Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference

2011 Conference

March 25, 2011
Carlson School of Management Building

More than 325 people attended the 2nd annual conference in 2011, which featured 15 sessions and 33 posters.


Conference Posters

1. System Safety Culture: Global Outreach as an Information Exchange through International Education
Presenter: Seraphin Abou, Swenson College of Science and Engineering (UMD)

2. Arts Experiences in International Contexts
Presenter: Akosua Obuo Addo, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

3. International Student Recruitment on a Shoestring
Presenters: Matthew Beatty, Leah Brink, and Kyoko Yamada; International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

4. Multicultural Study Abroad Group (MSAG)
Presenters: Mark Bellcourt, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (UMTC); Shuji Asai, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

5. Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota
Presenters: Joan Brzezinski, Emily Hanson, and Li Yang, Confucius Institute (UMTC)

6. The Role of Cost in Study Abroad
Presenter: Blythe Cherney, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

7. Internationalizing the Curriculum: Teaching Consultations
Presenters: Paul Ching and Jeff Lindgren, Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC)

8. Global Sustainability Experience in Design and Manufacturing in Ghana
Presenters: Emmanuel Enemuoh and Seraphin Abou, Swenson College of Science and Engineering (UMD)

9. Developing a Collegiate Infrastructure for Global Education for Graduate and Professional Students
Presenter: Judith Garrard, School of Public Health (UMTC)

10. Academic Research Support for a Global Community
Presenters: Jody Gray and Laura Dale Bischof, University Libraries (UMTC)

11. Experiential Education Abroad: Doctor of Pharmacy Program in Germany
Presenters: Peter Haeg, College of Pharmacy (UMTC and UMD); Abigail Frank, College of Pharmacy (UMTC)

12. Analysis of Research Studies on International Students
Presenters: Ji-Yeung Jang and Kay Thomas, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

13. A Metrics Framework: Internationalizing the University of Minnesota
Presenters: Ji-Yeung Jang, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC); Gayle Woodruff, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (UMTC); Joseph Shultz, Academic Affairs (UMTC); Anne D’Angelo, Carlson School of Management (UMTC); Betsy Stallman, Minnesota English Language Program (UMTC); Rhiannon Williams, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

14. Establishing a Culture of Internationalization in the College of Education and Human Development
Presenters: Christopher Johnstone and Kenneth Bartlett, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

15. Asian International Student Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors Pertaining to UMC’s Online Course Evaluation
Presenters: Eun Hye Kang and Kevin Thompson, Liberal Arts and Education Department (UMC)

16. Leveraging Divergent Student Communications
Presenters: Brian Liesinger and Jeremy Pieper, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

17. Beyond the “Two Cultures” Model: German Literature Meets Ecology
Presenter: Charlotte Melin, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

18. Missing Males—Investigating the Gender Gap in Study Abroad
Presenter: Zach Mohs, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

19. Evaluating the University of Minnesota’s Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Pilot Program
Presenters: Mary Katherine O’Brien, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (UMTC); Jane O’Brien, Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC)

20. University of Minnesota CIBER: Open for Business
Presenters: Abby Pinto and Jennie Meinz, Carlson School of Management (UMTC)

21. Using Travel Grants to Enhance Internationalization of the Curriculum
Presenter: Molly Portz, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (UMTC)

22. Short-Term Study Abroad Programs: The Faculty Experience
Presenter: Sarah Reuben, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

23. How Internationalizing Students Through Cross-Cultural Experiences May Affect Creativity
Presenters: Matthew Russell and Jon DeVries, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

24. From Domestic vs. International to Domestic and International: An Open Dialogue Led by Students
Presenters: Liz Schenkat, College of Design (UMTC); Missy Reilly, College of Biological Sciences (UMTC); Duanyi Yang, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC); Chen Li, Carlson School of Management (UMTC)

25. Wilderness Week—Communing Cross-Culturally in the Boundary Waters
Presenters: Mark Schneider and Allison Beebe, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

26. Internationalizing Teaching and Learning—A Pilot Program
Presenters: Shelley Smith, Instructional Development Service (UMD); Kate Martin, Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC); Gayle Woodruff, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (UMTC)

27. Kazakhstan Today
Presenter: Marian Stachowicz, Swenson College of Science and Engineering (UMD)

28. Supporting Volunteer Abroad Opportunities for Science Students
Presenter: Meaghan Stein, College of Biological Sciences (UMTC)

29. Learning Abroad and Your Future Health Career
Presenter: Tricia Todd, Academic Health Center (UMTC)

31. Adaptation, Adjustment, and Awareness: Integrating Intercultural Theory into Short-Term Programs
Presenters: Krista Uhrig, Ann Smith, and Jiaying Song, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

32. Pre-Service Elementary Education Teachers: An International Approach to Music Methods Coursework
Presenter: Sharri VanAlstine, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

33. Study Abroad in London: Incorporating Study Abroad Requirement into the BFA-Actor Training Major
Presenters: Holly Zimmerman LeVoir, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC); Judy Bartl, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)


Conference Sessions

Peer Programs to Internationalize the Curriculum and Campus
This session will provide information on the impact of mentoring programs in promoting cross-cultural learning and understanding as a path to internationalizing our campus. Panelists will present and discuss the International Buddy Program and the Cross-Cultural Discussion Group program. The presenters will share a current literature review and the outcomes of these programs at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Findings at the UMTC campus will be based on a case study, focus groups, and a survey carried out to assess the impact of these programs. Included will be a panel of former and current participants of these programs.

Presenters: Grace Machoki, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC); Catherine Clements and Bethany Schowengerdt, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

Integration of Study Abroad in Animal Science Curriculum
The International Ag Products, Processing, and Marketing course (GnAg 3404) was designed to provide our agriculture students with a study abroad experience while opening the door to international students who would like to study at UMC. This session is a panel discussion of the junior-level, three-credit course, which was prepared and implemented in three phases. The first phase consisted of adapting the course learner outcomes of an existing course (GnAg 3403) to meet the criteria of the international experience. During the second phase, Dr. Harouna Maiga visited the French National Agronomic Research Centers and various teaching facilities to explore opportunities for academic collaboration. Dr. Maiga, Terrill Bradford, and Charles Lariviere returned to France to gain more insight about French agriculture, business, and European marketing systems to set up the course objectives. The third phase consisted of traveling to France with 16 students from UMC for 10 days and the implementation of the class. The presenters will share their experiences with this phased course development and their efforts to internationalize this course on, and beyond, the Crookston campus.

Presenters: Harouna Maiga, Terrill Bradford, and Charles Lariviere; Agriculture and Natural Resources (UMC)

International Undergraduate Students’ Classroom Experiences and Implications for Teaching
What are the experiences of international students in the classroom? How can we help these students tap into their full potential? Join us as we share survey results from 232 international undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In addition to sharing these enlightening results, we’ll discuss the implications for teaching and learning, and how to develop strategies for engaging international students in their college experiences.

Presenters: Beth Isensee, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC); Mike Anderson, Minnesota English Language Program (UMTC); Jeff Lindgren, Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC); LeeAnne Godfrey, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

The Role of Foreign Languages in Internationalizing the Curriculum Room
This session presents a discussion among members of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Foreign Languages Workgroup, which met over summer 2010 to analyze the existing second language offerings at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and to make recommendations regarding the distribution, relevancy, integration, and financial tenability of the foreign language curriculum. Members of the workgroup will present their recommendations and discuss their greater implications for the undergraduate student experience. What is gained by the CLA foreign language requirement? How can we capitalize on the requirement to enhance programs throughout the University and to internationalize the curriculum? What is the framework for foreign language curricula and how does it fit in with the Liberal Education theme of Global Perspectives?

Presenters: Dan Soneson, Ana Paula Ferreira, Rick McCormick, and Eileen Sivert, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC); Klaas van der Sanden, Institute for Global Studies (UMTC)

Beyond Curriculum Integration: Collaborations Between Education Abroad and Career Services
As we become ever closer to reaching the goal of 50 percent of University of Minnesota students who have had an international experience during their undergraduate career, what are the implications for education abroad and career services professionals? The panel will explore the following questions during this session: What initiatives are currently taking place by individual offices to help students as they simultaneously plan their study abroad experiences and their career search processes? How can we advance those efforts pre- and post-study abroad? According to data collected in the U of M’s Employer Survey of 2008, as well as research done by Michigan State in the same year, how do employers perceive the value of students’ education abroad experiences? How can we help employers understand the relevancy of international experiences in undergraduate students’ preparation for the workforce and particularly for entry-level positions? In addressing these questions, panelists will reflect on the challenges and successes they have experienced. Further generation of questions and ideas from the audience is desired.

Presenters: Roxanne Rawson and Katie Selby, Carlson School of Management (UMTC); Blythe Cherney, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

Students Crossing Borders: A Cross-Cultural Community Built Across Campus
Housing & Residential Life on the Twin Cities campus has implemented numerous initiatives to internationalize on-campus housing in recent years. Fall 2010 marked the opening of a residential community designed around U.S. and international student roommate pairings to create intentional opportunities for cross-cultural interactions. These efforts, supported by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and the Office of Student Affairs, are changing the ways in which our students live and learn together and are demonstrating the positive outcomes possible by providing a safe and supportive on-campus environment. Introduction of a common Leadership Minor course during spring 2011 has the potential to fully integrate students’ academic endeavors with their co-curricular experiences in housing. This session will provide an overview of the community (including the voices of students), outline the University partnerships that have been essential to its development and success, and provide a forum for conversation about the future of this program and other living and learning communities.

Presenter: Kevin Dostal Dauer, Housing & Residential Life (UMTC)

Building Cross-Campus Partnerships to Strengthen Initiatives on Campus: Lessons Learned from Hosting a South African Study Abroad Program
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus hosted 10 South African undergraduates on a two-week leadership and diversity program as part of a larger program at their home institution. This collaborative project was designed and delivered by a cross-campus team composed of staff and faculty from International Student and Scholar Services; the Office of Equity and Diversity; College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences; Office for Student Affairs (Leadership Minor); Global Programs and Strategy Alliance; and American Studies. Graduate and undergraduate students were recruited to partner with the South Africans, with the goal to create ongoing exchanges between members of the two campuses. This team approach exemplifies an effective strategy for integrating international students throughout campus. Join us for an informative discussion with members of the curriculum team as we discuss the successes and ways to apply the model to improve the international student experience, and to increase the international experience of our students and departments.

Presenters: Anne Phibbs and Patrick Troup, Office of Equity and Diversity (UMTC); Allison Beebe, Jon DeVries, and Barbara Kappler, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC); Karl Lorenz, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (UMTC)

Internationalization and Writing
While writing presents unique opportunities to sustain internationalization in the curriculum, it also provides distinct challenges for teachers, as well as American and international student writers across disciplines. This presentation will examine approaches used at the Crookston and Twin Cities campuses to integrate student populations and encourage internationalization of campus communities as they have been applied in the classroom, individual tutoring sessions, and a writer’s group.

Presenters: Linnea Barton, Liberal Arts and Education Department (UMC); Sheryl Holt, Writing Studies (UMTC)

Inspiring Global Leaders to Tackle Global Issues
This session will focus on the Global Leadership Initiative—a growing collaborative effort between Leadership Education & Development, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, Office of Equity and Diversity, and the Office for Public Engagement. The Global Leadership Initiative offers University of Minnesota undergraduate students specialized coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and co-curricular activities focused on developing leadership skills for a global society. The mission of the Global Leadership Initiative is to create global citizens who, through authentic engagement in diverse local and international communities, will be prepared to lead in a culturally complex world. The initiative includes curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to engage in cultural experiences, here and abroad. Programs/activities include the Undergraduate Leadership Minor, leadership education domestic and abroad initiatives, the Students Crossing Borders Living-Learning Community, and the co-curricular leadership certification program.

Presenters: Aaron Asmundson and June Nobbe, Office of Student Affairs (UMTC); Katie Peacock, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC

Faculty-Led, Student-Driven Study Abroad
This session describes a study abroad program that was developed to ease students into their first study abroad experience. The country of Norway was identified by the faculty, but the program is shaped by students who helped identify the activities, cities, transportation, and experiences. Students study about Norway during spring semester followed by a three-week trip to the country after the semester ends. The tour concludes with students setting up their own side trips to further explore Norway. Students get hands-on experience in all aspects of planning and executing a study abroad experience, including identifying modes of transportation, working within a travel budget, and much more.

Presenters: Sue Brorson, Business Department (UMC); Kimberly Gillette, Office of International Programs (UMC)

Infusing Intercultural into Your International: Examples, Outcomes, and Participant Dialogue
This session will provide a variety of examples from different courses in psychology, where the presenter has integrated intercultural effectiveness pedagogy into her curriculum. The importance of intercultural pedagogy in the internationalized curriculum will be stressed, as will the student learning outcomes that have been found through her work. Time for participant brainstorming and idea sharing around attendee’s own curriculum will be provided.

Presenter: Paula Pedersen, College of Education and Human Service Professions (UMD)

Internationalizing the Morris Campus through Partnerships with Chinese Higher Education
The Morris campus has entered into a partnership agreement with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) in an innovative program to bring Chinese degree-seeking students to our campus. This innovative program includes UMM courses being taught on the SUFE campus by SUFE instructors mentored by UMM instructors and SUFE students attending UMM. In this panel discussion, we will describe details of the partnership program, followed by the some of the strengths and challenges identified after the first semester of Chinese students enrolling at our campus. We will conclude with our observations about the role of these types of partnership programs in internationalizing our rural undergraduate liberal arts campus.

Presenters: Cheryl Contant, Academic Affairs (UMM); Pareena Lawrence and Jeff Ratliff-Crain, Division of Social Sciences (UMM))

International Experience as a Teaching Pedagogical Principal: The Case of EDPA 8087
This session examines the research partnership between the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (College of Education and Human Development) and CARE International. This session details how a graduate-level CARE seminar was developed to further graduate students’ international capacity through scholarly research and hands-on research support through a mix of international content and experiential-based learning. Panelists will discuss how the grant enables students to travel with research faculty to participate in technical assistance activities in sites in Latin America, Asia, and Africa as part of their regular coursework. Both instructors and students will take part in discussion of the educational and practical benefits of collaborative problem-solving of challenging issues in international settings.

Presenters: Christopher Johnstone, Kate McCleary, and Joan DeJaeghere; College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

Internationalizing the CFANS Curriculum: Views from the Faculty
Faculty members in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have committed themselves to internationalizing their students’ learning experiences. This session will provide two case studies from CFANS faculty members about their own efforts. In spring 2009 and 2010 Paul Porter and Mary Brakke team-taught an adventure-learning course on the topic of African food, agriculture, and agroecosystems—while one of the two co-instructors bicycled from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South Africa. Presenters will discuss their interdisciplinary approach to studying agricultural ecosystems, as well as the technology tools and on-campus resources that enabled them to deliver the course to students. Terrance Cooper will discuss how he spent a semester leave in the U.K. visiting farmers, landscapes, and soils to become better acquainted with the natural environment of the landscape and how he will use the information gained in future classes.

Presenters: Paul Porter, Mary Brakke, and Terrance Cooper; College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (UMTC)

Intercultural Competence: Engaging Difference within a First-Year Interdisciplinary Classroom
In an increasingly globalized society, the ability to effectively engage diversity is a necessary and vital component in and outcome of higher education. As reported in the 2009 employer surveys conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 76 percent of employers surveyed stated a need for higher education to place more emphasis on developing intercultural competence (i.e., teamwork in diverse groups). This presentation will include multiple perspectives, (i.e., faculty, assessment director, and department chair) on classroom practice and qualitative research that has looked at engaging structural diversity in an interdisciplinary classroom through an intercultural competence lens. More specifically, it will address how high-impact practices, such as common intellectual experiences and active learning strategies, provide both a platform for engaging students in deeper thinking about global issues, engaging with difference both through relations with peers and content in the course, and more generally, engaging in their own life-long learning path.

Presenters: Rhiannon Williams, Amy Lee, Jill Trites, and Na’im Madyun; College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)