Curriculum Globalization Grants from the Global Education Office

The Global Education Office (GEO) invites Virginia Tech faculty to submit proposals for the development of innovative new courses or creative revisions of existing ones, to expand significantly our undergraduate students’ awareness of and engagement with international and global topics, issues, contexts, and concerns. Courses that develop students’ cross-cultural competency are also encouraged.

These grants are specifically to support teaching faculty in the development of undergraduate courses to be offered on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. While the Global Education Office strives to make meaningful study abroad a possibility for ever-increasing numbers of VT students, we recognize that there will always be a significant portion of the student population whose entire educational experience will take place on familiar soil, and for this reason we seek to facilitate the creation of personal, active, and challenging cross-cultural contact for our students on the home campus.

In offering the Curriculum Globalization Grants, we encourage faculty to think broadly and imaginatively about ways to bring VT students on the Blacksburg campus into direct and meaningful contact with issues, perspectives, or cultural phenomena from around the world. Proposals should articulate a pedagogical approach designed to engage the students’ interest in these topics actively and personally.

Awards will be granted as follows:

  • For the modification of an existing course: $3,500
  • For the creation of a new course: $5,000

To apply, please submit the following:

  • a brief narrative describing your intended revision of an existing syllabus or outlining the details of the new globally focused course that you envision. Include in your narrative
    • a clear definition of the desired outcomes for student learning, understanding, and development;
    • clearly defined content, strategies of implementation, and activities that will support the desired learning outcomes;
    • metrics by which outcomes will be measured;
    • evidence of the students’ active and personal engagement with such elements as critical issues, social and political perspectives, and individual voices from outside their accustomed cultural framework;
    • proposed course attributes (e.g., in what term(s) and how frequently will the course it be offered? How many students will it accommodate? Who will teach it? Will it be required or elective?)
  • a preliminary outline of course content, texts, potential assignments/projects, and weekly progression of classes
  • designation of the departmental fund to which the award should be transferred in the event your proposal is selected.*

Additional evaluative criteria include whether a course is sustainable over time and whether its framework and/or methods are adaptable to other courses and disciplines.

Applications should not exceed two pages (+ attachments) and should be submitted to no later than January 10, 2016.

Grant recipients will be expected to submit their completed course proposals to the Global Education Office no later than September 1, 2016.
New or significantly revised courses should be ready for submission to the relevant department curriculum committee to begin the approval process by the beginning of the fall 2016 semester.
Revised syllabi which have not undergone changes of such magnitude as to require new approval should be ready to be taught during the 2016-17 academic year.

* NB: Because these grants are supported through FY16 E&G funds, applicants are urged to work with their departments to ensure that disbursement of the transferred funds to appropriate costs can be effected before the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2016).

For questions, please contact Theresa Johannson (

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