University faculty members prepare to teach abroad

5/30/2007 7:00:00 AM

Thirteen University faculty members were chosen by University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) to teach in other countries during the 2008-09 academic year. These faculty members will have the opportunity to teach in places such as Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy and Spain as part of the USAC program.

Elliot Parker, an economics professor at the University, will be teaching international trade in Bilbao, Spain. He said he chose to teach in Spain because Europe's economy directly relates to the material he teaches at the University.

"The real-world experience of living and traveling in the economies I teach about helps my lectures stay interesting and relevant," Parker said.

Parker is among four faculty University members who will be teaching in Spain.

Katharine DeBoer and Louis Niebur, both associate professors of music and dance, will be heading to Luneburg, Germany to teach classes in applied voice and music history performance practice.

"I hope to introduce students to northern German vocal music and give them the experience of being in historic buildings where such greats as J.S. Bach performed," DeBoer said.

DeBoer said she is currently recruiting students to join her and Niebur in Germany during the summer of 2008.

"Many are interested in taking this opportunity to study music in its native environment and to take German as one of their required language courses," DeBoer said.

DeBoer said she appreciates the opportunity presented by USAC.

"USAC is a wonderful program and we are exceedingly fortunate to have this program based at the University," DeBoer said

Amy Childress - Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Carlos Guevara-Mann - Madrid, Spain
David Croasdell - Shanghai, China
Deidre Pike - Santiago, Chile
Elliot Parker - Bilbao, Spain
Fred de Rafios - Madrid, Spain
George Thomas - Santiago, Chile
Katharine DeBoer - Luneburg, Germany
Louis Niebur - Luneburg, Germany
Meri Shadley - San Sebastian, Spain
Miriella, Melara - Pau, France
Nelson Rojas - Alicante, Spain
Stacy Gordon - Viterbo, Italy


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