The excursions were a wonderful experience. Each and every one of them let us see something different and new about Mexico. Our week long excursion to Chiapas, San Cristobal, and Agua Azul was amazing – a trip I will never be able to fully put into words.
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 will be fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year. Formal applications including complete details will be available spring semester 2013. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-831-3629.