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.
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.
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.
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!
Team 1: Leadership and Public Speaking
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.
Team 2: Leadership and Communication Strategies
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.
Ms. Homma Rafi oversees the public relations and marketing portfolios for the Office of International Initiatives. She has over ten years of experience in writing for the media and academia, with a strong passion for international awareness and education. Before graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from Emory University, she spent a summer abroad in South Africa with the University’s Journalism Program, where she worked as a writer for Cape Town’s daily newspaper, the Cape Argus. While earning her M.A. in Communication from Barry University in Miami, Florida, Homma served their Division of Student Affairs in a marketing research role for four years, in addition to providing support to the office of International and Multicultural Programs and the Honor’s Program’s China Study Abroad experience. She is fluent in Dari Persian.
Team 3: Leaders as Critical Thinkers
Ms. Maria Mejia's bio is coming soon!
Ms. Amanda Roshan-Rawaan is the Director of International Programs and Projects in the Office of International Initiatives. She manages many of the various international programs and projects that originate in OII, including the Summer Institute, as well as oversees the five emerging-market task forces and special on-campus programming, such as International Education Week. She earned her M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and her B.A. in History and Global Studies from Middle Tennessee State University. She studied abroad in Germany and China and taught English in the Czech Republic.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 413-2530.