The Office of Instructional Innovation is working toward creating a campus climate that promotes a global perspective for all students and builds on the strengths of our international, as well as our domestic, community. The Faculty Learning Community (FLC), Teaching with a Global Perspective: Practical Strategies from Course Design to Assessment, contributes to this climate by focusing on how to better create classroom environments and learning experiences that help students become global citizens.

Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of their project at the end of the semester. All OHIO full-time faculty, including regional campus faculty, are welcome to apply. Regional campus faculty can receive reimbursement for mileage.


The learning community supports President Nellis’s strategic priority to concentrate on strengthening OHIO’s global engagement efforts. Developed in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies, the FLC is designed for instructors who face challenges with increasing international student participation, creating global assignments, and/or assessing multilingual students’ work.

There will be a total of three or four 90-minute sessions throughout the semester for a total of four to six hours. Individual consultations also will be available outside the group meetings. Participants will:

  • Discuss ways to facilitate class discussions and increase participation between students from different backgrounds
  • Explore strategies to help students work through awkward conversations or communication breakdowns, so they can work together more effectively
  • Identify and incorporate course materials and assignments that offer students a global perspective and provide a level playing field to diverse students
  • Provide facilitative responses to international students’ academic work


Spring Priority Deadline: January 11, 2019

Priority Deadline:

Those interested in joining the FLC should email a one-page proposal to Dr. Dawn Bikowski and Dr. Christine Bhat.

The proposal should include the following information:

  1. A brief bio statement
  2. A description of why you are interested in the FLC
  3. What you would like to focus on for the semester (e.g., a syllabus or assignment you plan to revise)
  4. The classes you generally teach with approximate graduate and undergraduate student enrollment

When you submit the proposal, attach the syllabus/assignment sheet that you will work on for the term.

View the FLC flier


Dawn Bikowski, Ph.D.

Dawn Bikowski is the director of the English Language Improvement Program in the Department of Linguistics. In addition to being a program director, she teaches linguistics graduate coursework in pedagogical grammar and second language reading/writing. She has taught a variety of levels of English and academic and professional communication internationally, and is heavily involved in international teacher training, materials development, and program assessment.


Chris Bhat has been a faculty member in counselor education at Ohio University since 2006, and was previously at California State University, Long Beach. She also works with the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies at OHIO as their Middle East projects lead. Dr. Bhat has extensive international experience as an educator, counselor, and psychologist in diverse work environments such as the military, non-profit agencies, schools, and universities in Australia and India. Dr. Bhat believes that developing engaged and well-informed global citizens is a crucial task of educators, and she is a proponent of both education abroad and Internationalization at Home experiences.

Past Facilitator

Talinn Phillips, Ph.D.

Talinn Phillips is an associate professor of English and director of the Graduate Writing and Research Center. She recently co-edited Graduate Student Writing Support: Research, Curriculum, and Program Design with University of Michigan Press, and she also serves on the board of the Consortium on Graduate Communication. Dr. Phillips regularly teaches writing classes and is launching a new Junior Composition course designed specifically for international students (ENG 3050J). She regularly leads faculty development workshops, and she provides writing tutoring to students from all disciplines.

I really enjoyed participating in the FLC. The reading assignments, group discussions, and exchange of ideas helped me not only fine tune my course, but also highlighted the importance and need for creating opportunities for students to become better global citizens. We want to make students work-ready in an interconnected world; them being better global citizens certainly is a strong component of that.

—Theodor Muir
Lecturer, Marketing, College of Business

This Faculty Learning Community allowed me to be more mindful of the diversity in student backgrounds. It also helped me to realize that as an instructor, I do have the power to create a more inclusive learning environment. I highly recommend this group to any faculty from any department across the University.

—Chao-Yang Lee
Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Sciences and Professions