PC Professors Win Ping Faculty Development Fellowships
Two professors at Providence College have been awarded fellowships from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to attend seminars this summer in Brazil and India.
Dr. Keith W. Morton, professor of public and community service studies, and Dr. Nicholas V. Longo ’96, associate professor of public and community service studies, received Ping Faculty Development Fellowships from CIEE to participate in the International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS) program.
Open to faculty and administrators from institutions of higher education, the fellowships are designed to broaden participation in international education and allow participants to increase international education awareness on their home campus.
Their trips will be supplemented by a faculty internationalization grant from PC’s Center for International Studies.
A tale of two cities: Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai
For Morton, the Ping Fellowship will help underwrite his attendance at the seminar on “Community Engagement and Development,” which will be held in Rio de Janeiro. He will learn firsthand about the complex political relationships and economic dynamics that are defining the city’s development trajectory.
Through lectures, discussions with local non-governmental organization leaders, site visits, and cultural and service-learning activities, Morton expects to get an up-close look at the hopes and challenges local communities face.
A member of the PC faculty since 1994, Morton intends to weave what he learns in Rio into two courses he teaches: Violence and Nonviolence in American Culture and Smith Hill: A Study in Community and Place.
He also will share his experience campus-wide by presenting through the Center for Teaching Excellence and off campus with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence and the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation — Providence, R.I., organizations that do work similar to what he will be exploring in Brazil.
“My intention is to revise each of the courses to incorporate the examples, stories, insights, and formal resources that I gain in Brazil, and use them to shape how my students, my community partners, and I interpret and approach our work here,” said Morton.
Meanwhile, Longo will immerse himself in the 10-day seminar “21st Century Megacities and Villages,” in Mumbai.
As India moves toward surpassing China as the most populous nation in the world, participants will be introduced to perspectives on what it means to manage resources, build critical infrastructure, and provide basic necessities for 1.2 billion people. They will look at the case of Mumbai and take trips to rural areas and an experimental planned city to learn about the ever-evolving Indian way of life.
Longo started at PC in 2008 as director of global studies and a faculty member in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies. He attended a CIEE seminar in 2009 in Nicaragua, which led to a series of international service-learning courses he has taught at PC, including Community Engagement in Latin America.
This will be Longo’s first trip to India, and he is grateful for the opportunity to incorporate what he’ll learn at the seminar into his teaching.
“I have always been fascinated with India as a hub for the intersections of globalization and democracy, culture, and development,” said Longo. “These kinds of experiences are so important for faculty to be part of in order to best prepare our students for the increasingly interconnected world that we live in.”
— John Larson
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