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COIL Fellows

COIL Fellows: Supporting Faculty in Developing International Course Collaborations

UW Bothell has spearheaded 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 initiative, led by Global Initiatives on the Bothell campus, 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 Fellows programs at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma support faculty in developing Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses.

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. 

COIL Fellows participate in community of practice meetings to deepen learning and facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources and strategies, and submit written documentation of their partnership. Participants are awarded a stipend for course development and implementation. The program is facilitated by the Director of Global Initiatives and a COIL Fellows Faculty Lead, in partnership with the Digital Learning and Engagement team in IT.

2021-22 COIL Fellows

Congratulations to the newest cohort of COIL Fellows! Six UWB faculty representing three schools will be developing course collaborations with international partners for 2021 or 2022. 

Name Affiliation Theme/ Title of COIL Project Partner Institution, Country
Salwa Al-Noori STEM: Biological Sciences History & Philosophy of Science  
Hoa Appel NHS: Health Studies Behavioral Health Spain or Ireland
Chiyoung Lee NHS: Health Studies

Disparities in Health and Health Care

Seoul National University, South Korea

Georgia Roberts IAS: Culture, Literature & Arts Social Movements & Popular Music Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Avery Shinneman IAS: First-Year Program Water Availability and Quality National University of Mongolia, Mongolia



2020-21 COIL Fellows

Five UWB faculty from three schools are implementing COIL courses during 2020 and 2021.

Name Affiliation Theme/ Title of COIL Project Partner Institution, Country
Ching-In Chen IAS: Creative Writing and Poetics Ecojustice: Writing the World Tianjin Normal University, China
Steve Collins STEM: Mechanical Engineering Sustainable Energy Ehime University, Japan
Jin-Kyu Jung IAS: Environmental Studies

1. Smart City Seattle

2. Mapping Communities

1. Pusan National University, Korea

2. Catholic Kwandong University, Korea

Kosuke Niitsu NHS: Nursing

Resilience and Mental Health

Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
Geetha Thamilarasu STEM: Computer Science Cybersecurity Principles and Ethics Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany

2019-2021 COIL Fellows with Planning Team

2019 Introduction to COIL Learning Community

Five UWB faculty representing four schools participated in the Introduction to COIL Learning Community to begin exploring ideas for a COIL course.

Name Affiliation Theme/ Title of COIL Project Partner Institution, Country
Deanna Kennedy Business: Management Project Management Czech Republic (TBD)
James Reinnoldt Business Cross-cultural business, CSR or ethics Thailand or Cambodia (TBD)
Mo West NHS: Health Studies Women's Issues Globally Tianjin Normal University, China
Min Tang IAS: Media and Communication Studies Introduction to Journalism MediaAid Foundation, Liberia
Salwa Al-Noori STEM: Biology History and Philosophy of Neuroscience In progress for 2021!

2018 COIL Learning Community

Eight UWB faculty representing three schools participated in the COIL Learning Community, under a new umbrella of the Teaching and Learning Center. The group consisted of COIL practitioners with diverse levels of experience, who supported each other in continuing existing COIL courses and developing new ones, and was 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