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Associate Professors Smith and Dingmann Recognized with Award for Innovative International Initiatives

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

smith and dingmann with keinathAssociate professors Brian Dingmann and Katy Smith were recognized recently with the C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives (III Award) from the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota. The award recipients are selected based on how and to what extent their work made a difference in advancing international or global needs of the target audience(s) or programs. Both Dingmann and Smith were recognized for their work internationalizing the curriculum in biology at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The announcement of the award includes this description of the work by Smith and Dingmann. The efforts of associate professors Katy Smith and Brian Dingmann to internationalize the biology curriculum at the Crookston campus provide an inspiring example of faculty collaboration and innovation to create significant and deeply impactful learning environments for students.

What began as a project to internationalize individual courses has become a mission to internationalize the entire biology curriculum at Crookston. They both began thinking about innovative ways to incorporate significant global, international, and intercultural learning and perspectives into their courses. They then moved on to thinking even more broadly about how to develop international outcomes at the program level and have started collaborating with department colleagues to internationalize the biology degree program. The two would like to see internationalization incorporated at all levels of the curriculum so that student learning is reinforced and expanded as students continue throughout the program. For more, visit


Through the C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives (III Award), the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance recognizes faculty and staff for their contributions to further the internationalization of the University of Minnesota. This award highlights the work of faculty and staff who have taken the initiative—and perhaps some risk—to internationalize their individual work or the work of their department or unit in innovative ways.

The III Award is named for Dr. C. Eugene Allen, former University of Minnesota Provost for Professional Studies, dean of agriculture, and associate vice president for the Office of International Programs (predecessor to the GPS Alliance). 

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 39 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

In the photo, left to right, are associate professors Katy Smith and Brian Dingmann with Barbara Keinath, vice chancellor for academic affairs


Elizabeth Tollefson
University Relations

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