Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference

2012 Conference

March 23, 2012
Carlson School of Management Building

More than 350 people attended the 3rd annual conference in 2012, which featured 15 sessions and 28 posters. Attendees also heard from President Kaler about the University's role as a "global U."


Conference Posters

1. Diversifying the Global History of Literacy: WRIT 1506, "Literacy, Technology and Society" on the UMD Campus
Presenter: David Beard (Duluth)

2. Perceived Outcomes of GLBT Activism and History: Amsterdam and Berlin
Presenter: Annika Bowers (Twin Cities)

3. New International Student Seminar (NISS)
Presenter: Stacey Buachart, Barbara Pilling, Mingzhi Li (Twin Cities)

4. International Student Liaison Group
Presenters: Amy Burger Sanchez, Theresa Ganglghassemlouei, Michael Anderson, Elizabeth Isensee (Twin Cities)

5. The Learning in Short-Term Volunteering: Meeting Education Abroad Mission and Goals
Presenter: Sara Cokl (Twin Cities)

6. Common Issues Related to Learning Abroad for Low-Income Students
Presenters: Kirsten Collins, Nathan Wittaker, Anthony Shields (Twin Cities)

7. Beyond Food, Photos, and Tourist Traps: Helping Students Leverage International Experiences in Pursuit of Academic and Career Goals
Presenters: Jennifer Decker, Phoebe Smith (Twin Cities)

8. Students Crossing Borders Living Learning Community
Presenters: Kevin Dostal Dauer, Kelsey Lund, Coco Du, Elizabeth Isensee (Twin Cities)

9. STELLAR: Summer Transition for English Language and Liberal Arts Readiness
Presenters: Pilar Eble, Nancy Pedersen, Swati Narayan (Morris)

10. Humphrey Global Connections
Presenter: Sherry Gray (Twin Cities)

11. Agents of Internationalization: International Scholars and Faculty
Presenter: Kathrin Hahn (Twin Cities)

12. The Minnesota Writing Project's Collaboration with Teacher Educators in Norway
Presenters: Debra Hartley, Muriel Thompson, Kirsten Jamsen (Twin Cities)

13. Intercultural Communication Staff Development: Carlson Global Institute's Journey to an Integrated Approach
Presenters: Theresa Heath, Matthew Goode (Twin Cities)

14. UMTC Education Abroad Network
Presenters: Kim Hindbjorgen, Rebbecca Dosch Brown, Ellen Sunshine, Cindy Pavlowski, Megan Stein, Brook Blahnik, Jeanette Howey (Twin Cities)

15. Greater Diversity, Greater Awareness, Greater Results
Presenters: Kenneth Johnson, Dae Yeul Lee, Chen Jin, Yun Zhon (Crookston)

16. Designing and Preparing for international Graduate-Level Professional Internships
Presenters: Christopher Johnstone, Devin Hogan (Twin Cities)

17. The Law and Your Safety
Presenter: Mark Karon, Luis Bartolomei (Twin Cities)

18. The Development of Intercultural Competence in Students Crossing Borders
Presenter: Heather Keelon (Twin Cities)

19. Walk This Way: Teaching Religious Tolerance on the Camino De Santiago
Presenter: Olaf Kuhkle (Duluth)

20. Engineering the Landscape: The Cultural Ecology of Water in the Netherlands
Presenter: Cynthia Lapp (Twin Cities)

21. Carlson Global Connect Series
Presenters: Anny Lin, Xiaoji Zhang (Twin Cities)

22. Internationalized Course Design
Presenters: Jeff Lindgren, Kate Martin (Twin Cities)

23. Contemporary Germany and Global Environmental Topics
Presenters: Charlotte Melin, Beth Kautz (Twin Cities)

24. Internationalizing the Curriculum: May Session Intercultural Learning Opportunities
Presenters: June Nobbe, Merrie Benasutti, Diana Yefanova (Twin Cities)

25. A Hybrid Approach to Studying Food and Agriculture in South America
Presenters: Paul Porter, Mary Brakker, Bryan Runck (Twin Cities)

26. Creating Global Citizens: What the Data Has to Say
Presenters: Ron Huesman, LeeAnn Melin (Twin Cities)

27. Teacher Training in Mozambique: From the Group Up
Presenter: Jill Trites (Twin Cities)

28. Global Ambassador Internship Program: Engaging Returned Study Abroad Students Through On-Campus Activities
Presenters: Emelee Volden, Allison Suhan, Sarah Reuben, Sarah Tschida (Twin Cities)


Conference Sessions

Teaching Global Leadership in a Domestic Context: Lessons Learned from a May Session Immersion Course
May Session 2011 marked the pilot year for a unique domestic cultural immersion course for undergraduate students on the Twin Cities campus. The course ID 3960: Global Leadership for Social Change: A Cedar-Riverside Immersion offered an immersion experience similar to study abroad without leaving Minneapolis. Using concepts of leadership and community engagement as a focus, Global Leadership for Social Change gave students an opportunity to identify the international and diverse qualities of neighborhoods connected to us right here on the West Bank. This session will discuss the course development and design, teaching and learning objectives, evaluation and assessment outcomes, and lessons learned.

Presenters: Katie Peacock, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC) and Merrie Benasutti, Humphrey School of Public Affairs (UMTC)

Operationalizing Comprehensive Internationalization: One College’s Approach
This session describes one college’s approach to internationalization. Using Jane Knight’s model of “Comprehensive Internationalization” as a guidepost, the College of Education and Human Development (UMTC) has infused international influence in its research, teaching, and engagement missions. The session will discuss the six strategic indicators generated during a one-day internationalization retreat in September 2011 attended by 46 department faculty. Those indicators include: 1) leverage perspectives and research contributions of international students and scholars to internationalize the college; 2) increase cultural competence and global-mindedness of all CEHD students; 3) leverage international partnerships to improve research, service, or teaching efforts across multiple units; 4) improve institutional knowledge of faculty and staff international activities; 5) expand CEHD’s footprint around the world through the use of distance education; and 6) CEHD’s research and technical assistance efforts will reach international audiences.

Presenters: Chris Johnstone and Ken Bartlett, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

Connections: Science and Engineering Students and Faculty on Non-credit International Experiences
Antarctica, India, Guatemala, Uganda, Nicaragua, and beyond—the past several years have witnessed rapid growth among science and engineering students on non-credit international projects. Students gain hands-on experience, project management opportunities, and leadership skills through participation in these internationally-based programs. The flexibility afforded by non-credit programs allows faculty the chance to engage students outside of the classroom (and outside of the often inflexible semester course requirements in STEM majors). Non-credit programs sacrifice the structure (and accountability) of the classroom, however. How do we stay “out ahead” of enthusiastic students charging abroad? How do we best ensure quality, safety, and project continuity as one graduating group is replaced by incoming students? This session will include different program models presented by faculty members and students.

Presenters: Adam Pagel, Paul Imbertson, and Julian Marshall, College of Science and Engineering (UMTC)

Theory Connections, Reflections, and Applications: Shaping the Future of Internationalization
Global interactions, curricular innovation, language and intercultural development, institutional and community partnerships, development, stakeholder engagement, and social media—these are just a few of many ways we drive internationalization on campus. When do we take the time to reflect on the theories that guide and inform our practice to support our strategic goal to be a top, global university? When do we gather to analyze current practice using relevant theories to lead us to cutting-edge ways for improving future practice? In this interactive session, professionals from across the University will introduce examples of applying relevant theory to practice or uncovering underlying theories in our everyday work and the usefulness of this practice. Participants will work in groups to discuss their own work and apply sample theories and concepts (e.g., How might “the contact hypothesis” influence our approach to partnerships?). No previous experience or knowledge of theories is necessary.

Presenters: Barbara Kappler, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC); Josef Mestenhauser, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC); and Paula Pedersen, College of Education and Human Service Professions (UMD)

Educating Globally Competent Citizens: The Seven Revolutions Project
The University of Minnesota-Duluth has collaborated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), The New York Times, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and nine other AASCU campuses for the past five years to develop curricula and resources that can enable higher education institutions to educate globally competent citizens. This project uses a CSIS framework called “Seven Revolutions,” the seven global forces that will shape our world in the next 15 to 20 years, to organize printed content, video, audio, interactive graphics, learning activities, and other online resources to examine issues of 1) population, 2) resource management, 3) technology, 4) information, 5) economic integration, 6) conflict, and 7) governance. This presentation will describe a faculty toolkit, eCourse, Wiki, Facebook group, and Diigo group that organize and integrate the varied resources that have been developed.

Presenters: Dennis Falk, College of Education and Human Service Professions (UMD), and William Payne, School of Fine Arts (UMD)

The Carlson International Experience Requirement
The first cohort of Carlson students held to the International Experience Requirement will graduate in May 2012. This session offers a look back at the implementation of the requirement and examines motivations, successes, challenges, and implications of the Carlson case. In particular, the session will focus on the importance of inter-departmental collaboration when all students are expected to go abroad.

Presenters: Kirsten Alexejun and Jan O’Brien, Carlson School of Management (UMTC); Zach Mohs, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

Global Future Physician
The Global Future Physician is a Learning Abroad Center custom program designed to give pre-med students a global experience in order to learn about medicine and public health in a developing country. In this session the two faculty leaders and students will share what they did and what they learned in developing and implementing this program.

Presenters: Tricia Todd, Health Careers Center (UMTC); Shailendra Prasad, Family Medicine/Community Health (UMTC); and Cathy Huber, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

Internationalizing Campus and Community: Hosting an International Student Teaching Program
Last year the Education Department at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) hosted 35 pre-service teachers from Seoul National University of Education (SNUE) in Korea on a four-week student teaching program. This program was designed and delivered by a team of faculty and staff from the College of Education and Human Service Professions. Thirty-two teachers at local schools and 38 UMD pre-service teachers were recruited to partner with the Korean students. In this session, presenters will describe details of the program, including projected goals, key components, and outcomes of the program. The successes and challenges identified by participating students and local teachers after the first implementation of the program will also be described. The role of the program in internationalizing our campus and community, as measured with participants’ cultural competence, will be stressed. The session will conclude with a discussion of ways to develop and sustain this type of international partnership.

Presenters: Insoon Han and Jiyoon Yoon, College of Education and Human Service Professions (UMD)

Bridging Cultures: Islam and the West
A 30-minute television documentary, “Bridging Cultures: Islam and the West,” was produced this summer by the Religious Studies Program in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television and in conjunction with a national conference on Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences, which the RS Program hosted on the Twin Cities campus in February 2011. The documentary offers a brief overview of some of the ways in which exchange of ideas and cultural practices has occurred between the Islamic and Western worlds from the medieval period to the present. The program features interviews with several scholars on topics ranging from astronomy and philosophy to art and architecture, to social practice. This conference session will feature a screening of the documentary and subsequent discussion and Q & A with three U of M scholars featured in the program. NOTE: Video will be shown from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium.

Presenters: Jeanne Kilde, Nabil Matar, Catherine Asher, and Nahid Khan, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

More Than a Field Trip: Experiential Education for Student Leaders Addressing Global Challenges
Experiential education takes students outside of a classroom and challenges them to engage with a community. This session will explore University of Minnesota classes, programs, and student organizations focusing on solving social, health, and environmental problems in developing countries. The large number of examples from around the Twin Cities campus emphasizes student interest in the topic. The panel will discuss existing opportunities, their strengths and weaknesses, and how the University of Minnesota may move forward strategically on this topic.

Presenters: Julian Marshall, College of Science and Engineering (UMTC); Chavanne Peercy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs (UMTC); William Toscano, School of Public Health (UMTC); and John Carmody, College of Design (UMTC)

Digital Storytelling as a Global Learner Development Tool
This session will engage colleagues in considering why, what, and how faculty can use digital stories to guide learners to reflect on their experiences and identify areas of academic and personal growth. Why does this technology medium facilitate learner outcomes? What constitutes a rigorous academic process in creating a digital story? How do faculty guide the scaffolding process of creating stories to foster global awareness in learners? Linda Buturian and Catherine Solheim will share how they formed an interdisciplinary partnership to explore digital storytelling and global learning. The presentation will be grounded in their recent work in Thailand where the presenters interviewed fishermen and environmental professionals about how globalization has impacted families along the Mekong River. The presenters will integrate the footage in digital stories to be used as classroom teaching tools.

Presenters: Catherine Solheim and Linda Buturian, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)
Room 1-147

Internationalizing Student Affairs: Adding a Global Perspective for Students and Staff
To develop a fully global perspective for our students, we must take into account the outside-the-classroom and student engagement experiences that students encounter on-site if they travel abroad, as well as their experiences on their home campus. This three-year exchange project with an Australian university is designed to expand the international competencies of our Student Affairs staff, help staff understand what domestic students encounter personally and academically when they study abroad and when they return, and meet the expectations and needs for support and services that international students bring when they come to the University of Minnesota. Moreover, we are exploring ways to internationalize the on-campus experience in order to ensure that all students gain a worldview, whether they travel abroad or not.

Presenters: Gerald Rinehart, Marjorie Savage, and Robin Stubblefield, Office for Student Affairs (UMTC); Peggy Mann Rinehart, Office of Disability Services (UMTC); and Glenn Hirsch, University Counseling & Consulting Services (UMTC)

Supporting Higher Education Initiatives in Post Conflict Societies: What Role can the U Play?
This session is designed to be a conversation about current issues in international higher education and how they may affect thinking at the University about access, diversity, institutional linkages, and collaboration among diverse departments. Examples include the push for conditional admission for graduate students from Iraq, requests for institutional linkages from Iraq and Libya, and the recruitment of qualified and fully sponsored students in countries that have been cut off from the international academic community. Can the University of Minnesota be a facilitator of growth for students and academics in these countries? Can we (and should we) accommodate requests that would change our standard processes? Staff and faculty members from departments will discuss how they have wrestled with these issues. This is designed to be an interactive session and participants may leave with more questions than answers.

Presenters: Gabriele Schmiegel, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC); Meredith McQuaid, GPS Alliance (UMTC); and Mike Anderson, Minnesota English Language Program (UMTC)

Using “Born Digital” Publishing for Building a Collective Knowledge Community: A Study of North-South Technology Diffusion
Technological Emergence is a “born digital” collection published in September 2011 by the University of Minnesota Libraries. This collection grows from a colloquium held in April 2011 at the University of Minnesota entitled “Practicing Science, Technology, and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order.” At this colloquium participants discussed technology development and transfer between the global north and south. Discussants included international invited speakers both on-site and via Skype, as well as scholars from the University of Minnesota. Colloquium discussions were video recorded for inclusion in this collection. The collection was integrated into a graduate seminar on scientific and technical communication. Panelists will offer their reflections on the collection and their contributions to it.

Presenters: Laura Pigozzi and Patrick Haggerty, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC); Bernadette Longo, Office of Information Technology (UMTC); Mauricio Mejia, College of Design (UMTC); and Anushke Guneratne, Humphrey School of Public Affairs (UMTC)

Colleges’ Responses to the University Internationalization Metrics Model
The session will discuss how the University Internationalization Metrics Model created by the GPS Alliance was adapted by three different colleges on the Twin Cities campus: the College of Education and Human Development, the Carlson School of Management, and the College of Pharmacy. The audience will learn 1) how the University Internationalization Metrics Model attempts to measure internationalization globally at the U of M; 2) how these three colleges have begun to develop their own models based on the University model; and 3) the current opportunities and challenges in measuring internationalization at both the college and University-wide levels. The panel will include the subcommittee members who created the metrics model and also the college representatives who participated in the college implementation process.

Presenters: Rhiannon Williams, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC), and Joseph Shultz, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (UMTC)