The Office of International Studies (OIS) was awarded a multi-year grant from the International Studies and Foreign Languages Office of the Department of Education to support increasing faculty expertise in international studies, with a particular focus on the East Asian countries of China, Japan, and Korea, but also in other world areas.

OIS is managing a competitive process to award UISLF Course Development Travel Grants of $6,000 each to MSUB faculty and faculty at our consortial partners at Northwest College, in Powell, Wyoming.  In 2021, OIS awarded five grants (two for MSUB faculty and three for NWC faculty), and in 2022 and 2023 we expect to award nine grants each year.

The UISFL Course Development Travel Grants are to be used to promote two purposes: 1) the development of faculty expertise in global studies, with a priority given to East Asian Studies (China, Japan, and Korea); and 2) the development of Global Studies courses and learning outcomes at MSUB. The $6,000 grants are to be used to support the design of new courses or the re-design of existing courses to include demonstrable, measurable Global Studies Learning Outcomes. The courses that are developed from this grant will allow MSUB to create a Global Studies Certificate Program, to be earned by students after taking a certain number of classes that qualify as Global Studies courses. It is expected that all courses developed by this program will fall into this rubric.

The funds are also to be used for travel to one of MSUB’s partner universities in East Asia, or other world areas, to work closely with the faculty and administrators in the service of the program goals. It is expected that faculty will develop new relationships with colleagues that will lead to a clearer understanding of how Global Studies can be added to one’s teaching and research interests. MSUB faculty could also solicit guest virtual lecturers for their own classes.  An important program goal is to make the Global Studies Certificate Program truly interdisciplinary so that students in all MSUB colleges have an opportunity for global engagement.

All full-time, tenured, or tenure-track faculty in any MSUB college are encouraged to apply. In addition, full-time staff on Letters of Appointment with scholarly/research expectation may apply as long as their work is directly connected to teaching and learning on campus.

MSUB faculty should submit their final proposals by March 4, 2022 to the Office of International Studies. A selection committee, led by MSUB faculty, will determine which proposals are funded in Year Two.  We expect to notify successful applicants by April 1, 2022.

OIS organizes a series of workshops, lectures, and information sessions on the program throughout the year. Information sessions provide details on the UISFL program, the grants to faculty, and the development of Global Studies at MSUB. They also allow faculty to hear from UISFL faculty grant recipients, who speak about their proposals and project plan.

The second Global Learning Seminar will be from April 22-23, 2022 at MSU Billings campus



In January 2021, OIS hosted a free virtual workshop on Global Studies Learning Outcomes led by a national leader in this area, Dr. Dawn Whitehead, the Vice President in the Office of Global Citizenship, Community, and Careers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. This workshop was recorded and MSUB facutly who were unable to attend the workshop are encouraged to watch the recording.


OIS personnel are available at any time by email or phone to discuss the project and are seeking to distribute this RFP to as many MSUB faculty as possible.



Faculty Grant Research & Travel Destinations

Faculty are encouraged to submit a grant proposal that allows them to work with one of MSUB's international university partners. Preference will be given to partners located in East Asia.


MSUB Faculty UISFL Grant Recipients 2021

We are pleased to announce that two MSUB faculty have been awarded a $6,000 UISFL grant to work with a partner in East Asia to integrate global learning into course learning outcomes.

Learn more about UISFL Grants and Support for Faculty.

MSUB Art Instructor, Jodi LightnerJodi Lightner

Award: $6,000

Partner Institution: Prefectual University of Kumamoto, JAPAN

Proposal:  To incorporate Japanese design and cultural aesthetics understanding into general education course Artz106 Fundamentals of 2D design. Students taking this course will be able to identify the differences between Western and East Asian design theories and utilize Japanese design into their own creative projects.


MSUB Education Instructor, Melanie ReavesMelanie Reaves

Award: $6,000

Partner Institution: Prefectual University of Kumamoto, JAPAN

Proposal:  To add a Global Learning Outcome to the EDU 433 - Course Revision/Professional Expertise and Partnership Expansion Project, in order to support pre-serviceteachers’ global self-awareness on articulating how their cultural identities may influence and be influenced by the cultural identities of their future students.



For More Information Contact:
Dr. Paul Foster, Director - International Studies
Abby Cook, Assistant Director - International Studies
Alisa Batchelor, International Student & Scholar Advisor