Faculty Grant Proposals Encouraged for Internationalization
Seed grants to enhance internationalization are again available to faculty at Case Western Reserve University. The awards, offered through the Center for International Affairs, are available up to $7500, and the Center for International Affairs will work with recipients to secure additional external funding, as necessary.
"The Center for International Affairs has provided over $100,000 to fund over 15 different projects over the last three years,” says Molly Watkins, Executive Director for International Affairs. “We are excited to see what proposals are submitted this year.”
For 2015, the call is specific to projects that meet one of the two criteria or both:
- The project is focused on internationalizing the curriculum or co-curriculum, including, but not limited to, internationalizing a course or a degree program, and/or
- The project is focused on a sustainable initiative in Brazil.
Examples of the kinds of expenditures that are eligible for support include:
- The development and implementation of sustainable faculty-designed semester-long study abroad programs
- The development and implementation of sustainable international research projects involving undergraduate students in Brazil
- The development of new international and cross-discipline curricula.
Proposals, due December 1st, will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the proposed project and its relevance to the stated criteria. Visit the Center for International Affairs website for more information about the grants.
The Center for International Affairs Welcomes New Study Abroad Advisor
The Center for International Affairs welcomes Matt Notarian, new study abroad advisor within the Office of Education Abroad.
Matt comes to Cleveland most recently from Tulane University in New Orleans, but he spent the better part of the last decade living and working in various places around the country and overseas. Matt’s first experience traveling abroad was a winter semester in Italy as an undergraduate student. Later, while pursuing a doctorate in classical archaeology, he worked on projects in Greece and Italy, and independently traveled to Turkey. After finishing his Ph.D., Matt taught at Tulane as a visiting faculty member and returned to Italy each summer as a staff member for an archeological dig north of Rome with a couple dozen American undergraduate students. These experiences helped him realize that one of the most fulfilling aspects of his time was helping students participate in the same kind of overseas adventures that had shaped his career.
As a study abroad advisor, Matt will put his international experience to use by helping CWRU students plan and pursue their own study abroad goals. His primary job is to help every student who wants to study abroad find an appropriate overseas program or institution that is tailored for individual needs, such as majors, minors, and personal travel interests. Matt will also work with CWRU faculty who are interested in leading overseas courses, drawing upon his background as a faculty leader of archaeological courses in Italy. Through his contributions, he hopes to further the value of global education and increase the number of students studying abroad.
Feel free to contact Matt if you have any questions or would like additional information regarding study abroad.