They call themselves "the Academic Foreign Legion," and they have stories to tell. Beginning in 1949, University of Maryland University College hired "traveling faculty" and sent them around the world, stopping for eight weeks at a time to teach courses at U.S. military bases.
With the motto "Have Syllabus, Will Travel," these professors taught on installations from Iceland to Antarctica, from London to Okinawa, from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan and Bosnia. They even taught aboard ships at sea.
As part of a documentary film project, UMUC has captured their tales of adventure to show how unique they were in the history of higher education and how important they have been—and still are—in educating generations of U.S. military servicemembers in war zones and other far-flung outposts around the world.