In this blog post, I will describe my role as a Faculty Fellow and summarize my accomplishments toward achieving the overall goal of the position, which was to facilitate local global learning for IUPUI students.
In February 2017, I was selected as a Faculty Fellow for the Office of International Affairs (OIA). This position was created as a collaborative work by the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), the OIA, and the Kelley School of Business. The faculty fellow appointment is an indicator of continuing efforts by IUPUI toward achieving its strategic initiatives of strengthening internationalization efforts, developing faculty and staff, and promoting undergraduate student learning and success.
Over the past year, I have worked closely with OIA leadership, particularly Gil Latz, the associate vice chancellor for international affairs, and Leslie Bozeman, the director of curriculum internationalization, to accomplish the following three objectives of the fellowship position:
- Identify local entities that will yield international and local global learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Document and inform the campus and higher education community of curriculum internationalization and global learning efforts impacting undergraduate and graduate students at IUPUI, especially local global learning opportunities, undertaken by schools, departments, and individual faculty and staff.
- Enhance integration of global learning and global learning outcomes in the Kelley School of Business’ domestic and international programs, providing a model that can be adapted by other schools on campus.
According to the IUPUI First Destination Survey 2016, 65% of graduates would remain in Indianapolis and 91.6% will remain in Indiana. However, while on campus, many IUPUI students do not immediately see the value of global and intercultural learning to their academic or career development. The learning opportunities identified, curriculum internationalization efforts shared, and global learning outcomes created through my work can help students make the connection.
To collect information regarding global and intercultural opportunities in the Indianapolis area, I started work by articulating the meaning of the global learning experience. I worked with Leslie Bozeman and we created three dimensions of the experience for use on campus. They are:
- The student(s) will work with colleagues or team members from other cultures (within or outside of the US);
- The student(s) will work with clients, patients, students, or other third parties from other cultures (within or outside the US);
- The student(s) will have the opportunity to learn about other countries, cultures, or global issues.
I collaborated with various offices on campus that have systems to capture internships, volunteering, or other opportunities from recruiters or other entities for our students. IUPUI Talent allows employers to sign up companies and post jobs. The Collaboratory collects information about community engagement activities done in partnership with the community and public service activities providing expertise, resources, or services to or for the community. The IUPUI Center for Service and Learning captures one-time and ongoing service opportunities when agencies post through the Volunteer Request by Service Agencies online form or when they sign up for major service days on campus. The above-mentioned systems have embedded (or will embed) three dimensions of the global learning experience in descriptions of internships, service learning or volunteering opportunities.
I am very excited that the systems make local global learning visible and accessible to students. In addition, such integration enables the campus to collect and analyze data on local employment with global focus and impact.
Meantime, toward the ultimate goal of creating new global learning opportunities for IUPUI students, I have met and held discussions with Indy Chamber and the International Center to identify possible areas of collaboration to yield future opportunities for students. I firmly believe IUPUI students can obtain global and intercultural learning experience locally. I am confident that the results of my work present a variety of opportunities to engage our students in learning about global and intercultural issues while working with communities in Indianapolis.