Engaging Learners in the Slovak Republic: Reflections on a Fulbright Experience

Time: 4/7/2005 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Miller Hall 160

The Slovak Republic has been an independent nation since 1993. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004. During her recent Fulbright in the Slovak Republic, Vice Provost Kris Bulcroft worked with the University of Economics in Bratislava to develop an accreditation plan that will aid that country as they join the European Union of nations.

Dr. Bulcroft will share her experiences, including the difficulties that were encountered by other Fulbrighters as they worked to engage university students. There are many differences between students in Slovakia and their counterparts in the U.S., including different styles of learning, different demands on their time, and resistance to innovative teaching practices. Faculty in Slovakia experience heavier workloads than their American counterparts, lower pay (often necessitating off-campus work), and increased pressure to find external funding while simultaneously publishing more. Despite these differences, universities in the Slovak Republic and the United States share many of the same challenges and are developing similar coping strategies to meet these new demands.

This workshop is part of this year's First Thursdays Faculty Development Workshop Series co-sponsored by the CII and TLA.

For more information please contact: Kris Bulcroft