International Human Rights Education

This course examines international human rights in theory and practice. The focus is on how education may be seen as both a human rights issue as well as a tool to educate citizens about their human rights. We begin the course by exploring the history of human rights and the spread of the international human rights regime in terms of international human rights organizations and treaties. Basic theories of human rights are also covered. We then shift to investigate education as a human right and read works that have defined it as such, including human rights documents and declarations. The last part of the course examines human rights education – its spread around the world, in specific countries, and in the classroom.

Gender, Power, and International Development

This course explores issues of poverty, gender, economic transformations, and inequality while examining the history of development. We consider various meanings given to development by women and men, primarily as residents of particular regions, but also as aid workers, policy makers, and government officials. We explore the underlying political, economic, social, and gender dynamics that make “development” an ongoing problem worldwide. The goals of this course are to 1) analyze gender and social inequality from a transnational perspective, 2) compare various understandings and experiences of development in different contexts, and 3) identify the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression in international development.

Global Education Policy & Organizations

This course is oriented toward graduate students considering careers in the international education sector –schools, international development and donor agencies, non-governmental (NGOs), and community organizations. This course takes a global perspective to examine how policy making occurs in educational systems and examines organizational theories of development. Specifically, this course has two main goals: 1) to provide an introduction to the key actors and organizations (e.g. IGOs, NGOs, foundations, and businesses) in the field of global education and 2) to support a deeper understanding of the global influences on education policy.

Global Citizenship

This course is designed for upper division undergraduate students. It focuses on encouraging and inspiring students to develop their own understanding of the concept of global citizenship and to develop informed perspectives related to concerns of the global community. Students will be asked to consider the impact they may have, as well as their individual and collective responsibilities, as global citizens, within their local, national, and global communities.

Presentations & Workshops

The Rise and Spread of Institutional Advancement in Higher Education

A century ago there were only approximately 40 professionals employed in institutional advancement at colleges and universities in the United States (Murray, 1960). Today, over 81,000 professionals worldwide participate in one of the largest professional associations for institutional advancement in higher education (Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 2017). While fundraising has always played a role in American higher education, institutional advancement is now a highly professionalized global field. Institutional advancement professionals frequently sit in university leadership roles, and private philanthropy brings in significant resources to higher education. Yet there remains limited and fragmented scholarly research, as the focus of the field has generally been more on practice (Drezner & Huehls, 2014; Brittingham & Pezzullo, 1990; Proper & Cabroni, 2014). This presentation explores the emergence of the profession from the combination of the distinct components of alumni services, public relations, and fundraising. The field is built on a belief in the value of having a professional administration to lead the university in those components combined with a conviction in the benefit of fundraising and private philanthropy for the advancement of higher education. These fundamental beliefs not only supported the establishment of the field, but also helped fuel the spread of institutional advancement ideas and practices globally through professional associations and global networks.

Introduction to Grants

This interactive multi-part workshop is designed for graduate students or professionals new to fundraising and grant writing. The focus of the workshop is to identify and develop writing and communication skills needed for fundraising and grant writing in the non-profit sector.

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