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Faculty Travel and Research

Name: Robin Dever, Ph.D. Middle Childhood Education

I traveled to the University of Bath in Bath England for one week.  I attended an International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate conference.  I presented a session titled, “International Baccalaureate (IB) Teachers’ Perceptions of the Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)”  It focused on research I am completing in which I am examining how middle level teachers who teach the IB perceive it including its barriers and strengths.  This will enhance my teaching because I teach IB in my courses to pre-service teachers and having knowledge of how middle school teachers are perceiving it can help me prepare my students to confront them when they enter into the classroom.  This conference was also attended by universities around the world who incorporate IB into their curriculum.  I collaborated with these universities about how they are designing their coursework and shared with them what KSU is doing.  It is helpful to learn about how other institutions are designing their courses to teach IB.

I also traveled to San Diego, CA for 4 days for the International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas.  This conference is for all K-12 schools in North, Central, and South America to come together and learn about best practices related to IB.    I did not present any research but it was very helpful to hear from schools how they are implementing IB with their students.  I heard about many project and programs in which students were successful in IB.  I will share these with my students as exemplars of how to implement IB in their future classrooms.  

Name: Dr. Molly M. Sergi, Ph.D., Professor, History

This summer I traveled to Italy, Greece, and France. I visited the Anzio landing beaches near Rome which resulted in an Allied victory and led to the invasion of Italy in 1944. Many American as well as British troops participated in the invasion. It was an interesting location and great comparison to the site Normandy and invasion of France during WWII. 
I received a grant from the Geauga Teaching Council to visit Meaux, France at the end of July. Meaux was critical to the Battle of the Marne, which was the first battle of WWI. German troops were halted outside of Paris (approximately 20 miles from Paris) and held off by the French. The site now contains one of the largest WWI museums in Europe. It is a fascinating site because it is essentially where the war began in France. The large museum explains the Battle of the Marne, September 1914, and the consequences on Paris. They use interviews and first-hand accounts from veterans and civilians to enhance the museum. One very large, unique exhibit emphasized the role of women during the battle and the war. If the Germans had been successful, and Paris fell into their hands, the outcome would have been devastating. 
Material, pictures, literature will be used in Fall class--both US Modern 12071 and World Civilization II  11051. 

I am always excited to use first hand experiences from WWI and WWII sites in class. Students are curious and eager to hear about both World Wars. It is an incredible opportunity to share this information in my classes. 

Name: Jeanne Marie Stumpf-Carome, MA, MS, PhD, Anthropology and Sociology

Etruscan Italy from Rome to Florence, June 2018, two-and-a half weeks, and over 7,700 photos.

The trip was multi-purpose.  As a tour of Etruscan archeological sites and visits to museum collections of Etruscan art and artifacts, this all informs the courses that I teach cultural anthropology, human evolution, and archaeology.  

In addition, my travels are always involved in my continuing tourism research.

Specific to Etruscan archeology is my research interest in the time period referred to world-wide as the Neolithic, or the New Stone Age. This transition in human subsistence activities was triggered by climate changes.  Around 11,000 BC, a glacial climate changed with a warming trend to an environment where grasses could prosper.  Also referred to as an Agricultural Revolution, this broad designation covers events when our species was transitioning from hunting and gathering to the domestication of plants and animals.  Independently, this occurred in seven different regions of the world in a staggered effect at different times in different regions, Southwest Asia, East Asia, the New Guinea highlands, sub-Saharan Africa, Andean South America, central Mexico, and the eastern United States.  

Human behavior is patterned behavior, much as that of any other animal.  My interest is how and why humans, as they turned to agriculture, also incorporated beliefs about earth and sky in origin stories and built monumental architecture with astronomical associations and sometimes developed ritual systems, and/or, divination practices.  Stonehenge is well known, however, I am exploring other regions which, as they made these transitions, developed their own adaptations to climate, science and belief.  Etruscan Italy’s archeological evidence of this process is found in tombs and the artifacts removed and saved in museums.  In 2017 and 2016, I explored similar sites and regions in Peru and Scandinavia, respectively, with this same research interest.  In this context, my attention is drawn to how and why, under even “roughly” similar circumstances, i.e., this transition, humans search for meaning and make meaning which they begin to institutionalize in similar manners.

I meet terrific people and have great stories to tell!!  Our group visited two working dig sites, one with student workers from Canada.  Seated next to be at a musical performance was a famous researcher in Biblical archeology.  One night, I was lost in Florence as I returned to my hotel.  Inadvertently, in this process, I found the “Cannabis Store Amsterdam” which turns out to be a new franchise opening all over Italy.  
I benefit because I am doing what I love to do. I wish to inspire students with my own enthusiasm.  I believe that is extremely important for students to be supported in finding their passion.  Faculty models that possibility.  We all benefit in the classroom, as I keep the science they learn as up-to-date as I can.