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Fall 2022 Edition

Welcome to the Education Abroad (EA) Faculty News, our publication curated for faculty directors of CU Global Seminars and CU Global Intensives!  It has been too long but what perfect timing following International Education Week! We are happy to report that education abroad enrollment is back to pre-Covid levels and faculty-led numbers for summer 2023 are already looking very promising. Thank you for all your hard work! We hope you will enjoy the many wonderful highlights for Fall 2022. 
- Sylvie Burnet-Jones, Director, Education Abroad

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Lauren Collins Published in Frontiers

Dr. Lauren Collins, Program Director and Teaching Professor in the Asian Studies Program, published the article Leveraging Foreign Higher Education Institutional Affiliation to Support Preservation of Local Knowledge and Fight Displacement in Thailand in the latest edition of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. You can read it here:

Dr. Collins is the Faculty Director of the new Tang-Funded Global Seminar: Memory and the Politics of Heritage in Taiwan.

Prof. Ruth Heisler named Teaching Professor of Distinction

Professor Ruth Heisler, from the Department of Integrative Physiology, was named a Teaching Professor of Distinction by the College of Arts and Sciences last month. Please join us in congratulating her on this outstanding accomplishment recognizing her distinction as a CU Professor, and read more about her efforts on campus in the Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine.

Professor Heisler is one of the faculty directors of the Global Seminar: History of Medicine in London, an exciting new program for IPHY students beginning in Summer 2023.

Dr. Catherine Kunce earns Marinus Smith Award

Dr. Catherine Kunce, Teaching Associate Professor in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric, has been awarded the Marinus Smith Award by the New Student & Family Programs. This award recognizes  faculty and staff who provide outstanding support to students and make a significant impact on the experience of students throughout their college career. Her nominator, Grace Rojas, offered the following praises of Dr. Kunce:

“Dr. Kunce was the only person who didn’t give up on me when everyone else did. Not only did she mentor and help shape me as a writer, she gave me life advice. Even now, two years post grad, she checks in on me. I owe my current career as a writer to her.”

CU students have the opportunity to learn the craft of writing in Ireland with Dr. Kunce each summer on the Global Seminar: Writing in Ireland program. 
Dr. Colleen Scanlan-Lyons attended 2022 UN Climate Change Conference

Dr. Colleen Scanlan-Lyons, Associate Research Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, was one of three CU Boulder faculty— with James Anaya and Max Boykoff—who traveled to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The CU faculty observed the negotiations and contributed valuable insights on the impact of climate change on human rights, the importance of forest conservation and trends in climate change communication. You can read more here:

Dr. Colleen Scanlan-Lyons co-directs the Global Intensive: Sustainability in Brazil with Professors Bernard Amadei, and Peter Newton.
Dr. Rai Farrelly elected to TESOL International Board of Directors

Dr. Raichle Farrelly, Teaching Associate Professor and director of the TESOL program at CU Boulder Linguistics, was elected to the Board of Directors for the TESOL International Association in late 2021.

Dr. Farrelly brings her expertise in TESOL to her program, Global Seminar: Exploring Social Justice through Teaching English in Yerevan, Armenia.
Dr. Scott Taylor awarded the 2021 Bicentenary Medal

The Linnean Society awarded Dr. Scott Taylor, Assistant Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department, the Bicentenary Medal by the Linnean Society in June of 2021 for his ornithology . This award recognizes an exceptional scientist under the age of 40 conducting excellent biological research and contributing to the natural history community at large. You can read more about this accomplishment in the Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine.

Dr. Taylor is the co-faculty director of the Global Intensive: Ecology & Evolution in the Galapagos Islands.
Congrats Congratulations to Faculty Directors who have made tenure!

Dr. Toby Hopp - Associate Professor - Advertising, Public Relations, & Media Design - Co-Faculty Director Global Seminar: International Strategic Communication in Paris, France
Dr. Scott Taylor - Assistant Professor - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Co-Faculty Director of Global Intensive: Ecology & Evolution in the Galapagos Islands
Dr. Brian Valente-Quinn - Associate Professor - French & Italian - Faculty Director of Global Seminar: Cultures of Activism in Dakar, Senegal and co-faculty director of Global Seminar: Underground Paris

Student News

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Education Abroad Crowdfunding Campaign

Our office just launched a fundraising campaign to support University of Colorado Boulder students to achieve their goal of studying abroad. Going abroad can be a life-changing experience for students-- read the story of how spending time abroad impacted one Education Abroad alumnus below!

Madi's Story
Madi participated in:
Global Internships: Amsterdam, Netherlands (summer)
Global Seminar: International Business & Management in Zagreb, Split & Dubrovnik, Croatia
ISA Italy: Florence University of the Arts

I initially wanted to study abroad because I was having a hard time finding my place at CU; It was my freshman year, and it turned out that college was going to be much more of a struggle than I could have ever imagined. I needed something different, and as it turned out, going abroad was my answer. After a whole year of research, meeting with abroad advisors and convincing the parents, I decided on a semester abroad in Florence. At that time, little did I know that this would just be the start of my adventures abroad.

My experiences abroad mean everything to me. All three [programs] have taught me so much about both my professional and personal life. Professionally, I developed a better understanding of international marketing, sales and cross-cultural communication with both coworkers and supervisors. Personally, I learned the importance of empathy, independence and life-long learning. Overall, what will stick with me the most is hearing the stories of people from all over the world; Even if we live completely different lives, connecting with a stranger over things that make us human made my time abroad so extremely special.

We are working with CU Advancement who has secured a pledge of $15,000 to serve as a matching gift for this initiative. We have featured various student experiences on the campaign page - click here if you’d like to learn more! The campaign will continue through November. Gifts will go directly to student scholarships for any of our 400 programs across 65 countries on all 7 continents, helping students gain independence and self-reliance through their Education Abroad experience and opening up a world-wide CU Boulder classroom for students to thrive. 
Contact Brittany Iwaszkiw at with any questions or comments.

Jessica Yan, Tang Fund Scholar, wins Schwartzmann Scholarship

Jessica Yan, Tang Fund Scholar and CU Boulder participant of the Global Seminar: Discovering Urban China has received the Schwartzmann Scholarship to further her studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing and pursue a master's in global affairs. On this Global Seminar, Jessica went to China for the first time with the assistance of the Tang Fund. Congratulations Jessica!

In Summer 2023, the Tang Fund will support students participating in the Global Seminar: Memory and the Politics of Heritage in Taiwan with Faculty Director Lauren Collins from the Center for Asian Studies.

Faculty Director Resources

IDEAS Workshop Resources

The IDEAS workshop, Developing More Impactful Experiential Learning: Best Practices for Faculty-led Study Abroad, was held with the University of Wyoming last month.

View the resources from this workshop here.


WISE Conference

Wake Forest University posts resources from their past WISE conferences, which focuses on developing knowledge and skills for faculty leaders, program coordinators, and administrators who support students in their experiences abroad. Faculty directors are encouraged to explore resources from past conferences when building programs. The upcoming conference will be held February 2-4, 2023, for those who would like to consider attending this year.

windmills Embedding Sustainable Practices into Education Abroad Programs
Melissa Torres, Karen McBride, Daniel Ponce-Taylor, & Thomas E. Carter

As sustainable travel grows as a priority in international education, the question of how to best integrate sustainable practices has become a popular topic of conversation in the field. Melissa Torres (The Forum on Education Abroad), Karen McBride (Bound International, LLC), Daniel Ponce-Taylor (Intercultural Outreach Initiative), and Thomas E. Carter (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) tackled this conversation at NAFSA X, you can review their presentation and findings here.

New Programs

Portugal New Summer 2023 Global Seminars & Global Intensives

Education Abroad is excited to welcome the following new Global Seminars and Global Intensives for Summer of 2023!

Arcadia STEM Summer Research Programs

Education Abroad has just partnered with Arcadia University to offer 8-week STEM summer research opportunities for undergraduates! Students can choose from projects in 6 exciting locations across England, Scotland, Ireland, and Spain.
The high impact practice of undergraduate research has been identified as a critical component of CU Boulder’s strategic planning. The Academic Futures report recommends that “colleges should make available research experiences...and students should be strongly encouraged to take advantage.” Additionally, the IDEA Plan calls on the university “to increase the accessibility of high-impact programming (study abroad, internships, undergraduate research).”
As the university fosters these additional opportunities for students, Education Abroad hopes to support this effort by expanding international research experiences. Research projects are available in a variety of areas including Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Psychology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Computer Engineering. Summer 2023 available projects can be viewed here.

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