Teaching is an essential element of a career in academia and so acquiring teaching experience is a very important part of the training for such a career. Launched in March 2015, Global Learning Fellowship is a CEU initiative administered by the Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO) aimed at helping CEU PhD students and recently graduated alumni improve their teaching skills. Elena Popa, Maria Temmes, and James Plumtree are the first CEU students selected to teach in the First Year Seminar at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in academic year 2015/16.
Popa is finishing her doctoral dissertation in the Department of Philosophy, Temmes is a doctoral student in the Department of Gender Studies, and Plumtree received his PhD in Medieval Studies in 2014. AUCA was established in 1993 as the first university in Central Asia to offer US-accredited degrees in liberal arts programs through a partnership with Bard College. The First Year Seminar is a multidisciplinary course which brings students and faculty together in exploration of some of the most important questions raised by a variety of texts ranging from novels and poetry to classic texts in philosophical and scientific reasoning.
For more information about the initiative, click here.