Internationalization Curriculum Grants

The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) office of Undergraduate Academic Programs (UAP) is pleased to announce the availability of curriculum grants to internationalize UF undergraduate courses as part of the Learning Without Borders initiative. Proposals may be for entirely new courses, or for enhancement to existing courses. Awards will be $3000 for revising an existing course, $5000 for a new course, or $6000 to be shared among two or more faculty jointly proposing a new course.

Introduction

The office of Undergraduate Academic Programs in UFIC is responsible for implementing Learning without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation, a five year strategic initiative forming a key component of UF’s SACSCOC Accreditation. Learning without Borders includes the International Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary campus-wide program offering all degree-seeking undergraduate students an avenue to internationalize their undergraduate experience through coursework, international experience, foreign language learning, co-curricular engagement and the development of an ePortfolio. International Scholars receive recognition through a global commencement medallion and an acknowledgement of completion from UFIC.

Calls for proposals will continue on a rolling cycle in Fall and Spring semesters. Awarded courses must embed one or more globally-focused student learning outcomes (SLOs) as defined in the QEP and will be included in the International Scholars Program course list. 

  • Approximately 3-5 internationalization grants will be available each Fall and Spring semester.
  • The Fall 2017 proposal deadline is Wednesday, 1 November 2017.
  • Course instruction should begin within three semesters.

Course Development Goals

  • UF’s QEP curriculum enhancement goal is to work in collaboration with colleges, academic units and faculty to develop new, and enhance existing, international course offerings. Thus, course content should be internationally and thematically-focused. It is anticipated that some course proposals will target students in a specific college or department, although courses with cross-college and/or department collaboration and appeal are particularly welcome.
    • To review a list of awarded courses, click here.
    • Proposed courses must be undergraduate courses and should be aimed at the 2000 or 3000 level.
  • Courses should address in a discipline-appropriate approach the following three student learning outcomes (SLOs) in content, critical thinking and communication, linked to broad competencies in Global Awareness and Intercultural Communication. The following SLOs were designed for the QEP as a whole:
  • SLO1 (Content): Students identify, describe, and explain global and intercultural conditions and interdependencies.
  • SLO2 (Critical Thinking): Students analyze and interpret global and intercultural issues.
    • SLO3 (Communication): Students communicate effectively with members of other cultures.

Eligible Faculty

  • Tenured and tenure-track UF faculty with ongoing teaching appointments in undergraduate degree-granting departments, programs, and/or centers.
  • Lecturers and other non-tenure track faculty who have teaching appointments and course development responsibilities in undergraduate degree-granting departments, programs, and/or centers.

Additional Expectations / Commitment

  • Selected faculty will attend one 90 minute meeting in April (for Spring submissions) or November (for Fall submissions), intended to provide guidance in developing or revising courses in light of the International Scholars Program requirements. Faculty will receive instruction on the use of the assignment rubric that fulfills a SACSCOC assessment and reporting requirement. A completed draft syllabus and course rubric must be submitted to UFIC on a date to be announced following the meeting.
  • Colleges and/or departments should expect to offer the course on an annual basis, though it is possible that the faculty member teaching the course will change.
  • Faculty will be responsible for submitting a course approval request to the University Curriculum Committee through their respective department and college, and/or if applicable, a course approval request to obtain a General Education international-course designation (N).

Proposal approval and course development award

  • The amount of awards is variable and based on the following considerations: $3000 for revising an existing course, $5000 for a new course, or $6000 to be shared among two or more faculty jointly proposing a new course.
  • Disbursement of funds is contingent on participation in the aforementioned meeting, implementation of an appropriate assignment rubric within the course, and scheduled course instruction.
  • Selected faculty will have the option of receiving their award as a lump-sum payment of salary, or, in coordination with faculty’s department, a transfer to a faculty-specified research and expense account.

Fall 2017 Timeline

  • We will hold two information sessions - on Tuesday, 26 September 1:00-2:00pm, and on Wednesday, 4 October 2:00-3:00pm - in the UFIC Large Conference Room in the Hub.
  • Fall proposal deadline: 1 November 2017
  • Proposal decisions will be announced by Friday, 17 November 2017
  • Awarded faculty must meet with Undergraduate Academic Programs to review grant requirements.
  • As indicated, course instruction should begin within three semesters.

Proposal application

A complete syllabus is not required, but proposals must include the following components:

  • Completed proposal application form, with endorsements
  • A 2-3 page proposal. This proposal should: 1) discuss the basic motivation behind the course, including how it might fit into the academic offerings and objectives of the department or college; 2) explain how the proposed course will meet the defined SLOs; 3) highlight sample topics, readings, etc., that demonstrate the approach or value of the course; and 4) identify target students, a recruiting strategy, and expected enrollment (if the proposal is for revisions to an existing course, please include enrollment numbers for the last three times the course was offered).
  • Brief faculty bio or cv (1 page), including relevant international experience, other regularly taught courses, and relevant recent publications or research projects.

Please submit all proposals electronically as a single pdf file, in the order above, by email to prodriguez@ufic.ufl.edu by the proposal deadlines.

For questions, please contact Paloma Rodriguez, Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, by
email at prodriguez@ufic.ufl.edu.