Faculty Honored for Study Abroad Programs

May 8th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Two SUNY Oneonta faculty members are among four recipients of the 2013-14 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization, which encourages the establishment of new and innovative study abroad programs in less commonly traveled destinations and the exploration of underrepresented academic disciplines in study abroad.

Robert Compton, Chair of the Department of Africana and Latino Studies, received the award for “South Africa and the Quest for Justice and Social Cohesion: 20 Years after the End of Apartheid.” Compton is collaborating with R. Neville Choonoo (Africana and Latino Studies and English) on the program, which is scheduled to take place next spring.

Maria Montoya, Assistant Professor of Spanish, was recognized for “San Andres Island Teaching Abroad Experience (Colombia).” Last spring, 20 SUNY Oneonta students traveled to the Colombian island of San Andres during a unique field course that combined cultural study with service learning. Montoya collaborated with Carol Dean (Foreign Language Education) to design the course, which was open to students in all class years and academic majors, and participants ranged from fluent speakers to students who didn’t know a word of Spanish.

Coordinated by SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs, the top proposals for this award were selected by a committee of SUNY campus representatives from applications submitted from across the state. Award recipients will receive funding of $4,000 to support their respective program and to make the cost of participation more affordable to students. Forty one projects have been selected as recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization in the course of five competitions over the past decade.