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UW COIL Fellows

UW COIL Fellows: Supporting UW Faculty in Developing International Course Collaborations

UW Bothell is spearheading a UW-wide effort to deepen global engagement of students in the classroom, without requiring travel abroad, by implementing online collaboration with international partners. The COIL Fellows program is designed to support UW faculty to develop Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses. The initiative is overseen by Global Initiatives on the Bothell campus and was launched with seed funding from the UW Jackson School of International Studies.

COIL is an approach to fostering global competence through development of a multicultural learning environment that links university classes in different countries. Using various online communication technologies, students from different countries complete shared assignments and projects, with faculty members from each country co-teaching and managing coursework. Read more at:

In the fall of 2014 and 2015, UW faculty and staff across the UW system were invited to submit a proposal for funding to support the implementation of COIL into a UW course (new or existing). Submissions came from individuals or teams, with up to $2,000 available for each project selected, funded by a grant from the Jackson School of International Studies. Fellows were required to participate in quarterly COIL International Fellows Community of Practice meetings to deepen learning and facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources and strategies. At the conclusion of their course development, Fellows submitted a written report and contributed to a group presentation.

A call for proposals for 2016-17 UW COIL Fellows will be announced in mid-September 2016, with the required Community of Practice meetings taking place during Winter Quarter 2017. Interested faculty are strongly encouraged to attend the COIL Training Workshop on October 28.

2015-2016 UW COIL Fellows

Eleven UW COIL Fellows were selected from all three UW campuses and a variety of disciplines:

Name Affiliation Campus Theme/ Title of COIL Project Partner Institution, Country
Bryan White STEM: Biology Bothell Cross-cultural perspectives on the science and ethics of personalized medicine Kyodai University or Ehime University, Japan
Butch De Castro Nursing and Health Studies Bothell Comparing Professional Nursing Practice Between the Philipinnes and the USA University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Charlotte Rasmussen STEM: Biology Bothell Myth or Reality: Biological science and medicine in the movies University of Rostock, Germany
Eduardo da Silva CAS: Portuguese Studies Seattle Mapping Luso-Brazilian Cultures University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
Erica Cline IAS: Sciences and Math Tacoma Sustainable Agriculture Farmer's cooperative, Costa Rica
Jed Murr IAS: Cultural Studies Bothell Traveling Cultures: Cultural Work and the Politics of Location Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
Nektaria Klapaki JSIS: Hellenic Studies Seattle Migration and Multiculturalism in the Mediterranean University of Thessaly, Greece
Peter Selkin IAS: Sciences and Math Tacoma Rock and Environmental Magnetism  Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Institut du Physique du Globe, France
S. Charusheela IAS: Cultural Studies Bothell Alternate Economies – Cultural Studies and Postcapitalist Futures Ambedkar University Delhi, India
Vanessa de Veritch Woodside IAS: Spanish Tacoma COIL Enhanced Elementary Spanish Jefferson International School, Mexico; Universidad de Concepcion, Chile

2014-2015 UW COIL Fellows

Congratulations to the inaugural cohort of COIL Fellows:




Theme/Title of COIL Project

Partner Institution, Country

Michael Dean

CUSP: Pre-major program


Comics and Graphic Novels: A Global Dialogue

TBD, Egypt or Argentina

Chris Demaske

IAS: Communication



Moscow State University, Russia

Mabel Ezeonwu

Nursing and Health Studies


Health Policies and Politics in a Global Context

University of the Free State, South Africa; Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria

Wei Gao

CUSP: Chinese


Chinese Cultural Heritage: From Ancient Virtues to Modern Visions 

TBD, Hong Kong or China

Eunjung Kim



Growth and Development through the Life Span

Swaziland Christian University, Swaziland

Ron Krabill

IAS: Cultural Studies


Cultural Mediascapes in South Africa and the United States

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Amos Nascimento

IAS: Philosophy


Teaching Environmental Ethics and Climate Change around the World

University of Frankfurt, University of Essen, Germany; University of Medellín, Colombia; Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil

Ursula Valdez

IAS: Environmental Studies


From The Andes to The Cascades along the Pacific Coast: Environmental issues in Peru and the Pacific Northwest

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru


Contact Us

Natalia Dyba, Director, Global Initiatives   


Ursula Valdez, 2015-16 International Collaboration Facilitator


Greg Tuke, 2014-15 International Collaboration Facilitator

UW COIL Fellows in the News

"Classrooms without borders". UW Innovators Among Us, October 1, 2015.


"Virtual Study Abroad" by Alexandra Vollman. INSIGHT Into Diversity, June 2015.