Cutting across the intertwined approaches I take, I maintain a comparative, global perspective towards research and teaching, especially understanding what it means to be literate, how we define creativity, transdisciplinary thinking in practice across contexts, and multicultural education. These comparative perspectives help me think holistically about my research and teaching and evaluate solutions that are practical across international contexts and not just limited to the US.
Study Abroad Course: Being Culturally Competent: Seminar on Immigration and Inclusion in Europe (CI 275X, 475X/575X; Spring 2018 & Summer 2018)
Course responsibilities: Designed a for-credit travel course for future educators and human sciences students to learn issues of immigration and refugee crisis in Europe. Students will read and reflect on intercultural and global competence and work on research-based solutions for global issues in education.
Assisted professors/group-leaders on planning, organizing, and facilitating the graduate-level Fellows for Enhancement of Global Understanding (FEGU) to The Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Germany. Conducted meetings with delegates from European Commission in Brussels, Ministry of Education in The Hague, Internationale Schakel Klas/Earste Opvang Anderstaligen (ISK/EOA) school for refugees and immigrants in Maastricht, University of Maastricht, University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, and Fontys Teacher Preparation College in Sitard.
Integrated Language Options
Worked as a Hindi Language Fellow designing Integrated Language Options (ILOs) for the Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum (CLAC) Program at theResidential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH). ILOs provide language immersion opportunities for students, where they use the language to collaborate with each other and their language mentor on a semester-long project. My students have worked on Women’s role in India (posters below): Portrayal of Women in Indian Media & Gender Divide in Society (Medical Profession).
Transdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
Co-editing Research to Practice column to explore the commonalities between science, arts, humanities, and social sciences, in an attempt to bridge the gap between research in the US and practice in India.
Research to Practice, iWonder: Rediscovering School Science magazine for the Azim Premji University, India.
Here is the magazine description for their website:
I wonder is a science magazine for middle school teachers. Our hope is that this magazine will encourage teachers/ educators to develop a broader/deeper understanding of this field, explore science in more experiential and personal ways, and find motivation and examples to integrate this understanding into their classrooms.
Brought out twice a year, each issue of the magazine will be available in English, Hindi and Kannada versions. Freely available online versions of every issue can be accessed on this page. To avail the hard copies, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image Credit: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, by Ric Gendron, 2002, acrylic on canvas