Learn about trailblazing practices with exciting possibilities for global learning in environments of interdisciplinary or international research and teaching. Presenters will discuss how they have thoughtfully structured or supported research environments with global learning in mind. Discover creative models for gathering and discussing international and/or interdisciplinary research. Find out how an impact driven approach to the study of global issues that cross national, cultural, or disciplinary borders fuels undergraduate inquiry and tangible innovation.
Join NAFSA Academic Programs for the fifth session in our six-part Architecture for Global Learning - Series II. Participants are given the opportunity to learn about global learning and innovations derived from presenters' models of personal and institutional international/interdisciplinary research collaboration. This is ideal for those wanting to learn ways that global learning can broaden and build innovative collaboration in undergraduate, graduate, or faculty research.
Who Should Attend
Faculty, academic officers, senior international officers, and other international educators involved in collaborative, international/interdisciplinary research environments. Participants will learn about academic and technological models for structuring research environments with global perspectives in mind.
Khanjan Mehta is the inaugural vice provost for creative inquiry and director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University. Mehta champions the creation of learning environments and ecosystems where students, faculty, and external partners come together to increase their capacities for independent inquiry, take intellectual risks and learn from failure, recognize problems and opportunities, and effect constructive and sustainable change. In a previous avatar, Mehta was the founding director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, assistant professor of engineering design, and affiliate professor of international affairs at Penn State. Mehta serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and contributing editor for the Engineering 4 Change portal. His latest book, Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It), takes a deep dive into STEM careers in social innovation and global sustainable development.
George Washington University
Ryan Watkins, PhD is a professor at the George Washington University in Washington DC. An author of 11 books and more than 100 articles on needs assessment, distance education, training, and performance technology. Ryan’s work is frequently cited in the performance improvement literature, making him the 4th most cited author in journal articles of the field. Ryan is an active member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and the America Evaluation Association (AEA). He routinely works on projects with the World Bank, USAID, and the Inter-American Development Bank on applying needs assessment, instructional design, and performance improvement to international assistance programs. He has developed and curates the website WeShareScience.org as a place for sharing research across disciplines; and he is the co-host of ParsingScience.org, a podcast about the stories behind today’s scientific discoveries.