Info sessions on internationalization at Western to be held Oct. 8 and 9

Western Today staff

How is internationalization being defined in U.S. higher education? How is it perceived at Western Washington University?

An information session about internationalization at Western and about upcoming faculty workshops on internationalizing the curriculum will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 9, on campus in Miller Hall Room 152. This session, repeated twice, is open to all faculty.

Faculty workshops:

Western faculty (tenure-track and senior instructors) are invited to apply for a set of two workshops on internationalizing the curriculum, the first in winter quarter 2016 and the second in spring quarter 2016.  Participating faculty will revise or create an internationalized course syllabus in these workshops. The 15 faculty who are selected will earn a stipend of $1,000 for their participation in both workshops.

The winter workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Viking Union. Participants will use materials provided by the organizers and discussions with their peers to begin to  internationalize a course that they plan to teach in 2016-17.

The spring workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, in the Viking Union. The draft syllabus will be infused with additional resources and discussions. A final syllabus will be submitted by June 1, 2016.

Selection process: The workshops are organized and facilitated by two faculty members who participated in the workshops in 2015-16 and by Vicki Hamblin, executive director of the Center for International Studies. They will use the following criteria to select workshop participants:

  1. the relevancy of the individual application narratives to the workshops' goals, and
  2. a desire to include as diverse a faculty group as possible, based on rank, discipline and college affiliation.

Application deadline: the online application is due at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Click here for the online application.

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