NC State College of Education Teaching Assistant Professor Micha Jeffries, Ph.D., will expand her international work this year following her acceptance into NC State’s Global Engagement Institute.
The Global Engagement Institute is an annual professional development program for a cohort of up to 12 NC State faculty and staff interested in developing research, scholarship or academic programs with an international focus.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, the program’s focus will be on expanding academic and research collaboration through the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN), a partnership between NC State, the University of São Paulo, Brazil; the University of Surrey, UK; and the University of Wollongong, Australia.
“It was with enthusiastic interest that I sought the opportunity to participate in NC State’s Global Engagement Institute. Participation will allow me to expand my international engagement by focusing on new program development with the University Global Partnership Network partner institutions,” Jeffries said.
Jeffries currently teaches a graduate course that incorporates travel to Mexico and aims to expand the experience of pre-service teachers beyond the classroom to help facilitate a better understanding of how cultural competence impacts instruction and student learning.
She hopes her work with the Global Engagement Institute will ultimately lead to a new study abroad course that would create travel experiences for students in North Carolina and Australia.
“Collaborating with faculty and researchers from the University of Wollongong, I would like to design a graduate course, with travel, working with Australian teachers and educational systems to consider multiple perspectives and experiences on culturally responsive teaching practices,” she said. “Participating in the Global Engagement Institute makes this collaboration possible.”
Jeffries participation in the Global Engagement Institute includes on-campus events, professional development activities, workshops and seminars that culminate with the UGPN Annual Conference hosted by the University of Wollongong in March 2020.