Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions about ISU

1) What is the legal status of ISU?

2) What are the main decisional and advisory bodies that oversee ISU’s activities?

 

The ISU Decisional, Advisory, Teaching and Research Bodies

1) What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?

2) Who are the current members of the Board of Trustees?

3) What are the responsibilities of the President of ISU?

4) What are the responsibilities of the Academic Council?

5) Who are the members of the Academic Council?

6) How are the Academic Council members elected?

7) How long is the membership term of the Academic Council members?

8) What are the responsibilities of The Committee On Academic Appointment, Review And Evaluation (CARE)?

 

Questions about the ISU Faculty

1) What are the different types of positions within ISU’s College of Teachers?

2) What are the differences between Adjunct Faculty, Associate Faculty and Visiting Lecturers?

3) What are the eligibility requirements to be a member of the (non-resident) ISU Faculty?

4) Who are Resident Faculty members?

5) Who are Visiting Faculty members?

6) How can I be a Teaching Associate at ISU?

7) How can I apply to become a Teaching Associate at ISU?

8) How can I apply to give lectures/workshops at ISU programs?

9) What is the usual process for a young professional to join the ISU College of Teachers?

 

Questions about ISU programs

1) What are the programs offered by ISU?

2) What are the regular publications prepared by ISU faculty and students and how can I obtain copies?

 


General Questions about ISU


 

1) What is the legal status of ISU?

A) The International Space University (ISU) is a non-profit "association" registered in Alsace, France, with a subsidiary non-profit organizaiton, ISU Organization, Inc., registered in the State of Massachusetts in the USA.

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2) What are the main decisional and advisory bodies that oversee ISU’s activities?

A) Decisional bodies include the Governing Members, Board of Trustees and the President of ISU. Advisory bodies include the Board of Advisors, Academic Advisory Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Academic Council.

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The ISU Decisional, Advisory, Teaching and Research Bodies


 

1) What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?

A) The Board of Trustees determines the University’s overall objectives and has the full power to adopt rules and regulations governing the University, with full authority to allocate the resources of the University. The Board determines policy matters and issues, and in particular, when appropriate, approves the academic policy proposed by the Academic Council.

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2) Who are the current members of the Board of Trustees?

A) Please see the list here

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3) What are the responsibilities of the President of ISU?

A) The President of ISU is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Space University. He/she reports to the board of Trustees. He/she delegates to the Dean and Vice President for Academic Programs, the responsibility of the Programs of ISU and consequently its academic activity.

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4) What are the responsibilities of the Academic Council?

A) The Academic Council of ISU is responsible for developing policies to ensure the maintenance and improvement of the academic quality of the teaching and research activities of ISU. This is done within the overall policy guidelines established by the Board of Trustees and in cooperation with the President of the University.

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5) Who are the members of the Academic Council?

A) The Academic Council consists of up to 12 members elected from and by the members of the Faculty of ISU. These members have voting rights and are called “voting members”. A current list of Academic Council members can be found here.

In addition to the voting members, the participants of the Council meetings shall include:

Permanent invitees: The following are the permanent invitees who are non-voting participants and may be represented by their substitutes :

a)        Chair of the Board of Trustees

b)        President of ISU

c)         Chair of Academic Advisory Committee of the Board of Trustees

d)        Dean, Vice-President for Programs

e)        Associate Dean

f)         Director of the Masters Programs (MSS, MSM)

g)        Director of the Space Studies Program (SSP)

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6) How are the Academic Council members elected?

A) Academic Council members are elected by the members of the ISU Faculty.

There is a maximum of two consecutive terms of service. Each member of the Faculty votes once in each round of the election and may cast as many votes as there are vacancies to be filled. At least one Resident Faculty member shall be elected to the Academic Council in each election cycle.

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7) How long is the membership term of the Academic Council members?

A) Membership term on the Academic Council is three years as specified in the By-Laws, renewable once. Should an Academic Council member serve two full mandates of six years, then he/she is not eligible for re-election to the council until one full year after his/her second mandate is completed.

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8) What are the responsibilities of The Committee On Academic Appointment, Review And Evaluation (CARE)?

A) The CARE makes recommendations on all issues regarding appointment, performance, evaluation, and advancement of Resident Faculty members and title assignment at recruitment. It also makes recommendations on the appointment (and dismissal), performance, evaluation, and titles of ISU Faculty.

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Questions about the ISU Faculty


 

1) What are the different types of positions within ISU’s College of Teachers?

A) The special characteristics of the ISU educational programs are reflected in the great diversity of its academic staff. ISU assembles a College of Teachers whose professional experience spans all the major disciplines relevant to space activities. The College of Teachers includes the following personnel:

  • Members of the Faculty of ISU;
  • Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Lecturers;
  • Associate Faculty;
  • MSc Internship Mentors; and
  • Teaching and Research Associates.

All members of the ISU College of Teachers are responsible to the Dean.

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2) What are the differences between Adjunct Faculty, Associate Faculty and Visiting Lecturers?

A) Adjunct Faculty

The title of Adjunct Faculty is conveyed by the Dean on an annual and renewable basis to any individual who is a regular contributor to the ISU academic programs.

Associate Faculty

The title of Associate Faculty is conveyed by the Dean on an annual and renewable basis to valued former members of the ISU Faculty whose currency credentials have expired per the Academic Handbook.

Visiting Lecturer

The title of Visiting Lecturer at ISU will be conveyed by the Dean on an annual and renewable basis to any individual invited to give at least one lecture as part of any ISU academic program during an academic year.

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3) What are the eligibility requirements to be a member of the (non-resident) ISU Faculty?

A) Faculty of ISU must have officially served at ISU the equivalent of at least nine (9) weeks of teaching duty (student contact) in the SSP or the MSc Program or have accumulated the equivalent of one academic year of service over the preceding five (5) years.

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4) Who are Resident Faculty members?

A) Resident Faculty members are those members of the Faculty whose main duties are within ISU for more than one academic year. Their contract with ISU implies a full time residence at the Central Campus and the Space Studies Program site during each academic year of its duration. For a full list of Resident Faculty members, please see the ISU website

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5) Who are Visiting Faculty members?

A) Visiting Faculty members are those members of the Faculty whose main duties are within their « home institution ». They are invited to contribute to the delivery of the programs of ISU on a part-time basis. In this respect, a Visiting Faculty member will have a formal agreement with ISU specifying the duration of the Visiting Faculty appointment and their duties and responsibilities.

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6) How can I be a Teaching Associate at ISU?

A) Teaching Associates (TAs) are members of the academic staff. During the SSP, they work under the supervision of a Department Chair or Team Project Chair or directly with the SSP Director; during the MSc programs, they work under the supervision of the MSc Program Director, or a Team Project Faculty Advisor. MSc TAs are encouraged to be working towards a Ph.D. degree while working at Central Campus.

Basic requirements include:

  • academic background in the area of teaching concerned;
  • fluency in English;
  • being a graduate of the ISU Master or SSP program;
  • motivation towards teaching and research;

Part of the selection evaluation is on a set of proposals by the candidate on workshops or lectures that the candidate could deliver at the program.

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7) How can I apply to become a Teaching Associate at ISU?

A) Prospective TAs my apply in two ways:

  1. Reply to the calls issued by the Program Director (Master or SSP) and posted on ISU’s website;
  2. Submit an unsolicited proposal to the respective Program Director.

Specific application instructions will be provided by the respective Program Directors or the Dean of ISU

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8) How can I apply to give lectures/workshops at ISU programs?

  • Submit an unsolicited proposal to the Program Director, with the recommendation of at least one member of the ISU’s College of Teachers (see the list on web site)
  • Respond to the call for participation issued by the SSP Director annually

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    9) What is the usual process for a young professional to join the ISU College of Teachers?

    A) Many ISU alumni have started as Teaching Associates and eventually returned to the programs as Visiting Lecturers and Department Chairs. When sufficient teaching time is accumulated as Visiting Lecturer or a Department Chair (please see the Academic Handbook for details), a visiting lecturer is nominated to join the College of Teachers.

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    Questions about ISU programs


     

    1) What are the programs offered by ISU?

    A) There are two categories of programs:

    • Programs delivered on a regular basis every year: the Masters Programs (MSc) including the Master of Space Studies (MSS) and the Master of Space Management (MSM), the Space Studies Program (SSP), and the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
    • Short programs, delivered on demand and/or to respond to a specific need or request: ISU Executive Course, The ISU Annual Symposium, Space Odyssey Institute, ISU Alumni Conference, Workshops, Short courses and Forums

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      2) What are the regular publications prepared by ISU faculty and students and how can I obtain copies?

      A) These Reports and Proceedings include:

      • Reports on Individual Assignments made by the MSc students during their internships
      • Team Project Reports of MSc studnets and SSP participants
      • Proceedings of the ISU Symposiums and Workshops

      Many of these publications are available in electronic format at the ISU Library website.

      For a list of faculty publications, please click here.

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