As Kent State University's global footprint has expanded both at home and abroad, the university has experienced a near tripling of international students in its campus community. This increased international student presence has provided new learning opportunities in classrooms, throughout the campus and within the local community at large.
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning supported the development and delivery of a semester long program called “Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Kent State University’s Intercultural Classrooms and Community” for the fall 2014 semester. The program was developed and facilitated by Ken Cushner, Ed.D. Cushner is a professor of multicultural and international education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State, an author or editor of nine books and numerous chapters and articles in the field of intercultural education and training, and a Founding Fellow and past-president of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.
Two of the goals of this program include: (1) Gaining a better understand the potential conflict between one’s preferred teaching style and the range of learning styles and experiences international students may bring to the classroom and (2) An increased consideration of culturally responsive ways to modify and/or enhance teaching practices and assessment strategies
Faculty members who have completed this program are able to facilitate dialogue and discussion of critical intercultural issues faced by faculty at the individual and unit level in their respective colleges and programs.
This eInside article provides more information about the program