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Internationalization Taskforce Begins Work

by Steve Gilliam, University Relations

UNCG is launching a faculty-led Internationalization Task Force which will assess current internationalization efforts and develop strategies for implementation for the next 18 months. Due by December 2011, the report will include recommendations for increasing the numbers of international experiences for students and faculty, global research networks, and international students on campus; integration of study abroad into the curriculum; and international grants.

“With the declaration of internationalization as one of its five strategic directions, UNCG has committed itself to integrating international and intercultural perspectives and experiences into its teaching, learning and service,” said Provost David H. Perrin in his charge to the Task Force. “Working in a concerted collaborative and inclusive manner, UNCG can improve its approach to international education, make it contribute to the benefit of the entire university community, and gain the recognition the University deserves.”

To assist the effort, UNCG has joined the American Council on Education (ACE) Internationalization Collaborative, a group of more than 100 institu­tions that helps faculty and administrators to share ideas and strategies for furthering international agendas. UNCG is also among eight institutions that have been selected to participate in the ACE Internationalization Laboratory for 2010-2011. The laboratory assists institutions in assessing the challenges and opportunities of implementing comprehensive internationalization strategies. Further information about the laboratory, is available here.





Dr. Barbara Hill, senior associate with ACE’s Center for International Initiatives, conducted a site visit to UNCG on October 13 and met with senior administrators. She also conducted a roundtable discussion with the taskforce and key stakeholders.

The task force is co-chaired by Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs, and Dr. Jerry Pubantz, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College.

Other members are Dr. Susan Andreatta, Department of Anthropology; Dr. Alan Boyette, Office of the Provost; Dr. Roberto Campo, Department Romance Languages; Dr. David Cardenas, Department of Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality Management; Dr. Sarah Carrigan, Office of Institutional Research; Dr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Department of Educational Research Methodology; Dr. C.P. Gause, Department of Teacher Education & Higher Education; Dr. Kevin Lowe, Department of Business Administration; Dr. Kathleen Macfie, Department of German, Russian & Japanese Studies; Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker, Department of Interior Architecture; Vicki McNeil, Division of Student Affairs; Dr. David Nelson, School of Music, Dr. Cathryne Schmitz, Department of Social Work; and Dr. Anita Tesh, Dean’s Office, School of Nursing.  Assisting the taskforce will be Stephen Flynn, who is serving as Administrative Assistant to the taskforce.

Interested in contributing to the Task Force’s research? Feel free to contact Penelope Pynes via email at pjpynes@uncg.edu.

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Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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