Ed Cohen, an associate professor in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Social Work, has been selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to teach in Vietnam during the Spring 2016 semester.
Ed Cohen, far left, works with a group of Vietnamese faculty members as part of the Social Work Education Enhancement Project. He has received a Fulbright grant to work in Vietnam in Spring 2016.
He will teach a course in mental health policy and services, conduct research in the implementation of new legislation in the country to improve community-based mental health services, and provide seminars for faculty in teaching and scholarship. Cohen is Co-Investigator, with Alice Hines, of San José State University’s USAID-funded Social Work Education Enhancement Program (SWEEP) aimed at improving social work education, for Vietnam’s newly established social work profession.
As the co-investigator of SWEEP, Cohen has traveled to conferences in Vietnam for the last several years to work with eight partner universities. He has also participated in hosting visitors to SJSU from Vietnam including university administrators and faculty member who attended workshops on improving social work education in Vietnam.
SWEEP is an international consortium which includes USAID, SJSU, eight universities in Vietnam, government ministries, Cisco Systems, Inc., community agencies and stakeholders. The purpose of SWEEP is to assist eight universities in Vietnam with improving their undergraduate social work educational programs. The project, which is funded through September 2015, aims to improve:
- The administration of social work programs
- Faculty capabilities in teaching and research
- Social work curriculum, and
- Network communication among the universities through the use of improved technology
John Delacruz, an advertising professor in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is featured as one of the faculty members at San Jose State University who is taking advantage of Next Gen classrooms. The video, put together by CISCO, includes interviews with SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi, former Provost Ellen Junn and other administrators on the benefit of technology on campus. Delacruz’ advertising class is featured throughout the video using telepresence equipment and he is also interviewed about the benefits it brings to his students.
“I’ve always been a great believer in experiential learning,” he said, in the video. “It comes from a design background where we work on real-life projects.”
He said telepresence has allowed him to bring the world into his classroom.
“It enables my students to do work with ad agencies in New York and London without leaving San Jose,” he said.
To watch the video, visit http://vimeo.com/87592144
San José State University’s Social Work Education Enhancement Program Director Alice Hines opened a two-day summit in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 9. The summit, “Bridging Vision to Practice Through Collaboration,” included meetings on Dec. 9 and 10 at Vietnam National University’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
The meetings included administrators from the eight partner universities as well as SWEEP IT staff who make the long-distance program work with WebEx technology from Cisco USA.
San José State University’s College of Applied Sciences and Arts is host to the Social Work Education Enhancement Program, an initiative that is working to:
- Develop systems to strengthen higher education management and administration,
- Devise processes to enhance faculty development opportunities and programs
- Develop and employ relevant curriculum adaptable to Viet Nam’s changing knowledge and needs.
The program is a partnership with USAID and Cisco Systems.