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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Program Requirements

UF’s Quality Enhancement Plan (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, courses:

  • Will be internationally and thematically focused.
  • Incorporate High-Impact Educational Practices (i.e., virtual exchange or other activities with a focus on intercultural competence development, collaborative projects, etc.).
  • Must be undergraduate courses aimed at the 2000 or 3000 level.

Successful course proposals:

  • Consider targeting students in a specific college or department that are currently underserved
  • Consider multi-disciplinary perspectives and/or cross-college and/or department collaboration.

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.

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).

Due Dates for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Interested applicants will attend one 60-minute workshop 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.

These workshops will be held in the UFIC Large Conference Room in the Hub.

Fall 2018 workshop dates:

  • Thursday, 6 September 10:40-11:30
  • Monday, 10 September 10:00-11:00 (*this workshop will be held in 409 Yon Hall)
  • Wednesday, 19 September 12:50-1:40
  • Tuesday, 25 September 11:00-12:00 (*this workshop will be held in 409 Yon Hall)
  • ​Tuesday, 16 October 11:45-12:35
     

Fall proposal deadline: Thursday, 1 November 2018
Proposal decisions will be announced by Thursday, 15 November 2018

Spring 2019 workshop dates:

  • Dates TBA

Spring proposal deadline: Monday, 1 April 2019

Proposal decisions will be announced by Monday, 15 April 2019

Awarded faculty must meet with Undergraduate Academic Programs to review grant requirements. As indicated, course instruction should begin within three semesters.

Proposal Preparation and Submission

Application package includes:

  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.

Questions?

Paloma Rodriguez, Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, University of Florida International Center. E: prodriguez@ufic.ufl.edu T: 352-294-3334