A train-the-trainer approach to mentorship

For faculty and staff requesting an intercultural learning intervention 

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) operates on a train-the-trainer model. When a request is made for CILMAR staff to provide an intercultural learning (ICL) intervention, a sequential process begins:

  • CILMAR leadership will make a determination as to whether the request is within CILMAR's mission and whether CILMAR staff have the bandwidth to take on the request. If so,
  • An ICL specialist will meet with faculty or staff to conduct a needs analysis to learn what the specific ICL needs are within the context. 
  • The ICL specialist and the faculty or staff member will discuss options for an ICL intervention.
  • An ICL specialist will demonstrate for faculty/staff the use of the chosen ICL activities and assessments with a group of learners.
  • At a later date, the faculty or staff members will be invited to co-facilitate the chosen intercultural intervention.
  • Faculty or staff will then be given ownership of the ICL intervention to use without a CILMAR staff member being present.

In a best case scenario, faculty and staff would then offer staff development opportunities to mentor others in their unit in the use of the ICL tools implemented during the classroom intervention. CILMAR is always looking for champions and early adopters who want to bring ICL to their college, department, or unit. To begin the train-the-trainer process, please begin the survey. For more information, please e-mail cilmar@purdue.edu

In general, CILMAR is looking for avenues in which ICL can be scaled up at Purdue University using the train-the-trainer approach rather than a one-off, "special speaker" model.  

For faculty and staff who desire to embed intercultural learning in the academic curriculum

CILMAR's senior intercultural learning specialist Dr. Aletha Stahl is available for consultations concerning curriculum revision. She can be contacted at stahl23@purdue.edu. In addition, CILMAR's associate director for intercultural outcomes assessment Katherine Yngve can be contacted at kyngve@purdue.edu for consultation concerning learning outcomes, backward design, and assessment of learning.

For faculty and staff who wish to become an ICL champion

CILMAR offers programs for faculty and staff interested in adding an extended mentorship in ICL to their portfolio.  It is recommended that interested faculty and staff begin by considering the Growing Intercultural Leaders program or the Intercultural Pedagogy Grant.

For faculty and staff who go above and beyond in ICL initiatives

Each year since 2017 two faculty or staff members have been chosen to receive the CILMAR Vision Award for their outstanding implementation of ICL within the classroom or study abroad experience and their mentorship of others. Past winners include:


Dr. Charles A. Calahan, assistant director for global faculty development, Center for Instructional Excellence, and Dr. Joann I. Phillion, professor of curriculum and instruction, College of Education


Dr. Pamala V. Morris, assistant dean of diversity programs and professor of agricultural sciences, College of Agriculture, and Dr. Heidi E. Parker Villavicencio, assistant director for Latin America/Spain Program, Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships, College of Engineering


Dr. Robert F. Cox, senior associate dean for globalization, interim school head for construction management, and professor of construction management, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and Dr. Cynthia Koh-Knox Sharp, clinical associate professor of pharmaceutical practice, College of Pharmacy

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