Office of International Programs recognizes Global Medallion students, Global Teaching Academy members

Published: May 18, 2023

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On April 27, the Office of International Programs, or OIP, hosted a ceremony for five students who completed the Global Medallion program and eight Global Teaching Academy faculty and staff inductees. The ceremony was a celebration of their collective accomplishments and contributions to enhancing Auburn’s internationalization efforts.

The Global Medallion program is a new microcredential offered by OIP to students who wish to demonstrate their pursuit of a global mindset. Global Medallion students combine a study abroad experience with co-curricular activities and a capstone class and receive membership in the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars as well as a digital badge upon completion of the requirements.

Congratulations to the 2023 Global Medallion recipients:

- Katherine L. Bouchillon

- Tequarius T. McKinnes

- Susan Osayande

- Riley G. Parman

- Grace A. Reilein

Created in 2014, the Global Teaching Academy recognizes and celebrates exceptional teaching in an international context. Academy members are also inducted into Phi Beta Delta. Since its inception, the Academy has welcomed some two dozen colleagues and recognized their efforts in internationalizing Auburn’s curricula and student experiences.

Congratulations to the 2023 Global Teaching Academy inductees:

- Brigitta Brunner – Professor, Communication and Journalism

- Adeola Fayemi – Director of Intercultural Education and Inclusion, International Programs

- Jorge Muñoz – Associate Professor, World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

- Luke Oeding – Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

- Amna Salman – Assistant Professor, Building Science

- Jennifer Smith – Assistant Professor, Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

- Matthew Waters – Associate Professor, Crop Soil and Environmental Science

- Kate Thornton – Director of Global Education, Human Sciences

These faculty/staff members were selected for their accomplishments in international research and teaching and their commitment to internationalizing Auburn’s curriculum and student experience. The Global Teaching Academy will play an essential role in OIP’s biannual International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning Symposium scheduled for May 28-30 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

They symposium will strive to uphold the goals of the Academy to:

- Recognize our peers for their interest and efforts in globalizing Auburn's curriculum.

- Facilitate international course offerings on campus to complement the recent growth of study abroad courses and exchange programs offered overseas.

- Create a supportive, interdisciplinary environment for students to internationalize their academic programs.

More information on the Global Medallion program and the Global Teaching Academy.

Submitted by: Kalani Long