As a Global Scholar, the UE faculty member will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, travel and/or research activities related to the impact of globalization on our learning environment. The Institute for Global Enterprise sponsors each Global Scholar with a $2,000 stipend and a professional development budget of $3,000 for expenses (e.g., materials, books, travel, workshop registration, etc.). In addition, funds will be available to the Global Scholars' department to provide a one-course release during the academic year. It is expected that the Global Scholar's activities will have an impact on the global awareness and understanding of our learning community through curriculum or co-curricular activities.
The Institute for Global Enterprise at the University of Evansville announced that the following individuals were selected as 2012-2013 University of Evansville Global Scholars. A brief review of each of their projects follows:
William Baer, Professor of Creative Writing
Dr. William Baer will travel to Portugal this summer to research the life, work and various manuscripts of Natalia Correia (1923-1993), in preparation for translating her poetry. Natalia Correia is one of the most renowned poets in Portuguese history, and she was also, for many decades, at the very center of intellectual life in Lisbon. A fearless social activist, Natalia was sentenced to three years in prison under the Salazar dictatorship. Eventually, her sentence was suspended, and after the "Bloodless Revolution" of 1974, she was elected to serve in the Assemblia da Republica (the Portuguese Parliament) for over ten years. Regarding her literary reputation, The New York Times wrote at the time of her death that Ms. Correia's anthology of poetry, Sonetos Romanticos, is considered one of the most beautiful contemporary literary works in Portuguese.
Mark Cirino, Associate Professor of English
Dr. Mark Cirino will use his Global Scholar grant to travel to Italy to research the setting of Ernest Hemingway's novel Across the River and into the Trees by visiting sites in and around Venice and the Veneto where Hemingway traveled and composed the novel. The work will make an immeasurable contribution to his teaching by providing a global perspective to his work and research.
Young-Choul Kim, Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Kim will apply his Global Scholar award to study why China's youth have negative perceptions towards the U.S. Is it possible for this perception to change in the future? In order to explore this complex nature, he will conduct an empirical survey research in China. Summarily, the surveys will ask Chinese college students' opinions on current controversial issues between the two countries such as US-China economic relations, military competition, political status of Taiwan and Tibet, roles of the U.S. and China in the 21st century, etc. In preparation of this field research in China, Dr. Kim has been studying the Chinese language since 2009. He has also taken Chinese courses (Chinese 111 and 112) at UE. With this research project, he is planning to visit several universities in China including our partner university, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, to conduct these surveys and intensive interviews.
Robert Montgomery, Professor of Marketing
Dr. Robert Montgomery, Professor of Marketing will conduct survey research to determine differences in who, why, where, what and how frequently American and Chinese consumers use Social Networking Media. The Global Scholar award will be used to collect data for a cross-cultural comparison of American and Chinese social-network users. The results will pinpoint marketing strategies that can be standardized across cultures and strategies that need to be tailored to a specific culture. Furthermore, the impact of individualism vs. a collective culture and censorship vs. the free flow of information on the use of social network media will be ascertained.
Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, Assistant Professor of Public Health
Dr. Patel-Dovlatabadi plans to utilize her Global Scholar grant to expand her experience in the area of global health with a year-long comparative study of health systems in a low-income and high-income country, specifically India and the U.S., respectively. Reducing health disparities is an essential component to address when observing health care globally. From a global health perspective, the structure of health systems in countries with relation to social and economic development differ significantly leading to access to and quality of care issues. By comparing and contrasting health systems of countries differing in social and economic development, population health statistics such as differences in malnutrition, infant mortality rates, maternal mortality rates, and prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases may be better explained.