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Emerson faculty invited to meet innovators

The first Curriculum Internationalization Studio cohort is joined by Chief Academic Officer Michaele Whelan, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Internationalization and Global Engagement Anthony Pinder, and other campus internationalization leaders. (File photo)

Emerson College faculty who are interested in acquiring ideas for innovating in their departments are invited to a wine and cheese reception that highlights new initiatives around research and information, as well as globalization.

Innovation@Emerson will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 5:00–7:00 pm, in the Bordy Theater and Auditorium.

The programs being showcased are the Iwasaki Library’s PLANS for Information Literacy, which brought together teams of faculty around integrating information literacy into curricula, and the Curriculum Internationalization Studio. The studio works with faculty either to develop new courses with an international focus, or to add more international elements to existing courses.

“[Faculty] can actually come to an event, hear their colleagues talk about the work, talk about the process, and talk about the results as a way to entice new people to do it,” said Anthony Pinder, assistant vice president for Internationalization and Global Engagement, and an organizer of the event.

The Curriculum Internationalization Studio started last year, with support from the President’s Fund for Curricular Innovation. Eighteen faculty from across the College worked on projects, including Enhancing Africana Studies, Hyperlocal-International Journalism, and Global Media. Some of the initiatives, such as Re-Discovering Cuba and Global Strategic Communication, involved cross-department faculty collaboration.

PLANS for Information Literacy involved four teams of faculty who teach first-year students, said Karla Fribley, instruction coordinator at the Library. The liberal arts, writing, and oral communication teachers worked on ways to incorporate more information literacy and research into their required courses, as well as best practices from each other’s disciplines.

Fribley said one of the things she hears often from faculty is a keen interest in learning from colleagues.

“The Library has offered for at least five years some kind of [cross-disciplinary] faculty development [program], and a lot of times what you hear from faculty….is, ‘Oh this is great, I so rarely get to talk to people outside of my department,’” Fribley said.

For more information on Innovation@Emerson, contact anthony_pinder@emerson.edu or karla_fribley@emerson.edu.