2016 Selection as Visiting Scholar: Teaching

  • Hibsman Selected for Korea Visiting Scholar Program


    The IUP Office of International Education is proud to announce that Tim Hibsman of the English Department was selected to participate in the Visiting Scholar Program at Kyungpook National University in summer 2016. KNU selected the individuals, and they were notified via e-mail. 

    Only 14 professors worldwide were chosen to participate ant teach at KNU in Daegu, South Korea. Hibsman will be teaching international sports relations. The course examines a variety of topics related to international sports, including leadership/coaching, advertising, politics, health, and influence of the Olympics and World Cup. American and international films and articles will be introduced and analyzed covering various sports concepts as the setting, a body of symbolism, a competition, the agent of divine wrath, a human challenge, a means of escape, and a reason to reflect on the human relationship to health and sports.  

    The purpose of this program is to encourage collaboration between partner institutions and provide a special international education experience for KNU students. It is also hoped that visiting scholars will explore possible research links with their host department during their stay at KNU and encourage further collaboration on student and faculty levels once they return to their own institution.

    More information for students can be found on the IUP Education Abroad Kyungpook Global Summer School or by contacting the Education Abroad advisor, Andy Kent, at akent@iup.edu.

    Hibsman Participates in Visiting Scholars Program at Kyungpook National University in Korea


    Tim Hibsman, English Department, taught in the summer teaching experience in Kyungpook National University (Daegu, South Korea) from June 27 through July 25, 2016. He taught a course titled International Sports Marketing and Research.

    As a visiting scholar, Hibsman was part of a program whose purpose is to encourage collaboration between partner institutions and provide a special international education experience for KNU students. It is also hoped that visiting scholars will explore possible research links with their host department during their stay at KNU, and encourage further collaboration on student and faculty levels once they return to their own institution. 

    The KNU four-week Global Summer School brings together students and academics from all over the world for a unique intercultural learning experience and special taste of Korean culture.

    Kyungpook National University (abbreviated as KNU or Kyungdae) is a national university representing Daegu Metropolitan City and Gyeongbuk Province in South Korea. It is located in the Daegu Metropolitan City, which is the capital city of the Gyeongbuk Province, South Korea. (Kyungpook in the university's name represents an old romanization of the province's name, now most commonly spelled Gyeongbuk.)

    The university was originally founded as the Daegu Dong-in Hospital in 1907, and was officially established in September 1946, merging and succeeding the former three colleges of Daegu Teacher's College, Daegu Agricultural College, and Daegu Medical College, although its history dates back to 1906. In 2008, KNU acquired Sangju National University as a new campus of the KNU system, which is now designated as "KNU Sangju", becoming one of the largest campus universities in South Korea.

    In 2012, KNU opened the KNU Global Plaza for a professional engagement, such as knowledge/technology exchange between KNU and industry, and for domestic and international events/conferences. It has 17 floors, and its office rooms and facilities on the eighth through 15th floors are currently occupied by more than 50 research institutes and centers.

    Schiera Collaborates in Oman


    Tony Schiera, English Department, a temporary faculty member and third-year PhD student in Composition and TESOL, spent part of his summer in Muscat, Oman, working with the Takatuf Scholars’ Summer Residential Programme. In this program, 40 rising 10th-grade students with varying degrees of experience attending Oman’s public and private schools spend three weeks in an intensive, integrated program designed to enrich students both intellectually and personally.

    While in Muscat, Schiera served with eight other teachers implementing an educational experience designed to prepare students to compete for a limited number of scholarships which include international study of two years in preparatory school and four years at a university, leading to an undergraduate degree. According to the institution’s website, “The program comprises a range of intellectual and personal experiences including project-based learning, information technology, public speaking, service learning, and leadership development.”

    Craig Serves As Writer In Residence In Las Animas, Colorado


    Chauna Craig, English Department, served as writer-in-residence during October 2016 at Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community in Las Animas, Colorado. She taught workshops in creative writing and journaling, mentored individual writers, and gave a public reading in Denver at the end of her residency.

    The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community provides recovery-oriented transitional housing to homeless individuals. The program combines housing with counseling, educational, vocational, and employment services for up to 300 homeless and formerly homeless persons from across the state of Colorado, with an emphasis on serving homeless veterans.

    The writer-in-residence program, cosponsored by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, is a new program incorporating literary arts into recovery work and helping residents give voice to their own stories.

    Historian Finegan Spent Time Teaching History in China


    In summer 2016, Caleb Finegan was an invited lecturer/professor in the JNC International Summer Program at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.

    The JNC International Summer Program provides opportunities for Chinese students to take courses, taught in English, at universities in China. These students are all studying in the United States or Canada during the regular fall and spring semesters and are getting credits over the summer which transfer back to their universities in the USA or Canada.

    Finegan taught three courses in Guangzhou from June 20 to July 22: Modern Latin American History and two sections of a USA and the World History Course (post 1865).

    On his experience, Finegan remarked, "In addition to having the opportunity to study and live in China for five weeks, I most enjoyed working with my nearly 100 students. They were conscientious, focused, and worked hard day after day. It was also very hot—day after day!"

    Wong Doe Performs and Teaches in China


    IUP Music faculty member Henry Wong Doe traveled to Shenyang, China, on November 20, 2016, to perform and teach at Shenyang Conservatory of Music.

    Wong Doe's visit included performing a solo recital at the Conservatory on November 21, as well as teaching private lessons and giving masterclasses to both college and pre-college students. Shenyang Conservatory is one of the top music conservatories of China, following the Central Conservatory (Beijing) and Shanghai Conservatory in the northeast region of the country. Graduates of Shenyang Conservatory have gone on to complete master's and doctoral programs at Juilliard, Eastman, and other top U.S. music schools.

    Wong Doe's visit was at the invitation of Professor Fang Zhang, piano professor at Shenyang Conservatory of Music. Prof. Zhang has sent three graduates of the conservatory to IUP; two of them (Jiayin Sun and Xiang Jin) are current MA students and graduate assistants in piano.

    Jennings Performs and Teaches in Wisconsin


    IUP Music faculty member Linda Jennings was an invited guest performer and master class clinician at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in November.

    On Monday, November 28, she joined cellists Benjamin Whitcomb (cello professor at UW-Whitewater) and Miranda Wilson (cello professor at University of Idaho) in performing chamber works for cello. She also worked with UW-Whitewater cello students in a master class on Tuesday, November 22.