Four SUNY Faculty Receive Chancellor's Award for Internationalization

May 2, 2013

Albany — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced the recipients of the 2013-14 Chancellor's Award for Internationalization, which encourages the establishment of new and innovative study abroad programs in less commonly traveled destinations and the exploration of underrepresented academic disciplines in study abroad.

"SUNY offers a truly global higher education with a diverse array of opportunities for students on each of our campuses, in local communities throughout New York, online, and in countries around the globe," said Chancellor Zimpher. "The four faculty receiving this year’s Chancellor Award for Internationalization are to be commended for bringing these new and important study abroad opportunities to SUNY students."

The recipients of the 2013-14 Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization are:

  • Lora G. Lunt, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages, SUNY Potsdam, for "Morocco Intercultural Exchange: Women & Democratization"
  • Orvil L. White, Assistant Professor, Department of Childhood and Early Childhood Education, SUNY Cortland, for "Teach in Thailand: An Internship in Teaching Across Cultures"
  • Robert Compton, Chair, Department of Africana and Latino Studies, SUNY Oneonta, for "South Africa and the Quest for Justice and Social Cohesion: 20 Years after the End of Apartheid"
  • Maria Montoya, Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, SUNY Oneonta, for "San Andres Island Teaching Abroad Experience (Colombia)"

Coordinated by SUNY's Office of Global Affairs, the top proposals for this award were selected by a committee of SUNY campus representatives from applications submitted from across the state. Award recipients will receive funding of $4,000 to support their respective program and to make the cost of participation more affordable to students.

Forty one projects have been selected as recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Internationalization in the course of five competitions over the past decade.

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