Courses

Students are enrolled in either one or two classes; whenever possible, we try to enroll students in their first and second choices.  All courses are designed for undergraduates and for students with varying levels of English proficiency.

In 2015, Georgia State will offer the following courses (note: not all students take all classes!). Instructors reserve the right to make modifications to their syllabus. 

This course introduces students to the field of Arts Administration and Cultural Institutions. Field trips to different cultural institutions will enable students to learn about professional and vocational opportunities within the context of museums. Students will be introduced to a variety of learning, teaching, and administration theories for a museum career path. Students will have first hand experience visiting several types of cultural institutions, such as World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, Paper Museum, Center for Puppetry Arts, the Fox Theater, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Stone Mountain, or Atlanta Historical Center. This course focuses on the combination of theory and practice.

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Instructor Bio:

Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh joined the Art Education team at the Georgia State University in 2008. Before he joined the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at the GSU, Dr. Hsieh worked as a research assistant under the Department of Eastern Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006. He taught art at the Si-Wei Elementary School for six years in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. His research and teaching interests include: interdisciplinary art education, Chinese art history (Northern Song Dynasty landscape painting), museum education, art administration, and instructional technology in art education. His works are shown both nationally and internationally. Dr. Hsieh received his Ph.D. in art education from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008, MFA in art history and BA in visual art education from the National Ping-Tung University of Education in Taiwan.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a hands-on appreciation of some of the latest, cutting edge technology that is used in Molecular Biological Research laboratories today. Students will prepare and analyze DNA, RNA and Proteins from different cells and then see how each of these critical components of living cells can be analyzed and used to create a series of picture that show how cells work at the molecular level.

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Dr. John Houghton

Dr. John Houghton

Dr. John Houghton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University. He is also Director of the Applied Biotechnology Core Facilities at GSU and for the last 10 years or more has overseen the operation and maintenance of much of the sophisticated technology that is used in the various departments that make up the Life Sciences in the University. His research revolves around understanding the mechanisms that trigger cells to commit a form of programmed cellular suicide (apoptosis) in response to a number of environmental insults.

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness of diverse cultures in the framework of intercultural communication skills. Students will enhance their knowledge of culture and assess its impact on intercultural communication. Topics related to culture and communication will be explored from a global perspective with a focus on cultural competency and service delivery to diverse groups. Students will also observe the communication styles in health professionals in the US.

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Prof. Yuping Chen

Prof. Yuping Chen

Dr. Yuping Chen joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health and Human Sciences (renamed to the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions) at Georgia State University (GSU) in August 2009. She was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and promoted to Associate Professor in August 2015. She is a pediatric physical therapist by training, whose primary research interests are in determining the effectiveness of novel physical therapy interventions (virtual reality gaming and robotic therapy) in improving arm function in children with developmental disabilities. The target populations she studies now are children with cerebral palsy and infants at high risk of developing cerebral palsy (i.e., infants born prematurely). Recently she expanded her research to examine if parental stress, fatigue, and depressive symptoms influence children’s improvement in physical function to further use family as a unit to provide interventions to improve quality of life for both parents and children with developmental disability.

We will learn about leadership in the world. We will focus on improving our personal and professional leadership skills. These skills will help to prepare us for the challenges in the world today. We will apply our ideas to leadership situations in places such as India, Greater China and the U.S.

Course syllabus coming soon!

Instructor Bios:

Team 1: Leadership and Public Speaking

Dr. James Darsey

Dr. James Darsey

Dr. James Darsey did his BA work in Speech at Florida State University, his MA in Communication at Purdue University, and his PhD in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a year as a CIC Traveling Scholar at the University of Chicago. His published work is primarily in the areas of radical rhetoric and the rhetoric of social movements and has been recognized with numerous awards. Prior to joining to faculty at Georgia State University in 1999, Prof. Darsey taught at DePaul University, the University of Iowa, The Ohio State University, and Northern Illinois University. He has taught public speaking for forty years. When not teaching or working on research, Prof. Darsey sometimes participates in or leads camping trips with an outdoors group he belongs to. Recent trips include camping in the Okefenokee, swimming with manatees, and camping in the Everglades.

Ms. Daphne Orr

Ms. Daphne Orr

Ms. Daphne Orr is the Assistant Director in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Georgia State University. She serves as the Designated School Official (DSO) for the IEP and is also responsible for her program’s academic advising, social and cultural programming, and assisting the students with cultural adjustment.  She received her B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans and has previously taught ESL/EFL in a variety of settings and places including New Orleans, San Francisco, New York, and Germany. In 2009, she received her Master’s in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University.  In 2014, she was selected to participate in the Fulbright seminar in Germany for International Education Administrators.

Team 2: Leadership and Communication Strategies

Mr. James Garner

Mr. James Garner

Mr. James Garner has been a PhD student in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University since August 2014. His extensive experience teaching English as a second language includes classes on speaking and listening, general composition and academic writing at various levels in Germany, the USA and South Korea. He has presented on the topics of Data-Driven Learning, computer-assisted language learning, and second language writing at several international conferences and has been published in CALICO Journal. In 2011, he wrote his MA thesis on the effects of Data-Driven Learning on different aspects of the academic writing of ESL students in 2011. His research interests lie in the areas of corpus linguistics, phraseology, and second language writing.

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Ms. Alex Ricker

Ms. Alex Ricker is a Study Abroad Adviser. She received a Bachelor’s degree in French Studies from the University of Florida. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University. Directly after graduation, she taught English as a Second Language in Beijing, China through GSU’s Tsinghua Exchange Program. She continued teaching academic ESL as a Lecturer in the Intensive English Program at Georgia State University in Atlanta for three years eventually changing paths and becoming an Advisor in the Study Abroad Programs office. Alex believes in making the international education process approachable and achievable from start to finish, helping students explore their options and supporting them every step of the way. In addition, Alex recently became a certified yoga instructor and continues to practice and teach yoga classes every week.

Stephen Murray

Mr. Stephen Murray

Team 3: Leaders as Critical Thinkers

Ms. Maria Mejia's bio is coming soon!

Mr. Stephen Murray is a Senior Study Abroad Adviser. He is a graduate of Georgia State University having completed Master’s degrees in Anthropology and Applied Linguistics.  He participated in GSU’s Tsinghua University Exchange in addition to having studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany as an undergraduate German major at Georgia Southern University.  In addition to his academic experience he has worked in customer service and operations fields and the travel industry.  Over the years he has travelled to the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, Belize, the Czech Republic, and China.

This course is designed to improve your academic English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking). We offer three sections, depending on your language proficiency. You will be assigned to a section and instructor after your language placement exam on July 2 during mandatory orientation.

Instructor 1:

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students and has served in a number of administrative roles. Ms. Cavusgil is author/coauthor of several ESL textbooks, including College Writing 4 and Looking Ahead: Introduction to Academic Writing. On the weekends, you will find her reading about home decorating, planting in her family’s garden, or sewing, nailing, or designing her next creation. This is Ms. Cavusgil's third summer teaching in the Summer Institute.

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Instructor 2:

John Bunting

Mr. John Bunting

Mr. John Bunting is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where he teaches in the Intensive English Program. John has written or co-written several ESL textbooks, including Grammar and Beyond 4 and College Vocabulary 4. He is interested in using technology in his classes and encourages students to challenge themselves, have fun, and meet people to help improve their English language skills.

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Instructor 3:

Debra Snell

Ms. Debra Snell

Ms. Debra Snell is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where she teaches English as a second language to international students in the Intensive English Program. In her spare time, Debra enjoys food, bicycling, travel, her friends and family and her dog, Baker!

*Courses subject to change based on availability and enrollment.

For questions about course content or availability, please contact the Office of International Initiatives at oii@gsu.edu or (404) 413-2530.