April 22-23, 2022 - MSU Billings campus

Friday, April 22 - MSUB, McDonald Hall 355(College of Business)

  • 10:30am-12:30pmA Global Learning Workshop: From "Value Rubrics" to "Valuable Curriculum"
    • In this session, participants workshop curriculum to identify and develop global leaning outcomes for STEM fields, social sciences, and humanities. Specifically, faculty will identify what “global self-awareness” is in their discipline by finding disciplinary connections between individual practitioners and global systems and issues. They will then explore how to increase application of disciplinary knowledge to “Global Contexts,” by combining disciplinary perspectives in activities, assignments, and syllabi.

      Participants are expected to bring an activity, assignment or syllabus for an existing or new course to workshop. Activities and assignments looking at aging and social issues in Japan and China will be presented as examples of combining disciplinary perspectives and global skills.


  • 12:30pm-2:00pm: Gourmet lunch, complimentary for participants


  • 2:00pm-4:00pm: Faculty-Led Study Abroad and  "Fair Trade Learning"

    • In this session, participants will explore the notion of “fair trade learning” and its application to faculty led study abroad. Fair trade learning is a global educational partnership exchange that prioritizes reciprocity in relationships through cooperative, cross-cultural participation in learning, service, and civil society efforts. It foregrounds the goals of economic equity, equal partnership, mutual learning, cooperative and positive social change, transparency, and sustainability. Fair Trade Learning explicitly engages the global civil society role of educational exchange in fostering a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

      Participants will be introduced to this framework and resources from Campus Compact and the Community Based Global Learning Collaborative and should bring ideas for future faculty led study abroad programs that they are interested in developing to workshop during this session.

Saturday, April 23- MSUB, McDonald Hall 355 (College of Business)

  • 9:00am-11:00am: Global Asias: Fostering Local Perspectives on Global Communities for Our Students to Prepare for the "Asian Century".
    (Open to all  - MSUB faculty and area high school teachers)
    • In this session, participants will be introduced to the conceptual and pedagogical framework of “Global Asias” to explore cross-disciplinary and trans-regional scholarship on Asia and its diasporas that can enhance student learning not only about the global system but also about their local and regional communities. Case studies looking at intersections of global labor politics and the migration of Japanese and Chinese immigrants to North and South America, the U.S. prisoner exchange program that rounded up Japanese Latin Americans and traded them to Japan for U.S.POWs, and the Japanese internment will explored.


  • 11:00am-5:00pm: Visit to the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center - Powell, WY
    • In partnership with the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia and the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, this experiential field trip will visit the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Northeast Wyoming. The Heart Mountain War Relocation Center was one of ten camps used for the internment of Japanese during World War II and held close to 14,000 Japanese Americans from 1942-1945.

      All participating faculty and local K-12 teachers will be provided with lunch, transportation, and admission to the site.

      Local K-12 teachers are also eligible to participate in a free reading group around the book “Buddha in the Attic” with a virtual webinar hosted by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington the week of April 11th. Participants will also be eligible to receive free OPSI clock hours.

Presenter Biographies

Brian Dowdle, PhD., is the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Montana. He teaches Japanese humanities, including courses on literature, language, film, and history.  Brian holds his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a masters from Columbia University.  His research is primarily on nineteenth-century Japanese literature; however, he has also published on Postwar literature and Japanese language pedagogy. In 2018-19 he served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Asian Studies. Since 2018, he has taught workshops seminars on Asia for secondary educators since 2018 through the East Asian Resource Center at the University of Washington and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia.

Lauren Collins, PhD., is a Teaching Assistant Professor and Asian Studies Program Director at the University of Colorado Boulder. She oversees the curricular aspects of the Asian Studies major and minor, teaching both lecture courses that introduce students to this incredibly diverse region and in-depth seminars that explore topics such as urbanization, the UN Millennium Sustainable Development goals, and the politics of memory in Asia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver.