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Toolkit Introduction

Toolkit Introduction

Faculty members are increasingly interested in embedding international education experiences into their otherwise residential courses so as to leverage the international scope of the course content, to provide students with real-world learning opportunities, and to foster meaningful intellectual and intercultural experiences for their students. Engaged faculty members recognize the need to graduate students who have first-hand experience and knowledge of the world beyond one’s national borders.
The Embedded Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit has been developed to offer faculty members an array of pedagogically-sound instructional activities that can be integrated in embedded, education abroad courses, or more specifically, those undergraduate courses that include a brief experience abroad as a minor component of a course. This generally includes short-term, faculty-led programs for which an international excursion is supplemental or embedded within an otherwise residential course. Embedded education abroad programs are believed to be an effective way to further internationalize the curriculum and to provide students with academically engaging and culturally enriching, international experiences.
Developed as part of a Teaching Support Grant through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and co-sponsored by the University Office of Global Programs at The Pennsylvania State University, the Toolkit is to be used primarily by faculty members to aid in the development and implementation of education abroad courses. The toolkit complements university administrative and logistical services by offering a portfolio of tested and applicable instructional strategies that leverage the embedded international travel component of these courses to optimize academic learning and the development of global citizenship.
The Embedded Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit has been designed with respect to two primary focus areas, global citizenship and academic development. Specific course objectives have been written for each focus area and are supported by an array of instructional tools that can either be integrated into course syllabi or facilitated as one-time activities.  While one will ideally select tools that align with course objectives, the Toolkit has been further categorized by phase of instruction, content thread and learning style. 
Each tool is explained in a one-page document that provides a brief description of the tool, noting its objectives, materials needed, and recommended method of evaluation. Faculty members are invited to adapt selected tools to more closely align with course objectives and the context of the international travel component.  Each tool is supported with a student handout and/or related instructional documents. While these documents have been prepared to be used for embedded education abroad programming, they can be easily adapted to suit the needs and goals of most any education abroad program.  Note that these documents provide a brief explanation of the method of evaluation, which may also need to be revised accordingly. 
The faculty toolkit is the first of its kind and aims to provide a much needed resource for faculty members planning embedded education abroad programs. Over time, this toolkit will be updated and expanded through on-going faculty development and research. We hope you find this Embedded Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit helpful. 

Toolkit authors

Duarte Morais, Ph.D.
Associate Professor North Carolina State University
Department Of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Box 8004, Biltmore Hall, Raleigh – NC 27695
Phone: 919-515-3663 Fax: 919-515-3687
Email: duarte_morais@ncsu.edu

Anthony C. Ogden, Ph.D.
Director, Education Abroad
University of Kentucky Office of International Affairs
304 Bradley Hall Lexington, KY 40506-0058
Tel: 859.323.2136 Fax: 859.323.1026
Email: a.ogden@uky.edu

Christine Buzinde, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
The Pennsylvania State University Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
801A Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University University Park PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-9773 Fax: 814-867-1751
Email: cbuzinde@psu.edu

Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

Sponsored by:

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.