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
French, Bryn Mawr College
apeyssonze at

Dianna Xu
Computer Science, Bryn Mawr College
dxu at

Alan Baker
Philosophy, Swarthmore College
abaker1 at
Atsuko Suda
Japanese, Swarthmore College
asuda1 at