I really wanted to go to Paris, but I didn't speak any French. Central College offered a fabulous program that helped my not only learn French as I'd always wanted to do, but also to gain a much higher proficiency than I would have expected.
The Central College Abroad visiting faculty program provides faculty members from cooperating institutions the opportunity to teach on our program in Merida, Yucatan, while pursuing research and language acquisition as well as develop teaching skills, cross-cultural skills and knowledge of an international community.
Central College faculty have taught on the Merida program for more than 30 years, and once every other fall we offer the same benefit to a member from one of our cooperating institutions. Faculty frequently teach courses they would teach at home, with a portion of the material adjusted to relate to the location. Past course offerings have come from a wide variety of disciplines including political science, biology, chemistry, business, music, English, sociology, psychology and others.
The Merida Program
The Merida program introduces students and faculty of all disciplines to the language, culture, history, society and peoples of Yucatan and Mexico. In addition, it enhances the knowledge of those who have some familiarity with Latin American history and culture, and the Spanish language. Embedded in the academic program is a commitment to intentional reflection, analysis and cultural exploration that leads to balanced cross-cultural understanding.
The next opportunity for visiting faculty is anticipated for the 2016-17 academic year. Formal applications including complete details will be available fall semester 2014. Any faculty seeking additional information, or desiring to talk with a faculty member who has previously taught in Merida, should contact Lyn Isaacson, Associate Dean for Global Education at email@example.com or 800-831-3629.