The 2016/2017 International Faculty Development Grants have been announced and are underway! This year, the Center for International Education, in conjunction with support from the Provost’s Office, awards three $5,000 grants to full-time faculty members in order to promote the internationalization of the Adelphi community through projects or research.
These grants allow faculty members to travel internationally with the intent of furthering campus internationalization, including developing courses with international components and even creating new faculty-led programs based on their experiences.
Assistant Professor John Drew in the Department of Communications has dedicated time to researching ways in which food organizations discursively negotiate Latin America’s legacies of Spanish colonialism and ongoing U.S. imperialism, particularly in traditionally extractive agricultural industries.
Now, with this grant, he will explore Nicaragua and evaluate food as a lens to connect local social and environmental justice issues with international ones, such as climate change. His ultimate goal is to then provide new winter and summer session opportunities to students interested in globalization, digital media, marketing, food studies, social entrepreneurship and political ecology.
The School of Social Work’s Chrisann Newransky, Assistant Professor, and Bradley Zodikoff, Associate Professor, will embark on a journey to Japan’s Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) in Nishinomiya City where they will explore social welfare policy, macro social work, and human services with professors at KGU.
Both Newransky and Zodikoff wish to build a long-term educational relationship with faculty and students at KGU with the intention of sending Adelphi students to study abroad there in the future as well as create a faculty-led program for Summer 2018 that centers on these same topics.
Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies program, Beth Christensen and Associate Professor Aaren Freeman from the Department of Biology not only received the grant but already embarked on their trip to Belize, Central America where they vetted potential snorkeling sites for future students to conduct independent projects concerning the abundance and distribution of marine organisms.
They also assessed the equipment at local field stations that would aid in student projects and even explored various Mayan ruins. Both Christensen and Freeman will take Adelphi students on a faculty-led trip to a remote field station with the opportunity to conduct independent research projects. The class will also visit ancient Mayan ruins and learn how climate change impacted Mayan culture.
Congratulations to all of the projects chosen to be funded and a great thank you to all professors who submitted applications. These proposals demonstrate how dedicated many of our Adelphi faculty are to a global education for our students and our community. We are very excited to hear about the emerging success of new and upcoming faculty-led programs and look forward to hearing more about each project as the professors return from their respective trips.