Appalachian Global Symposium

What is the Appalachian Global Symposium

 Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

This year's symposium will focus on Global Learning, Global Sustainability, and Global Diversity through class projects, travels, research and collaborations between faculty, staff and students.

Foundation

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."

Description

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.

View the 2015 Appalachian Global Symposium Schedule

Submit A Proposal

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Submit A Proposal

Submit a proposal to the 2016 Appalachian Global Symposium.

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Chancellor's Remarks

At Appalachian, our students are engaging in multiple and varied experiences – both at home and abroad – to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions and cultures, improve their intercultural skills and demonstrate global citizenship.

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Submit a proposal

Early proposals are due by Friday, July 1, 2016. All other proposals are due by Friday, August 19th.

This year's symposium will focus on three themes of: Global Learning, Global Sustainability, and Global Diversity. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit a proposal for presentation at the Appalachian Global Symposium to share with the campus community what they are doing globally. The proposal should be a one-page (minimum) overview, or summary, of your proposed presentation. It should provide both the main idea you want to convey and an outline of your main points. Most presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes. Please carefully consider the focus of your presentation.

 Proposals in one of the three themes Global Learning, Global Sustainability, and Global Diversity 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

More information about proposals

Detailed proposal information for faculty, staff and students:

Faculty

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.

Staff

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.

Students

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 entirety, 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 t 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 form 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?

 

Questions?

Contact the Appalachian Global Symposium Planning Committee at globalsymposium@appstate.edu.