Of the many professional opportunities that I have been privileged to enjoy, and which have proven especially meaningful, are those focusing on international work. These include:

  • Living with a family in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India as a high school exchange student through the AFS Student Exchange Program. Summer 1970.
  • Lecturer in English, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Administration, Nagoya, Japan. Worked with faculty from Japan, China, Great Britain, France, and Germany. Also served as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Educational Research, Kasugai, Japan, studying Japanese special education.  August 1988 – March 1991.
  • Faculty/Consultant for the Masters in Education Program at Institute Tun Hussein Onn, Batu Pahat, Malaysia. Required paid leave from Indiana University; program operated by Purdue University and the Malaysia Ministry of Education. Taught graduate level courses in Curriculum Development and in Philosophy of Education. Engaged in informal research on the possibilities of using service-learning as a K- 12 teaching model there. May 1997 – May 1998.
  • Faculty participant for IUPUI’s To Mexico with Love Spanish immersion – service-learning program. Studied Spanish as well as organized and supervised community service projects for IUPUI students at schools, hospitals, health clinics, and community centers in and around Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. May 2005, May 2006, May 2007.
  • Served as a member of a faculty team from Indiana University on a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, working to infuse a professional school curriculum with international content in partnership with faculty from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. October 2005, December 2007.
  • Continued individual research on special education in Indonesia with members of the Faculty of Education at Gadjah Mada University. October 2010, May 2013.
  • Member of a faculty delegation from Muskingum University to meet with officials from Lonzhou University and Northwest Normal University to discuss student and faculty exchange programs. March 2009, March 2010.
  • Invited Lecturer/Delegate to Karlberg Secondary School’s International Week, Amal, Sweden. January 2017. 
  • Delegate representing the City of De Pere, Wisconsin and St. Norbert College to strengthen our formal Sister Cities relationship with Amal, and to explore possibilities for establishing overseas student teaching sites for SNC students with Amal schools. January 2018. 
  • Designed, organized, and led a three-week Global Seminar for St. Norbert College students to Amal and Stockholm, Sweden in order to compare Swedish schools and social service agencies with those in the United States. May 2019. 
  • Will serve as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Latvia in Riga. August 2021 – January 2022. 
  • I have also presented papers in Kingston, Jamaica; Ottawa, Canada; Geneva, Switzerland; Riga, Latvia; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

I have enjoyed all these experiences immensely and welcome similar opportunities in the future.