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GLAD Grant

Global Learning across Disciplines (GLAD) Grant

Globalizing the U - Integrating Asian, Latin American and Middle East Studies across the Curriculum

The UU’s Asia Center, Center for Latin American Studies, and Middle East Studies Program, with support from the Office of Global Engagement’s Global Learning across Disciplines (GLAD) program and the U.S. Department of Education, seek to promote the meaningful inclusion of Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern content into existing courses taught by University of Utah faculty. 

What is GLAD?

Our overarching goal is to expand opportunities for students across campus to gain global and intercultural knowledge by enhancing their study of international regions outside of North America while learning core disciplinary knowledge and fulfilling core graduation requirements. By enriching the international content and cross- cultural perspectives in a wide range of UU courses, and by collaborating with faculty members to meet global learning outcomes, we seek to strengthen the internationalization of curriculum across the entire university and to enhance the global learning of students from all majors and colleges.

To meet this goal, we invite proposals from UU faculty members to modify existing courses that they teach in ways that add at least 25% of new course content (e.g., assigned readings, lecture content, films, research papers and other assignments) that focuses upon Asia, the Middle East or Latin America.

How much can I be awarded?

Awards will range from $1000-$2000 depending on how much area studies content is added to the course. Lower amounts, toward the $1,000 range, will be awarded to faculty members whose proposals add 25% content from one world region to a class. However, faculty can receive additional support, total award approximating $2,000, if their course content reaches 25% on 2 or 3 of these world regions (e.g., 25% Asia and 25% Middle East) or if their course redesign results in 50% of content, or more, in one world region. For example, courses on religion and philosophy could incorporate perspectives and studies conducted within or pertinent to the Middle East or Middle Eastern populations; courses focusing on domestic issues related to immigration could add transnational or international content to the class to reflect migration from Latin America to the United States or between Asian countries; courses on Gender Studies might incorporate case studies and perspectives from Latin America, Asia, and/or the Middle East. Courses on Environmental and Sustainability Studies might focus upon climate change impacts and adaptation in regions of Asia (or Asia, Latin America and the Middle East); or an existing class that already has significant international content by focusing on Europe, Africa, or Asia could add content from another world region.

Who is eligible?

The funds from this mini-GLAD grant will be allocated to faculty in order to incentivize the addition of international areas studies content into courses that they teach. Both tenure-line and career-line faculty who are lead instructors of the proposed courses are eligible to apply. Award funding may be used to reimburse costs to attend relevant workshops, purchase books or other instructional materials, travel for research and content creation, hire an undergraduate or graduate assistant to assist with course planning, or other purposes. Additionally, awarded funds may be used to pay faculty members a summer salary supplement; however, benefits will be deducted from the total award amount on awards paid as summer salary.

Application instructions

Please submit the following application materials no later than March 16, 2020, to the International and Area Studies Programs Assistant (

  1. An up-to-date CV
  2. The most recent syllabus for the course you seek to modify with area studies
  3. A 1-2 page (single-spaced) proposal delineating:
  1. The types of content, instructional approach, and/or assignments that you will implement in the course to meet the 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% thresholds of area studies
  2. A discussion of the way that these changes will influence students’ global or area studies
  3. Information on the past and prospective scheduling and enrollment for the
  1. An estimated, itemized budget for implementing the proposed changes, e., books purchases, travel, conference registration, etc.

Note: In making awards, we will give priority to courses that meet General Education designations or that are taught on a regular basis. Both lower-division and upper-division courses are eligible for this award.

Award Requirements: In order to receive GLAD grant award funding, awardees should:

  • Submit their revised syllabus and course materials reflecting the additional international area content no later than 12 months after the award
  • Provide a timeline for instruction of the redesigned Ideally, redesigned courses will be offered for enrollment within the 2020-21 or 2021-22  academic years and be offered on a regular rotation moving forward.

Last Updated: 11/4/21