GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellowship

The second GLOBALtimore cohort features UMB faculty from all schools learning how to add global content to existing courses or new courses. The priority focus of the 2020-21 cohort is Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses.

Read about the transformational initiatives lead by the faculty in GLOBALtimore's 2020-21 cohort and by clicking on the thumbnails below.

What is the GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellowship?

All UMB faculty interested in teaching about global topics are eligible to apply to become a GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellow.  The program consists of workshops, a support stipend, and membership in a learning community of faculty from accross UMB's professional and graduate schools to learn about global education and how to integrate global concepts into new or existing courses.  The focus of this program is to support faculty as they consider how to update or create courses within their own schools, curriculum committees, accreditation requirements, and professions.  The selected Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $2000.

What is global education and why is it important at UMB?

Global education engages students in ideas about people, places, cultures, issues, professional practices and values from multiple worldviews and contexts in a way that facilitates student learning focused on:

  • distinct responses to global issues and phenomena in a variety of contexts around the world;
  • their positionality in the world as citizens, scholars and leaders;
  • understanding and interpreting diverse opinions, perspectives, and ways of knowing; and
  • applying global concepts, practices and ideas to their professional practice.

The program support UMB's strategic goals of Health, Justice, and Social Impact, Inclusive Excellence and Student Success by deepening and expanding local and global learning to develop future professionals and scholars who are comfortable in the world.  The program helps faculty develop curriculum that expands students' understandings of professional or disciplinary issues in global contexts adapt ideas and practices from outside the U.S. to local contexts.

2020-21 Collaborative International Online Learning (COIL) Focus

What is a COIL?  COIL is a relatively new way of teaching that was developed to foster global learning through the development of online learning programs that link university or college classes in different countries.  In the COIL model, students in different universities enroll in shared courses with faculty members from each institution co-developing, co-teaching, and co-managing coursework.  Instructors work together to generate a shared syllabus emphasizing active and collaborative student learning.  The classes may be fully online or involve a travel component.  Learn more about COILs herehere, and here.

SUNY is a leader in the COIL movement and offers a very useful free handbook on how to create and evaluate a COIL course available by email or online here.

UMB has offered two successful COIL courses

  • SOWK 699 "Interdisciplinary HIV Services: Learning from Differentiated Care Models in Botswana and Baltimore." Caroline Long, PhD and Sally Bjornholm, MSW of the SSW, along with faculty from the University of Botswana (UB) Social Work Program 
  • "Environmental Justice, Human Rights and Public Health." UM Carey Law Professors Diane Hoffmann, Peter Danchin, Bob Percival, and Bill Piermattai with University of Malawi Professor Chikosa Banda

This year's GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellows program will prioritize applicants who propose COIL courses.  However, we recognize that developing COILs with an international partner is a labor-intensive process that requires significant commitment on the part of UMB faculty and the international partner.  We welcome non-COIL applications as well.

Selection and participation criteria

Fellows will be selected based on their commitment to participate in the year-long Fellowship.  Fellows will be expected to participate in the professional development seminars and the faculty learning community set up for this purpose.  Fellows will be asked to provide a brief course description, including its global content in August 2020, and a final summary of the course in May 2021.  For the 2020-21 cohort, faculty who propose COIL courses will have priority in the selection process.  

*There will also be two $10,000 travel stipends awarded to faculty who propose and develop COILs as Fellows  

*The travel stipend will be made available to faculty upon completion and approval of the course by the faculty member's school.  The travel stipend can be used after the end of the Fellowship.

Program Leadership

The GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellowship is directed by Amy Ramirez, MA, Director of International Services in the Center for Global Engagement in collaboration with Christina Cestone, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC)  

Application and Fellowship TImeline

Application: HERE

Application Deadline: May 21, 2020

Grantees Notified: June 5, 2020

2020-21 cohort professional development seminar: Monday, June 15 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm (plan for in-person meeting, can make virtual if necessary).

One page course description due: August 28, 2020

Final summary of course due: May 27, 2021


Monthly GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellows meetings

All meetings will be held the first Friday of every month from 11:00 - 12:00 pm and held via teleconferencing technology. 

September 18, 2020

October 16, 2020

November 20, 2020

January 15, 2021

February 19, 2021

March 19, 2021

April 16, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have an idea but I'm not sure if it meets the qualifications of the program.

A: The program is flexible to meet the needs of faculty and students in seven different professional and graduate schools so we would love to discuss your idea with you and help shape it prior to your application.  Please contact GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellowship Director Amy Ramirez to set up a time to discuss your idea.

Q: I would like to create a COIL, but need support.

A: The Center for Global Engagement has experiences with COIL courses and can help you plan and carry out your COIL program.  Please contact GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellowship Director Amy Ramirez to set up a time to discuss your COIL ideas.


Q: What can the stipend be used for?

A: The GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellowship stipend of $2,000 will be transferred into an account in your school and can be used to buy supplies, bring in expert speakers for module development, travel expenses, participation in conferences, research assistants, or any other expense related to the GLOBALtimore project.  Expenses must be made in conjunction with, and approved by, the faculty member's school finance office.

Q: Can faculty from all schools participate?

A: Yes, faculty from all schools are encouraged to apply.  Any faculty member with teaching duties is eligible.


Q: Does the proposal have to be interprofessional?

A: No, the proposal can be single-school.  This is the only Center for Global Engagement program that does not prioritize interprofessional collaboration because we understand that globalizing the curriculum must take place primarily within each school.  However, interprofessional initiatives are very welcome.


Q: Does my application and the course have to be approved by my school?

A: Yes, the application requires approval by the applicant's department chair or Dean (as appropriate).  In addition, Fellows will be responsible for determining whether Curriculum Committee or other administrative approval is required for the proposed course (or course revision) and meeting those requirements.

Q: I do not know much about curricular internationalization of global education in general or in my field - can I still apply?

A: Yes!  GLOBALtimore Teaching Fellows will participate in professional development workshops and a faculty learning community where they will have an opportunity to learn more about global education and apply that learning to their own course.  We welcome your ideas about global topics that you think are relevant to a course you teach, and will work with you on developing that idea.