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(as opposed to merely a one-course requirement) with these perspectives,” said the panel. The faculty Senate gave its blessings to the panel’s
raft of recommendations in 2010.

Fast Forwarding Course Development

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Anthropologist Miguel Vasquez recalled a meeting to winnow
four dozen faculty proposals in the running for $4,000 seed grants
to develop new courses. “Harvey walked in and said, ‘Let’s make
this easy. I want to award every one of these grants because this is
what we’re trying to do on this campus. We’ve got the money, so
let’s do it,’” said Vasquez. “It pushed the whole thing fast forward.”
The university-wide belt-tightening brought on by the reductions
in state appropriations actually whetted faculty appetites for the
global initiative, said Blase Scarnati, director of the Global Learning
Initiative. “Things started moving around the table, and that kind of
kinetic energy made a lot of
innovative things possible.”
Each department was
charged with defining global learning outcomes for its
own discipline. “Instead of
having a university-wide
committee telling everybody how to do global
learning, we’ve given the
responsibility to the faculty themselves,” explained
Charles. “Instead of generic
global learning outcomes,
we’re talking about global
learning outcomes in the
language of physics, dental Global Learning Iniative Director
Blase Scarnati says the emphasis
hygiene, electronic media on curricular changes struck a
chord with faculty.
and film, engineering.”

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Looking at the World Through
Sustainability, Diversity Lenses
The faculty also were pressed to realign the curriculum in ways
that buttressed three bedrock NAU values: sustainability, diversity,
and global engagement. Charles launched a twice-a-year, 20-page
magazine, NAU Global, that explained the changes ahead and shone
a beacon on the extensive study and research that faculty and students were undertaking overseas.
Scarnati, a musicologist, said even minor course adjustments
“can have quite a dramatic impact” on internationalizing the curriculum. Assigning civil engineering students to design a bridge
for Kenya instead of Arizona requires the same complex math calculations, but also forces students to weigh “all sorts of cultural

Provost Liz Grobsmith found new revenue streams for
international programs.

issues in terms of materials and workforce management,” Scarnati
said. When professors and students looked closely, global issues hit
closer to home than some realized. In Scarnati’s own department,
awareness grew about the threats that development poses to the
African blackwood trees that provide the wood to make oboes and
other woodwinds.
It will take time to see some changes bear fruit. Starting in fall
2012, a five-year Global Science and Engineer Program (GSEP)
offers science and engineering majors the opportunity to spend a
full year studying and interning abroad and to earn a second bachelor’s degree in French, German, or Spanish (or a minor in Chinese
and Japanese). It is modeled after the University of Rhode Island’s
groundbreaking dual-degree program. Eck Doerry, an associate professor of computer science who used to take rising sophomores on
“icebreaker” summer trips to Germany, said, “Engineers are going
to have to change how they behave.”

Global Engagement
Outside the Classroom
Paul Trotta, professor of civil and environmental engineering and
adviser to the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter, led students on service trips to a village in Ghana to build a solar-powered
water station and perform other work, including building quarters
for a village nurse. They undertook the latter after village leaders
identified their most pressing need not as more solar power, but as
lodging, to convince the government to send them a nurse. When
an engineering student came down with malaria, an anthropology
student stepped up to manage construction. It wasn’t applied anthropology, but “what a wonderful experience she had,” said Trotta.



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International Educator - March/April 2013
Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Emerging Giant
Local Goes Global
Accelerating Global Learning at Home and Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
In Focus
Intenational Educator Language Supplement
Contents
New Tools of the Trade
Intensive English Language
Intensive Foreign Language
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