The Rising Star Awards recognize faculty for their commitment to ongoing educational improvements and excellence. The Center for Teaching Excellence awards this distinction to faculty who participate in the professional development of teaching courses and activities. The Office of Global Learning at the International Center congratulates the following award recipients for achieving Rising Star status through their participation in professional development opportunities with a focus on global learning, curriculum internationalization, and international virtual exchange. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the following Global Learning Institute awardees, International Virtual Exchange training participants, and Global Teaching and Learning Passport completers:



Diba Mani, Ph.D.

Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
College of Health & Human Performance

• Global Learning Institute Participant 2021
• Virtual Exchange Training 2019

Highlight: Diba leads a virtual exchange project that connects her students to researchers in 13 countries.


Erika Brooke, Ph.D.

Sociology and Criminology & Law
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Passport to Great Teaching Global Teaching & Learning Certificate Recipient
Global Learning Institute Awardee 2020
Virtual Exchange Training Participant 2020

Highlight: Dr. Erika Brooke focuses on providing hands-on experience with the justice system through creative, innovative, and meaningful assessments that build cultural competence. Utilizing strategies based in technology and internationalization, she successfully implemented a virtual exchange (VE) project that facilitated bi-weekly students discussions with a partner class in Ecuador comparing justice systems. She plans to extend the VE project concept to another class via virtual guest lectures with corrections experts around the world.


Harrison Hove

Department of Journalism
College of Journalism and Communications

• Global Learning Institute Awardee 2020

Highlight: Harrison has successfully internationalized the curriculum in his TV news reporting course, encouraging students to highlight stories in marginalized and international communities. In 2019 Harrison’s students produced “Conquering the Crisis,” a documentary detailing the impact of COVID-19 around the world. The film includes interviews with people in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and Australia.


Megan Mocko

Department of Information Systems and Operations Management
Warrington College of Business

• Virtual Exchange Training 2020 participant

Highlight: Megan Mocko developed an international virtual exchange project that engaged her statistics for Finance students in intercultural exchange and team work with students at the University of Edinburgh (UK).


Samuel Martins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Pathology
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

• Global Learning Institute Awardee 2021

Highlight: Samuel Martins plans to incorporate international virtual exchange into his class to connect his students with people from different countries as a way to increase their intercultural skills and global perspectives.