NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium for the STEM Fields


Strategic Curricular Frameworks for Intercultural and Global Competence

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
University of Colorado Lawrence Street Center, Terrace Room

How can STEM educational programs provide effective global learning opportunities?

What do students in STEM fields need to understand about how their actions impact both local and global communities?

How can global learning opportunities be effectively provided, assessed, and communicated?

Research, initiatives, and innovations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are as diverse as they are global. As these STEM disciplines emerge as key drivers of innovation and change in the 21st century, the imperative grows to establish core competencies and metrics for what makes global-ready graduates. However, the challenges of incorporating meaningful opportunities for global learning into the curriculum, assessing these opportunities, and, identifying specific collaborative approaches to enhance these opportunities remain.

The 2016 NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium for the STEM Fields is a NAFSA Signature Program for faculty members, academic leaders, and international educators to explore global learning in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary contexts.

Participants will work with expert facilitators and in small groups to share strategies to lift up the global contexts of STEM education.

Participants will:

  • Examine various ways to align high-impact global learning experiences (internships, service learning, and experiential learning) with academic coursework; including
    • Curriculum integration
    • Assessment
    • Articulation of learning outcomes
  • Map global learning activities across the curriculum and cocurriculum.
  • Identify STEM allies and strategies for moving global learning forward as an institutional priority.

You Should Attend

  • If you are involved with educational programming or curriculum development.
  • If you are charged with incorporating a global perspective into the curriculum.
  • If you are attempting to integrate global learning across curricular and cocurricular spaces.

What You Will Gain from Participating

  • Insights and successful strategies for developing global learning opportunities.
  • Knowledge and examples of desired student outcomes for global learning in educational programs.
  • Strategies to engage faculty, international education professionals, and administrators in conversation about global learning.


Wednesday, June 1
9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Michael Lightner, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Colorado System, and Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Framing Session Part I: Strategic Curricular Frameworks for Twenty-First Century Competencies
Heather MacCleoud, Director of Academic Programs, NAFSA
9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Framing Session Part II: STEM, Global Development, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Andrew W. Reynolds, Consultant, Science, Engineering, and Technology for Development, and formerly Senior Adviser for Space and Advanced Technologies, U.S. Department of State 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. First Collaborative Opportunity: Mapping Global Learning Goals
  • Joseph G. Hoff, PhD, formerly Associate Dean of International Education, University of Richmond
  • Brent K. Jesiek, PhD, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Education, Purdue University
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: Promising Practices and Campus Examples
  • Catherine A. Leslie, PE, Executive Director, Engineers Without Borders USA
  • Brent K. Jesiek, PhD, Purdue University
  • Paul Carr, PhD, Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Wollongong, and formerly Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, Science Faculty, University of Wollongong
  • Michael Grant, PhD, Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, University of Colorado Boulder
11:30 a.m.-12:15 a.m. Second Collaborative Opportunity: Small Group Discussions
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Third Collaborative Opportunity: Aligning Curricular and Co-Curricular Experiences
  • Jessie Guinn, PhD, Assistant Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, College of Global Studies, Arcadia University
  • Nikki Letawsky Shultz, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and International Programs, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • Joseph G. Hoff, PhD
1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Final Collaborative Opportunity: Assessment Strategies
Brent K. Jesiek, PhD, Purdue University
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Articulation of Learning Outcomes (How to Recruit Others to Your Cause)
Joseph G. Hoff, PhD, University of Richmond
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Next Steps 
Heather MacCleoud, NAFSA

(Times and agenda subject to change.)