International Faculty Grant Recipients  


The International Center awards up to seven grants (maximum of $1,000 each) to full-time faculty members each year.

The grants may be used to internationalize the content of a course, develop a study abroad course, partake in an international faculty development seminar, present a paper with international content, or conduct international research. The funds may be used for conference/seminar fees, airfare/travel expenses, or speakers/teaching materials for courses.

International Center Faculty Grants 2013-14

Donna Menhart (Hartt) to support travel to Hungry to present at the International Kodály Symposium in an effort to further her research on the Kodály method. This symposium will provide her with new methods and skills that she can incorporate into her curriculum and share with her music education community. Donna provides cross-cultural experiences for our students by emphasizing world music and dance in her courses.

David Pines (CETA) to support the development of the interdisciplinary engineering course ES 393 Pathways to Sustainability: A US and European Perspective with two of his CETA colleagues, Tom Filburn and Cy Tavuzturk. This unique course will enable three faculty to co-teach a course abroad that will facilitate student learning on the important global issue of evaluating the sustainability of alternative energy resources.

Ladimer Nagurney (CETA) to support the pilot student collaboration project with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden for this upcoming semester through the procurement of technology for the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ladimer will travel to Sweden in the spring to assess the project and further develop this collaborative relationship with the university in Sweden.

Amanda Carlson (HAS) to support the program entitled Women, Art and Culture of West Africa in which she will lead students to Nigeria and Ghana to work on a field study project that focuses on the roles and images of women in Calabar Carnival and ons building leadership skills in the arts. The grant will also support her teaching and final research for her book manuscript Gender, Art and Writing in Cross River State, Nigeria.

Andy Hao (Barney) - to support travel to China to meet with the University of Hartford’s international partner IDP in Beijing to work on outreach and recruitment efforts in China. Andy will also be working on the development of joint online case studies for students on our campus with students in China.

Laurence Gould (A&S) to support travel to The International Symmetry Association Festival in The Netherlands. Larry is deeply involved in the conference through chairing and organizing multiple symposiums as well as giving a research presentation and a lecture. Larry will work in collaboration with both the Art School and the Hartt School on the development of faculty exchanges and a short-term study abroad program.

Bharat Kolluri (Barney) to support his four-fold project to travel to India to conduct research on the interrelationships between stock and bond returns in India,  collaborate with his co-author on several articles to be published and he will teach MBA courses while there. Bharat will work with the International Admissions Office, as he has done in the past, to assist with recruiting efforts at the undergraduate and graduate level in India.


International Center Faculty Grants 2012-13

Irina Naoumova (Barney) to support the Barney School’s International Business Plan Competition which will be held in Spring 2013. The funding will support the growth the competition into a signature University of Hartford event that involves cooperation with universities from around the world. 

Fei Xue (A&S) to support your presentation at the International STEM in Education Conference in Beijing which will also include the development of  academic partnerships in China and increasing international recruitment for the University of Hartford.

Devdas Shetty (CETA) to support travel to India to build the University of Hartford’s partnerships with the PSG College of Science and Technology in Coimbatore at the undergraduate level and Nitte University in Bangalore at the graduate level. 

Sarah Senk (A&S) to support your travel to the “Postcolonial Traumas Conference” in the United Kingdom to present a paper examining the works of the poet M. NourbeSe Philip because the outcomes of the trip will become part of the international focus that she provides to her students in the classroom.

Richard Freund (A&S)- to support travel to China to explore the development of a study abroad program that examines “Archeology and  the History of Jews in China”, as well as to provide a lecture to the Shanghai Normal University and present the University of Hartford to potential international students from Shanghai University and SNU.

Michael Robinson (Hillyer) support travel to Uganda to complete research on his book manuscript about Africa, expand the area content of the three courses HSB 165, HSB 235 and AUC190 and to foster guest lectures through the professional links established at the Makerere Institute of Social Research. 

Glen Adsit (Hartt) to support travel to Beijing, China to conduct an international composition workshop and establish concrete connections with the Central Conservatory of Music for a student exchange program and potential of faculty exchanges the future. This activity would benefit University of Hartford students directly by enabling them to participate in a conservatory study abroad program in China as well as benefit the internationalization of the campus by bringing Chinese students to study here.

-Carol Padberg (Art) to support travel to Hong Kong to attend the Globalization Symposium and present on the Sustainable Studio course she led in Ghana in January 2012, incorporate the concepts of Chinese art education into the classroom and explore possibilities for a study abroad program in China focusing on art.


International Center Faculty Grants 2011-12

Carolyn Pe Rosiene (A&S) to present a paper at the International Conference on Informatics Engineering and Information Science in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Natacha Poggio (HAS) to present a paper at the Design Without Borders International Conference in Mexico City, where she will discuss her “Design for Global Change” course including service-learning case studies in India, Kenya and the Hartford area.

 Akram Abu-aisheh (CETA) to build upon the relationship with Princess Sumaya University of Technology in Jordan with the objective of encouraging support and participation in this student and faculty exchange partnership.

Hiro Fukawa (HAS) to support the development of his short-term study abroad program “Art and Culture in Japan” to be offered in summer 2012.

Ben Toth (Hartt) to purchase Persian and Turkish drums in an effort to expand the percussion curriculum to include Middle Eastern drum studies.

Peter Oliver (ENHP) to assist in the further development of his short-term study abroad program “Thai Culture, Religion and Traditional Healing Arts” to be offered in winter 2013.

Tony Rauche
(Hillyer) to support the residency of a group of Korean musicians that will visit the University of Hartford in the spring of 2012. This residency will have an interdisciplinary focus including history, globalization and cultural studies.

International Center Faculty Grants 2010-11

Carol Padberg (Art) to assist in a four-fold project in Ghana encompassing creative research efforts, internationalization of the Professional Practice course and to develop a short-term study abroad course at Kokrobite Institute in Africa to be offered in winterterm 2012.

Bin Zhu (A&S) to develop a short-term study abroad course in China that will expose students to a comparative study of water pollution in the U.S. and China. The course is expected to launch in summer 2012.

Tom Eppes (CETA) to further develop partnerships with Princess Sumaya University for Technology and Palestine Polytechnic University and to participate in the EDUCON II Conference.

Joyce Ashuntantang (Hillyer) to travel to Cameroon to search for the missing transcript Things Fall Apart and to begin networking with contacts at the University of Buea to develop a short-term study abroad program.

 Andy Hao & Susan Coleman (Barney) to fund the further development of the International Business study abroad course in China. The course was successfully launched in summer 2011 and will be offered again in 2012.

Michelle Vigeant (CETA) to present papers at the International Congress on Acoustics and the International Symposium on Room Acoustics conferences in Australia. The trip facilitated a meeting with engineering faculty at University of Technology, Sydney.

Bob Davis (Hartt) to assist in the Hartt School’s efforts to continue the successful music theatre program in Prato, Italy that began in 2006. The program will be offered in winterterm 2012.

Mary Gannoti (ENHP) to support the development of the course Cross-Cultural Rehabilitation to be taught in Jamaica in January 2012. This will be the first international program developed for Doctor of Physical Therapy students.


International Center Faculty Grants 2009-10

– Susan Coleman (Barney) to collaborate with faculty at Shandong University of Finance in China to develop an Entrepreneurial Finance course and research women-owned businesses in China, as well as to explore the possibilities of short-term study abroad opportunities and recruitment.

– Dennis Wasko (Hillyer) to develop a long-term research program in Gambia that will incorporate Gambian researchers, field workers and undergraduate students, as well as to develop the foundations of a study abroad course for students in Gambia.

– George Generas (Barney) to finalize the planning of the new IB 613 course, Global Aspects of Management, to be offered in Berlin, Germany, in summer 2010. This will be the first of three new international MBA courses that are being developed in collaboration with ESCP Europe, the others being in Paris and Madrid.

– Michael Clancy (A&S) to develop a three-week study abroad program in Ireland beginning in 2011 that will be repeatedly offered in the future. It will involve POL 290ST, Ireland: Before and After the Celtic Tiger, as well as a potential AUC course on Irish Literature/History.

– Srikrishna Ayyangar (A&S) to develop a two-term political science course on Development and Globalization in India for 2011 that will be repeatedly offered in the future. The first component of the course will take place on campus, followed by a short-term course in Bangalore and Kuppam, India.

– Don Ellis (A&S) to conduct research in Israel that will expose students to international media and be used to develop his course, Media and the Middle East, which has a concentration on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

– David Westfall (Hartt) to build on the relationship between The Hartt School and Manheim University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany by discussing future recruitment and support of the exchange program.