The Forum Announces the 2022 Finalists for the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to announce the 2022 finalists of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design:

  • Critical Global Citizenship: Migration, Nationality, and Peace in Austria, developed by Carlos Lopez, Mark Potts, & Nicole Sparling Barco of Central Michigan University
    To help students to develop the critical skills to examine a complex web of cultural and material processes and contexts on local and global levels, the Critical Global Citizenship curriculum aims) to promote deeper engagement and critical reflection on the significance of global citizenship, 2) to develop mutually beneficial collaboration with global partners in shaping the direction of the curriculum; and 3) to create more impactful, sustained, and meaningful interaction between CMU students and students abroad.
  • Forms of Social Activism in Italy (a Community-Engaged Learning Course), developed by Bruno Grazioli of Dickinson in Italy
    The course introduces students to the concept of activism in Italian culture, and examines how citizens, individually and collectively, have achieved social change in post-unification Italy. In the course, students discuss what activism is by describing it as it has emerged in their own culture and place of origin. The course is built around a solid Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) component and critical reflection process. Students engage in community work in one of two local organizations with which Dickinson in Bologna has partnered for the specific purposes of this course.
  • Italian Language & Culture for Embedded Experiences Abroad, developed by Jason Laine of Penn State University
    Students are introduced to key Italian social and cultural issues, pragmatic information (for travelers, students, and residents of Italy) as well as essential vocabulary terms, phrases, and pronunciation. The course also explores themes of cultural intelligence/sensitivity and proper behavior abroad. IT175 is designed to be taught as a co-requisite for any course with an embedded experience in Italy (e.g. BIOL 475N Anatomy in Italy). With this co-requisite, particular emphasis is placed on vocabulary relevant to the embedded experiences in history of science/medicine museums, university settings and religious institutions.


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 winner of the Award will be announced during The Forum’s 19th Annual Conference, which will take place on March 14-15, 2023, virtually, and March 22-24 in Seattle, Washington.

Previous winners of the Award include Kate Kunzman and Dr. Emira Ibrahimpasic of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2021), James Lucas of Michigan State University (2020), and Rodolfo Valdes-Vasquez of Colorado State University (2019).

Congratulations to our 2022 finalists!