Announcing the 2021 Recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

In celebration of International Education Week, The Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to announce the 2021 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: “Negotiating Peace: From Conflict to Coexistence,” a course developed by Kate Kunzman and Dr. Emira Ibrahimpasic of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Kunzman, the university’s Education Abroad Coordinator, and Dr. Ibrahimpasic, a cultural anthropologist, Assistant Professor of Practice, and Assistant Director of Global Studies, drew on their experiences developing faculty-led programs and resources and best practices from The Forum, NAFSA, and SIT to create a virtual summer course designed to keep students connected with the world while travel was paused due to COVID-19. The session began by grounding students in an understanding of colonialism, native lands, and historical conflicts in the United States before moving on to understanding modern-day conflicts in Syria and Ireland through guest lectures from individuals with real-world experience in conflict negotiation and individuals affected by the conflicts studied.

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Vice Provost for Internationalization at the University of Denver and Awards Selection Committee Chair explained that it was difficult to choose just one winner this year. “To me, they are all winners because they pushed forward with high-quality, engaging, innovative coursework through a difficult period for our field,” he said. “That is inspiring.”

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design honors instructors who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. By recognizing the outstanding efforts of instructors who are committed to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, The Forum hopes to inspire the field to strive for enrichment of education abroad curricula, and to continually reflect on how to best encourage student learning abroad.

The award will be presented to Kunzman and Dr. Ibrahimpasic during The Forum’s 18th Annual Conference, “Globally Interconnected: New Opportunities and the Challenge of Change”, which will take place on March 21-25, 2022 in Chicago and online.

Emira IbrahimpasicDr. Emira Ibrahimpasic works as Assistant Professor of Practice and Assistant Director for Global Studies at University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She writes, “Although my Ph.D. is in Cultural Anthropology, I have a strong interdisciplinary background, which influences my teaching and research. I have multiple roles here at Global Studies. The first role is serving as the Assistant Professor of Practice and the second is serving as the program’s Assistant Director. In addition to teaching GLST 201: Introduction to Global Studies and GLST 494: Capstone, I also developed and supervise GLST 395: Internship in Global Studies. I also lead a number of special topics courses abroad. So far, I’ve taken students to Belize, Belgium & Netherlands, and India. My other duties include helping students with planning for short and long-term opportunities and I work closely with those students in our major who are applying for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships like Critical Language Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Fulbright Award and many others. I am also responsible for helping schedule Global Cafés and I welcome any ideas you may have.”

Katelyn Kunzman, M.A.Katelyn Kunzman works as Education Abroad Coordinator at University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She holds an M.A. in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London, School of Security Studies and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Before returning home to Nebraska, Katelyn gained experience as a programs officer for an international conflict resolution NGO in London, an intern for the U.S. Department of State Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, and worked on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Katelyn’s academic interests are interdisciplinary and draw on area studies, political science and conflict resolution, and critical security studies, with a particular focus on the Copenhagen School of International Relations and Securitization Theory. Katelyn has lead groups abroad in Ireland, Israel, and Turkey. As an Education Abroad Coordinator, she advises students from the College of Arts & Sciences who are planning an education abroad experience and works with faculty to develop their faculty-led programs abroad.

Congratulations to our 2021 recipients!


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