From strangers to partners, co-authors, and co-presenters
Nicki Fraser is always interested in what's new and innovative in education. After learning about COIL, she reached out to FIU COIL's Stephanie Doscher to find an international partner. Knowing Fraser's interdisciplinary mindset, Doscher introduced her to Sunita Singh Sengupta, former dean of the University of Delhi's Faculty of Management Studies. They hit it off immediately. With support from FIU COIL and the university's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Fraser and Singh-Sengupta developed a COIL module, "Global Cities and the Transformation of Boundaries: Integrating 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' in a Coronavirus Environment."
But Fraser and Singh Sengupta’s collaboration did not stop there. Both professors opened doors to each other's professional advancement. Singh Sengupta invited Fraser to co-chair the 2020 conference of the organization she founded, the Integration Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Foundation. Several of Fraser's students interned for the conference and Doscher presented at the event as well. Fraser invited Singh Sengupta to make more presentations with her at the 2020 IVEC and AAC&U Global Learning Conferences and the 2021 American Society for Public Administration Global Conference, and the scholars worked with their students to publish a paper in the International Journal of Business and Applied Social Science and a paper in the International Journal on Spirituality and Organizational Leadership.
COIL can be as rewarding and impactful for faculty as it is for students. Fraser credits her COIL-related research, conference presentations, and international teaching achievements with her recent professional advancements as a teaching scholar and departmental leader. Nicki is now paying it forward. She recently made a presentation about COIL's professional ripple effects to FIU's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and has recruited 15 potential COIL faculty from her department!