SMC’s Latin American Education Program is back! As part of a College-wide initiative to encourage students to develop a broader and more global perspective, we would like to introduce students to the rich history and cultural diversity of Latin America. Featuring a multidisciplinary approach, the Latin American Education Program strives to provide an intensive experience for students, encouraging them to better understand the people of cultures of Central America. In addition, a key element that distinguishes the Latin American Education Program is its emphasis on Community and Service Learning.
Santa Monica College is seeking proposals from faculty to co-lead with Professor Brandon Lewis and teach in our study abroad program in Latin America: Belize and Guatemala for the Summer 2015 session. One faculty member will be selected to co-lead the program. The program will draw upon the faculties’ expertise and offer students a rewarding experience.
Brandon Lewis will be co-leading the program. Please find his bio below for additional information:
Recognized multiple times by “Who’s Who of America’s Educators” and recipient of the Alpha Gamma Sigma “Most Outstanding Educator Award” at Santa Monica College, Dr. Brandon Lewis has directed archaeological investigations throughout the Americas for the past two decades. As one of the nation’s foremost Maya archaeologists, Dr. Lewis has distinguished himself through numerous publications, professional presentations, and his long-standing research. He is currently the Co-Director, in collaboration with the University of Texas and University of Massachusetts, for the “Three Rivers Archaeological Project” in Belize. This project is one of the most well-known projects in Central America and has been featured on the front cover of National Geographic Magazine. As a lead institution for these projects, Santa Monica College has received international acclaim and is, arguably, the most recognized community college in the field of Latin American archaeology. As Director of SMC’s Archaeology Program and creator of the Latin American Education Program, Dr. Lewis has provided first-hand international research experience and global citizenship opportunities to hundreds of SMC students over the years. Through such experiences in Latin America, a number of Santa Monica College students have completed their Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Master’s Thesis, and dissertation on research conducted through these projects.
In developing proposals, keep in mind the following guidelines:
Study Abroad Programs are an important part of the college’s efforts to encourage students to become global citizens. These programs are also important for professional development, to encourage faculty to remain current with their disciplines, and to become more aware of different cultures throughout the world. The programs are structured around these principles:
- Intensity of experience - Instead of going on a bus tour that skims the surface of many places, students gain a deep understanding of the environment, the people and, the culture of one area or region.
- Affordability - To encourage broad participation, the costs will be kept as low as possible, and programs will attract scholarships and other financial aid.
- Safety - Programs will be structured to keep risk to an acceptable level.
- A unifying theme – To provide students with a sense of the program’s purpose and over-arching questions.
This program will offer academic credit and meet the course outline of record for each course included in the program. The proposed course must be general education transferrable credit courses, IGETC preferred, with appeal to a broad spectrum of students. Faculty is encouraged to select a course that is particularly suited to being offered in a foreign setting.
Three weeks of the summer session academic program will take place at SMC, and three weeks will take place abroad.
The deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015.