Here are ten ways to be an internationally-engaged faculty member, and how the International Center can help.
In 1998 the MU Council on International Initiatives launched the Global Scholars Program to support MU faculty members who seek to internationalize their teaching and research. Since its inception, over 100 faculty members across MU's colleges and schools have participated. As a result, dozens of courses have been modified – enhancing the learning experience of thousands of MU students each year. In 2002, the program received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Best Practices and Innovation in International Education from the Institute of International Education.
Program objectives are to: 1) expand faculty involvement in MU’s strategic international relationships; and 2) foster tangible new international collaborations for participants, including research grants or papers and/or teaching innovations. To that end, the program offers summer seminars that provide opportunities for faculty to interact with potential research or teaching collaborators abroad.
MU colleges and schools may nominate participants for the Global Scholars Program. Each college/school is responsible for determining its level of participation and instituting its own selection procedures and criteria. Interested faculty should consult his/her Dean for more information.
Please note that the International Center does not accept or review applications directly from faculty. All nominations must come through the appropriate dean's office. For more information, please contact Jim Scott, International Center director, at 573-882-6007 or ScottJ@missouri.edu.
Seminar leader: Prof. Monika Fischer, Department of German and Russian Studies and Honors College
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Jana Hawley, PhD, is professor and department chair of textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri. She earned her doctorate in human environmental sciences at the University of Missouri. She also has been on faculty at Indiana University, University of North Texas and Kansas State University. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to India, HERS Fellow, SEC Fellow, ITAA Fellow, UM President’s Leadership Fellow, Kemper Excellence in Teaching recipient and a Global Scholar to Thailand. She has served as president of the International Textile and Apparel Association and is a board member of the Council for Textile Recycling. Areas of scholarship include sustainability, textile recycling, leadership and global initiatives. She leads study abroad programs to India, El Salvador and Guatemala. Dr. Hawley also served as project director on an interdisciplinary grant proposal to the Obama‐Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative.
Kattesh V. Katti, MScEd, PhD, DSC, FRSC, is a Curators' Professor of Radiology and Physics, director of the University of Missouri Cancer Nanotechnology Platform and founding co-director of the Nanoparticle Production Core Facility at the University of Missouri. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recipient of the University of Missouri President's Award for Economic Development and recipient of the Outstanding Missourian award. Katti has been recognized as the "Father of Green Nanotechnology" and also as one of the 25 most influential people in radiology. Awards for his research excellence from around the globe include: the Gauss Professorship from the Academy of Sciences in Gottingen, Germany; an international visiting fellowship from RMIT University, Australia; and a "Genius In Science" citation from Corporate India. He has led University of Missouri delegations to India four times and has contributed immensely toward MU's internationalization efforts.
James K. Scott, PhD, is associate vice provost for international initiatives and director of the International Center at the University of Missouri. The International Center serves all international students and scholars, assures compliance with related federal regulations, manages university study abroad programs and fosters emerging campus international initiatives. The center has managed the award‐winning Global Scholars Program since its inception in 1998. Scott has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Korea, and a UM President’s Leadership Fellow. He is actively engaged in developing major new MU initiatives in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Indonesia, Georgia and Belgium. He has published numerous articles and research reports on rural and regional development policy, and the role of local government in community and economic development.
Linda Bennett is an assistant to the provost and associate professor in the College of Education. Dr. Bennett served as an American Council on Education Fellow, editor for Social Studies and the Young Learner, inductee into the University of Memphis Education Hall of Fame and alumni of the Leadership Development Program at the University of Missouri system. Her fellowships include the Goethe Institute in Germany, Keizai Koho Fellowship in Japan, and the MU Global Scholars Program in Bulgaria. Areas of scholarship include elementary education, civic education and the integration of technology.
Cathy Cutler is a research professor with the biomedical group at the MU Research Reactor Center, and is jointly appointed in MU's Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute and nuclear and biological engineering departments. The biomedical group develops/evaluates radiopharmaceuticals for cancer diagnosis and treatment, collaborating with MU units including medicine, veterinary medicine and the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Such multidisciplinary university collaborations commercialized three FDA approved radiopharmaceuticals: Ceretec™, TheraSphere® and Quadramet®. The group develops radioisotope production and novel separation methods to yield carrier-free isotopes, and scale-up for commercial production, clinical trials and medical applications for worldwide distribution. Currently, Dr. Cutler is developing production and separation methods for high specific activity radioisotopes, creating a suite of diagnostic and therapeutic agents tailored for individual needs. Moreover, she has worked with the Society of Nuclear Medicine to develop curriculum for training scientists and business professionals in imaging sciences and a second curriculum focused on how to translate agents into the clinic.
Rajeev Darolia is an assistant professor at MU with appointments in the Truman School of Public Affairs and the College of Education. He is also a visiting scholar with the U.S. Federal Reserve System and a policy research scholar at the Institute of Public Policy. Areas of scholarship include education policy and consumer credit, and in recent papers he has examined student loans and debt, access to mortgage markets and higher education finance. Prior to joining MU, Dr. Darolia was an economist consulting with banks and government agencies on discrimination in financial markets.
Ganesh Gopalakrishna is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Psychiatry at MU. After completing medical school at Bangalore Medical College, he completed residency in general psychiatry at MU and graduated from the program in 2011. He has worked as faculty since then. He has served as a chief resident for academics and administration during his residency. He has been a board member for the Central Missouri Psychiatric Society since 2009 and currently holds the office of secretary. He specializes in inpatient psychiatry and psychiatric research.
Sara Shipley Hiles, assistant professor, teaches writing and multimedia classes at the MU School of Journalism. Her areas of interest include environmental, science and health reporting; using multimedia and social media; and investigative reporting. She has worked at four newspapers, authored many freelance articles for magazines and other publications, and co-authored a book. This will be her second trip to India. On this trip, she is especially interested in learning about science, health, agriculture and environmental issues, and in visiting with journalists and journalism schools.
Sharad Khare is an associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology at MU. He holds a doctorate in biochemistry and has served as faculty in various universities and as a scientist in the Department of Veterans Affairs. His research on gastrointestinal cancers has been funded by National Institute of Health and Veterans Affairs. His primary research interest includes the role of diet and microRNA in the progression, diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. He has published numerous articles on molecular aspects of colon cancer. This will be his first trip to India as a Global Scholar. On this trip, he is especially interested in meeting with scientists in India to develop collaborative research in oncology.
Mary K. Shenk is an assistant professor of anthropology and a member of the South Asian Studies Program at MU. Her research combines approaches from cultural anthropology, economics and demography to understand marriage, family, kinship and fertility. Dr. Shenk has conducted field research on marriage and parental investment in Bangalore, India, and her current project focuses on the causes of rapid declines in birth rates in rural Bangladesh. Her research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Institutes of Health, School for Advanced Research and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. She serves as a member of the executive board of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society, a section of the American Anthropological Association, and was winner of the Gold Chalk Award at MU in 2012.
Randall D. Smith is the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at the MU School of Journalism. He is co-director of the university's Center for the Digital Globe, which oversees scholarships and a global certificate program. He is president of the Alfred Friendly Press Partners, which has brought more than 300 journalists to America from more than 70 countries. He has more than 35 years of experience in the news industry, and was on The Kansas City Star team that won a Pulitzer in 1982 for breaking news. Smith is past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and recipient of the group's Distinguished Achievement Award in 2003. He received the MU faculty-alumni award in 2005.
Antonie Stam is the Leggett and Platt Distinguished Professor of Management Information Systems in the Department of Management at MU. Prior to joining the university, he was a professor in the Department of Management Information Systems at the University of Georgia. He holds a doctorate in management science from the University of Kansas. Dr. Stam has served in visiting professor and research scientist roles in Belgium, Austria, Finland, France and South Africa, and has consulted with companies and organizations in the U.S., China and Finland. His primary teaching responsibilities are in the Crosby MBA program, where he teaches management information systems, decision support systems, entrepreneurship and data analysis. He has also taught in the MU executive MBA program, as well as in Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic as part of MU study abroad programs. His primary research interests include information systems, decision support systems, analytics, multi-criteria decision making and any challenging interdisciplinary problems. Particularly, he has worked on numerous projects with colleagues in the School of Journalism.
Rodney J. Uphoff is the first Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at MU, where he has served as the School of Law's associate dean of academic affairs. He also serves as director of the MU South Africa Educational Program and the law school's study abroad program in Cape Town. Before joining the MU faculty in 2001, Uphoff taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has authored articles on criminal defense practice, the delivery of defense services and ethical issues facing those involved in the criminal justice system. He also has taught comparative criminal justice courses in South Africa, Germany, Austria, England and Romania. He recently was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to the Committee on Procedure in Criminal Cases. Uphoff was one of four attorneys appointed to defend Terry Nichols in Oklahoma state court. Nichols was convicted of 160 murders in the bombing of the Murrah building in Oklahoma City in 1995, but did not receive the death penalty.
Seminar leader: Wen Ouyang, co-director of the MU Confucious Institute
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Seminar leader: Jere Gilles, associate professor of rural sociology
Seminar leader: Rodney Uphoff, Elwood Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law and director of the University of Missouri South Africa Educational Program
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