Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship


Supporting Global Learning Through Faculty Intercultural Development

Wednesday, June 1
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Room: CCC, 601/603

This panel supports global learning outcomes by focusing on the intercultural development of faculty. Offering perspectives from a researcher, program coordinator, and faculty, this panel encourages critical reflection on the institutional and individual practices that support faculty within dynamic, authentic contexts.

Learning Objectives:

Rhiannon DELYTH. Williams

Research Associate
University of Minnesota, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
Minneapolis, MN

Rhiannon D. Williams, PhD, is a Research Associate for the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning. She was involved in several research and writing projects related to assessment and internationalization of the undergraduate curriculum. She is co-author of “Engaging Diversity in Undergraduate Classrooms: A Pedagogy for Developing Intercultural Competence” and “Engaging Diversity in First-Year College Classrooms.” She also led the development of an intercultural competence and effective communication rubric for the assessment of the First-Year students’ development in the College of Education and Human Development as well as the University of Minnesota’s study abroad curriculum integration strategy. Rhiannon is among the campus leaders who developed the University of Minnesota’s metrics model for internationalization.

Robert K. Poch

Senior Fellow
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robert K. Poch is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota. He teaches U.S. history courses at the undergraduate level which utilizes an intercultural, problem-based pedagogy that has been highly successful with diverse student populations. Poch’s work with undergraduate students was recognized through his receipt of the 2014 Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He is also the recipient of a 2014-15 University of Minnesota Educational Innovation Grant which is further supporting his work relative to intercultural pedagogy. Poch received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Virginia.


Mary Katherine O'Brien

Education Program Specialist
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mary Katherine O'Brien is an Education Program Specialist in the Global Programs & Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota, supporting programs and curriculum design for internationalized teaching and learning. She has worked in the field of international education since 2002, holding positions in international student and scholar advising, education abroad, and comprehensive higher education internationalization. O'Brien holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Administration with a focus on Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2015.


Amy Lee

Professor; Department Chair
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Amy Lee is a professor in and chair of the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning (PsTL) at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the intersections of critical pedagogy, intercultural effectiveness, and faculty development. She has authored and co-authored 6 books, as well as articles and chapters. She has been a department chair, writing program director, and director of undergraduate studies at 3 universities, and has been a leader in developing service learning/community partnerships. She received the University of Minnesota’s Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst University Distinguished Teaching Award and the College Composition and Communication Association’s James Berlin Award.



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