Appalachian Global Symposium


The Appalachian Global Symposium is one of the approaches that supports the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan of "Global Learning: A World of Opportunities for Appalachian Students."


The Symposium highlights global activities engaged in by faculty, staff, and students. Symposium presenters will be discussing a variety of topics including science, technology, business, education, music and politics.

Symposium sessions offer opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to present their recent global experiences (research, education abroad, teaching, or service learning, or internships) on a professional platform, simultaneously expanding the campus community’s knowledge of the dimensions of internationalization occurring at Appalachian.


Faculty, staff, and students were invited to submit a one-page session proposal for presentation at the Appalachian Global Symposium to share with the campus community what they are doing globally. Early proposals were due by Monday, July 7, 2014. All other proposals were due by Friday, August 8, 2014. The proposal submission process is now closed.

The following information is posted here for archival purposes...

What is a proposal?

The proposal should be a one-page (minimum) overview, or summary, of your propsed presentation. It should provide both the main idea you want to convey and an outline of your main points. This overview will be posted online after the symposium. Most presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes so consider carefully the focus of your presentation.

Proposals may address one of the following areas:

  • Teaching
    • Course development
    • Curriculum
    • Partner institutions
  • Research and Creative Activity
    • Encompasses all research and creative activity
  • Educational Research
    • Arts, cultures and societies
    • Environment and sustainability
    • Business, labor and industry
    • Physical and life sciences
  • Students
    • Study abroad
    • Internships abroad

Here is more detailed proposal information for faculty, staff, and students:


Submit a proposal for an area corresponding to your interest and expertise: teaching, research and/or service. This is an opportunity to share on-going research, teaching practices, and other aspects of global learning with colleagues across campus.Artistic performances or other interactive presentations are encouraged.


Submit a proposal for an area corresponding to your interest and expertise. This is an opportunity to share on-going global learning practices and other aspects with colleagues across campus.


Consider submitting a proposal for presentation at the Symposium. This is an opportunity to share on-going research, teaching practices, and other aspects with colleagues across campus.

Because you will be limited to 15-20 minutes, you need to consider carefully the focus of your presentation. You will not be able to speak about your education abroad experience in its entirely, so think about one facet of your overall experience and how you can convey its significance in that 15-20 minutes. You want a sharp focus so that the audience gets a clear and precise understanding of your topic.

You might want to consider focusing on your academic, or cultural or personal experience abroad. For example...

  • What struck you about the teaching methods or student learning styles abroad? What did you appreciate about them, or find challenging? How did you come to put those differences into the larger context of the host culture?
  • What did you learn in your classes (or a specific class) abroad that made the subject stand out in a different light, that gave you an additional insight, that you now see from a different perspective?
  • In your life outside of the classroom, what did you learn about (pick one) family life, gender relations, politics, attitudes toward the environment, social class, consumer behavior, religion, etc. What did your observations suggest to you about your host culture?
  • In what ways did your expectations, your pre-conceptions, not match or were even shattered by the reality of your host culture? What did you learn about the culture as a result of this experience? What did you learn about the way your expectations or pre-conceptions were formed in the first place?
  • What is it that you feel you can do now (intellectually, socially, personally) that you don't think you could have done before you studied abroad? How do you think that competency came about?
  • What did you learn about yourself --- your identity, your nationality, your worldview, your deeply held ideas --- that you don't think you would know if you hadn't studied abroad?

Another approach would be to unpack a specific moment that encapsulated your education abroad experience. For example...

  • You remember walking down the stairs of your dormitory and you caught yourself counting the number of stamps you need and the other tasks you needed to do that day, unconsciously, in Chinese. That moment causes you to reflect on how much your Chinese language has improved and the ways it did. What are those ways?


Contact the Appalachian Global Symposium Planning Committee at

Event date(s): 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Appalachian State University is hosting the third annual Appalachian Global Symposium, held each November during the nationwide International Education Week.

The Symposium is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to present their recent global experiences (research, education abroad, teaching, service - learning, or internships) on a professional platform and expand knowledge of global networking at Appalachian.

2014 Schedule

All times are for Wednesday, November 19, 2014. All locations are in Plemmons Student Union.

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.
Parkway Ballroom Lobby

Session Presenters and Symposium participants meet for coffee, registration and poster set-up. All presenters and invited guests pick up lunch ticket for Global Leadership Awards Luncheon with the Chancellor.

Session I

Global Geology
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
413 Linn Cove

Appalachian State University geologists share research and field-based class projects. Heckert's work was supported by Board of Trustees International Travel and University Research Grants, Carmichaels featured global fieldwork with students and Zimmer collaborated to include departmental colleagues and Outdoor Programs in a study based in Iceland.

Collaborate Course Development
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
415 Rough Ridge

Two professors in the Reich College of Education collaborated with colleagues at Novgorod State University in Russia, to develop a graduate course for students at both universities. The online platform, Open/Qwaq will be demonstrated during this session, as a means of sustaining communication between all parties across the globe.

International Service Learning
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
201B Table Rock

Dr. Robert Bringle, Appalachian State University's Kulynych/Cliine Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology will bring a panel from the 2014-2014 Faculty Development Group on International Service Learning to describe issues related to curricular redesign from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Global Learning in the Humanities
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
242 Linville Gorge

Swedish Archives referencing the Novgorodian occupation, Latin American poetic expression and archival research in the National Library of Scotland are featured in the presentations of three Appalachian State University professors. Presenters will reveal how creative works, funded research and transcriptions from Scotland, Sweden, Russia, Spain and Brazil impact history and culture.

Course (Re)Design and Cultural Competence
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
102 Watauga River Room

Rural health researchers Melissa Gutschall and Kyle Thompson from the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management are developing a simulation-training model to increase cultural competence among future nutrition professionals. The presenters will discuss possible applications of this model to various disciplines for which cultural competence and confidence are desired learning outcomes.

Session II

India Photo Voice Project
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
413 Linn Cove

Using cutting edge participatory research methodology called "Photo voice", Appalachian State University and Madras Christian College students in southeastern India collaborated with villagers to learn what the community wished to share with the world. Video and audio will be included in this fascinating presentation.

Collaborations through Partner Institutions and Service Learning: Mexico, Spain and Indonesia
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
415 Rough Ridge

Using photographic images, Dr. Garner G. Dewey, Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) will introduce 2 partner institutions in Mexico and Spain; and discuss present day collaboration opportunities for faculty staff and students as related to the QEP. Funding strategies will be presented. Examples of student projects will be showcased developed by graduate students led by Dr. Paul Wallace and Dr. Linda Veltze in a study abroad class to Indonesia studying community engagement and global service-learning.

Composing Global Learners Through Writing
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
242 Linville Gorge

Hallie Bryant, Gail Cork, C.C. Hendricks, Donna Corriher, Andy Hill and Katie Adams share the development of a faculty learning community that aims to investigate and apply best practices for integrating global learning and intercultural skills into Rhetoric and Composition courses within a framework of challenging global perspectives. The panel will share fieldwork, texts, media and classroom experiences.

Holland Fellows Research from Fudan University
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
155 Tater Hill

The Holland Fellows Program is an exchange opportunity for students from the business schools of Appalachian State University and Fudan University (Shanghai, China). Led by Dr. Lyle Shoenfield Appalachian State Holland Fellows propose to present an encapsulation of their research with the Holland Fellows from Fudan University on agriculture, farming, and food industry structure and practices in China and the United States.

Poster Presentations
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom Lobby

Posters from student and faculty researchers, visual displays from the Office of International Education, The ACT (Appalachian and the Community Together) Office, Quality Enhancement Programs (QEP) will be available for viewing and conversation with the authors and sponsors.

Appalachian Global Leadership Awards Luncheon
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom

Nominees for the 2014 Appalachian Global Leadership Awards, Session Presenters and Invited Guests will gather for a program including remarks and awards presentation by Chancellor Sheri Everts, international food, music, and recognition for all who contribute significantly to Global Learning at Appalachian State University.

Session III

Communication Technology, Service Learning and Student Press
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
413 Linn Cove

Kabul, Afghanistan and Quebec, Canada are two areas of the world in focus for this presentation about student projects and engagement with communication technology in Lillian Goudas' Art classes; and with Canadian student press in Paul Gates' Journalism classes.

Panel Presentation: Intercultural Competence and Language Immersion
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
415 Rough Ridge

Panelists led by Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand will share experiences from a Language Immersion workshop; a model that provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students opportunities to practice and enhance skills useful in other cultures and communities.

Panel Presentation: International Internships
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
227 Roan Mountain

Moderator Marty Meznar, Associate Dean for International Programs in the Walker College of Business leads a panel of faculty directors and students to describe experiences with the internship process.

Transformative Sustainability Learning and Journalism's New Narrative
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Linville Gorge

Experienced study abroad leader and funded researcher Dr. Jeremy C. Ferrell will present lessons learned from Transformative Sustainability Learning (TSL) oriented study abroad trips using examples from past trips and ideas for improvement. Working with colleagues worldwide, Calvin Hall's presentation will focus on teaching the "new narrative" journalism that includes new, and often digital forms of literary journalism.

Partners and Collaborators in Teacher Education at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia and University of Queensland, Australia
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
155 Tater Hill

Dr. Vachel Miller will outline initiation of a university partnership with external grant, leading to the development of a study abroad class for Educational Leadership graduate students using a QEP grant. At Queensland, Dr. Patrick O'Shea collaborated with faculty to study the training of K-12 teachers as the collaborators developed augmented reality game methods for their classrooms. Results will be shared in Dr. O'Shea's presentation.

Session IV

International Graduate Student Panel
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
413 Linn Cove

Appalachian State University International Graduate students share experiences, insights from the perspective of various disciplines and backgrounds they represent.

International Student Teaching
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
102 Watauga River

Dr. Bill Peacock will lead a discussion with faculty and students about the transformational experience of student teaching abroad. How it works, how to apply and how to learn more about international student teaching will be explored in this presentation.

Going Global in the First Year Seminar
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
415 Rough Ridge

This panel consists of representatives from First Year Seminar faculty, each briefly sharing what they do to introduce freshmen to global learning goals while focusing on their own unique topic. Dr. Martha McCaughey, Faculty Coordinator of the First Year Seminar will present assessment rubric changes and course globalization work based on a QEP grant.

Doo Wop to Hip Hop
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
155 Tater Hill

Adam Julian, from the Office of International Education and Development will display the many and varied forms language revitalization can take by presenting fun, multimedia snapshots of people working on the front lines to preserve their language and culture. Julian's work stems from a Fulbright grant carried out in the Autonomous Territorial Unit Gagauzia in Southern Moldova, interacting with people engaged in linguistic and cultural revitalization in their own ways, including Hip Hop music, poetry and cultural tourism.

Global Networking
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom