Global Scholars 2010 - 2011

The Center for Innovation and Change at the University of Evansville announced that the following individuals were selected as 2010-2011 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.

Jennie Ebeling, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Chair of the Department of Archaeology and Art History


Dr. Ebeling will use her Global Scholar position to complete research on portrayals of ancient daily life, gender, and nationalism in museum exhibits in the Middle East. She will visit a dozen museums located in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine to compare different approaches to reconstructing and claiming the ancient past. This project will provide new material for introductory archaeology classes and upper-level courses in her area of specialization. Additionally, Dr. Ebeling's experiences will be valuable in developing a new course on museum studies for her department. She also intends to present her results at a major conference and a journal publication.

Chris Mohn, Assistant Professor of Spanish


Dr. Mohn will travel to Spain this summer as a Global Scholar to complete research on her nearly-completed book on the contemporary novelist Alvaro Pombo and to participate in a professional development program sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education in Santiago de Compostela. In Spain, she will conduct research at the National Library and interview Pombo in person. She is also an invited participant to a program that will study the impact of the centuries-old Pilgrimage of Santiago on the social, political, and cultural development of the country. Dr. Mohn's experiences will not only produce new avenues of research but will also provide new material to enrich her classes and expand the University's global curriculum.

Greg Rawski, Assistant Professor of Management, Schroeder School of Business


Dr. Rawski will participate with 24 universities worldwide to conduct the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey through his Global Scholar appointment. This study collects data on best practices in global manufacturing strategy and will provide data for a rich stream of future research. While there are more than 1,000 companies globally that participate in the survey, the project also impacts local companies through the Southwestern Indiana Manufacturers organization. Dr. Rawski plans to use the results of the study to publish several journal articles as well as to transfer this newfound knowledge to classroom instruction.

John Layer, Assistant Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering


Dr. Layer will develop a Summer International Immersion Engineering Elective Course that allows engineering students to travel to an international location to take a three credit elective course that applies engineering concepts learned in the classroom to a series of international case studies, field trips, workshops, interviews and/or exhibits. This proposed engineering elective course will be distinctive in its coupling of the active learning associated with study abroad programs and the application of engineering principles in an international setting. The course will include time at Harlaxton, at various sites in England and at Fachhochschule Osnabruck, University of Applied Sciences in Osnabruck, Germany, Sister City to Evansville, Indiana.

Kyle Kiesel, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy


Professor Kiesel will use his award to strengthen the global perspective of the physical therapy curriculum through the integration of knowledge and skills from the tradition of Eastern medicine techniques. He plans to travel to Florida, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, BC, to receive hands-on education at health care facilities where he has colleagues who have expertise in Eastern medicine therapies. His goals are to contribute to the department's cultural competence curricular thread by enhancing his own cultural competence, becoming trained in use of an evidence-based Eastern medicine technique, and developing content to infuse into classes in the physical therapy program.