Sarah Bishop, a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh, received one of the National Communication Association’s micro grants in Fall 2012 to travel to San Jose, Costa Rica. In San Jose, Bishop will work with Dr. Ana Sittenfeld, Director of the Office of International Affairs at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), to gather and analyze the reflections of graduate students who have studied abroad from Costa Rica to the United States for academic credit. Costa Rica boasts an impressive history of successful study abroad programs and strong connections to U.S. universities in particular. As the country’s oldest and largest university, UCR has spearheaded a movement to send graduate students abroad to gain international teaching experience with the belief that this opportunity makes the students better prepared and attractive candidates for teaching careers within Costa Rican universities. Bishop is interested in the ways an academic travel experience affects an individual’s sense of personal and national identity, as well as the intersection between study abroad, intercultural competence, and career preparation. This project will utilize an oral history methodology that entails conducting and recording qualitative, in-depth interviews using open-ended questions, and will work to extend Bishop’s continued efforts to navigate the ways in which international academic travel functions as a mediated, value-laden experience.
RHETORIC STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN GREECE
5 weeks: May 19th to June 26th 2013
The Department of Communication at Villanova University announces its 2013 Summer Study Abroad in Greece program–and invites applications from undergraduate students across the United States. Admission is competitive; early action deadline for application is December 15, 2012. Interested students should contact the 2013 Program Director, Dr. Billie Murray (billie.murray AT villanova.edu), as soon as possible.
This unique five-week, 6-credit summer program is specially designed to give Communication students important insights into the origin of the discipline and its relevance to contemporary public discourse. The program travels throughout Greece–including stops in Athens, Delphi, and Tolo as well as the Greek islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete–as it focuses on the history of the spoken word–and its relation to epic storytelling, oratory, drama, and the life of the polis.
The program consists of two team-taught courses, one focusing on ancient Greek rhetoric and democracy (taught by Dr. Billie Murray, Villanova University), and the other on the rhetorical function of myth (taught by Dr. Bryan Crable, Villanova University). The courses take place on ancient archaeological sites and on hotel grounds (including, often, the beach). The size of the program is also ideal, since two Villanova faculty members are accompanied by no more than 20 students, from universities across the country. This creates a unique learning environment, one that fosters a close intellectual and personal bond between students and faculty.
Scheduled site visits include the Athenian Acropolis, Agora, and Pnyx, Delphi,’s Temples of Apollo and Athena, Ancient Corinth, the Palace of Knossos on Crete, the sacred island of Delos, Agamemnon’s palace at Mycenae, and Epidaurus. The program is housed in 3- and 4-star hotels throughout the duration of the trip, and program costs include tuition for 6 Villanova credits in COM, all land fees, all breakfasts, all site admissions, and in-country transportation via bus and ferry.
Peacebuilding Through Dialogue in Northern Ireland
COML 513: Advanced Topics in Communication
Derry, Northern Ireland
Residency in Derry, Ireland: January 2-12, 2013
Entire course pre- and post- via Blackboard December 26, 2012 – January 26, 2013
Program Cost: Appx. $3850 plus airfare
Learn more about Derry, Ireland
* Meet with peace practitioners, former combatants and local leaders from both the Nationalist and Unioninst communities in Northern Ireland
* Walk the famous 17th century wall of Derry with an experience local guide
* Visit the Shankhill and Falls Road areas of Belfast, their murals, and “peace walls” with former combatants from the Nationalist and Unionist communities as guides
* Hear first hand how local peace leaders have created projects to work toward understanding and healing
* Learn interviewing and facilitation skills for building dialogic practices.
The aim of this course is to introduce concepts from the field of communication that enable an understanding of how local peacebuilding can build bridges across conflicting groups in deeply divided societies. Communication and dialogue are closely intertwined and together act at the heart of establishing shared space and creating a common future.
The course will reflect on the causes and history of The Troubles (1969-1998) as well as the tortuous peace process following the Belfast Agreement in 1998. Based on that agreement, Northern Ireland’s devolved government finally became a reality in 2008. Local peacebuilding through dialogue is central to understanding how peach has been maintained.
Dialogue requires responsiveness which is made possible by qualities of thought and talk allowing transformation to take place: transformation in how people understand the self, the other and the societies they inhabit. These qualities of thought and talk include a willingness to risk change in one’s own perspective and a commitment to embracing others whose worldwide views may be different from and threatening to one’s own.
John Caputo is Professor and Chair of the Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and the Walter Ong S.J. Scholar. He founded the MA Program in 2004. Dr. Caputo earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School and University Center. His areas of expertise include communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication and media and social values. He is the author of seven books and more than 25 articles in professional scholarly journals. He has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. Dr. Caputo directs the Gonzaga-in-Cagli Project, a cultural Immersion multi-media program in Italy each summer and has previously directed programs in Armagh, Northern Ireland. He has been honored with Master Teacher Awards by Western States Communication Association and the University of Texas at Austin and most recently received an Exemplary Faculty Award from Gonzaga University.
Ann Kelleher, Interim Executive Director of Gonzaga University’s Center for Global Engagement, earned a Ph.D. in International Studies. In her over 30 years of university teaching, Dr. Kelleher has taught courses relevant to analyzing international violent conflicts including international relations, international conflict resolution, local peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and war and peace: theoretical and historical analyses. In 2011 she received the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching from Pacific Lutheran University. In addition, Dr. Kelleher has taught faculty-led study abroad courses in Albania, Namibia and Northern Ireland as well as facilitated groups to Jamaica, Thailand and Egypt. In addition, she has developed programs in Ecuador and the United Kingdom. Dr. Kelleher’s relevant publications include “Religious Communities as Peacemakers: A Comparison of Grassroots Peace Processes in Sudan and Northern Ireland,” with Meggan Johnson, Civil Wars Vol. 10, No. 2, June 2008, 148-172.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 29, 2012
Early Application is encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to the application deadline or until the program is filled. Operation of this program is subject to administrative approval and is dependent upon meeting the minimum enrollment. Click here to download application.
1. Submit your completed Application Form along with $400 non-refundable deposit that is applied to the cost of the program.
2. Provide an official copy of your Graduate Program standing; Gonzaga students do not need to submit a transcript.
3. Upon receipt of these materials, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate Professional Studies Committee. Upon notification of acceptance to participate in the course you will be sent a Financial Contract. This Financial Contract needs to be signed and returned for your application to be considered.
Send all Application Materials to:
School of Professional Studies
502 E. Boone Ave., MSC 2616
Spokane, WA 99258-2616
ESTIMATED PROGRAM COST: $3,850
Cost includes: Tuition for three credits, accommodations, some group meals, local group transportation, AirMed, and International Student Identity Card.
Passport must be valid for six months after the end of the study abroad program.
Bring your classes to Peru! The Department of Communication at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) is taking program requests for winter and summer faculty-led programs. We can help you design courses in communication studies as well as journalism and mass media classes. We are a bilingual, private university located in Lima with an extension campus in Cusco. We offer campus classroom space, intercultural opportunities, Spanish classes and a trip to Machu Picchu for 2-4 week classes.
Anthony Spencer, Ph.D.
Director de Carrera de Comunicaciones
317-1000 Anexo 3256
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Av. La Fontana 550. La Molina
UMass in Lisbon, sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies with the support of the Luso-American Foundation, is a UMass system-wide program that offers American students the opportunity to spend a semester or year in the vibrant capital city of Lisbon learning about the vast Portuguese-speaking world and European Union.
As the only residential study abroad program in Portugal managed directly by a major American university, UMass in Lisbon provides unrivaled access to one of the world’s most strategic centers of language and culture. Through our partnership with The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), students will have curricular choices in both English and Portuguese, to supplement the offerings of UMass courses taught on site by both UMass and Portuguese faculty. In addition, each student will take a course in language/culture study at her or his specific instructional level. A significant number of field trips will complement classroom learning, and living accommodations and classrooms will be shared with European ERASMUS and Portuguese university students.
Administrative assistance is available 24/7. A summer program offers additional UMass courses and access to courses and facilities of the Technical University of Lisbon’s Superior Institute of Economics and Management (ISEG-UTL).
G-STEM Program Manager
“The G-STEM PROGRAM MANAGER, Enhancing Global Research and Education in STEM at Spelman College, is a multi-year, grant-funded position. This position is designed to ensure that the G-STEM office provides an innovative and integrated approach to student learning that works collaboratively with academic units and international partners…
The G-STEM PROGRAM MANAGER, Enhancing Global Research and Education in STEM at Spelman College, is a mult-year, grant-funded position. This position is designed to ensure that the G-STEM office provides an innovative and integrated approach to student learning that works collaboratively with academic units and international partners, preparing Spelman students to participate in mentored learning/research experiences in an ever-changing global environment.The position will also oversee the daily office operations on matters including study-abroad STEM research programs, student mentoring and curriculum selection, budget, policies and procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
*Advise students seeking information, admission, and registration into approved research/education study abroad programs.
*Develop and implement new research/learning collaborations between Spelman College and other international institutions.
*Establish and implement communication strategies between G-STEM and international institutions with the goal of increasing the number of new partnerships.
*Review and coordinate all activities with the Gordon-Zeto Dean for Global Education.
*Collaborate with Spelman Curriculum Committee and Department Chairs to achieve curricular integration of international opportunities.
*Collaborate with Spelman Study Abroad Office for smooth functioning of Study Abroad Approvals.
*Generate reports to the Provost Office and NSF regarding G-STEM activities, outcomes and implementation plans.
*Develop and deliver faculty and student pre-departure orientations. Collaborate with program evaluator to maintain appropriate systems for measuring student outcomes as related to G-STEM and QEP. Supervise billing, bill payment, and financial processes.
*Execute the responsibilities of a manager according to lawful and ethical standards.
*Recruit, select and develop strategies for the research/teaching mentoring team members at Spelman College.
*Oversee the arrival experience of G-STEM students, coordinate communication and delivery of services to students while abroad, and plan and coordinate reentry to campus.
*Coordinate with Study Abroad Office the health, safety, and risk management plans and act as primary emergency response point person for students abroad. Oversee immigration compliance and file management of students.
*Stay current regarding international laws and issues related to student exchange.
*Keep pace with an ever-changing global environment, and be willing to travel internationally.
*Participate in activities that connect G-STEM to the Quality Enhancement Plan, Spelman Going Global!
*Supervise administrative assistant activities.
Our ideal candidate profile will include:
*Master’s degree required in a STEM field; Ph.D. in a STEM field preferred. One to three (1-3) years of experience working with student travel abroad programs desired. Must have a strong interest in undergraduate education.
*Candidates with international experiences through study and/or work abroad, and a second language preferred. Working knowledge of the STEM disciplines at the undergraduate level is highly desired.
*Must be familiar with higher education in a global environment; knowledgeable of international travel; and demonstrate cultural sensitivity. Strong interpersonal skills are required with faculty, staff, students, and other constituents of the College both domestically and globally. Must possess superior organizational, problem resolution, and effective supervisory skills.
*Must possess the ability to interact effectively as either a leader or as a member of a team and work collaboratively with other departments. Must be able to listen to student and faculty (international and at Spelman) and to understand and respond productively to their requests. This position also requires one to communicate (verbal and written) effectively and professionally to facilitate the development of new international partnerships and sustainable relationships between Spelman and foreign educational institutions. *Must be able to adapt to changing assignments; multiple priorities; and to meet deadlines successfully.
*Must be able to work independently, be detail oriented, and show initiative; must possess extraordinary organizational and interpersonal skills; must have the ability to work under pressure within established deadlines and effectively handle multiple tasks.
*The ability to utilize technology to support advising and program management. Must have advanced computer software skills using the Microsoft Office Suite (Office 2007) including (Word, Excel, Power Point). Must be able to create such products as general correspondence, flyers, reports, spreadsheets, presentation, etc. Must be able to utilize email systems such as Lotus Notes/Outlook. The individual must have advanced knowledge of internet software.
Please include a cover letter with your submission.”
(Original post made to Inside Higher Education)
I will be leading students from the University of Oklahoma on a four-week Study Abroad program in Kunming, China, June 17- July 14. Undergraduate students will take a three hour course that I teach, “Communication in Chinese Cultures” and a three hour course in East-West poetry. Currently this program is open only to students at the University of Oklahoma. However, if you are interested or know of students who might be interested, contact me and we can look into what could possibly be arranged.
We took students to China last summer and had a wonderful time. The city of Kunming is known as the city of “eternal spring” and has great weather, clean air, great food, and fascinating cultures. It is located in Yunnan Province, Southwest China, home to many non-Han ethnic groups. We will take students to Lijiang, home of the Naxi people, and Shangrila, where there are many Tibetans. It’s a great place to spend the summer, learn about China, and broaden your cultural horizons!
Communication in Beijing: A Study Abroad program
University of Utah
May 15 – June 15, 2011
China’s global importance continues to grow exponentially. This is true in terms of economics, but it is also true in other areas, including the environment and culture. As China’s political and cultural capital, Beijing is the best place to experience China’s dizzying transformation and enduring history. This summer program would provide students a rich, multifaceted experience in China. Since this would not be a language-based experience, the program would be open to students not planning on learning Chinese. We are offering two 3 credit courses: Strategic Communication and Media Campaigns. These courses are useful for students interested in environmental campaigns, social media, public relations, advertising, political campaigns, and mass media. Specifically, these courses would be beneficial to majors in Communication, Business, Political Science, Asian Studies, and Environmental Studies. Since China is an economic power, Beijing is awash in strategic communication and media campaigns. By living in Beijing students will be immersed in Beijing’s exciting media environment, which includes Chinese and international public relations/advertising companies and environmental NGOs. Through our contacts in Beijing, we will arrange for students to learn both on-site and in the classroom from strategic communication professionals and environmental activists. The program will be hosted on the beautiful campus of China’s renowned Beijing University.
We will enhance students’ class experience through cultural outings, including visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Beijing Opera, the Olympics Bird’s Nest, the ancient Tanzhe Mountain Temple, and the many parks around Beijing.
The program will be led by Dr. Kevin DeLuca and Dr. Ye Sun and is open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation (Cost-$2800).