Wisconsin in the World

Internationalization at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Edited by:
Elise S. Ahn, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Published 2023

During the 2020 and 2021 phases of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there was significant prognostication regarding what internationalization in higher education would look like in its aftermath. Within the field of international education, many stated the need to reimagine internationalization in and of higher education in the face of severe budget cuts, restrictions on travel, and increased government protectionism in the face of growing nationalistic populism globally to name a few challenges. Absent from many of those discussions, however, were the voices of many leader-practitioners who have had to think flexibly about internationalization in higher education in order to sustain and grow programs throughout the last 20 years despite numerous exogenous factors, e.g., earlier economic recessions and viral outbreaks, along with endogenous factors like internal leadership transitions and institutional reorganizations.

Wisconsin in the World explores how internationalization at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) has been a decades-long, ongoing endeavor. Against that backdrop, the various chapters also provide a snapshot of how people across the UW campus were reflecting on their work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and on the implications of the pandemic regarding the future of campus internationalization. The book is organized into four overarching sections—internationalization of the curriculum (general and language); experiential learning (co-curricular engagement and education away); establishing linkages (institutional and outreach); and administration. To highlight the expansive way campus units have been engaging in internationalization, a wide-ranging set of chapter case studies have been included. Although not exhaustive, this volume does provide a robust cross-sectional view into internationalization at UW. For international education scholars and practitioners then, a number of the chapters also highlight areas that may warrant further engagement and exploration moving forward. Finally, by examining how internationalization at UW has been informed by the Wisconsin Idea, this book explores how institutional internationalization strategies can align with and be tailored to institutional values for long-term sustainability.

In addition to the 34 chapters focusing on different units and programs at UW, Wisconsin in the World also includes a number of contributions from colleagues at other institutions. Each section has a lead-in chapter which provides an overview of the scholarship in that particular area and/or a concluding chapter from a scholar-practitioner situating the UW “cases” in relation to their own work. The intention of structuring the book this way was to facilitate a dialogue among UW colleagues, across institutions, and with the scholarship in the field.

The target audience for Wisconsin in the World includes practitioners or scholar practitioners in the field of international education (study abroad, education away, internships, partnerships, program development), as well as faculty and students in global higher education or comparative and international education graduate programs. Additionally, this volume may be of general interest for any higher education administrator who may not have a background in international education but may become responsible for programs and support within a school or college context (e.g., a dean or department chair).

Preface, Guido Podestá. Introduction, Elise S. Ahn. SECTION I: INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE CURRICULUM. Internationalization of the Curriculum Landscape, Taylor Woodman and Laura Engel. Curriculum. A Brief History of International Studies at UW–Madison, Aili Mari Tripp and Cynthia P. Williams. Educating Tomorrow’s Global Citizens: The International Studies Major, Molly Donnellan and Csanád Siklós. “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”: Engaging Multiple Stakeholders in Course-Level Internationalization, Kate S. McCleary, Ariel Borns, Caitlin Brecklin, Lauren Lauter, Tom Owenby, and Nancy Kendall. Conservation Partnerships in Support of Higher Education, Nathan D. Schulfer. The College of Agricultural & Life Sciences: An Integrated Model for Internationalization, Jennifer Kushner and Brett Schieve. Connecting Landscapes: A Collaborative Collegial Exchange and Community-Engaged Youth Environmental Project, Maria Moreno, Mary Beth Collins, Constance Flanagan, Paul Zedler, Eduardo Santana-Castellón, and Lori DiPrete Brown. Language. Fostering a Multilingual Mindset: The University of Wisconsin–Madison Language Institute, Dianna Murphy. Using Language Study to Develop Global Perspectives: Supporting Less Commonly Taught Languages Through Innovation and Partnerships, Laura Hammond and Felecia Lucht. English as a Second Language Program: Collaboration and Partnerships, Sandra Arfa and Gail Ibele. Leveraging Language-Rich Classrooms as a Resource for Fostering Critical and Creative Global Citizenship: Reflections on a Research- Practice Partnership, Gail Prasad, Amanda Clarahan, and Esther Bettney Heidt. Internationalization of the Curriculum: Observations and Reflections from a Michigan State University Scholar-Practitioner, Opal Leeman Bartzis. SECTION II: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING. International Experiential Learning: Promises, Pitfalls, and Future Directions, Elizabeth Niehaus and Marnie Nelson. Education Away. Seeking a Sustainable Study Abroad Future, Matthew Geisler. Diversity, Access, and Inclusion in Education Abroad, Susan Lochner Atkinson. Global Gateway: A Case Study, Nikki Davis. Wisconsin in Washington: The Wisconsin Idea Through Domestic Experiential Learning, Bola Olaniyan. Flexibility to Maximize International Internship Potential, Michelle Kern Hall. Co-curricular Engagement. Engineers Without Borders UW–Madison: Student-led International Infrastructure Development, Rebecca Alcock, Ryan Docter, and Emily Lakeman. Project Malawi, Lusayo Mwakatika, Elise Hale Reiche, and Joel Chimwemwe Nitz. She’s the First UW–Madison: Supporting Community-based Models Through Campus Engagement, Tess Iding and Ellen Robison. SECTION III: PARTNERSHIPS. Global and Local Legacies: The Wisconsin Idea in Partnership and Practice, Geoffrey W. Bradshaw. Outreach. Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Kata Beilin and Alberto Vargas. Shaping the Study of South Asia: The Annual Conference on South Asia at UW–Madison, Anthony Cerulli, Sarah Beckham, and Andrea Fowler. Eradicating Twin Pandemics? Populism and COVID-19 in 2021, European Studies, and Global Politics, Elizabeth E. Covington. The Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center’s Outreach, Janel Anderson, Lauren Parnell Marino, Carmen Pitz, and Sarah K. Ripp. Centering the Lived Experiences of Women for the Wellbeing of All: The 4W Initiative and the UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing, and a Culture of Peace, Lori DiPrete Brown, Araceli Alonso, Nancy Kendall, and Olivia Dahlquist. International COVID-19 Response: A University-Intergovernmental Organization Partnership, Elise S. Ahn, Rebecca Alcock, Paul Block, and Janis Tupesis. Linkages. The UW–Madison Partnership With Nazarbayev University, Virginia Martin and David McDonald. The UW–Madison-Colombia Connection, Thomas Yuill and Jorge Osorio. UW–Madison and the University of Guadalajara: A Half Century of Collaboration in Socioenvironmental Sciences, Eduardo Santana-Castellón, Lori DiPrete Brown, Thomas Yuill, Paul Zedler, Enrique Jardel-Peláez, Luis Manuel Martinez-Rivera, Salvador L. Carranza, Sergio Graf-Montero, Timothy C. Moermond, Alberto Vargas, Ramón Cuevas-Guzmán, Salvador García-Ruvalcava, Michel A. Wattiaux, Maria Moreno, and Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila. Sixty Years of Peace Corps at UW–Madison, Maj Fischer and David Marcouiller. WIDA in the World: Leveraging a Global Network to Serve Multilingual Learners in K–12 Schools, Jon Nordmeyer and Esther Bettney Heidt. SECTION IV: ADMINISTRATION. “Decentralization With Direction”: Fragmented and Transversal Approaches to Internationalizing Higher Education Administration, Thi Nguyen. Study Abroad: A Collaborative Approach, Daniel Gold. Sponsored Student Mobility: UW–Madison Efforts in the Middle East, Katherine Dunagan and Samantha Thompson. To the Field and Back Again Safely: Contemporary Approaches to International Safety and Security in Higher Education, Ronald Machoian. Fostering Equitable, Sustainable Wellbeing for All: UW–Madison’s Global Health Institute, Jonathan Patz, Ann Grauvogl, Lori DiPrete Brown, Christopher Olsen, James Conway, Janis P. Tupesis, and Tony Goldberg. Operationalizing Theory into Practice: A Look at the International Projects Office, Elise S. Ahn. Scholar-Practitioner Reflection on Administrative Leadership and Structure, Kim Rapp. Reflections on Academic Internationalization, Susan Buck Sutton. Epilogue, Elise S. Ahn. Contributor Biographies. List of Tables. List of Figures.