Global Kenyon Crossroads consists of a variety of programs. Some are geared toward campus innovation and others are geared specifically toward faculty initiatives.
Global Course Connections are meant to support the connection of two college classes, one from a U.S.-based Alliance campus with one from a non-U.S. Alliance campus, in a way that enriches both courses with an international perspective. The larger goal of this effort is to deepen the educational, social, and intellectual connections among the member institutions in an effort to create a globally inclusive community of Liberal Arts educators.
Connected courses need not be nearly identical or even from the same discipline, but must have overlapping topics that can be enhanced with an international perspective. The nature and extent of the course connections are determined by the instructors. The courses can be tightly coupled, working from a common syllabus with common readings and assignments, or they can be loosely coupled connecting at a smaller set of strategic points in the course where an international perspective would provide the greatest impact. Courses can use synchronous communication (e.g., shared class sessions, student-student Skype sessions) and/or asynchronous communication (e.g., through email, course management systems, forums or other web-based repositories). Read the full call for proposals.
Through collaborative development of shared course materials (i.e., with faculty collaborators from Alliance institutions) and by offering shared courses with international dimensions, faculty members will engage their students in interdisciplinary and international topics. Proposals to offer a Themed Course are developed by faculty teams and are submitted through the Alliance Liaison from one of the participating campuses. Download the call for proposals (PDF).
This program supports GLCA faculty members wishing to develop a new area of scholarly expertise that extends the global reach of current research or teaching. Recipients must seek out collaborators from Alliance institutions with expertise in the subject. Proposals in this program are developed by two or more faculty members and are submitted through the Alliance Liaison from one of the participating GLCA campuses.
This program provides support for each GLCA campus to advance its goals to internationalize the programs of learning that define an undergraduate’s experience of the liberal arts. There will be one proposal per campus, submitted by the campus’ Alliance Liaison.
A Grand Challenge is a topic of global significance that transcends disciplinary boundaries and has important implications for humanity. Each year, exploration of a Grand Challenge will be the thematic focal point for curricular and co-curricular programming across all participating Alliance campuses. There will be one proposal per campus, submitted by the campus’ Alliance Liaison. The Grand Challenge topic is Challenging Borders
The Shared Languages program will expand and deepen foreign language curricula by designing and implementing consortially-based collaborative courses and programs of study. Over the four years of the initiative, courses will be developed for at least one commonly taught language that is experiencing enrollment challenges and two lesser-taught languages with wide appeal within the Alliance. Participation will be determined by interest. The Shared Languages Program is being directed by Gabriele Dillmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This program supports short-term visits by faculty, staff and administrators between Alliance schools to address a specific need identified by an Alliance campus. In some cases one or more Alliance personnel is brought to the requesting campus to run a workshop or consult with campus members. In other cases, someone from the requesting campus travels to one or more other Alliance campuses to consult with experts.
The Alliance will cover airfare, a modest allowance for other travel costs (e.g., parking, meals, mileage), and up to $150 for obtaining a visa, including using a visa expediter. The host campus must agree to provide housing and most meals for the period of the visit.
Proposals for an inter-institutional visit should be submitted to Simon Gray by a representative of the hosting (requesting) institution. The proposal should describe the expertise requested, the person or persons who will be invited to provide it, what the visitor(s) will do during the visit, and a tentative timetable for the visit. It is possible that not all proposals can be funded in a year.