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December 6, 2018 at 7:48 am

Bikowski, Phillips Co-Author Book on ‘Teaching with a Global Perspective’

Dr. Dawn Bikowski, portrait

Dr. Dawn Bikowski

Dr. Talinn Phillips, portrait

Dr. Talinn Phillips

Ohio University professors Dr. Dawn Bikowski and Dr. Talinn Phillips co-authored a book on Teaching with a Global Perspective: Practical Strategies from Course Design to Assessment (Routledge, 2018).

Bikowski is Director of the English Language Improvement Program in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Phillips is Associate Professor of English.

The book not only supports faculty as they develop their content knowledge but also helps them to develop more effective global communication strategies for themselves and their students. Educators from all fields are offered background information, case studies, workshops, self- and classroom-assessments, and discussion questions to help them help their students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of a global citizen.

“We wanted to write a book that was accessible and offered authentic solutions and strategies for busy faculty who are trying to juggle the needs of large classes, packed curricula, and students who may not be thinking about their position in our global world,” notes Bikowski. “The book has something for faculty in any department, and who teach graduate or undergraduate students.”

In addition to overview chapters on global learning and inclusivity, this hands-on book includes topics such as identifying opportunities and barriers to helping students grow as global citizens; designing curricula, courses, assignments, and assessments that foster global and inclusive learning and support students with varied needs; providing facilitative responses to students’ academic work; and facilitating courses and in-class participation that promote global and inclusive learning and communication between diverse populations.

This book comes from several years of Bikowski and Phillips co-facilitating a faculty learning community on the Athens campus, supported by the Office of Instructional Innovation and the Office of Global Affairs.

“We really thank all of our participants across the university who have contributed to the book both directly through case studies and strategy ideas and indirectly through conversations around this project,” Phillips shared. “This book is truly an OHIO project, showcasing our global strategy and the important, reflective work that our faculty are doing every day to develop students’ global perspectives.”

The book’s foreword was written by Dr. Bradley Cohen, Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation, and Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds, Vice Provost for Global Affairs at Ohio University.

Case studies by other OHIO faculty and staff in the book come from Jenny Klein (Assistant Dean for Success and Persistence), Winsome Chunnu (Strategic Director for Diversity and Inclusion and Multicultural Programs and Initiatives), Sheida Shirvani (Communication Studies), LJ Edmonds (Vice Provost for Global Affairs), Ji-Yeung Jang (Center for International Studies), Tetyana Dovbnya (Modern Languages), Purba Das (Communication Studies), Muriel Gallego (Modern Languages), Linda Rice (English), Ashley Metcalf (Operations Management), Mick Andzulis (Marketing), Sherri Saines (Social Sciences Subject Librarian), Pamela Kaylor (Communication Studies), Linda Trautman (Political Science), Nicole Reynolds (English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Jessica Hollis (English), Pamela Kaylor (Communication Studies), Linda Trautman (Political Science), Nicole Reynolds (English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Jessica Hollis (English), Emmanuel Jean Francois (Educational Studies), and Ian Klein (Biological Sciences). In addition, several OHIO alumni and current students also contributed case studies focusing on their challenges and growth as global citizens.

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