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Faculty Awarded Grants to Develop Global Virtual Exchanges with Institutions in 8 Countries 

  • Mar 5, 2021

Texas Global awarded grants to seven University of Texas at Austin faculty members as part of the third cohort of the Global Virtual Exchange Initiative. Grant recipients will design new online international learning courses, exploring topics ranging from primate conservation in Uganda to architecture and climate change in the Galapagos, comparative cultural perspectives on inclusive education and hands-on field research on rice farming in Texas and Asia.

The faculty members represent four colleges and schools and will co-create the courses with 10 institutional partners in eight countries around the world. The newly awarded virtual exchanges are expected to engage more than 300 students at UT and abroad in the next academic year.

“The Global Virtual Exchange Initiative continues to grow each semester due to the enthusiasm and creativity of our exceptional faculty grantees who thus far have developed courses for UT students and their peers in 34 countries abroad,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. “These exchanges increase access to global perspectives for students, contribute to the internationalization of our curriculum and strengthen our linkages with institutions across the world.”

Since January 2020, Texas Global has awarded 56 grants across 37 departments in 12 colleges and schools. More than 3,000 students at UT Austin and abroad have learned from each other’s perspectives by participating in the Texas Global Virtual Exchange Initiative.

February 2021 Global Virtual Exchange Grant Recipients

Track A

Marc Bizer

Professor of French, Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts
“Female Literary Legacies in Early Modern France”

(University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, France)

Paola Bonifazio

Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts
“Italian Cinema”

(University of Udine, Italy)

David D Heymann

Professor, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture
“Hot, Humid, Isolated, Urgent: The Crisis and Potential of Architecture in the Galapagos”

(University of San Francisco Quito, Ecuador)

James R Patton

Associate Professor of Instruction, Department of Special Education, College of Education
“Individual Differences, Diversity, and Inclusion with Special Populations”

(National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)

Aaron G. Sandel

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
“Primate Conservation —The Human Story of Ecosystems in Uganda”

(Makerere University and Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda)

Ellenor Shoemaker

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts
“TeleTandem: Tandem Language Learning in a Virtual World”

(Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France)

Track B

David Eaton

Bess Harris Jones Centennial Professor of Natural Resource Policy Studies, LBJ School of Public Affairs
“Global Virtual Exchange: University of Texas With Hiroshima University”

(Hiroshima University in Japan, Tribhuvan University in Nepal and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India)