Dept. Communication Studies
Temple University, Speech Communication, PhD 1982
International study-abroad programs which you have led or participated in. n/a
My research over the past 28 years has been in areas of diversity. My most recent collaborative
work is on multiracial families, many of them international (African, Asian, Latino, American)
My ongoing work on ancestry DNA has pulled in a wide variety of individuals from a range of international backgrounds to explore the commonality among humans in their genetic profiles.
Organizations or committees, which you are a member of in relation to internationalization of West Chester's campus. n/a
Over the past 20 years, in my class in intercultural communication (COM 250), I have had people from around the world come to class to talk about their cultural experiences. These have included exchange and international students from China, Japan, Viet Nam, Iran, Iraq, United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia, England, Ireland, and others. I have had immigrants from these and other countries including Mexico, India, Argentina, and more, visit class. In addition, in recent years we have Skyped with students who are Australian and Italian and with American students and expatriates in Iraq, Sweden, Italy, etcetera. Most of these individuals have participated in panel activities held throughout the semester. I have also included international students in the DNA element of the class, in which I ancestry DNA test class members and have them share their results and their experience in the panel format. One of my hopes is to extend the project internationally.
The inclusion of the international element in my intercultural class has created a richness that could not be accomplished in any other way. In a class that is highly interactive and includes varied activities and presentations, these panels are consistently the favorite element of the class and I hope to expand opportunities for interaction and internationalization in the future.
Loyola Marymount University, B.A., English (magna cum laude) 1978; University of Washington, Ph.D., English, 1987.
I taught WCU English courses at Harris Manchester College of Oxford University in the summer of 1998. I've participated in Faculty/Staff Study Abroad Initiative research exchanges in China in 2002, and in Poland in 2005, and co-edited Proceedings volumes collecting scholarly papers from those research exchanges. I taught summer classes in English composition and in American literature, as a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics in Hangzhou, China in 2006. I co-directed the first Knowledge Crossing Borders/Congreso Internacional de Educacion Superior (KCB/CIESUP) international higher education conference sponsored by WCU and Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, in Heredia, Costa Rica, in 2010; and served on the steering committee for the second KCB/CIESUP conference, held at WCU in 2012. I've taught WCU business and organizational writing courses partnering students from Guizhou University, China, and WCU students.
I've given numerous scholarly papers on intercultural rhetoric in China, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and the United States. Most recently, I presented research on intercultural and comparative rhetoric a the Writing Research Across Borders International Conference in Washington, DC, in 2011; and have been invited to provide a workshop on Translingual Writing Pedagogies for the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, in 2013. I have been a referee, advisory editor, or article author for College English; College Literature; Asian Journal of English Language Teaching; College Composition and Communication; and other journals in the field.
From 2009 to 2011, I was Director of the Global Development Collaborative, an official faculty advisory group on WCU international policies and initiatives, serving the Associate Vice President for Faculty Development and the Office of the Provost. I served on the 2010-2011 WCU Task Force on Internationalization. Since 2009, I have served on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) International Education Council, convened by the PASSHE Chancellor; in this capacity, since 2010, I have co-chaired the Council's annual International Education Summit.
I'm on the Board of Directors, and am a past President of the Board, of the Volunteer English Program, a nonprofit corporation training tutors, and providing books and curricula, to teach English to immigrants from many nations.
Dept. Communication Studies
B.A. in English, West Chester University 1979; M.A. in Mass Communication, Temple University, 1984; Ph.D. in Mass Communication, The Newhouse School at Syracuse University, 1990
Currently preparing for two programs, Mass Media in Ireland (Summer, 2013) and Public Relations in Poland (Summer 2014)
Represented WCU at Aix-en-Provence development conference, Aix-en-Provence France (October, 2012)
Former member of the International Communications Assoication
Extensive media contacts (academic, professional) in Dublin, Ireland
BS University of Montana; MF Duke University; PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
Consultancies: Kenya and Tanzania-insects affecting agro and commercial forests: Armenia-status of pest management in Armenian forests
Dept. of Kinesiology, College of Health Sciences
College and Universities attended with the degrees achieved:
1984-89 Ph.D. in Sport Philosophy, Department of Physical Education, University of Knoxville/Tennessee
1979-84 BA/MA in Education: Sport/Philosophy/Religious Studies, University of Marburg, Germany.
NEWLY established International Summer School in Sport Science (ISSSS) with 11 participating universities from all over the world will be launched in 2013 at the University of Kassel/Germany, then WCU during the summer of 2014. 1999 Study abroad program during the summer, where I took 10 students together with Dr. Landwehr from Foreign Languages/WCU for three weeks to the universities in Kassel, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin. Students were also studying with German students and attended lectures by German professors and received 6 credits at WCU. 1990-2000 supervision of exchange students from German universities, where I had signed an exchange program between WCU and the German Sport University in Cologne, University of Heidelberg and Humboldt University in Berlin 1984-89 exchange student from Germany at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; subsequent enrollment in Ph.D. program, UTK
2012 spring semester: research in Germany (host: University of Freiburg) on healthy aging - an international comparison. This project was funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program). 1994 research fellow at the German Olympic Institute in Berlin, Germany for fall semester.
1992-1999 worked with Berry Degler on exchange programs with German universities in Heidelberg, cologne and Berlin. WCU hosted about 7 students who attended WCU for at least one year, one participated also in the soccer team, another worked with me on Master's thesis, etc. Since 1992 I am frequently asked from universities all over the world to be part of the examination committee for PhD thesis; i.e. Australia, New Zealand, England.
I have been serving as guest editor with several international journals and organizations. I was recently asked to become a member of the editorial board of the umbrella organization of all international sport science organizations, ICSSPE (International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education). I have a long list of speaking engagements and invitations at international meetings, including Russia, Cuba, Japan, Europe to name a few. I am also working with the largest international publisher in Sport Sciences, Meyer and Meyer Publishers out of Aachen/Germany, and have two book series established since 1990: "Sport, Culture and Society" and "Healthy Aging and Fitness" with Dr. Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha (WCU, Psychology).
College and Universities attended with the degrees achieved.
West Chester University, BSN, Nursing
University of Pennsylvania, MSN, Midwifery
Widener University School of Law, MJ, Master of Jurisprudence, Health Law
Widener University School of Law, DL, Doctor of Laws, Health Law
South Africa Study Abroad, University of Delaware, School of Nursing, Winterim Session (January 2-Febrary 7) 2011. (Students explored the core concepts of global health that affected women and children in resource-limited settings. They were able to evaluate global health concerns such as HIV and AIDS, perinatal transmission of HIV, maternal and infant mortality and lack of trained childbirth attendants, fistula formation and repair, reproductive health and intimate partner violence through visiting and working in Midwifery Obstetrical Units (MOUs), hospitals in the Cape Town region and HIV schools and orphanages in Pretoria. The primary focus was on the health care of women, newborns and children in South Africa. )
HIV/AIDS affects on puerperal women as related to gestational/post partum depression in sub-Sahara Africa. Characterization of alcohol use in women of Mexican heritage: Does birth place matter and impacts on health.
American College of Nurse-Midwives (member)
Committee for the Advancement of Midwifery
International Confederation of Midwives (member)
White Ribbon Alliance (member)
La Comunidad Hispana, Project Salud (nurse-midwife)
Steering Committee, Women's Studies (WCU)
Simulation for Safe Motherhood (presentation at Western Cape College of Nursing, Cape Town, ZAR) 2011; Simulation for Safe Motherhood (presentation at the American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX) 2011; Simulation for Safe Motherhood (presentation at the International Health Research Conference, Trinity College, Dublin Ireland) 2010; Global Concerns in Health Law (presentation at the International Health research Conference, Trinity College, Dublin Ireland) 2009
The WCUPA in Argentina Program in collaboration with UCEL (Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinoamericano, a private higher education institution in Rosario, Argentina) started as a Spanish language immersion program during the summer of 2012. In this initial program, we offered three different courses for students completing a Spanish minor or continuing their studies in the major: SPA 301 (Advanced Grammar and Composition), SPA 302 (Spanish Conversation and Grammar) and SPA 321 (a Spanish American culture course with the title 'Historical Processes in Spanish America'). During the Summer of 2012, 11 students participated in this successful program.
In future summer programs we will offer different courses based on students' interests and needs on campus. The flexibility of this program aims to reach a wide number of students on campus, opening the door to any student willing to explore a country, Argentina, that has played a key role in international relationships with Europe, the U.S. and other Spanish American countries during the 20th century.
Our common goal with UCEL is to explore further collaboration opportunities in terms of teaching, research and student/Faculty exchanges. Therefore, we hope to establish a permanent and fruitful relationship between WCUPA and this Argentine institution, that will help in the internationalization efforts of our campus.
Gettysburg College, BA Physics, 1989
University of Delaware, PhD Physics, 1995
Modern Physics Study Abroad, Summer 2011 (London, UK)
I led a group of WCU physics majors and minors on a study abroad trip to London. We visited sites of interest related to physics, such as the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, the burial place of Nobel Prize winning Physicists at Westminster Abbey, and Stonehenge. We also broadened our international experience in the liberal arts tradition with visits to sites of historical interest such as the Tower of London and Hampton Court.
Currently preparing Modern Physics Study Abroad in London for Summer Session I in 2014.Many personal trips abroad (UK, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Hungary).
Registration Fee: PASSHE Summit, November 15 - 16, 2012, Slippery Rock University
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The Center for International Programs has released a newsletter containing a calendar of events to celebrate International Education Week. See the full listing here; www.wcupa.edu/international/docs/CIP_NL_Fall2012.pdf.
On Tuesday, October 23rd from 11AM -2PM in the Sykes Student Ballroom WCU is hosting its annual study abroad fair. Representatives of faculty-led and affiliate study abroad programs, and well as the study abroad advising staff will be there. Click here for an article about last year’s event.
During the week of May 30th, 2012, West Chester University of Pennsylvania and the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica hosted an international conference on higher education. The theme was Knowledge Crossing Borders: Building a Global Future Through Research and Innovative Practices. Click here for the Conference home page to learn more.
International Engagement: Faculty