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UT Faculty Awarded Global Virtual Exchange Grants

  • May 28, 2020

We are pleased to announce the grant awardees for the inaugural Texas Global Virtual Exchange Initiative. Grants support faculty collaborations with peers at institutions abroad to co-create courses or course modules delivered virtually via widely available online technology. Global virtual exchanges are excellent vehicles for project and problem-based activities and allow students to participate in interactive learning, fostering a context for cross-cultural interaction thereby enhancing their global competency. Global Virtual exchanges contribute to UT Austin’s mission of integrating global perspectives and innovative teaching practices into the curriculum. 

"We are delighted to have received a robust number of applications for this new institutional initiative,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. She added that “Faculty at UT and their peers at institutions abroad are eager to engage students across borders in project-based learning to tackle important questions.” 

Texas Global awarded 17 grants to faculty from five colleges and schools across the university, partnering with colleagues at institutions in 15 countries. An anticipated 1,200 students will benefit from the global virtual exchange model from fall 2020 to spring 2021. 

Implementation Grant Recipients

Erika Bsumek      

Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts

Radical Hope: Global Environmental History 

(Ludwig Maximilian University in Germany and Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Jason Cons

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts 

Landscape and Power 

(University of Newcastle, Australia)

Michael P. Domjan  

Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts 

Principles of Conditioning and Learning 

(Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia)

Orlando Kelm      

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts

Business in Hispanic Life and Culture 

(Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico)

Chang Liu  

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Moody College of Communication

Hearing Science and Lab 

(Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

James Loehlin

Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Shakespeare Through Performance 

(University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)


Development Grant Recipients

Caroline Faria

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts 

International Development in Africa

(Makerere University, Uganda)

Patricia L. Hamilton-Solum 

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Nursing Care of Childbearing Families Clinical Practicum 

(Moi University, Kenya)

Xiaofen Keating  

Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education

Fitness Behavioral Changes and Fitness Testing 

(Northeast Normal University, China)

Robyn Metcalf    

Assistant Professor of Instruction, School of Human Ecology/Nutritional Sciences, College of Natural Sciences

Global Food Systems Design

(Universidad de Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala)

Marina Peterson  

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

Sensing: Elemental media as an anthropology for change

(University of Manchester, U.K.)

Gabriela Polit

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts

Journalism and Human Rights 

(Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador)

Adam T. Rabinowitz 

Associate Professor, Department of Classics, College of Liberal Arts

Classical Archaeology: Methods and Approaches 

(University of Bucharest, Romania)

Heather R. Rice

Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts

First Year Russian Online II; Second Year Russian 1 

(Higher School of Economics, Russia)

Sara M. Stewart Stevens 

Assistant Professor of Instruction, School of Human Ecology/Division of Textiles and Apparel, College of Natural Sciences

Product Development Lecture 

(Institute for Arts and Culture, Pakistan)

Amelia Gabrielle Weinreb

Senior Lecturer, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Multicultural Israel 

(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Evgenia Wilkins

Lecturer, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Intensive Russian I; Intensive Russian II  

(Irkutsk State University, Russia)


The application deadline for the next cycle of Texas Global Virtual Exchange grants is July 10, 2020. Apply here.