Fellowships

Global Learning fellowships fund research collaborations between faculty or staff and undergraduate students. This program is designed to cultivate global learning models that combine research mentorship and innovative active learning strategies. Funded projects will generate new knowledge in the researchers’ field and involve methods for using results to facilitate engaged global learning. Funded projects will focus on increasing students’ global awareness, global perspective, and global engagement. Global learning fellowship research will build FIU’s institutional expertise and expand knowledge of effective global learning strategies in higher education. Recipients will share research findings and teaching strategies at conferences and through high impact conferences and journals.

2017 Fellowship Project

Educating for Global Competency

Dr. Angela Salmon, Department of Teaching and Learning

This project is part of a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) course in collaboration with Dr. Rosa Guzman, Early Childhood and Literacy faculty member at La Sabana University in Colombia.

Drs. Salmon and Guzman will engage pre-service teachers and students from the two settings in an Out of Eden Learn experience, in which students accompany National Geographic journalist Paul Salopek on his 21,000-mile, seven-year walk around the world, exploring their own neighborhoods, investigating contemporary global issues, and reflecting on how they as individuals fit into a broader geographical and historical context. In addition, students will share their perspectives and interact with one another on a digital platform that uses social media as a springboard for deep, meaningful learning. The goal of this research is to ignite students’ interest in the wider world and support them to become more informed, thoughtful, and engaged global citizens.

2016 Fellowship Projects

 Regime Consolidation and Development Policies in Revolutionary Iran

Dr. Eric Lob, Department of Politics and International Relations
Mr. Hatim Bukhair, Department of Politics and International Relations

In this collaborative research, Dr. Eric Lob and his graduate assistant Mr. Hatim Bukhari examined how revolutionary states, like the Islamic Republic, consolidated power after the fall of the former regime. Through interviews and archival research in Iran, Dr. Lob and Mr. Bukhari contextualized the case of the Construction Jihad, helping to explain the success of the Iranian revolution and the state’s internal and external development policies. Their research was integrated into the global learning course CPO 4057 – Political Violence and Revolution, where students compare and contrast Iran’s revolutionary outcome with other revolutionary states.

Training in Social Determinants of Health as a Strategy for Global Learning

Dr. Barbara Roller, College of Medicine

This pilot program is a collaboration between the Honors College, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the Department of Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health, and the School of Education and Human Development in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education.

Faculty from the College of Medicine, the School of Education and Human Development, and the Honors College, and selected students from Honors College classes participated in workshops on understanding social determinants of health. Participants applied this knowledge as they volunteered in the Neighbhorhood HELP Education and Pipeline Program. This pilot program measured the extent to which the training in social determinants of health increase global awareness and engagement in improving learning and health. Students will present their research at national conferences.

2015 Fellowship Projects

Blacks in Paris

Hilary Jones, Associate Professor, Department of History

Alexandra Cornelius-Diallo, Instructor, Department of History

Drs. Jones and Cornelius-Diallo worked with a group of students to conduct research on the role of black Creole writers, journalists, and musicians in shaping black thought in Paris during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Among the tangible products of the research was the development of a GL course for the African and African Diaspora Studies program called “Blacks in Paris.” This research also served as the foundation for the development of a short-term study abroad experience in Paris.

Does Acting Locally Help Youth to Think Globally? Engaging in Global Learning through Digital Participatory Research

Sarah Mathews, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Mathews engaged pre-service social studies teachers at FIU and secondary school students in Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida to conduct digital participatory research (DPR). Dr. Mathews and one FIU student began the research by introducing the DPR method at Fuax Hall Secondary School in Kingston and Paul Bell Middle School in Miami. The goal of this research wass to help students engage in DPR projects concerning their local contexts while also facilitating cross-cultural discussions among students at all three sites. The research served to establish an international collaboration between the Jamaican public school system and the Secondary Social Studies Education program at FIU.

2014 Fellowship Projects

1.    Research on Globalization and Sustainable Development in the Rukullakta Indigenous Territory, Ecuadorian Amazon

Juliet S. Erazo, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies

Dr. Erazo and several students in an anthropology course took part in participatory action research examining sustainable development activities that the indigenous residents of the Ecuadorian Amazon undertake as a means to address cultural, economic, and political changes in the region.  Students developed a video that will be used in future face-to-face and online offerings of courses in anthropology. The research trip also served as the pilot for a future study abroad offering in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

2.    Into the Fields

Alayne Unterberger, Associate Scholar, Center for Labor Research Studies

Dr. Unterberger and students enrolled in an action research labor studies course engaged with members of the Homestead agricultural community to conduct research on the health concerns of workers in this community. Students utilized a wide variety of research methods to establish community trust, design and revise bilingual instruments, conduct research, and analyze data.  Students in subsequent classes in Labor Studies will add to and utilize the data collected by their predecessors.