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Globalizing Course

International Education Week (IEW) Faculty Mini-Grant

Globalizing Your Course

Proposal Submission Deadline Extended: Monday, November 12, 2018


USC’s Global Carolina, the International Education Week (IEW) Committee, and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), with the support from the Office of the Provost, invite full-time and adjunct faculty to submit proposals to internationalize/globalize an existing course. This grant was initiated by the International Education Week committee in an effort to align with and support the Global Carolina Circling the Globe Strategic Plan. The goal of the IEW Faculty Mini-Grants is to assist faculty in developing and implementing globally themed content into current courses, for the purpose of incorporating sustainable international education into the curriculum. Faculty are encouraged to create disciplinary and cross-disciplinary course modules, activities, projects and other course materials that implement the globalization of course content using pedagogical best practices.

Administered by: International Education Week Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence
Funded by: USC Global Carolina, Office of the Provost

Key Terms

In this RFP, the terms globalization and internationalization are used to explain the “process by which international elements are infused into course content, international resources are used in course readings and assignments, and instructional methodologies appropriate to a culturally diverse student population are implemented.” (Schuerholz-Lehr, 2007)


The administrators of the mini-grant encourage and support the globalization of course materials and the use of pedagogical best practices that will:

  • Develop sustainable course syllabi with cross-cultural and international themes
  • Broaden the cultural lens of student learning though the use of appropriate pedagogical tools and improved learning experiences
  • Develop course materials, classroom activities, assignments, experiences or other learning materials that integrate globalized, course-specific learning outcomes and competencies while encouraging an authentic, engaging learning environment

Any full-time faculty or adjunct faculty member at USC Columbia or the Palmetto College campuses (Extended University, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union) is eligible to apply. Faculty may receive funding for only one course per grant cycle.

For this grant program, two (2) $500 grants are available for the purpose of developing a sustainable globalized course design. Funds are available as a salary supplement only and not to be used for “one-time only” course experiences (field trip, guest lectures, etc.) unless that activity/resource can be made sustainable beyond the grant cycle.

To apply, submit an application that includes the Application Cover Sheet, a one to two page Grant Proposal, the Letter of Intent/Departmental Endorsement and a Current CV.  The proposal should include the following information:

  1. The goals of the planned changes to the course/syllabus and relationship to (or incorporation into) the course learning outcomes
  2. A description of how the implementation of globalizing the course will occur
  3. How the method or framework benefits the course/curriculum objectives, academic unit and/or the university’s global learning initiative
  4. An expected timeline of the faculty member’s process for developing course changes (see timeline below)
  5. Signed letter of intent, indicating proof that course will be taught in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

Completed applications must be received by November 12, 2018.  Applications must be sent electronically to

  • Completeness of application and conformity to guidelines
  • Clear and pedagogically appropriate rationale for globalizing the course
  • Clear and pedagogically sound globalized learning outcomes or competencies
  • Likelihood that the course will enhance the quality or extend the reach of globalized or internationalized curricula
  • Feasibility of completing the course changes in the time proposed
  • Likely impact and sustainability of the proposed course changes
  • Submit final course syllabus to be included in a set of Global Learning Resources housed in the CTE’s online teaching resources
  • Administer to course students a pre- and post- “globalization” assessment developed by the IEW Committee on a timeline determined by the committee
  • Present course changes, improvements, “lessons learned” or other related content at the CTE’s 2019 Oktoberbest – A Celebration of Teaching (date TBD)
  • September 2018 – Call for proposals
  • September 20, 2018 – Globalizing Your Course Design informational workshop at CTE
  • IEW Grant Committee selects grant winners and announces awardees during International Education Week (November 12 – 16, 2018)
  • Spring/Summer 2019 – Awardees develop course changes and prepare content; Half of Grant Award funds transferred to appropriate departments
  • Fall 2019/Spring 2020 – Awardees implement globalized syllabus and complete grant requirements and receive second half of Grant Award funds transferred

Application Documents

International Education Week Mini-Grant Information
International Education Week Mini-Grant Application Cover Sheet
International Education Week Mini-Grant Application Letter of Intent/Departmental Endorsement 

Completed proposal applications must be received by November 12, 2018.  Applications must be sent electronically to the IEW Review Committee at

Awards will be announced on or before November 16, 2018 during International Education Week. 

Information Session

More information on globalized syllabi, content, activities or materials will be discussed at the Globalizing Your Course Design workshop at the Center for Teaching Excellence on September 20, 2018 (additional workshops TBD). Also, attending a Carolina Intercultural Training or other Center for Teaching Excellence workshop on a global, international, or intercultural topic prior to implementation is encouraged.


Contact Julie Medlin at

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