Curricular Development with an International Focus
Many Viterbo faculty are working to bring international perspectives into their courses. Participating in an international travel and study experience is one way of deepening their knowledge and awareness, in order to gain greater comfort in teaching about topics which may not have been part of their graduate study. The faculty shown below are some of those who have taken part in an international study experience and integrated it into their teaching.
There are a variety of organizations which offer opportunities for international faculty enrichment. Feel free to talk with Shaojie Jiang in the Office of Global Education for more information on the opportunities offered and ways of seeking financial assistance for them.
Larry Harwood, professor, Religious Studies and Philosophy, participated in a month long faculty development experience in Asia. Since participating in this experience, he received a grant from the Faculty Access Program at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, for research on Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia. He has also presented four professionally refereed papers on topics related to this new area of scholarship. He has also worked with the Office of Global Education to create a Viterbo short-term course in China.
Susan Brooks, reading program coordinator, participated in a three-week course in New Zealand which focused on Comparative Education at the Early Childhood level. As a result of her experience there, Viterbo is exploring exchange relationships with the School of Early Childhood Teacher Education at the College of Education, Christchurch.
David Gardiner, associate professor, Theatre and Music Theatre, spent a month in the United Kingdom and Europe updating himself on current trends and production approaches in theatre. While there he also met with faculty and administrators of several performing arts schools and programs to explore possible student and faculty exchanges for theatre students.
Father Thomas O'Neill, vice president for mission and ministry and instructor in religious studies, traveled to Australia on a Fulbright Scholarship. With 15 scholars from around the U.S., he studied the history and culture of Australia with an emphasis on Indigenous Cultures. His project involved a look at the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham as it was adopted in Australia as that country became a nation.