Global Scholars 2009 - 2010

The Center for Innovation and Change at the University of Evansville announced that the following individuals were selected as 2009-2010 University of Evansville Global Scholars.

Each Global Scholar will receive a stipend and travel allowance. As Global Scholars, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, and activities related to preparing our students and community for global leadership, citizenry, and success. The Global Scholars program is supported by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund and the Lilly Endowment.

Gale Blalock, Professor of Economics


Dr. Blalock will examine the globalization of the economic topics of outsourcing, trade and the environment, the subprime crisis, and China's exchange rate policies. Blalock will integrate this research into the EMBA curriculum through the MBA 543 - International Macroeconomics course. Dr. Blalock will incorporate Krugman and Obstfeld's leading text: International Economics: Theory and Policy. Krugman is the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Economics.

Daniel Byrne, Assistant Professor of History


Dr. Byrne will use his Global Scholar position to complete archival research on U.S. foreign policy towards the Algerian war of independence and Anglo-American relations with regards to colonization. His research will require travel to the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas, and the Public Records Office in England. Upon completion of this research, he will prepare several manuscripts for publication. Additionally, he intends to integrate his research conclusions into the history classes he teaches.

Amy McBride-Martin, Associate Professor of Education


Dr. McBride-Martin will be increasing her expertise in the area of diversity education and cultural competence with the specific goal of helping future educators develop into culturally competent teachers who can work effectively with the increasing numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse students who are in our schools. Through attendance at an intercultural development inventory conference and additional study of cultural competence, Dr. McBride-Martin will be infusing additional cultural competence content into the education classes she teaches, assess student growth in the area of cultural competence, and provide assistance with the integration of cultural content across the education curriculum.

Wesley Milner, Associate Professor of Political Science


Dr. Milner will use his Global Scholarship to build on his experience in human rights as Igleheart Chair in Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program and delve into a year-long examination of civil conflict and conflict resolution around the world while highlighting the Middle East. He will participate in a Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Faculty Development Seminar in Jordon and Israel, which rigorously looks at the complexities of conflict and cooperation in this region and attempt to travel to the Gulf States (specifically Bahrain and UAE). Using his research and development experiences, he will develop a course on peace and conflict resolution, prepare articles for publication, and give presentations to the campus community.

Mark Valenzuela, Associate Professor of Engineering


Dr. Valenzuela will focus primarily on the Harlaxton Manor building, for example, the influence of the Elizabethan and Jacobean styles on this Victorian House; and the layout of rooms and passageways to embody the ideal functioning of a Victorian household. There has been little to no scholarship on the gardens and grounds surrounding the house itself. Unfortunately, uncovering similarities between the landscaping at Harlaxton and other gardens is made difficult by the sheer size of the grounds. This research project proposed to do an extensive ground survey of the landscape surrounding the manor house to create a computer-generated three-dimensional model that will help in comparison with other gardens and grounds and that may reveal features that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.