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Presidential Fund for Curricular Innovation: Internationalization Studios

Application Form

Please use the above form to apply for the Presidential Fund for Curricular Innovation: Internationalization Studios.


Emerson’s strategic plan includes as one of its five major priorities a focus on internationalization, stating that “we are committed to mutually beneficial engagement with the global society in which we participate, and to ensuring that all members of our community are prepared to thrive in that society.” An essential component of this work focuses on Emerson’s commitment to internationalizing the curriculum of the college.

For each of the next two years, the President’s Fund for Curricular Innovation will support faculty participation in a Curriculum Internationalization Studio. The goals of the Studio are to:

  • Encourage collaboration among faculty;
  • Build our collective capacity to internationalize curriculum;
  • Develop specific courses, course modules, pedagogical and/or advising methods that contribute to these aims. 

Teams of 2-5 faculty—led by a full-time faculty member, and composed of tenured, tenure-line, term and/or part-time faculty—are invited to apply to the Curriculum Internationalization Studio for support in the development of actionable projects that will contribute significantly to the internationalization of the Emerson curriculum.

Projects might focus on (but need not be limited to):

  • Course content and course design (either a full course or course modules)
  • Teaching strategies for enhancing the development of students’ global knowledge and inter-cultural competencies
  • Instructional materials and equipment
  • Academic advising

Such a curricular reform process must be college-wide in order to best meet the needs of all students in all departments and across schools.  The following are three common approaches to internationalizing the curriculum:

  • The Add-on Approach is the earliest used approach to internationalizing the curriculum and is characterized by adding international or intercultural content or themes to existing curricula and courses without modifying the original structure or pedagogical approaches.
  • The Infusion Approach is an approach more commonly used and infuses the curriculum with content that enriches students’ cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of diverse cultures. The infusion approach focuses on the internationalization across all disciplines of the curriculum, and exposes students in all programs of study to international and multicultural perspectives. 
  • The Transformative Approach is considered the most challenging of the approaches to adopt, as it is based upon the tenets of critical pedagogy, “encourages new ways of thinking, [and] incorporates new methodologies, so that different epistemological questions are raised, old assumptions are questioned, subjective data sources are considered, and prior theories either revised or invalidated” (Marchesani & Adams, 1992).

All three approaches have their merits and there is opportunity to view them as progressive levels or steps.  Ultimately, the aim is to offer curriculum that assist students with developing the required critical consciousness, values, awareness, skills and knowledge of cross-cultural differences to thrive as global citizens.


Each team member will receive a stipend of $1,200. Teams selected for the Studio will have the opportunity to apply for further funding for project-related expenses (travel, funds to hire student assistants, materials, etc.).

Accepted teams will participate in a series of workshops during which they will develop their projects, be in dialogue with the other teams, and enhance their capacity to serve as a resource for colleagues interested in internationalizing the curriculum. Workshops will run:

# of Days Semester Focus
1 Day Friday, April 24, 2015 Action planning
2 Days May 2015 (Dates TBD) Address teams' targeted needs
1 Day Fall 2015 (Date TBD) Report on completed project development

The intention of this program is to support projects that will become a vibrant and enduring part of the Emerson curriculum. Admission to the Internationalization Studio is an important toward that end. All new curriculum will also need to be approved through regular college/departmental processes.


All Emerson College faculty members—tenured, tenure-track, full-time and part-time—are eligible to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

Project proposals must:

  1. Contribute demonstrably to the internationalization of the curriculum and/or of teaching and learning at Emerson College. 
  2. Be submitted by teams of 2-5 Emerson College faculty (tenured, tenure-line, term, part-time), and identify a full-time faculty member as team leader.
  3. Articulate a clear project, including:
    1. A rationale for its development
    2. The strategy for internationalizing the curriculum (will you introduce new materials? New pedagogical methods?  New learning goals?)
    3. The work plan and timeline for its development and implementation (i.e. if you are developing or revising a course or course module, specify when you will teach it). 
    4. Markers of success over time. How will you know that your project has had an impact on the curriculum?  On student learning?
  4. Proposals must also include a plan for dissemination of project results within the Emerson community, and beyond if possible.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee that includes the Chair of the Faculty Development and Research Committee and members of the ACE Internationalization Lab Sub-committee on Faculty Development. The Committee will recommend teams for admission to the Curriculum Internationalization Studio to the Chief Academic Officer and academic deans, who will make the final selections. 

Application Timetable

December 8, 2014 Application period opens
March 16, 2015 Application period ends
Mid-April Applicants notified of results

Application Questions

Applicants should be ready to answer the following questions on their applications:

  1. Please list the name, rank, and department of the full-time faculty team leader and all faculty members on the team.  All team members must be on the faculty of Emerson College.
  2. Please provide brief curriculum vitae—no more than 2 pages each--for each team member
  3. Project Title
  4. Project Abstract (250 word maximum).
  5. Project Description (1,750 word maximum). Please provide a clearly written narrative description of your project and be as specific as possible. Be sure to include:
    1. A statement of how your project will contribute to internationalizing the Emerson College curriculum;
    2. The rationale for your project;
    3. The role of each person on your team and the contribution he / she will make to the project;
    4. What strategy or strategies you are using to internationalize the curriculum ((will you introduce new materials?  New pedagogical methods? New learning goals?)
    5. A work plan and timeline for the project that indicates what each team member will be doing over the life of the project, along with key benchmarks for individual and group progress.
    6. A clear statement of when the project will be implemented. If you are developing or revising a course or course module, specify when you plan to teach it.
    7. Markers of success over time. How will you know that your project has had an impact on the curriculum?  On student learning?
  6. How will you disseminate results of your project to the Emerson community? Beyond the Emerson community? (300 word maximum)

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to Dr. Anthony Pinder, Assistant Vice President for Internationalization and Global Engagement.