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Awards and Honors


Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Pinnacle Award (2013-2014) – CILC, whose goal is to support, advance, and enhance lifelong learning through the use of collaborative technologies and innovations, honored the International Studies In Schools (ISIS) project with this award for "outstanding performance" as a content provider. Presented annually, the Pinnacle Award is based on teacher evaluations submitted through the CILC website and recognizes exceptional programming that consistently provides knowledgeable and engaging presenters who meet established education standards and objectives and positively impact student learning. ISIS, a joint project of the Global Center and other Indiana University (IU) world area studies centers, is an innovative and award-winning distance learning program which uses interactive video technology to connect K-16 schools and community groups across the U.S. with IU international students, scholars, and specialists. With no expensive travel abroad needed, the world is brought right into the classroom.

Central States Conferences on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Paul Simon Award for the Promotion of Language and International Studies (2014). The Central States Conferences on the Teaching of Foreign Languages bestowed this award on the Center for the Study of Global Change for its work on the Bridges: Children, Languages, World project. Established in 1982, the Simon Award is conferred annually on an individual or group from outside the language teaching profession that meets a variety of criteria, including demonstrated leadership in the promotion of language learning and in the advancement of international understanding. The award is named for the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning.

British Council

Our Shared Future Transatlantic Lecture Tour (2013). The British Council awarded Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change $5,000 to further a number of initiatives on the Indiana University campus and in the community that promote public scholarship and a global dialogue about intercultural and interreligious difference. The grant primarily will be used to support a week-long visit by Linda Woodhead, Professor, Sociology of Religion, and Director, Religion and Society Programme, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.


Global Teaching and Learning Institute (2013). The Association of International Education Administrators awarded Indiana University $5,000 to plan and execute an AIEA Regional Forum. The goal of the forum was to teach higher education faculty, administrators, and professional staff how to internationalize their curricula and campuses utilizing an approach that focuses on student learning and that systematically integrates into and across missions, strategies, policies, people, practices, meanings, teaching and learning. Over one hundred individuals from sixteen institutions across the U.S. attended, learning from experts in the area of Global Learning including, Larry Braskamp (Senior Fellow at the American Association of Colleges and Universities), Hilary Kahn (Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University), Hilary Landorf (Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives and an associate professor in the College of Education at Florida International University [FIU]), Gil Latz (Associate Vice Chancellor of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis [IUPUI] and IU Associate Vice President for International Affairs), Dawn Whitehead (Director of International Curriculum at IUPUI), and Joan Wynne (Associate Professor at FIU).

Indiana Global Studies Research Project (2010). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Indiana University and the IU Press $755,000 for this new interdisciplinary research studies initiative focusing on global issues and their linkages across borders and to local communities. The grant will be used to support scholarly research and publications. A principal investigator, Hilary E. Kahn (director of the Center for the Study of Global Change and director of IU's Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies), said, "This project will work toward creating an interdisciplinary framework that empirically explores how global forces emerge and often are redefined as a result of cultural, national, regional and interpersonal exchanges." (For more information see IU News Room.)

Principal grant investigators
Hilary Kahn and Janet Rabinowitch
(standing) and sponsoring editor
Rebecca Tolen. Photo courtesy of IU News Room.

CILC Pinnacle Award Honorable Mention (2009-2010). International Studies In Schools (ISIS) received a 2009-2010 Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Pinnacle Award Honorable Mention. Each year, the CILC recognizes organizations that deliver outstanding, standards-based interactive videoconference programs to K-12 classrooms with the Pinnacle Award or Pinnacle Award Honorable Mention. To qualify for either honor, the provider must receive an average score of at least 2.8 out of a possible 3.0 on program evaluations from educators during the school year.  The evaluation assesses seven areas: two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the educational content of the program.  All content posted to www.cilc.org by Pinnacle Award winners is marked with the CILC flame.

Sixth Annual Brass Crescent Awards (2009). Voices and Visions is the winner of "Best Tweeter" for "Who in the Islamsphere is a 'must-follow'" on Twitter, who provides the best retweets, links, and/or witticisms in 140 characters?" (See brasscrescent.org.)

Elan's 10 Best Twitter Accounts for Muslims (2009). In aiming to promote dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims, Voices and Visions ranks 4th for regular updates on the news that matters for young Muslims. (See elan Magazine.)

Bloomington, Indiana Human Rights Award (2009)

The Bloomington's Human Rights Commission has recognized the Voices and Visions project with its annual Human Rights Award. A consortium of six Title VI National Resource Centers at IU, led by the Center for the Study of Global Change, has been recognized for its efforts to counter misperceptions and improve understanding about Islam, the second most practiced religion in the world.

Photo courtesy of Danny Lopez

Social Science Research Council (2008). Voices and Visions has successfully initiated local and global conversations that inform and challenge people to reconsider their established perceptions about Islam and Muslims. It disseminates information through multiple avenues of delivery and partners with various individuals and institutions that share a dedication to educating about issues of vital social value. The project has also been awarded a second grant from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), valued at nearly $100,000. The SSRC (in 2008) provided a $96,600 grant to launch Voices and Visions.

Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education: Higher Education (2005). The Center for the Study of Global Change was a co-recipient of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and The Asia Society's final higher education prize, along with the School of Education's Overseas Student Teaching Project and the East Asian Studies Center. This prize recognizes extraordinary K-12 outreach and commitment to internationalizing pre- and in-service teacher training. Nearly 500 applications were considered for the awards from 44 states and the District of Columbia. All prize recipients demonstrate impressive innovation in leveraging existing education resources, in exploring new approaches to teaching about the world, in curriculum, exchanges, teacher preparation, and in integrating technology and informal learning methods. For more information, see: The Goldman Sachs Foundation Excellence in Higher Education.

Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities (2003). Indiana University was selected for inclusion in the NAFSA: Association of International Educators report from among 117 institutions nominated as outstanding proponents of international programs. The Center for the Study of Global Change was profiled for establishing the undergraduate international studies minor in 1999, and for being a member of Indiana University's renowned U.S. Department of Education Title VI community, among the oldest and strongest in the country.

Promising Practices: Spotlighting Excellence in Comprehensive Internationalization (2002). This report showcases internationalization of undergraduate learning at eight colleges and universities selected to participate in "Promising Practices," a project of the American Council on Education with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Fifty-seven institutions submitted applications; two institutions were selected in each category - research, comprehensive, liberal arts, and community college. Each institution has made internationalization a centerpiece of its educational mission and committed significant time, energy, and resources to its advancement. The Center for the Study of Global Change was highlighted for establishing the undergraduate international studies minor in 1999 and for being a leader in bringing IU's international students and scholars into classrooms on and off campus, and across the state and country by means of interactive video.

International Distance Learning Programming Award (2000-2001). The Dial Consortium of South Central Indiana chose to honor International Studies in Indiana Schools (now called International Studies In Schools), a joint project of the Center for the Study of Global Change and other U.S. Department of Education Title VI centers at Indiana University. The award states: "For promoting cultural understanding in K-12 classrooms through the 'Face to Face with the World' and 'International Education Week 2000: Interactive Video for Indiana' series. These programs bring the rich international student resources of Indiana University together with the curriculum of Indiana Schools through the innovative use of Interactive Video technology."

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