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Spring 2014 International Opportunity Grant Recipients

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Recipient School/Department Purpose of Travel Location
Nadia Auch, MS Center for Peace and Commerce, School of Business Administration Conference Mumbai, Turkey
Susan Babka, PhD Theology & Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Oxford, England
Jason Chen, PhD Accountancy, School of Business Administration Conference Tallin, Estonia
Tara Ceranic, PhD Social & Legal Research, School of Business Administration Conference Sydney, Australia
Simon Croom, PhD Supply Chain Management, School of Business Administration Research Brisbane, Australia
Loredana Di Martino, PhD Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences Conference & Research Zurich, Switzerland & Naples, Italy
Mary Doak, PhD Theology & Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Oxford, England
May Fu, PhD Ethnic Studies, College of Arts & Sciences Conference

Toronto, Canada

Victoria Fu, PhD Art, Architecture & Art History, College of Arts & Sciences Research Sweden
Ann Garland, PhD Department of School, Family & Mental Health Professionals, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Research Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Michael Gonzalez, PhD History, College of Arts & Sciences Research Central Spain
Kevin Guerrieri, PhD Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Medellin, Colombia
Eric Jiang, PhD Mathematics & Computer Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Valencia, Spain
Maria Kniazeva, PhD Marketing, School of Business Administration Conference London, England
Susan Lord, PhD Electrical Engineering, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Conference Istanbul, Turkey
Mitch Malachowski, PhD Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Stockholm, Sweden
Topher McDougal, PhD Economic Development & Peace Building, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Research & Workshop Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Rico Monge, PhD Theology & Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Melbourne, Australia
Rodney Peffer, PhD Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences Conference

Manila, Philippines & Bangkok, Thailand

Leonard Perry, PhD Industrial & Systems Engineering, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Conference & Research Bali, Indonesia
Reyes Quezada, PhD Learning & Teaching, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Conference Athens, Greece
Martin Repinecz, PhD Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences Conference & Research Geneva, Switzerland & Madrid, Spain
Joi Spencer, PhD Learning & Teaching, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Research Cave Hill, Barbados
Monica Stufft, PhD Theatre, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Antigua, Guatemala
Steve Tammelleo, PhD Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Malmo, Sweden
Michael Wagner, PhD Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Lisbon, Portugal
Randy Willoughby, PhD Political Science & International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Shanghai, China
Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD Marine Sciencce & Environmental Studies, College of Arts & Sciences Conference Melbourne, Australia
Pengcheng Zhu, PhD Finance, School of Business Administration Research Shanghai, China

 

Nadia Auch, MS

Center for Peace and Commerce- School of Business Administration
nauch@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Ms. Auch has been invited to serve on the Advisory Council of the World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Day 2014. This event brings representatives from 130 countries under one roof to unite and explore the best practices in corporate social responsibility. Her role will be to provide strategic guidance for the two-day event in a team setting along side global leaders from corporate, government and NGO sectors, including Ashoka. She will contribute by strategizing and executing a vision that includes designing and identifying best practices in international CSR. It is also requested that Ms. Auch give a presentation on the Center for Peace and Commerce’s activities during the event.

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Susan Babka, PhD

Theology & Religious Studies- College of Arts & Sciences
sbabka@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Babka plans to present her work entitled “Multiple Belonging and Visual Culture: Implications for Dialogue” at the Ecclesiastical Investigations Conference. Ecclesiastical Investigations is a select network of theologians from different Christian denominations who gather annually to present papers exploring different perspectives on the study of the church. EL is an important hub for national and international collaboration in ecclesiology, drawing together other networks, initiating research ventures to support conversations, research and education in this field.

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Jason Chen, PhD

Accountancy- School of Business Administration
jasonchen@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Chen plans to present a paper at the European Accounting Association (EAA) annual conference which is one of the most visible and prestigious gatherings of accounting PhD students, practitioners, and researchers in continental Europe. Participants of the EAA conference are from some of the most highly ranked universities and institutions across Europe and around the globe. His presence will enable him to expand the presence of USD in this Baltic country and tell participants how USD values research and its international mission. Additionally, networking with local scholars can potentially establish pedagogical relations to offer study abroad courses in this up-and-coming region.

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Tara Ceranic, PhD

Social & Legal Research- School of Business Administration
tara@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Ceranic will be attending the annual conference of the International Association for Business & Society (IABS) to present work on the topic of "New Perspectives on Society and Business." She has been an active member of IABS for the past eleven years and finds it to be the most productive conference she attends because it is specifically focused in her areas of research and teaching (ethics and ethical decision-making). She will also use her time at the conference to further her working relationship with several scholars living in Australia, as they do not get work together in person very often.

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Simon Croom, PhD

Supply Chain Management- School of Business Administration
scroom@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Croom has been conducting a study into the personality traits and psychopathic traits of supply chain professionals in collaboration with Dr. Kate Fritzon of Bond University. Together, they completed a pilot study during Spring 2013 with the main field survey (aiming for n = 1000 approx.) being conducted in October/November 2013 and data analysis to commence in January 2014. During this visit, Dr. Croom will focus on the preliminary data analysis and support their publication schedule.

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Loredana Di Martino, PhD

Languages & Literatures- College of Arts & Sciences
ldm@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Di Martino will present her paper entitled "Resisting Inexperience: Antonio Scurati and The Ethics of Storytelling" at the international conference of the American Association of Italian Studies. This work will contribute to an interdisciplinary panel that examines the return of realism in Italian studies in an attempt to theorize the phenomenon, and study how and why contemporary intellectuals are reconfiguring previous notions of mimesis and rethinking the relationship with the real. Dr. Di Martino will then conduct research at one or more of the following libraries in Naples (Italy) to develop the paper into an article: Biblioteca di Ricerca di Area Umanistica (BRAU), University of Naples, Federico II, Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli; Biblioteca Benedetto Croce dell'Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici.

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Mary Doak, PhD

Theology & Religious Studies- College of Arts & Sciences
mdoak@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Doak will attend an international meeting of a select group of Christian theologians who are gathering at Oxford University for four days to discuss their different perspectives on the study of the church. Her major area of research is the study of the church and she has spent her current sabbatical working on a book on this topic. The purpose of the meeting is for all of the participants to share research formally and informally, and this meeting will issue in a volume of essays in the group’s series (“Ecclesiological Investigations”) to which she hopes to contribute.

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Mary Fu, PhD

Enthic Studies- College of Arts & Sciences
mfu@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Fu plans to attend and present at the triennial Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, the most prestigious and respected international conference for scholars in the US that is dedicated to the study of women across all disciplinary and academic fields. She is both the Organizer, Chair and Presenter on a Roundtable entitled “Yellow, Brown, Black and Red Power: Oral Histories of Subversion.” Her presentation is entitled “Power to the Sisters: Oral Histories in the Asian American Movement.” The roundtable is comprised of outstanding tenured and untenured scholars from across the country, and our commentator is a widely respected historical figure and activist in social justice movements.

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Victoria Fu, PhD

Art, Architecture & Art History- College of Arts and Sciences
vfu@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Fu will travel to Sweden to collaborate on a series of performance-based videos with Swedish choreographer Matilda Lidberg. These performances will take place in Gothenberg as well as rural sites near the town of Skara. Together they will develop site-based collaborations that explore the cultural symbolism associated with the midnight sun, cinematic light and effect, for installation in a solo exhibition the following year at Samsøn in Boston.

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Ann Garland, PhD

Department of School, Family and Mental Health Professionals- School of Leadership and Education Sciences 
agarland@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Garland will continue her work consulting with a group of educators and physicians who have developed a school readiness program for children ages 3-6 in Addis Ababa. The program is based loosely on the American Head Start model and seeks to prepare children for academic success in this region where more than half of students drop-out of school before 7th grade. Methods to impact school readiness include; (a) developmentally-tailored education in pre-academic skills, (b) increased family outreach and engagement, (c) provision of basic nutrition, and (d) screening and intervention for behavioral health problems that can interfere with academic success. Anecdotal reports of the impact of the program have been very compelling, but systematic program evaluation data are needed to support funding for broader dissemination and implementation. Based on her scholarly expertise, the group has asked her to partner more closely with them to assist in building evaluation and quality improvement in to the program, particularly related to the behavioral health component.

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Michael Gonzalez, PhD

History- College of Arts & Sciences
michaelg@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Gonzalez is currently writing a book on how Islamic military architecture influenced the construction of California's missions in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Many missions in California possess the thick walls and battlements that recall the design of Muslim fortresses. Few scholars have explored the connection and its significance. Thus, he plans to visit the ruins of fifteen Muslim fortresses that dot the "Meseta Central," the central portion of Spain.

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Kevin Guerrieri, PhD

Languages & Literatures- College of Arts & Sciences
kevin2@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Guerrieri will begin preparations for the XIX Congreso de la Asociacion de Colobianistas, which will take place in 2015. This international conference has participation from members around the world. As the newly elected president of the organization, Dr. Guerrieri will be meeting with representatives of the two hosting universities, Universidad EAFIT and Universidad de Antioquia.

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Eric Jiang, PhD

Mathematics and Computer Science- College of Arts & Science
jiang@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Jiang will present his project entitled “Using Ensemble Data Mining Approaches to Predicting Student Academic Performance” at the 2014 International Conference on Technology, Education and Development. His work investigates significant factors associated with student academic success and applies ensemble data mining algorithms to predict student academic performance. The results from the project can be broadly applied to a number of important areas of institutional planning and administration of higher education that include enrollment management, student retention, financial aid administration, and student graduation time prediction.

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Maria Kniazeva, PhD

Marketing- School of Business Administration
kniazeva@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Kniazeva will be presenting her academic work in the form of a 14 minute film/videography entitled "Fashion and Yoga" at the 2014 Global Fashion Management Conference at London College of Fashion. This work explores how the global popularity of yoga has transformed an esoteric Eastern practice in to a popular Western activity. The research objective is to understand how yoga practitioners reconcile the inherent conflict between the original yogic focus on the inner world of its practitioners and the new focus on the outer appearance driven by fashion.

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Susan Lord, PhD

Electrical Engineering- Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
slord@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Lord will present a paper at the 2014 IEEE Global Conference on Engineering Education (EDUCON). Her paper is based on her work teaching at Southeast University in Nanjing, China in Spring 2013 and includes co-authors from China. The working tide is "Cross-cultural active learning: Qualitative results from Americans teaching in China."

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Mitch Malachowski, PhD

Chemistry- College of Arts & Sciences
malachow@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Malachowski has been invited to give a presentation at the 2014 International Consortium for Educational Development Conference (ICED), being held in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference focuses on innovation and creativity in higher education and brings together faculty and administrators from all disciplines. His presentation will focus on connecting undergraduate research to other high impact practices on campuses and how the American model of undergraduate research can be extended to other countries’ systems.

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Topher McDougal, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Political Science and International Relations
tlm@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. McDougal intends to spend two weeks at the Enstiti pou Travay Sosyal ak Syans Sosyal (Institute for Social Work and Social Science, or ETS), an educational institution dedicated to train Haitians to analyze and solve their own economic and political problems. There, he plans to teach a workshop on Cost-Benefit Analysis. He would also engage in discussions with the Director, Athena Kolbe of the University of Michigan, about possible research and teaching collaborations, including future fieldwork research and Master's-level internship opportunities.

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Rico Monge, PhD

Theology & Religious Studies- College of Arts & Sciences
rmonge@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Monge plans to travel to the Australian Catholic University to present a paper at the International Theological Conference: Interfaith Dialogue. This will provide him with greater exposure and networking opportunities in the field of comparative theology and interreligious dialogue, in which he specializes. In addition to providing his work greater exposure, presenting at the conference will allow his paper to be reviewed for possible inclusion in an edited volume on interfaith dialogue.

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Rodney Peffer, PhD

Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences
peffer@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Peffer will present various papers at the University of Philippines - Diliman and the Chulalongkom University in Bangkok, Thailand. This work will focus on the relations between contemporary theories of social justice and human rights, extreme poverty in developing societies, and population issues. In addition, he will continue his empirical research that is related to his philosophical writings by conferring with researchers at the Focus on the Global South institutes in both of these cities as well as accompanying staff members of FGS on visits to various health clinics, schools, and local communities. This opportunity will assit him in finishing his book Global Justice, Ecological Ethics, and the Pursuit of Peace.

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Leonard Perry, PhD

Industrial & Systems Enginerering- Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
laperry@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Perry will attend the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Conference (IEOM) in Bali to present two papers in his current research area to colleagues with similar interests. In addition, there are several of his international collaborators located in Southeast Asia that will be present as well. This will provide a great venue to discuss current research efforts and to foster new potential research.

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Reyes Quezada, PhD

Learning & Teaching- School of Leadership and Education Sciences
rquezada@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Quezada plans to attend and present at the 16th International on Education Conference in Athens, Greece, sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research. In addition to presenting his work, this event will allow him to meet with other education faculty from Greece, as well as other teacher educators and multiple discipline researchers from other parts of the world where he will attend class lectures and dialogue on issues of education. Dr. Reyes will integrate the information learned into his EDUC 381/581 Philosophical Foundation of Multicultural Education course, as well as an Introduction to International and Comparative Education course that he hopes to teach in summer 2015 or 2016 in Oxford, UK.

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Martin Repinecz, PhD

Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences

mrepinecz@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Repinecz plans to chair a panel at the American Association of Italian Studies Conference. The title of my proposed panel is “Italy in Southern Europe,” and it will bring together papers that examine Europe’s internal North-South divide in an Italian and comparative Southern European cultural context. Following the conference, he will travel to Madrid in order to conduct research at the Filmoteca Española. This primary research will be essential for his upcoming article, “Selling Emigration: The Ideology of Consumerism in Pedro Lazaga’s Vente a Alemania, Pepe,” which examines the ideological contradictions of popular, pro-regime cinema of the late Franco dictatorship.

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Joi Spencer, PhD

Learning and Teaching, School of Leadership and Education Sciences
joi.spencer@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Spencer will conduct research in late primary and secondary mathematics classrooms and gain a better understanding of the mathematics teaching practices in Barbados. While one of the highest achieving Caribbean nations, Black students in Barbados share many of the struggles of Black students in the US. This work extends the research that she has conducted in the US context- with the hope of gaining deeper perspective on how race, minority status, poverty, and gender shape and constrain learning opportunities in general and in mathematics in particular.

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Monica Stufft, PhD

Theatre, College of Arts & Sciences
mostufft@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Stufft will be attending the 2014 Maya Meetings hosted by the Mesoamerican Center at Casa Herrera, a research facility operated by the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Art and Art History. This year’s Maya Meetings are focusing on Tikal, Guatemala. Several of the workshops will be addressing performance specific aspects of Tikal’s community. She will also make connections at Casa Herrera in Antigua for future use of their classroom facilities as she and Dr. Camacho have been developing a proposal for a team-taught honor’s course that would involve a study abroad component to Antigua.

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Steve Tammelleo, PhD

Philosophy- College of Arts & Sciences
tammelleo@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Tammelleo plans to present a paper at the 2014 annual meeting of The Foucault Circle. The Foucault Circle is a regular gathering of scholars and educators who share a commitment to the articulation, critical evaluation, development, and use of the thought and work of Michel Foucault. In the past, the Foucault Circle has met in the United States and Canada. By holding this year’s meeting in Sweden, the conference organizers hope to attract more European participants, in the hope that the 2014 meeting will highlight how Foucault’s ideas continued to be employed in both North American and Europeans contexts.

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Michael Wagner, PhD

Philosophy- College of Arts & Sciences
mwagner@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Wagner will be presenting a paper entitled "The End of the Final Causality in Plotinus' Process Understanding of Nature and Order" at the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference. His paper will articulate on how his current research contributes to an interpretative approach and the conference will provide him the opportunity to interact with the University of Lisbon faculty who are also researching this topic. Dr. Wagner is also the secretary-treasurer as well as a member of the Board of Directors for this society.

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Randy Willoughby, PhD

Political Science- College of Arts & Sciences
rwilloug@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Willoughby plans to present a paper on Reassessing Nuclear Power Futures to the Global Studies Conference in Shanghai in June 2014. This paper shows the profound evolution that we have experienced over the past one to two years at the intersection of energy and security policy futures, with the unconventional gas evolution reaching full momentum, the consequences of fukushima being felt even in nonde1nocratic countries, and the continuing evolution in North Korea and Iranian weapons ambitions, not to mention the enonnous effort now being undertaken in Germany for a renewable future.

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Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD

Marine Science & Environmental Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
zyin@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Yin is currently working on a project of using tree ring data from the northeastern Tibetan Plateau to reconstruct past climate. He will present some of the research results at the 9th International Conference on Dendrochronology, which is the primary conference of the field.

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Pengcheng Zhu, PhD

Finance- School of Business Administration
pzhu@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Zhu will visit the School of Business at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai to work with Dr. Songsong Tang in a joint research project on the "Impact of Institutional Investors on Mergers and Acquisitions in China". They plan to write the paper when they meet in Shanghai and submit the final version to an international finance journal by the end of summer 2014. Dr. Zhu will also give a research presentation to ECUST's graduate students and faculty during the visit.

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