California State University, Fullerton

CSUF Faculty International Engagements

International Project Highlights (2010-2011)


Dr. Belinda Karge, professor of special education, with one of the elder Georgian men during her trip to the Republic of Georgia in September 2011. As a consultant for the US Department of Overseas Schools, Dr. Karge visited a school in Tbilisi that has children of Embassy families with learning disabilities and provided workshops for the teachers and educational supports for the families there.

Each summer, the university’s Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program, funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities/National Institutes of Health, sends students from underrepresented groups to do medical research at partner universities in England, Thailand and Argentina. The purpose of the program is to raise student awareness of international health problems and to seek novel approaches to address them. In Summer 2010, 22 students participated in the international research training through the MHIRT Program, while 10 students participated in the summer of 2011. Professor Marcelo Tolmasky from the Department of Biology serves as MHIRT Program Director and US Faculty Mentor: http://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/inside/2010/MHIRT-2010-summer-program.html

Professor Maqsood Chaudhry in the Department of Electrical Engineering developed the “Partnership for Women in Science, Technology, and Engineering in Pakistan” program funded by the American Council on Education Office of Higher Education for Development. Since the inception of the program in 2008, about 15 Pakistani faculty members have been trained through the program, and about 200 undergraduate scholarships have been handed out. His work has been recently featured in International Educator (July-Aug 2011), the publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators: http://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/ie_julaug11_coverstory.pdf

College of Humanities and Social Sciences increased its study abroad programs to five by adding Costa Rica to the existing programs in South Africa, Italy, Spain, and England. As a result, the College study abroad student numbers increased by 247% over the previous year. In these programs, faculty members accompany students and teach the courses, and students can earn up to 12 units of credit. The College plans to further expand the number of faculty-led Study Abroad programs to China, Hungary, Ireland and France next year.

Mihaylo College of Business and Economics added a new study tour program to China to its existing summer study abroad programs: Business Europe Study Tours (BEST) and Heidelberg Program. These programs are developed to enhance the breadth of business education offered to CSUF students and to encourage them to consider global career opportunities. The China Program takes students to three major cities in China; Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin. The BEST program offers students opportunities to study and travel in five different European countries. The Heidelberg Program offers study on the Heidelberg campus and field trips to neighboring countries. In total, 51 students participated in these programs in Summer 2011: http://business.fullerton.edu/centers/cib/Short_term.htm

The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) in the College of Education has partnered with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to conduct research on the professional preparation, needs and interests of student affairs professionals in South Africa. Professors Dawn Person, Eugene Fujimoto, and Jerry Hunter in the Department of Educational Leadership have assisted UWC in developing and launching a new Ph.D. program in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. CSUF doctoral students interact with UWC doctoral students in interactive online classes each semester.

Led by professor Jeff Brody in the Department of Communications, 12 students in COMM 438T class (Specialized Reporting: Reporting on Minority Affairs) traveled to Vietnam, worked as foreign news correspondents, and volunteered with the Project Vietnam Foundation (PVNF) primary care team and dental team: http://vietnamproject.fullerton.edu/

Professors Richard Deming (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Brady Rhodes (Geology) took 14 students to Thailand for the Environmental Science Research in Thailand (ESRT) program, funded by the Associated Students as an Instructionally Related Activity. In collaboration with Chiang Mai University in Thailand, the group conducted a field research focusing on utilizing the environment in sustainable ways to create useful products, increase crop yield and reduce diseases.

Facilitated by professors Kari Knutson-Miller and Peggy Shoar, 21 Child and Adolescent Development majors completed international fieldwork during the summer in Shanghai, China. The fieldwork course awards three units of credit and teaches students Chinese history, culture and educational practices. The students provided instruction, supervision, and enrichment activities for Chinese children ages 3-12, and gained understanding of the country’s cultural values.

Counseling professor Jeffrey Kottler and his former student, Kiran Regmi, an obstetrician and researcher in Nepal, established the Madhav Ghimire Foundation in 2001. The organization sends girls to school and feeds and clothes them. Through the foundation, 140 Nepali girls have been rescued from sex slavery so far: http://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/Inside/2008/kottler-charity-organization.html

In Fall 2010, special education faculty members Janice Myck-Wayne, Melinda Pierson, and Kristin Stang conducted workshops, visited schools, and started initial research collaborations with Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan, Poland. Kristin Stang and Melinda Pierson returned to AMU in the summer 2011 as a Visiting Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Specialist respectively, to work with a core group of general education faculty on curriculum development in special education.

Cello Professor Bongshin Ko from the Music Department was a guest exchange faculty at Emanuel Feuermann Conservatory in Germany, and Faculty & Artist-in-Residence in Albeniz International Music Course, Spain and Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany. Ko also provided master classes and gave performances in countries such as Canada, Korea, and Switzerland. Another Music faculty member, Mitch Fennell conducted a workshop with the Portuguese Army Band, recorded music with Nuno Silva, and was a guest conductor with Alcochete Symphonic Band in Lisbon, Portugal.

John Hickok, librarian and instructor traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Philippines for collaborative research, exchanges, and library partnership activities. At the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Hickok provided outreach workshops to students in Hai Phong and Hanoi on the topic of conducting research and learning English online. He also delivered nearly 200 donated children’s books (in English) collected through a collaborative effort by the California State University Fullerton Library, the CSUF Cambodian Student Association (CSA), and the CSUF Vietnamese Student Association (VSA). Joining as a co-sponsor this year was Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC), with whom CSUF has an institutional partnership, in delivering the books and reading to the children: http://users.library.fullerton.edu/jhickok/sea2011.htm