Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Programs

The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Programs engage faculty in significant course design or redesign to infuse global, international, and intercultural learning into their course design and delivery.

For more information about the ITL Faculty Cohort programs, please contact Gayle Woodruff,

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
  • Explore the complexity of intercultural perspectives that may impact curriculum development, such as indigenous views of the subject matter

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
  • Learn strategies for integrating international students into the classroom, specifically to increase cross-national interactions between U.S. and international students

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


The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program is offered by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation and OIT-Academic Technology.

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

2020-21 Application Process

New Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020

  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 five 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 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning faculty cohorts are ineligible to participate in the program again.

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.

Time Commitment

The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning program is a year-long commitment that includes the following:

  • pre-session work with readings and homework
  • one workshop during the Fall 2020 semester
  • a three-day in person intensive workshop during Winter Break
  • one workshop during the Spring 2021 semester
  • ongoing course design consultations and revisions throughout the semester

The three-day intensive workshop will take place from January 6-8, 2021, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Participants must be available to attend this workshop in person. Additional half-day workshops in the Fall and Spring semester will take place on November 6, 2020 (morning, in-person) and February 26, 2021 (morning, online). Pre-session readings and homework will be made available in August 2020. Selected participants must be able to complete readings and homework prior to the start of their session dates.

We will also host an Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Recognition Reception on April 16, 2021, to celebrate completing the program, and your participation in this reception is highly encouraged.


The cohort program requires in-person participation on the Twin Cities campus. Participants from the system campuses receive funds travel to the Twin Cities to participate (including transportation, hotel, per diem).

Expectations of Participants

Participants will be expected to:

  • Complete pre-session readings and homework during the Fall 2018 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


  • Participants will receive $1,000 in professional development funds as well as $1,000 in International Travel Grant funds. The funds will be transferred into departmental professional development accounts (EFS account) upon satisfactory completion of the program
  • Participants from system campuses also receive travel support to participate




Below are the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort participants from across the University of Minnesota system.

2020-21 Cohort


  • Lacey Anderson, Sociology
  • Harouna Maiga, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department


  • Marzell Gray, Applied Human Sciences (CEHSP)
  • Viann Nguyen-Feng, Psychology (CLA)
  • David Tuwei, Communication (CLA)


  • Jake Wright, Philosophy

UM-Twin Cities

  • Maria Ruud, Child Family Health Cooperative (Nursing)
  • Melissa Saftner, Child Family Health Cooperative (Nursing)
  • Kazeem Adepoju, Statistics (CLA)
  • Cara Santelli, Earth and Environmental Sciences CSE)

2018-19 Cohort


  • Connie Camrud, Teacher Education
  • Oxana Wieland, Business


  • Adam Coon, Spanish


  • Nasra Giama, School of Nursing
  • Brian Mondy, Philosophy

UM-Twin Cities

  • Stacy Doepner-Hove, Carlson School of Management
  • Margaret Kelly, Family Social Science
  • Hannah Leopold, Chemistry

2016-17 Cohort


  • Christine Bakke, Math Science & Technology
  • Joseph Shostell, Math Science, & Technology


  • Evie Campbell, College of Education and Human Service Professionals
  • Kelly MacPhail, College of Liberal Arts
  • Ariri Onchwari, College of Education and Human Service Professionals


  • Sheri Breen, Social Science


  • Teresa Henderson-Vazquez, Spanish
  • Jennifer Wacek, Literature

UM-Twin Cities

  • Julio Alvarez, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Angela Carlson Lombardi, College of Liberal Arts
  • Merrie Kaas, School of Nursing
  • Diana Karwan, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Sara Mack, College of Liberal Arts
  • Mandy Menke, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jim Perry, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Mary Rogers, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences

2014-15 Cohort


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


  • 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


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


  • Njoki Kamau, College of Liberal Arts


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


  • Jim Ford, Humanities

UM-Twin Cities

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

2012 Cohort


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



  • 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


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

ITL Fellows Program

The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning (ITL) Fellows Program supports 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 Educational Innovation (CEI).


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Brian Dingmann
Math, Science, & Technology Department

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Katy Smith
Math, Science, & Technology Department




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David Beard
Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts

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Social Work
College of Education and Human Service Professions

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College of Education and Human Services Professions

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Department of Electrical Engineering
Swenson College of College and Engineering


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Center for Learning Innovation

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Center for Learning Innovation

UM-Twin Cities

Akosua Addo
College of Liberal Arts

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Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development

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Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

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School of Nursing
Academic Health Center

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Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development