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 200 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.
A fall 2015 program evaluation testifies to the program's impact in the areas of teaching, research and collaborations.
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.
Becky Showmaker is the director of sponsored student programs for the MU International Center. The program provides comprehensive services to 350 international sponsored students and 30 government, private and corporate sponsorship programs each year. Showmaker also coordinates campus involvement in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, through which MU is hosting 50 government-funded students from Brazil. In 2013/14, Showmaker managed MU's participation in IIE's International Academic Partnership Program — Brazil and coordinated campus efforts to assess and promote institutional partnerships in Brazil. As part of this program, Showmaker participated in the IAPP Brazil Study Tour in April 2014 and returned in September 2014 with CAFNR leadership to explore institutional linkages with key universities in the state of Sao Paulo. Showmaker has a master's degree in history from MU and a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in international studies from Truman State University. She joined the MU International Center in 2008 and has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at MU. Douglas' research focuses on the intersections between identity, community space, and the social and cultural foundations of leadership and education. His areas of scholarship include masculinity/black family/African diaspora studies, critical spirituality and community-based pedagogical spaces. Prior to joining MU, Douglas taught grades K–12 and in post-secondary settings, established and managed a GED community school and supervised Bermuda government summer day-camp programs. He received the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice AERA special interest group for his disseration, "Border Crossing Brothas': A Study of Black Bermudian Masculinity, Success and the Role of Community-Based Pedagogical Spaces." Douglas' current research projects include a culturally-relevant study of leadership in Bermuda, a study of alternative school programs for U.S. students who have been suspended from conventional school settings and a study of black male student-athlete identity and leadership at MU.
Tim J. Evans is an associate professor of toxicology in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at MU and the toxicology section head of the MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab. After 11 years of veterinary practice, Evans returned to academia in 1993 where he completed M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs and earned board certifications in both animal reproduction and veterinary toxicology. Evans' doctoral research was funded by a USEPA STAR fellowship and focused on various facets of bioavailability and toxicokinetics of lead and cadmium in porcine and cellular models. Evans has a special interest in the pathogenesis of reproductive disease in domestic animals and humans, particularly subfertility associated with exposure to toxic chemicals. His most recent clinical research projects have utilized porcine models to evaluate the adverse health effects, especially those affecting reproductive function, of various fungal toxins, as well as other toxicants. In addition, these research projects have investigated different ways to ameliorate the negative impact of various toxicants on animal performance. Evans is the author of numerous book chapters and was awarded the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2013.
William A. Jacoby is an associate professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering at MU. His current research focuses on processing biomass and carbonaceous residues into energy, fuels and chemicals by using supercritical fluids.
Rebecca McCathren is an assoicate professor in the Department of Special Education at MU. Her research includes naturalistic language intervention with young children with autism, using social stories to support positive interaction between preschoolers who are typically developing and their classmates with disabilities, and identifying infants who will later be diagnosed with autism. McCathren has participated in numerous locally- and nationally-funded research and training grants.
Charles Menifield is the associate dean of academic programs and a professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at MU. Prior to MU, he was an associate professor of political science and public administration at Mississippi State University and an assistant professor at Murray State University. He was also a faculty member at the University of Memphis for nine years and formerly served as a visiting scholar at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C., where he conducted budget analysis on federal health care programs. Menifield's primary research interests include budgeting and financial management, public health, and welfare and minority politics. He has authored two books regarding public budgeting and financial management. Menifield's current research analyzes the prevalence of obesity, infant mortality and other health care factors concerning children.
Peter Motavalli is a professor of soil nutrient management in the Division of Plant Sciences at MU. Motavalli teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in soil fertility and plant nutrition, as well as a writing-intensive course on soils and the environment. The major emphasis of his research is to determine the impact of soil amendments and agricultural management practices on plant productivity and the environmental fate of soil carbon and plant nutrients. His current research in Missouri is developing agricultural management practices that increase adaptation to climate change and reduce production of greenhouse gases from soil. Motavalli has past experience working in Brazil, including conducting his Ph.D. research at the Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária's Savanna Center, located near Brasília, from 1988 to 1989.
Enid Schatz is the director of research and scholarly activity and an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Department of Women's and Gender Studies at MU. Prior to MU, Schatz spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and two years as a research associate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her areas of scholarship include gender, aging and HIV in southern and eastern Africa. Schatz, a social demographer, has had extensive qualitative and quantitative fieldwork experience in Malawi, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. Her current research projects focus on the social and structural impacts of HIV/AIDS, specifically regarding gendered and generational effects on households and communities in rural South Africa and Uganda. Schatz is also conducting analyses of the WHO Study on Global Aging and Adult Health survey from both Uganda and South Africa.
Monika Fischer is an associate teaching professor of German and associate director of the MU Honors College and the director of MU Global Connect, a certificate in digital global studies with the Center for the Digital Globe. Prior to joining MU, she taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Queen’s College-CUNY and served as deputy director for Deutches Haus at NYU and as director of the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik in Oregon. Areas of scholarship include global politics, global studies, indigenous oral cultures and digital storytelling, and revolve around globalization, political ideologies and cultural studies. She previously spent time in Turkey exploring the role of the storyteller at the Celâl Bayar Üniversitesi. Fischer is the recipient of an eResearch grant, Educational Technologies at Missouri Academic Transformation Grant, 2007 Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study, two DAAD research grants, NEH grant and several MU Advantage grants. She serves on the advisory committee for the MU Media of the Future Initiative, the Council on International Initiatives and is a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Digital Globe.
Mahmoud Almasri is an associate professor with the MU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in the area of micro electromechanical systems and bioMEMS, including Coulter counter for optimization of time sensitive cell cryopreservation protocols, energy harvesters with a wide bandwidth for low frequency vibrations, silicon germanium oxide infrared material and uncooled microbolometers for room temperature IR detection, high aspect ratio PDMS elastic micropost arrays for measuring the cellular traction force and contractile events in isolated vascular smooth muscle cells and impedance-based biosensors for rapid detection and accurate identification of salmonella and E. coli in food products. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, Leonard Wood Institute and U.S. Department of Agriculture. On this trip, he hopes to connect with colleagues who share an interest in the biosensing of pathogens and the cryopreservation and mechanics study of cells such as red blood cells and cardiovascular smooth muscle cells.
Alla Barabtarlo is the head of special collections and rare books for the MU Libraries. She is interested in ancient Byzantine cultural and religious sites, specifically as they pertain to the ancient libraries of Ephesus and Pergamum. On this trip, she hopes to share experiences and ideas with librarians at universities in Turkey, as well as explore the rare and antiquarian book market in Turkey that is relatively undiscovered.
Sean Franzel is an assistant professor of German at MU. He received his Ph.D. in German studies from Cornell University in 2008, and his research has been funded by the Fulbright Commission, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), MU Alumni Organization and Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Areas of scholarship include the history of the university and scholarly culture, European intellectual history from the 18th century to the present and media theory. His teaching interests include contemporary Turkish-German literature and film, blogging, and book and media history.
Jana Hawley is professor and department chair of textile and apparel management at MU. She earned her Ph.D. in human environmental sciences at MU. 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 and India. 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.
Amy McCombs is the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the MU School of Journalism. She spent the majority of her career in media with executive management responsibilities at both the Chronicle Publishing Company in San Francisco and the Broadcast Division of the Washington Post Company. She has the president and CEO of Chronicle Broadcasting with properties in San Francisco, Omaha and Kansas. McCombs has been recognized as a chief executive and business leader with broad-based experience in the information media, financial service, higher education and nonprofit sectors. She also holds an appointment at the Truman School of Public Affairs and is the executive editor of the Global Journalist, which reports on the state of press freedom around the world, on global issues and serves international journalists. McCombs has been included in the San Francisco Business Times 50 most influential business women in the Bay Area and is the recipient of numerous media awards and honors including the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and the First Amendment Freedom Award from B’Nai Brith Anti-Defamation League.
Debra Mason is among the leading U.S. scholars of how religion is portrays in the news media. She brings more than 30 years of professional and scholarly experience to her position as director of the Center on Religion and the Professions, an interdisciplinary center at the MU School of Journalism that works to improve the religious literacy of professionals, to help them serve a diverse public. Areas of scholarship include religion in the news media, cross-cultural communication, media history and the use of social media and religion. She serves as publisher of Religion News Service, the world’s only non-sectarian wire service exclusively covering religion. In addition, she has produced the largest repository of religion resources for journalists, including ReligionStylebook.com and ReligionLink.com. Since 1999, she has also directed Religion Newswriters Association, a professional association of journalists writing about religion in the mass media. Mason has received numerous grants, awards and other honors for her work.
Peter Motavalli is a professor of soil nutrient management at MU. He has a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in soil science from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his Ph.D. in soil fertility and plant nutrition from Cornell University in 1989 and conducted his Ph.D. research at EMBRAPA’s Savanna Center in Brazil. Before joining MU in 1999, he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India, the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University and the University of Guam. Areas of scholarship include the impact of soil amendments and agricultural management practices on plant productivity and the environmental fate of soil carbon and plant nutrients. His current research in Missouri examines the use of enhanced efficiency fertilizers to maximize nutrient use efficiency and reduce environmental contamination, such as the production of greenhouse gases. His research in South America examines the effects of climate change on soil degradation and developing alternative agricultural management practices that will assist in increasing soil productivity and reducing the impacts of climate change.
Peter Mueser is a professor of economics with a joint appoint to the College of Arts and Science and Truman School of Public Affairs. His primary area of scholarship is labor economics with an emphasis on economic programs for the disadvantaged, including income support programs, workforce development and job training, welfare reform and temporary help employment. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in labor economics and economic policy analysis. He has published in a wide variety of journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, American Journal of Political Science, Monthly Labor Review and Industrial Relations. While in Turkey, he hopes to explore how government programs operate in developing countries, as well as the social welfare policy of a country in transition.
Eliza Ching-Yick Tse is professor and chair of the Hospitality Management Program at MU. A native of China, she was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and served as an associate professor there before being appointed in 1999 as the founding member of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She served as professor and director of the school until August 2013. Her area of research expertise is strategic management. She has published numerous articles in top refereed journals and proceedings, co-authored the first strategy book in the hospitality industry and has contributed chapters to numerous other books. Dr. Tse is the editor of the Journal of the International Academy of Hospitality Research, associate editor for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research and serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. She has served as the director of marketing for the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators; vice president, president and chairwoman for ApacCHRIE chapter from 2002-2005.
Martin Walker is director of administrative services for the MU College of Engineering. While in Turkey, he hopes to arrange subsequent study abroad trips for MU engineering students, and to find a venue where MU students can present a class on engineering to an underprivileged high school.
Mansoo Yu is an assistant professor in the Graduate School’s Master of Public Health Program and the School of Social Work, as well as a policy research scholar in the Institute of Public Policy at the Truman School of Public Affairs. He serves as the faculty adviser of the MSW/MPH dual degree program. Areas of scholarship include epidemiology and prevention of health-risk behaviors (e.g., tobacco use and risky sexual behaviors), healthy and positive living, and health disparity across various population segments. Areas of teaching include epidemiology, research methods and health disparity. Through this trip, he is especially interested in developing a course to meet the international experience requirement for the MU graduate certificate in global public health, as well as meeting researchers to develop collaborative cross-national research on health-related issues.
John Zemke is a professor of Spanish at MU and serves as the director for the Center for eResearch and the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition, as well as editor of the journal Oral Tradition. Areas of scholarship include Medieval Spanish literature and Hispanic oral traditions.
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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