Three Faculty Members will Attend the Global Citizenship Program in Austria During Summer 2014

The exquisite library created, in 1918, by Max Reinhardt, the noted theater director and owner of Schloss Leopoldskron until 1939 when it was confiscated (during the taking of "Jewish property") by the German government.

The exquisite library created, in 1918, by Max Reinhardt, the noted theater director and owner of Schloss Leopoldskron until 1939 when it was confiscated (during the taking of “Jewish property”) by the German government.

West Valley College will send a team of three faculty members to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar‘s  Global Citizenship Program for educators, session 64 “Education for Global Citizenship: What, Why and How?” during July 2014 at the beautiful Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron in Austria.

One of the dining rooms at Schloss Leopoldskron.

One of the dining rooms at Schloss Leopoldskron.

William Clay is a faculty member and the Chair of the Theater Arts Department in the Fine Arts Division. Clay teaches film studies and video and film production. He also co-chairs the WVC Distance Learning Committee.

Gretchen Ehlers teaches Mathematics. She is Co-Chair of the Basic Skills Advisory Committee, Lead Professor for the First Year Experience Program, and a member of the Student Services Council, and the Student Equity, Access and Success Committee.

Maryanne Mills teaches Information Competency and is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian. She serves as Senator in the WVC Academic Senate, and as member of the Accreditation Steering Committee, the Student Services Council, and as president of the West Valley Communicators, a Toastmasters Cub.

These three WVC faculty members will join a growing list of other WVC faculty who have attended the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Global Citizenship Program: Dr. Anna Brichko who teaches French, Leigh Burrill who teaches English and Women and Gender Studies, Dr. Dulce Maria Gray who teaches English and Women’s Studies, Vicky Kalivitis who teaches English, and Dr. Cynthia Reiss who teaches Art History.

The Global Citizenship Program convenes professors from across the disciplines, administrators and staff from institutions of higher learning in order to examine central questions underpinning needed changes in education paradigms and the place of global education in colleges and universities:

  • What role do colleges and universities have in preparing their students as leaders in the 21st century?
  • What knowledge, skills, and values do students need to be active global citizens?
  • What are the most effective ways of teaching and learning for global citizenship?
  • How can those committed to global education learn from and support one another?

Participants will focus on how individuals and institutions can more effectively promote global citizenship education; they pay particular attention to topics such as:

  • institutional policies and practices
  • curriculum enhancement
  • effective pedagogy
  • co-curricular initiatives
  • faculty development

Speakers at session 64 of the GCP will include Charles Hopkins, who is United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Chair at York University in Toronto, Canada; Ylanda Moses, Professor of Anthropology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence, and Executive Director for Conflict Resolution at University of California Riverside; Maghan Keita, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova Univerisity as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees at The College Board; Reinhold Wagnleitner Associate Professor of modern history at the University of Salzburg; and William Reckmeyer, Professor of Leadership and Systems at San Jose State University in California.

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Photo of all participants taken by SGS staff.

Photo of all participants taken by SGS staff.

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