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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. UW Tacoma, as well as several schools on the Seattle campus, are launching their own COIL faculty support programs.

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. 

UW COIL Fellows participate in community of practice meetings to deepen learning and facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources and strategies. At the conclusion of their course development, Fellows submit written documentation of their partnership and typically contribute to a group presentation.

2020-21 COIL Fellows: Call for Proposals

Full-time UWB faculty of all ranks and from all schools, interested in developing a course collaboration with an international partner, are invited to apply for the 2020-21 COIL Fellowship. The program will span two years, with the first year (Autumn 2019-Summer 2020) focused on planning and the second (Autumn 2020-Spring 2021) focused on implementation. We’ve learned that it takes about a year to identify a suitable course, onboard an international partner and plan out the COIL modules together before a collaborative course can be implemented. A $1,000 stipend will be paid in two installments: $500 to support the planning phase and $500 upon course implementation.

Please review the Call for Proposals for specific instructions. Information sessions will be held on:

The application deadline of Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Interested faculty are strongly encouraged to attend the International Virtual Exchange Conference, taking place October 25-26, 2019 in Tacoma. For a subsidized registration code, email

2019 COIL Fellows

Five UWB faculty representing four schools participated in the Introduction to COIL Learning Community to begin developing their COIL course ideas.

Name Affiliation Theme/ Title of COIL Project Partner Institution, Country
Deanna Kennedy Business: Management Project Management Czech Republic
James Reinnoldt Business Cross-cultural business, CSR or ethics Thailand or Cambodia
Mo West NHS: Health Studies Women's Issues Globally Looking for partners!
Min Tang IAS: Media and Communication Studies Introduction to Journalism Looking for partners!
Salwa Al-oori STEM: Biology History and Philosophy of Neuroscience Looking for partners!

2018 COIL Fellows

Eight UWB faculty representing three schools have signed up for the COIL Learning Community, under the new umbrella of the Teaching and Learning Center. The group consists of COIL practitioners with diverse levels of experience, who support each other in continuing existing COIL courses and developing new ones, and is facilitated by Greg Tuke and Natalia Dyba.

Name Affiliation Theme/ Title of COIL Project Partner Institution, Country
Anida Yoeu Ali IAS: Interdisciplinary Arts Global Agitation: Art & Activism TBD
Michael Dean IAS/FYPP: Pre-Major Program Comics and Graphic Novels TBD
Meghan Eagen-Torkko NHS: Nursing Maternal Health Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Diana Garcia-Snyder IAS: Interdisciplinary Arts Dance and Movement Universidad de Colima, Mexico
David Goldstein IAS: Culture, Lit and Arts Topics in the Study of Culture: Japanese Popular Culture Toyo University, Japan
Martha Groom IAS: Envi Studies Conservation and Sustainable Development: Learning across Contexts Universidad Católica de al Santísima
Concepción (CIBAS), Chile
Susan Harewood IAS: Cultural Studies Cultural Studies Barbados Community College, Barbados
Michael Stiber STEM: Computing and Software Systems Computer Science or Neuroscience TBD
Ursula Valdez IAS: Envi Studies The Great Rivers of the World Peru and Egypt

2017 COIL Fellows

Six UW Bothell instructors were selected to join the 2017 cohort of COIL Fellows. 

COIL Fellows and facilitators at May 2017 COIL community of practice meeting
COIL Community of Practice meeting, May 2017. Photo by Todd Conaway.

Name Affiliation Theme/ Title of COIL Project Partner Institution, Country
Gary Carpenter IAS: Culture, Lit and Arts/ First-Year Program Creative Activism: Inspiring Social Change through the Arts TBD
Charlie Collins IAS: Society, Ethics and Human Behavior Community Organizing in an International Context TBD, Ireland
David Goldstein IAS: Culture, Lit and Arts Topics in the Study of Culture: Japanese Popular Culture Toyo University, Japan
Martha Groom IAS: Envi Studies Conservation and Sustainable Development: Learning across Contexts Universidad Católica de al Santísima
Concepción (CIBAS), Chile
Kristin Gustafson IAS: Media and Comm Studies Media and Communication Studies Core University of Monterrey, Mexico
Sue Kraemer STEM: Biology Exploring Cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzyme genetic polymorphisms in West African populations Noguchi Memorial Institute
for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ghana

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, 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

UW attendees at annual COIL Conference in New York City, April 2016
UW attendees at the 10th Annual COIL Conference at SUNY Global Center, April 2016.

2014-2015 UW COIL Fellows

Congratulations to the inaugural cohort of COIL Fellows:

Name Affiliation Campus Theme/Title of COIL Project Partner Institution, Country
Michael Dean CUSP: Pre-major program Bothell Comics and Graphic Novels: A Global Dialogue American University in Beirut, Lebanon
Chris Demaske IAS: Communication Tacoma Journalism Moscow State University, Russia
Mabel Ezeonwu Nursing and Health Studies Bothell Health Policies and Politics in a Global Context University of the Free State, South Africa; Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria
Wei Gao CUSP: Chinese Bothell Chinese Cultural Heritage: From Ancient Virtues to Modern Visions  Tianjin Normal University, China
Eunjung Kim Nursing Seattle Growth and Development through the Life Span Swaziland Christian University, Swaziland
Ron Krabill IAS: Cultural Studies Bothell Cultural Mediascapes in South Africa and the United States University of Cape Town, South Africa
Amos Nascimento IAS: Philosophy Tacoma 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 Bothell 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 425-352-3261

Greg Tuke, 2014-15 and 2016-17 International Collaboration Facilitator

Ursula Valdez, 2015-16 International Collaboration Facilitator