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Office of Global Engagement

2015 Global Experiential Learning and Teaching (GELT) Grants Awarded

January 26, 2015

Recipients of the second round of Global Experiential Learning and Teaching grants have been announced. The GELT program, unveiled in the summer of 2014, provides support for faculty to embed an education abroad component into an on-campus course. Read more about the 2015 recipients and the grant that, according to the Brown Daily Herald, takes Brown "a step forward as a leader among colleges and universities in recognizing the increasing importance of both experiential learning in today’s globalized world and the access of all students to such experiences" below.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office of Global Engagement at Brown has announced recipients of the second round of its Global Experiential Learning and Teaching (GELT) grant program, unveiled in the summer of 2014. The GELT program provides support for faculty to embed an education abroad component into an on-campus course. It is funded in partnership with the offices of Academic Development and Diversity, Dean of the College, Dean of the Faculty, and the School of Professional Studies.

Grant recipients receive funds for advanced seminars or capstone courses at the undergraduate or graduate level that include international travel prior to, during, or at the end of the course. Regular members of the Brown faculty who have an established relationship with colleagues at a university, cultural/historical organization, NGO, for-profit, or government entity abroad are eligible for the award. There are two levels: Phase One: Curriculum Development grants provide up to $4,000 for the development of a new course with a travel abroad component, and Phase Two: Curriculum Implementation grants provide up to $35,000 to support travel, accommodations, and related costs for one faculty member and up to 12 Brown students to a destination that complements the topic studied during the semester.

More information about the program is available online.

The inaugural round of grants was announced in August 2014. The Office of Global Engagement announced the 2015 Global Experiential Learning and Teaching (GELT) grant competition in November 2014.

Four GELT grants will support Phase Two: Curriculum Implementation in 2015 and 2016:

  • James Green, professor of History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, for the course “Brazil Under Vargas: Shaping a Nation,” and travel to Brazil in summer 2015;
  • Amy Nunn, assistant professor of public health, and Tim Flannigan, professor of medicine, for the course “Local & Global Community Health Disparities,” and summer 2015 travel to Ghana and Brazil;
  • Dietrich Neuman, professor for the history of modern architecture and urbanism, for the course “Berlin: Architecture, Politics and Memory,” and spring 2015 travel to Germany; and
  • Alberto Saal, associate professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, for the fall 2015 course “Global Tectonics,” and travel to Argentina in January 2016.

Three GELT grants will support Phase One: Curriculum Development in the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Jin Li, professor of education, for a course being developed with the Chinese University of Hong Kong on international and comparative human development;
  • Harold Roth, professor of religious studies and East Asian studies, for the course “Philosophy and Practice of Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism”; and
  • Sarah Tobin, associate director of Middle East studies, for the course “Anthropology of Displacement and Refugees in the Middle East” with a focus on Jordan.

This article was published on News from Brown on January 23, 2015.