Engagement and Support Strategies for SJSU Internationalization: Lessons from the Field

The International Programs and Students Committee (IPSC) and the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) invite you to attend a special panel discussion: Engagement and Support Strategies for SJSU Internationalization: Lessons from the Field.

The two-part event series will feature a panel of seasoned faculty at SJSU who have championed moving forward international opportunities and promoting global learning. Their stories are powerful in helping understand the significance of campus internationalization and the key role faculty play.

To register, please click on the links above. Both sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

Meet the Panelists

Brent Duckor, Ph.D.

Brent Duckor, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Teacher Education at San José State University. Dr. Duckor also serves as a core faculty member in the Ed.D. Educational Leadership program at the Lurie College of Education. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Education with a Quantitative Methods and Evaluation from the University of California, Berkeley. Brent began his secondary school teaching career at Apáczai Nevelési Központ Gimnázium in Pécs, Hungary from 1989-1991. Dr. Duckor has served as a Fulbright Host at SJSU to Dr. Agnes Hodi in Fall 2019 and, in a reciprocal exchange model, he will travel as a Fulbright Specialist to the University of Szeged in Hungary this Spring to teach a graduate seminar on the “Principles and Practices in Evidence Centered Assessment Design.”

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Andrew Wood, Ph.D.

Andrew F. Wood is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at San José State University. After completing his doctoral training at Ohio University, Dr. Wood began an academic and consulting career that has taken him around the world. He has delivered courses and presentations in Austria, China, Finland, Germany, Mexico, and Slovenia. As a Fulbright Scholar, he also taught for a semester in Belarus. Dr. Wood’s scholarship into the rhetorics of modernity has brought him to some fascinating places, studying “Ghost Towns” in the United States, practices of “Dark Tourism” in Chernobyl, monumental architecture in North Korea, and the oddly thrilling pleasures of an industrial disaster site in Turkmenistan called the “Doorway to Hell.” His most recent book is entitled A Rhetoric of Ruins: Exploring Landscapes of Abandoned Modernity. His next work is an edited volume of invited essays under contract with Lexington Press, tentatively titled Relics of Modernity: Theorizing Rhetorics and Performance of Ruins.

Melinda Jackson, Ph.D.

Melinda Jackson is a Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at San José State University. Dr. Jackson joined the SJSU faculty after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2005. She is an expert in public opinion and voting behavior, and political psychology, and serves as a frequent political analyst for local media. Dr. Jackson has enjoyed a variety of international experiences including teaching as a Fulbright Scholar in Sweden, traveling and presenting her research in over a dozen countries, hosting international scholars from Italy and Israel, and collaborating with international colleagues throughout her career. Her interest in politics was sparked by the year she spent as a high school exchange student in Germany, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She is excited to help lead a short-term study abroad program to Sweden for the second time in Summer 2023.

Jason Laker, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Laker is currently a Professor of Higher Education, Student Affairs, and Community Development and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education at SJSU, where he previously served as Vice President for Student Affairs. He and department colleague Professor Dolores Mena have co-led six study abroad programs for their graduate students, traveling to Costa Rica in partnership with the U.N.-Mandated University for Peace located in Ciudad Colón. Prior to SJSU, Jason served as AVP/Dean of Student Affairs; Faculty of Gender Studies; and Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada). He remains engaged in Canadian Higher Education, serving as Co-Chair of the Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Community of Practice in the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, and as a reviewer for several Canadian academic journals and research grant competitions. Jason’s international activities also include several visiting scholar engagements at European Universities, serving as one of 20 individual Associate Members of the International Association of Universities (an official UNESCO partner), and the only North American on the editorial board of the Expertise Publications Program of the European Training Foundation (an agency of the European Union tasked with building capacity in the Vocational, Educational, and Training sectors of EU Partner Countries). He also co-edited two founding texts (with colleagues in Croatia and Spain) and serves as International Series Editor for Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy. In 2016, Jason participated in a U.S. State Department funded cross-cultural dialogue and curriculum development project with Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in Islamabad, Pakistan, and continues to serve on AIOU thesis and dissertation committees, and on the Editorial Boards of the Pakistan Journal of Education and the International Journal of Distance & Online Learning.

Sergio Ortiz, Ph.D.

Dr. Sergio Ortiz is a Scholar with vast international experience teaching and working in different countries like the United States, China, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Spain, and Mexico. Currently is Director of Tecnológico de Monterrey California Office and Visiting Faculty in San José State University. Dr. Ortiz led the reengineering team that transformed entrepreneurship education in Tecnológico de Monterrey System (26 campuses). Entrepreneurship education was a key factor in order Tecnológico de Monterrey positioned among the top five universities in the Princeton Entrepreneurship Ranking in six years, becoming the only university outside the US in this ranking. Dr. Ortiz has been an advisor in entrepreneurship education in different Latin-American universities and university education consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank. Sergio Ortiz is Doctor in Administrative Sciences (Ph.D.) from the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Spain, Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, MBA from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Financial Management Graduate Degree and Bachelor in Economics from the Universidad Tecnológica de México.

Jaishankar Raman, Ph.D.

Dr. Jaishankar Raman is the Director of International Programs, California State University, Office of the Chancellor. As Director, he oversees the yearlong systemwide study abroad programs for the California StateUniversity. CSU IP runs programs in 18 countries and 60 universities. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Raman was the Assistant Provost for International Affairs at Valparaiso University and a Professor of Economics. Dr. Raman has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Bombay, an M.A. from Fordham University and a Ph. D from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Raman has taught International Economics and Economic Development for over 20 years. He has held teaching assignments in China, India, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and he has delivered lectures in Pakistan, Indonesia and South Korea.


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