Category: Global Learning Across the Curriculum

Internationalizing Programs through a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad

Wednesday, May 31
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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University of Detroit-Mercy (UDM) was awarded a curriculum enhancement Group Project Abroad (GPA) to Brazil in 2016 which used collaborative learning, resulting in the university's faculty and Detroit K-12 teachers developing e-Portfolio curriculum projects. Learn best practices to transform your program through a GPA.

Alan Grigg

Assistant Professor, Chair of Education Department, Director of Special Educatio
University of Detroit-Mercy International Services Office
Detroit, MI

Alan Grigg, Ed. D. is an Assistant Professor of Education, Director of the Special Education Program, and Chair of the Education Department. He teaches general and special education curriculum and method courses; supervises research and field experience. He has more than 3 decades of experience in teaching special education students in public education. He has been with the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) since 2004-first as an adjunct, then and Instructor and since 2012 as a tenured track Assistant Professor. He received a B.A., M.A. from Eastern Michigan University in Special Education and earned a M.S. in Counseling Psychology with licensure in 2005 from Capella University. He earned his Ed. D in 2016 in Higher Education Leadership from Walden University.

His doctoral project entitled, Chinese International Students’ and Faculty Members’ Views of Plagiarism in Higher Education addressed the disconnect between students and faculty in perceptions of (a) Western-based contextualized plagiarism, (b) the plagiarism ethos, and (c) academic cultural differences between faculty and Chinese students. His research led to the creation of a faculty professional development plan using blended learning focused on cultural differences and teaching methods to deter plagiarism.

During the Summer of 2016 he participated in a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program as the curriculum coordinator studying the African Contributions and Contemporary Issues in Northeast Brazil: A Curriculum Development Project Integrating Social Sciences and the Arts.

His research interests include teacher education, international education and experience, and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Lara Wasner

Director of Language & Cultural Studies
University of Detroit-Mercy
Detroit, MI

Lara Wasner’s background is in second language acquisition, international and intercultural programming. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and an M.A. in Education Administration. Ms. Wasner teaches all levels of English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as undergraduate studies in Latin American Culture, as well as graduate course in Multiculturalism and Diversity in Community Development.
She has managed UDM’s Language and Cultural Training Programs as director for over 15 years. In this role, and as a co-lead of UDM’s current strategic plan in international engagement, her initiatives include creating dynamic partnerships with local organizations that promote linguistic and cultural competencies, and initiating several internationally-based experiences that lead UDM faculty and students abroad -- including to Brazil, Cuba, China, and France. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, including two US Department of Education Fulbright Hays international awards in which she has served as an educational delegate (China in 2010), and as a delegation leader (Brazil in 2016).