Faculty Spotlight

The Faculty Spotlight highlights the faculty members who globally enhanced their courses and provided global education to our students, and those who have mentored undergraduate researchers. We are pleased to share with you their take on the value of global citizenship, and the benefits of providing mentorship to undergraduate researchers.

August 2022

Trina Spencer

On the value of mentored undergraduate research experience:

"Mentored undergraduate research offers students an opportunity to acquire 21st Century skills that supplement their coursework such as oral and written communication, discussion and disagreeing, perspective taking, and critical thinking. Students benefit from the close and regular contact with an established researcher while putting book knowledge into action, which crystalizes their learning. It is also a mechanism for learning how to work on an interprofessional collaborative team, engage in supportive dialogue with other students, graduate students, and faculty, and practice emerging leadership skills. In my lab, students also provide a service to the children, families, and communities our research reaches.

There is a deep evidence base indicating that adults learn best by observing and doing, with regular opportunities to discuss new content, apply the new content, and receive feedback. I believe students who engage in undergraduate research learn an incredibly amount and they retain it. They learn how to work together as a team and contribute to the greater good. Moreover, they become outstanding candidates for graduate school, scholarships, and jobs. They are simply better prepared for future opportunities and choices than students who do not engage in undergraduate research are."

July 2022

Faculty Spotlight

On the value of global education:

"In a world where nationalism, racism, xenophobia and outright fascism rear once more its ugly head, the significance of a global education cannot be overstated. USF’s Global Citizens Project not only allows student to see and understand the much larger world beyond the US, but also to realize that diversity is indeed the foundation of our common human experience."

 JunE 2022

Dr. McGuire-Wolf

On the value of global education:

"The COVID19 pandemic has emphasized the significant impact of global public health issues as the virus spread amongst individuals across the world.  It is important for students to understand that matters related to communicable diseases and emerging pathogens are not isolated to a specific country or even to specific continents.  This understanding positions students, and future public health and infection control professionals, to more effectively prevent and respond to individual cases, localized outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics."  

On the value of global citizenship:

"Regional and cultural differences can have a substantial influence on the effectiveness of public health interventions.  Global Citizenship prepares students to anticipate and respect these factors, ultimately improving the health of the populations they are working with."

 May 2022

Dr. Julia Irwin

On the value of global education:

"Through global education, students develop a greater self-awareness of how they interact with the world around them and a greater empathy towards others. In addition to gaining knowledge about some of the world’s most pressing global problems, they also develop the analytical and critical thinking skills and the creativity needed to address those issues. Global education prepares students to be more critically engaged, responsible, compassionate, and thoughtful global citizens."

 April 2022

Dr. Elizabeth Doone

On the value of global education:

"The need to produce Globally Competent Educators is imperative to our future. As our world shrinks due to Globalization, Teacher Preparation Programs must actively support the development of culturally responsive educators who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes to effectively meet the needs of all learners while expanding their students' world view, developing a clear sense of our interconnectedness within their students while celebrating our unique differences."

On the value of global citizenship:

"To thrive in the future and to ensure our world is safe and just for all; our students must collaboratively, problem solve interrelated issues with an urgency in understanding the interconnectedness and interdependence of people and economies. Global issues must become local issues as our students expand their respect for cultural diversity but understand the need for social justice and to protect our planet."

On the benefits of the Global Citizens Assignment:

"Our Global Citizens Assignments require students to demonstrate effective communication, real-world problem-solving, and deep reflection as they complete service-learning projects while working with the intended community. Students learn to "work with" others, as they check their own biases, language, and values in approaching issues, integrating the perspectives' of various stakeholders. These skills are crucial in solving our present and future problems with meaningful, sustainable outcomes beneficial to all."

March 2022

Dr. Jason NethercutOn the value of global education:
"I think that global education is a prerequisite for an engaged citizenry, and an engaged citizenry is a prerequisite for any future humanity is going to have. The problems we will be facing over the next fifty years are immense and pressing, and our only hope to transcend them is through collaboration. For example, it’s difficult to think our way out of the climatological crisis, without a reference to global humanity and to our individual roles as global citizens. Therefore, to me global education must be a pedagogical priority to foster this sense of global citizenship."

 February 2022

Dr. Sang-Hie lee

On the value of global citizenship:

"Adding the component to their content learning the global perspective, i.e., to be open to different perspectives, thoughts, habits, and to develop an emphasis on sharing their content matter and behavior with others are invaluable in our undergraduate education.

Our students come to the university expecting to learn disciplinary knowledge and develop skills (e.g., music performance). University is much more than that. During university life, students learn about the world and people, and develop insights into where they stand in the global world and what they may become to make the world a better place. A sense of global citizenship will help them develop purpose in life and motivate them to do their academic work with vigor and passion." 

 January 2022

Dr. Tori Lockler

On the value of global citizenship:

"Advancing global citizenship is necessary. The courses I have certified through the Global Citizens Project encourage students to explore the way people understand and frame their world. To better prepare students to work with people of different religious, cultural, geographic, and racial identities they must learn to recognize and respect the worldview of people different from them. That recognition in turn helps the student understand why people make the choices they do in everything from their professional to personal lives.

Forwarding a focus on global citizenship teaches students to recognize the disparity in resources available to different peoples throughout the world. I regularly base GCP assignments on the intersection of the local community and the global community through the exploration of one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals. That approach engages the student with issues facing humans on a macro and micro scale which encourages students to work for change in the larger world and in their local community."

On the benefits of the Global Citizens Assignment:

"The goal of the GCP assignments I create is for students to synthesize a lot of information into a presentation that is understandable to someone with little to no experience on the topic. Doing this teaches a student to successfully translate the knowledge they receive in the university in multiple ways, the ability to share information to others (explain to employers why religion matters to their company) to using it to strengthen professional skills (communication both written and verbal, research, analysis, leadership, social intelligence).

The scope of skills they are learning will help them in everything from being part of an international business through to making impactful changes in their local community and the larger global world."