Faculty Grant Support

The Center for International Education supports several faculty initiatives under the auspices of support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant supports our efforts to implement the university's strategic initiative for global learning. It is to be allocated over a five year period from 2013-2018 in support of:

  • Course Development 
  • Faculty Development 
  • Student/Faculty International Research 
  • Student Initiatives
  • Identification and development of institutional relationships abroad
  • An International conference in 2017-18 to discuss pedagogical strategies for teaching American students abroad and international students in the U.S.

I. Course Development

Preparation courses for Spring Term Abroad or new Global Learning Courses.

Faculty are invited to propose one-, two-, or three-credit new courses that focus on preparing students for "engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society." Courses may be linked to a Spring Term Abroad course or be more generally focused as courses with specific global learning outcomes for the discipline in which they are offered. Each course should aim to help students identify areas of interest to explore in a foreign country related to the student's overall academic interest. Course development includes a faculty stipend of $2,000/credit. Team-taught courses will divide the stipend between the teaching faculty.

II. Faculty Development

Faculty development entails several initiatives:

  • Site visits and exploration for new STA courses with preference for courses in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia
  • Interdisciplinary faculty seminars to explore an area, issue or problem with preference for understudied and undervalued regions. To result in team or co-taught new course.

Site visits for new STA courses

Faculty who are developing new STA courses and demonstrate the need to visit potential sites to evaluate logistics (e.g. housing, safety, internal travel, access to third-party providers, etc.) may receive funding toward travel expenses. Preference will be given to courses to be developed in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

Applications may be made at any time but there are a limited number of visits that can be made during a single fiscal (July 1-June 30) year. Applications should include name, title of course, course location, a brief description of the faculty member's experience and knowledge of the proposed site, the site attributes that will be appropriate to the course, a budget estimate for the visit and the name of a site contact.

III. Faculty Seminars

Mellon faculty seminars are interdisciplinary seminars/workshops related to a particular issue or problem that can be examined from a variety of points of view. The objective is to facilitate new curricular development including the integration of existing faculty research and teaching interests in potential new study abroad courses or global learning courses on campus.

Seminars involve regular discussions, common readings, public presentations and the inclusion of students in ways to be determined by the faculty proposers. Proposals will be strengthened by discernible outcomes. Budget categories can include stipends, travel, colloquia, visiting speakers and/or comparable events.

In 2016-18, the Global Learning Faculty Liaisons are coordinating a multidisciplinary seminar on "Borders and Their Human Impact." 

The seminar addresses the concept of borders and border crossings from a variety of perspectives that tie humanity to political, geophysical, physiological, epistemological and spiritual borders. Colloquium themes include:

  • The creation and crossing of geopolitical borders: migration and exile
  • The movement of epidemics across political and corporal borders
  • Privacy and virtual borders in an era of cyber-surveillance
  • Crossing religious borders: conversion and confession
  • Linguistic borders and the politics of translation

Information about Past Seminars

Student/Faculty Research

Funding is provided for a limited number of faculty-supervised international summer research projects linked to faculty research agendas and/or to prospective student honors theses work. The projects are meant to establish or cultivate faculty collaboration with colleagues abroad as well as to expose students to research methods within a different cultural context. For each project the Faculty director will receive a stipend of $3,000. The student researcher will receive a stipend of $3,000 and funds toward travel costs.


Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Grant

With the generous support of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Program for our Global Education Initiatives, Washington and Lee is promoting the following initiatives for faculty and students.

The Faculty Global Fellows Program supported collaborative faculty seminars in 2015-16, 2016-17 that address important global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

In 2015-16, Professors Joel Blecher (Religion), Seth Cantey (Politics) and Shikha Silwal (Economics) conducted a six-week seminar on "Tradition and Change in the Middle East and South Asia". The seminar explored themes concerning:

  • Education in India and Pakistan
  • Gender, Migration, and Islam across the Indian Ocean
  • Religion and Violence in the Levant

The seminar included a series of colloquia and numerous guest lectures by international scholars that led to the development of a prototype syllabus for a gateway course in Middle East and South Asian Studies.

In 2016-17, Professors James Kahn (Environmental Studies), Martin Davies (Economics) and Hugo Blunch (Economics) will conduct a seminar on "Complexity and Socioeconomic Transitions: A case study of Brazil with Implications for Other Emerging Countries". The seminar will examine economic development in Brazil, with the purpose of identifying the factors that have prevented Brazil from developing the type of economy and standard of living level associated with a North American or European country. Recommendations will be made for future policy directions, and implications for other emerging economy countries. The seminar will include guest lectures, a weekend workshop and the development of faculty-student white papers assessing the factors affecting Brazil's development.

The International Student Collaboration program will support four pairs of W&L students (one international, preferably from the developing part of the world, and one U.S.) for each of four years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) to develop and realize a summer project in the home country of the international student. The purpose of the program is to increase the impact of our international students on campus, provide them with an opportunity to give back to their countries of origin, and introduce American students to understudied areas of the world through an immersion experience.