2009 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement

Nomination submitted by: Joel Harrington, Assistant Provost for International Affairs

Program Overview
The Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement (VISAGE) is a three-module experiential learning program that combines international study and civic engagement with scholarship and service opportunities abroad. The year-long learning sequence begins in January with a core course at Vanderbilt, followed by summer service or a field-based project abroad, and a research-intensive seminar in the fall semester back at Vanderbilt.

With its launch preceded by two years of extensive planning, VISAGE exemplifies an institutional commitment to study abroad. It proves the viability of establishing a curricula-based study abroad infrastructure that can be applied to all academic disciplines, especially those that are typically less-represented in study abroad. One of the program sites, Sustainable Water Resource Development in Australia, was specifically designed to provide direct credit for the Engineering curricula. The flexible structure of VISAGE enables students that have traditionally been limited in their study abroad options due to academic credit constraints to have a comprehensive international experience.

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

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Selection Panel Members 2009

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Stephen Dunnett
Vice Provost for International Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators

Uliana Gabara
Dean of International Education, University of Richmond and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

John Hayton
Counsellor—Education, Science and Training, Australian Education International

Judy Irwin
Director, International Programs & Services, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Brian Whalen
President, The Forum on Education Abroad