The seminar experience encourages faculty to create new courses, add new modules in existing courses, and expand assignments and references in a wide spectrum of courses. Faculty are able to experience first-hand the cultures that produced many texts studied in courses like the first-year seminars. These experiences strengthen the first-year academic experience.
The seminar supports existing exchange relationships with international institutions and helps develop new ones. As a result of visits with these institutions, faculty members are better able to encourage and advise students on study abroad and to develop for themselves linkages in research and teaching. In addition, the experiences promote faculty exchanges with partner institutions abroad.
Another goal of the faculty seminar is to give faculty members an opportunity to experience new learning outside of the methodologies and contents of their academic field. While their students are expected to do this in nearly all courses, most of their teachers have spent years perfecting their skills within one, at most two fields, since the beginnings of their graduate training.
The University of Richmond Faculty Seminar has been recognized as an exemplary practice in international education.
In 2009 the University of Richmond Faculty Seminar was a case study in The 21st Century University: Developing Faculty Engagement in Internationalization by Lisa K. Childress.
In 2006 the University of Richmond Faculty Seminar was highlighted in the "Spotlights of Institutional Success" section of the NAFSA Association of International Educators Internationalizing the Campus 2006 publication.
In 2002 the University of Richmond Faculty Seminar received an honorable mention for Outstanding Faculty Program in the Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education presented by IIE (Institute of International Educators).