Educator Programs

Community College Master Teacher Institute

About the Community College Master Teacher Institute

“A terrific project for an often overlooked education sector (community colleges). There are few to no other opportunities like this for community college professors.” – CCMTI Participant

The Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI) is a two-day training for community college instructors organized by the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington. Founded in 2003 by Tamara Leonard, Managing Director of the Center for Global Studies, the goal of CCMTI is to build the capacity of community college instructors to teach about international affairs, and in turn through the classes these instructors teach, increase community college students’ knowledge and understanding of global issues. The Institute aims to meet this objective in four ways: helping instructors become familiar with the topic; encouraging instructors to incorporate topics into new and existing courses; providing instructional resources for use both inside and outside the classroom; and fostering a resource network of community college educators within and beyond Washington State. The Institute brings together a vast network of dedicated professors, educators, researchers, and practitioners to share in the training and offer their expertise on the chosen subject.

Past CCMTI Workshops

CCMTI 2021: Into the abyss or taking flight – What’s the ‘new normal’ in our post-pandemic world?  And are we really ‘post-pandemic’?

The 2021 CCMTI curriculum development workshop, held on July 16, 2021, focused on The New Normal? and how educators could respond to the changes over the past year as a resilient and dynamic learning community.

The workshop took an historical look at the past, considered what is happening today, and envisioned the future. From geo-politics to vaccine development to technology to elections to political change to crypto currency and climate change, there was much to consider and explore. Area and global studies experts presented on the issues facing their countries and regions, and how these places are moving forward in light of changes brought about by the pandemic and other global forces. Wide-ranging, engrossing presentations and conversations considered the impact of the past year and COVID-19 on teaching and learning, and considered ways to internationalize and decolonize the community college curricula and classroom. All participants received a copy of Felicia Rose Chavez’s “The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom” which has strategies and sample lesson plans for building community and centering voice in diverse communities and experiences.

The workshop examined the topic, The New Normal?, through various disciplinary perspectives such as economics, creative writing, communications, anthropology, environmental studies, business, geography, history, sociology, and other frameworks.  Participants learned how to incorporate this timely topic into existing curricula and developed activities to bring back to the classroom.  University of Washington and community college faculty and staff, practitioners, and graduate students led the workshop.

Read more about the 2021 workshop in this article.

CCMTI 2020: Borders: Real and Imaginary

Are borders a political language? An ideology? A way of thinking? A way of being in this world? What are the implications of borders on globalization, identity, democracy, migration, global health, press freedom, climate change, Black Lives Matter?

These were just a few of the critical issues discussed and debated for five days in July 2020 by 32 competitively selected community college faculty who participated in this year’s CCMTI workshop, “Borders: Real and Imaginary.”

This curriculum-development workshop focused on how to respond as a resilient and dynamic learning community. Participants learned how to incorporate the timely topic of Borders into their existing curricula, develop activities to bring back to the classroom, and connect with colleagues interested in incorporating new information on international studies into their teaching and mentoring.

As one participant articulated, “The speakers brought great insight on how to think about the borders across time and space, at a time when the United States is rethinking its relationship with its own borders.”

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants learned through asynchronous and synchronous online classroom settings. The CCMTI adapted by utilizing the flipped classroom approach, allowing participants to view lectures specially created for CCMTI, read materials provided by presenters, write collaborative reflection pieces, and engage in a day of conversation and dialogue over Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Read more about CCMTI 2020 in this article.

CCMTI 2019: Information Literacy and ‘Fake News’: The Search for Truth

This year’s two-day curriculum development workshop, held at the UW campus on July 11-12, 2019, focused on such relevant issues of “fake news”, disinformation, and media literacy, and explored a number of useful pedagogical methods, materials, and approaches for responding as a community of resourceful, dynamic educators. These topics were examined through a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives, including political science, economics, history, communications, information science, environmental studies, business, geography, sociology, and other frameworks. In total, 28 participants from 14 different community colleges in Washington State and Oregon gathered to learn how to incorporate various provocative ideas and insights into their existing curricula, develop practical activities to bring back to the classroom, and had several opportunities to network with new and existing colleagues.

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Click here to read and download the CCMTI 2019 Resource Guide on Information Literacy and ‘Fake News’

CCMTI 2018: Global Populism- At Home and Abroad

The 2018 CCMTI workshop was held July 12-13, 2018 at the UW campus. Community college professors engaged in two days of discussions and lectures with UW faculty, graduate students, and practitioners on that year’s topic – Global Populisms.

CCMTI 2017: Global Human Security, A Multidisciplinary Perspective  

“With the end of the Cold War a new and broader concept of security has emerged, one no longer characterized by the defense of the borders of our countries from clear and predictable security threats but rather, one characterized by multifaceted and multidimensional security challenges and threats that are more difficult to predict.

This broader approach to security recognizes the importance of political, economic, social and environmental factors, in addition to the indispensable defense dimension. The consequence is therefore that international security and stability depend on political, economic, social, and environmental elements, alongside military aspects.”

                            – His Excellency the Honorable Franco Frattini at the 29th International  Workshop on Global Security.

Emerging cyber security threats, global warming, chronic and persistent poverty, human trafficking, health pandemics, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, failed states and non-state actors, and international terrorism – these are just a few of the critical challenges facing us today.

This year’s two day curriculum development workshop focused on these issues and how to respond as a resilient and dynamic learning community.  Community College educators examined global human security through the disciplinary perspectives of economics, communications, anthropology, environmental studies, business, geography, cultural studies, sociology, and other frameworks. Educators learned how to incorporate these topics into existing curricula, develop activities to bring back to the classroom, and connect with colleagues. University of Washington and community college faculty, practitioners, and graduate students lead the two day workshop.

CCMTI 2016: Global Tourism Institute HighlightCrispin Thurlow presents at CCMTI

The 2016 CCMTI marked yet another successful institute, bringing together 24 competitively selected community college instructors from Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The topic was Global Tourism and sparked conversations from economic, environmental, anthropological, and sociological frameworks. Keynote speaker Crispin Thurlow (left) delivered an inspiring and engaging presentation on the tourism, globalization, communities and sustainability for the start of the 2016 CCMTI.

Read more about the 2016 CCMTI in the featured Jackson School event profile:

Earlier Institute Themes

2016 Global Tourism: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

2015 Human Migration & Refugees: Peril and Hope

2014 Global Development & Changing Gender Roles

2013 At the Crossroads: Climate Change, the Environment, and Social Justice

2012 Global Education for a Sustainable Future

2011 Social Media and Social Change

2010 Global Human Security

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