Internationalization at Park University

What is Comprehensive Internationalization?

Comprehensive internationalization, as defined by ACE/CIGE, is a strategic, coordinated process that seeks to align and integrate policies, programs, and initiatives to position colleges and universities as more globally oriented and internationally connected institutions.

Park University is committed to comprehensive internationalization and global engagement. The strategic plan is in the process of being updated by the Internationalization Committee, to be posted in Spring 2018.

Faculty Internationalization

The Internationalization Committee is a faculty senate committee. The charge is to provide leadership to faculty, students, and staff as they seek to create a Park University that celebrates inclusivity and embraces international connectedness. This includes internationalized and multicultural curriculum development and integration and diversity in co-curricular programs.

Internationalization committee information (minutes, committee roster, etc.) can be found on MyPark. Go to offices– Academic Affairs—Committees– Internationalization.

Teaching International Students

General Resources on Teaching

“Creating Conditions for (International) Student Success: Pedagogical Toolbox.” Center for Teaching and Learning. University of California-Berkeley.

Hafernick, Johnnie Johnson and Fredel M. Wiant. Integrating Multilingual Students into College Classrooms: Practical Advice for Faculty. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2012.

“Intercultural Learning Teaching Tips.” Center for Instructional Excellence. Purdue University.

“Strategies for Teaching International Students.” Center for Teaching Excellence. University of Virginia.

“Teaching International Students: Pedagogical Issues and Strategies.” Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. University of Michigan.

“Tips and Resources for Working with and Teaching International Students.” International Student and Scholar Services. University of Kentucky.

“Adaptive teaching when students lack English fluency.” By Park U’s own Dr. Kay Dennis. British Assn for Comparative Education.

Understanding International Student Experiences

Leki, Ilona. Undergraduates in a Second Language: Challenges and Complexities of Academic Literacy Development. New York: Lawrence, 2007.

Zamel, Vivian. “Strangers in Academia: The Experiences of Faculty and ESL Students Across the Curriculum.” College Composition and Communication 46.4 (1995): 506-521.

Understanding Cultural and Educational Norms

The Hofstede Centre.

Addressing Language and Writing Needs

Fass-Holmes, Barry and Allison Vaughn. “Evidence that International Students Can Succeed Academically Despite Struggling with English.” Journal of International Students 5.3 (2015): 228-243.

Ferris, Dana, Jeffrey Brown, Hsiang Sean Liu, and Maria Eugenia Arnaudo Stine. “Responding to L2 Students in College Writing Classes: Teacher Perspectives.” TESOL Quarterly 45.2 (2011): 207-234.

Writing Across Borders. Dir. Wayne Robertson. Center for Writing and Learning, Oregon State University, 2005.

Faculty Coordinator for Internationalization

Faculty Coordinator for Internationalization Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication, serves in an advisory capacity and as a resource to assist faculty in their efforts to develop and assess multicultural and international learning activities, courses, and programs. Email:

Fulbright Scholarships

As a two-time Fulbright Scholar, the Faculty Coordinator for Internationalization is willing and eager to assist faculty Fulbright applicants. Start the process by perusing the Fulbright website, which contains basic information and an awards catalog of disciplines and countries.

ACE Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement

Park University has long partnered with the American Council on Education (ACE) on internationalization initiatives. ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE) provides in-depth analysis of critical international education issues and administers programs and services to support higher education institutions’ internationalization and global engagement strategies. ACE has created an Internationalization Toolkit as one means of providing this support.

Faculty Internationalization Grant Applications

Details, information, and application directions on grant programs

  1. Creating a new international course; revising an existing course
  2. International research
  3. International activity grant

Grant application form—all faculty internationalization grants

Faculty are also encouraged to work with their departments to bring visiting international scholars to Park. Learn more about the types of visiting scholar programs and procedures for inviting a scholar.

Internationalizing the Curriculum: Resources

Course internationalization is “a process by which international elements are infused into course content, international resources are used in course readings and assignments, and instructional methodologies appropriate to a culturally diverse student population are implemented.” (Schuerholz-Lehr et al., 2007, p. 70).

  1. ACE – Internationalizing courses: Content, materials, activities/assignments, learning outcomes
  2. Examples: Curriculum, co-curriculum, learning outcomes
  3. What makes a course internationalized?
  4. How do I internationalize my course?
  5. Park’s International/Multicultural Learning Outcomes
  6. What international outcomes do you want your students to achieve?
  7. Tips and examples on internationalizing courses in psychology, teacher education, communications, business, political science, computer science, English, science, social work, and history

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.