Faculty to discuss upcoming study-abroad opportunities Feb. 23-24

February 20, 2015 | UToday
By Cathy Zimmer



The Office of Education Abroad in the Center for International Studies and Programs will hold two special information sessions featuring UT faculty who will be teaching abroad.

Dr. Sumitra Srinivasan, associate professor in the Department of Communications, was accepted to the University Studies Abroad Consortium Visiting Professor Program to teach in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India, during summer session two.

This education abroad program in Bangalore provides the opportunity to explore diverse landscapes, exotic and varied food, and unparalleled cultural sites and colorful festivals, while studying in the “Garden City,” the hub of India’s technology and business outsourcing revolution, and take advantage of numerous opportunities for service learning and volunteering while taking courses focused on issues concerning women, poverty and religion with focus on the country.

Srinivasan has worked in the fields of journalism, market research and multimedia production. Her teaching and research focus on social/policy aspects of information and communication technologies, with particular interest in three areas — globalization, education and sustainable development.

She will teach the following course while abroad: The World Is (Not) Flat: Globalization of the Indo-American Diaspora, 400/600-level, three credits.

Students can learn more about studying abroad in India during a special information session with Srinivasan Monday, Feb. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100.

Dr. Ainsworth Bailey, associate professor in the Department of Marketing and International Business, also has been accepted to the University Studies Abroad Consortium Visiting Professor Program to teach in Heredia, Costa Rica, during fall semester.

This education abroad program features easy access to the cultural, historic and urban highlights of the capital city, San José, and to the Pacific Ocean, courses ranging from four levels of Spanish to ecological studies, and opportunities to explore interesting and beautiful areas of Costa Rica and neighboring countries on field trips and optional tours.


Bailey has been teaching and conducting research in the United States since 2000. He also has taught in France, India, Jamaica and Saudi Arabia.

While in Costa Rica, Bailey will teach International Business and Management, 300/400-level, three credits and Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior, 300/400-level, three credits.

Students can learn more about studying abroad in Costa Rica at a special information session with Bailey Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100.

Faculty members from the University have the unique opportunity to internationalize UT by teaching abroad. Visiting professors establish contacts with foreign colleagues, enhance their own foreign language acquisition, strengthen and support international education and study abroad on campus, diversify course curriculum, and develop international relationships for research and other purposes.

To qualify for the University Studies Abroad Consortium Visiting Professor Program, candidates must be full-time faculty members with at least a master’s degree who are in good standing and who will be returning to their home university following their term abroad. Other key qualifications include superior teaching abilities, flexibility regarding international living and working conditions, willingness to enthusiastically experience local culture with students, contribution to the host university overseas, in addition to teaching the selected course(s) and actively participation in publicizing and recruiting for their course(s) and program to ensure sufficient course enrollment.

Upon return, visiting professors will complete at least one project to help internationalize their home campus. These projects may include but are not limited to presenting research, writing testimonials or newsletter articles, or giving presentations to faculty or students.

The next round for applications for the University Studies Abroad Consortium Visiting Professor Program will be announced by the Center for International Studies and Programs in December.