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Student success is increasingly dependent on the ability to obtain and demonstrate broadly applicable knowledge, skills, and perspectives. Especially now as more students ultimately choose careers beyond their field of study that necessitate interaction with diverse colleagues. How can faculty and practitioners, through the integration of global perspectives in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary courses and programming, ensure that institutions provide a “universal” degree that prepares students to succeed in a globally interconnected world, no matter their field of study?

This is the second installment in the 2016-2017 Architecture for Global Learning Series I. Discover how to enrich and broaden student learning through integration of global learning and the creation of cross-disciplinary learning experiences, as they have been framed by the demands of an ever-evolving workplace and real, looming global challenges. Learn the strategies for integrating global learning in disciplines where universality can be considered implicit and the incorporation of global contexts is mistakenly considered unnecessary.

Who Should Attend

This session is for faculty, senior international officers, chief academic officers, researchers and other international educators who seek to understand how to use current global issues to promote cross-disciplinary learning that develops global competencies and critical thinking skills.


Peter N. Stearns, PhD
George Mason University

Peter N. Stearns, PhD, is professor of history and provost emeritus at George Mason University. During Stearns' tenure as provost, he spearheaded several important initiatives to expand the university’s global presence, namely the establishment of the branch campus in Incheon, Korea, and the collaboration with INTO to increase the number and diversity of students recruited from abroad. He received the prestigious Mason Medal in 2014; that same year, the university was awarded the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization. Stearns has also written widely on world and emotions history, including two popular textbooks. Other books include A History of Shame (forthcoming), The Industrial Turn in World History (forthcoming), Guiding the American University: Challenges and Choices, Doing Emotions History, Gender in World History, Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society, Childhood in World History, and American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety, among many others. He also edited the Encyclopedia of World History, 6th edition. Before coming to George Mason University, Stearns taught at the University of Chicago, Rutgers University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He was also founder and editor of the Journal of Social History from 1967 to 2015.


Merry Byrd, PhD
Virginia State University University

Merry Lynn Byrd, PhD, is an associate professor of English at Virginia State University. She previously taught at Southern University in New Orleans and moved to Virginia after Hurricane Katrina and the levee break. Her fields of specialization are women’s memoir and environmental humanities. She is the founder and editor of the bi-annual journal NOLA DIASPORA, www.noladiaspora.org, and is currently completing a monograph, Sustainable Selves: Women’s Memoir of the Twentieth Century. She also serves as a principal investigator for “Imagining Sustainable Environments: Place and Culture in the Global Community," a collaboration between Virginia State University's Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education and the department of languages and literature.

Gundolf GramlGundolf Graml, PhD
Agnes Scott College

Gundolf Graml is associate professor of German Studies at Agnes Scott College and faculty coordinator of the Global Learning Curriculum. In German Studies, his teaching and research focus on cinema, travel/tourism, and ecocriticism. In addition to teaching German language course, Graml has organized a number of faculty-led study-abroad experiences to Germany. As coordinator of Agnes Scott College’s global learning curriculum he facilitates the curricular development and implementation of 15 faculty-led immersion experiences for the college’s entire first-year class with destinations ranging from Bolivia to Hungary.

Tina M. Zappile, PhD
Stockton University

Tina M. Zappile, PhD, is an associate professor of political science at Stockton University (NJ) and is currently serving as chair of the Global Challenges curation team for American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)’s National Blended Course Consortium (NBCC). Her research focuses on international financial institutions in trade and development, specifically, governance and formal influence in multilateral development banks and recent patterns and disputes over provisions in trade agreements. Her work in scholarship of teaching and learning includes the use of simulations to enhance students’ global empathy and the application of a team-based learning model in support of critical thinking. She has published in World Development, International Studies Perspectives, Global Economic Governance and the Development Practices of the Multilateral Development Banks (edited volume), Journal of International Political Theory, and Democratization of International Institutions Report issued by International Democracy Watch based in Turin, Italy, and Double Helix. At Stockton University, she teaches international relations, international political economy, international law and organizations, Consumer Culture, and Go Global!- an online interdisciplinary summer course for incoming first-year students.