Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Programs

In order to support academic units in their efforts to meet the University’s mission to internationalize the campuses and curricula, the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Programs will engage faculty in significant course design or redesign by participating in a multidisciplinary cohort of their peers.

We are very pleased to announce the faculty who have been selected to participate in the 2014-15 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort:
UM-Duluth: Chang'aa Mweti, College of Education and Human Service Professionals.
UM-Morris: Joseph Alia, Division of Science & Math.
UM-Twin Cities: Karin Hamilton, College of Veterinary Medicine; Shahram (Shane) Missaghi, Extension; Andres Perez, College of Veterinary Medicine; Jennifer Powers, College of Biological Sciences; Jill Trites, College of Education and Human Development; and Deena Wassenberg, College of Biological Sciences.

Faculty participant testimonials

Sean Walsh

Hilary Kowino

Insoon Han

About the ITL Cohort Program

The University’s educational mission is to “graduate lifelong learners, leaders, and global citizens.” In order to support academic units in their efforts to meet the University’s mission to internationalize the campuses and curricula, the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program will engage faculty in significant course design or redesign by participating in a multidisciplinary cohort of their peers. They will develop an internationalized sense of “academic self,”* identify global learning outcomes for their courses, expand their teaching strategies, and develop course materials, activities and assessments.

Program Goals

  • To achieve the University of Minnesota strategic goals for internationalization specifically of the curricula and student learning outcomes
  • To support University of Minnesota colleges and campuses in their efforts to internationalize the curricula

Program Objectives

With regard to internationalizing the curricula, 6 to 8 participants per cohort will together explore knowledge and resources to enhance their teaching, student learning, and course content in the following ways:

1. Developing the Academic Self

  • Identify their current teaching perspectives and assumptions about learning, and explore new ways of thinking about how they teach an internationalized course
  • Develop intercultural communication strategies and skills to enhance their teaching and develop student learning

2. Identifying Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and integrate the global competencies and learning outcomes that are appropriate for their disciplines and curricula (emphasis on knowledge, skills, and attitudes) into their course

3. Expanding Teaching Strategies

  • Gain strategies for creating an open-minded, respectful, and safe learning environment for all students
  • Identify ways of presenting course content that is more inclusive of international, global, and intercultural perspectives
  • Develop teaching strategies that enable students to integrate/assimilate new international, intercultural and global knowledge

4. Developing Materials, Activities, and Assessments

  • Diversify course readings/materials to incorporate global, international, and intercultural perspectives
  • Incorporate activities, assignments and assessments that increase global, international, and cultural knowledge, attitudes, and skills
  • Identify appropriate technology uses to internationalize the course

Time Commitment

The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning program is a year-long committment that includes pre-session work, a three-day intensive workshop and ongoing course design and revisions. Participants must be available all day during each of the days of their cohort. Pre-session readings and homework are made available in August 2014. Selected participants must be able to complete readings and homework prior to the start of their session dates.

Location

The cohort program requires in-person participation on the Twin Cities campus. Coordinate campus participants receive travel support to participate (transportation, hotel, per diem).

Expectations of Participants

Participants will be expected to:

  • Complete pre-session readings and homework during the Fall 2014 semester
  • Attend all sessions for the cohort into which they are admitted
  • Redesign a required course that is already being taught at the University (or a new required course that has been approved by curriculum committee and has yet to be taught)
  • Participate fully in follow-up evaluation and consultations for following academic year and subsequent semesters, including submission of course syllabi
  • Develop a plan to share knowledge gained through cohort program with colleagues

Funding

  • Participants will receive a professional development fund which will be transferred into their professional development accounts (EFS account) upon satisfactory completion of program
  • Participants from coordinate campuses also receive travel support to participate

Sponsors

The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program is sponsored in partnership with the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Information Technology.


* Sanderson, G. (2008). A foundation for the internationalization of the academic self. Journal of Studies in International Education, 12(3), 276-307.

ITL Fellows Program

The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning (ITL) Fellows Program will support faculty as they further their engagement with internationalizing the curriculum and deepen their practice related to internationalized teaching and learning. The ITL Fellows have all previously participated in the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program. The ITL Fellows Program is offered in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

2013-14 ITL Fellows

UM-Crookston

Brian Dingmann
Biology
Math, Science, & Technology Department

 

 

Katy Smith
Biology
Math, Science, & Technology Department

 

 

UM-Duluth

David Beard
Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts

 

 

Dennis Falk
Social Work
College of Education and Human Service Professions

 

 

Mary Ann Marchel
Education
College of Education and Human Services Professions

 

 

Jiann-Shiou Yang
Department of Electrical Engineering
Swenson College of College and Engineering

 

 

UM-Rochester

Jim Ford
History
Center for Learning Innovation

 

 

Ryan Furness
Spanish
Center for Learning Innovation

 

 

UM-Twin Cities

Akosua Addo
Music
College of Liberal Arts

 

 

Linda Buturian
Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development

 

 

Tina Clarkson
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

 

Teddie Potter
School of Nursing
Academic Health Center

 

 

Cathy Solheim
Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development

 

 

 

2014-15 Application Process

  1. Applicant Form
  2. Personal Narrative (see applicant form)
  3. Support Documentation Form (to be completed by unit academic officer)
  4. Current course syllabus (or course outline to demonstrate that the course was approved by curriculum committee)

Note: No other materials will be reviewed.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any University of Minnesota tenured or tenure-track faculty member, P&A instructional staff, or full-time adjunct lecturer and instructor. Graduate teaching assistants and part-time instructors are ineligible.
  • Open to all disciplines at all levels of instruction (undergraduate, graduate, professional)
  • Open to all 5 campuses
  • Only courses required for the major or program may be submitted as part of the proposal. Courses that have been approved as requirements by curriculum committees but have yet to be taught may be submitted as part of the proposal.
  • Courses must be taught within the academic year following the program
  • Selected participants must commit to:
    • Completing all pre-session readings and homework
    • Attending all program sessions
    • Following through with post-session program evaluation
  • Support from department or unit must be documented on the Support Document Form
  • Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed
  • Participants in previous internationalize the curriculum faculty cohorts are ineligible but may serve as mentors. Contact Gayle Woodruff at gwoodruf@umn.edu or 612-625-6065 for details

Selection Criteria

Selection of participants will be based upon an applicant's:

  • Meeting all eligibility requirements
  • Demonstrating the potential for contributing to the internationalization of the University of Minnesota
  • Demonstrating the potential for contributing to improving students’ global competencies through course design and delivery
  • Submitting clear and significant goals regarding program participation based upon the program outcomes
  • Having a plan for sharing outcomes from the program with their department, division, or unit

Decisions of the selection committee are final. The intention is to develop cohorts that represent a diversity of disciplines and campuses, in order to promote interdisciplinary community.

 

Participants

2014-15 Cohort Program Participants

UM-Duluth

  • Chang'aa Mweti, College of Education and Human Service Professionals

UM-Morris

  • Joseph Alia, Science & Math

UM-Twin Cities

  • Karin Hamilton, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Shahram (Shane) Missaghi, Extension
  • Andres Perez, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jennifer Powers, College of Biological Sciences
  • Jill Trites, College of Education and Human Development
  • Deena Wassenberg, College of Biological Sciences

2013 Cohort Program Participants

UM-Crookston

  • Courtney Bergman, Business
  • Brian Dingmann, Math, Science, & Technology
  • Matt Simmons, Agriculture and Natural Resources

UM-Duluth

  • Njoki Kamau, College of Liberal Arts

UM-Morris

  • Sarah Buchanan, Humanities
  • Rebecca Dean, Social Science
  • Brook Miller, Humanities

UM-Rochester

  • Jim Ford, Humanities

UM-Twin Cities

  • Betsy David, School of Public Health
  • Louis Porter, College of Liberal Arts

2012 Cohort Program Participants

UM-Crookston

  • Eric Castle, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Katy Smith, Math, Science & Technology

UM-Duluth

UM-Rochester

  • Ryan Furness, Center for Learning Innovation

UM-Twin Cities

  • Abi Asojo, College of Design
  • Laura Bloomberg, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Linda Buturian, College of Education and Human Development
  • Tina Clarkson, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Brad Greiman, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Cathy Solheim, College of Education and Human Development
  • Teddie Potter, School of Nursing

2011 Cohort Program Participants

UM-Duluth

UM-Twin Cities

  • Mary Benbenek, School of Nursing
  • Patrick Dean, School of Nursing
  • Yingling Fan, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Sherry Gray, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Linda Halcon, School of Nursing
  • Steve Kelley, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Linnette Werner, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jerry (Zhirong) Zhao, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Contact

Please contact Gayle Woodruff, director (system-wide), curriculum and campus internationalization, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, at gwoodruf@umn.edu or 612-625-6065.