2013 Teacher Education Presenters


Expanding Our Vision: International and Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning for Pre- and In-Service Teachers and Faculty

Sharon Brennan, EdD, serves as director of field experiences for the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. She joined the faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1993, following previous positions in the College of Medicine, Academic Support Services, and the Counseling and Testing Center. Brennan received her EdD and MA from the University of Kentucky and BS from Framingham State College. She frequently coauthors publications and presents on internationalizing teacher education, global competencies for educators, and international student teaching experiences. She is a past chair of both the Consortium on Overseas Student Teaching and the Association of Teacher Educators Committee on International Teaching and is a member of international, national, and college-level advisory boards on international education. Her other areas of academic interest and expertise include teacher assessment, clinical supervision, professional development and curricular issues in elementary education.

Fred Carter, EdD, is director of Teacher Services and School Relations and a member of the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research at Western Kentucky University. He also manages the International Student Teaching program. Under Carter’s leadership, the program grew from six overseas student teachers per semester to nearly 60, with projections of more than 100 student teachers abroad in the future. Carter forged teaching partnerships in Spain, Belize, the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and Sweden. Carter also serves as the director of executive coaching and mentoring services for all new superintendents in Kentucky under a contract with the Kentucky Department of Education. He currently works in the training of 35 new Kentucky school superintendents. Carter previously served as the deputy secretary of the Education Cabinet for Kentucky following 34 years in public education. He also served as an English teacher, a coach, a principal, a district instructional supervisor, and a superintendent. He holds both a BA in language arts education and MA in education from Western Kentucky University, and an EdD from Vanderbilt University. Carter lives with his wife and two sons on a horse farm in Oakland, KY, where they raise and sell registered Tennessee Walking Horses.

Helen Marx, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. Her current research interests are in the areas of global education, study abroad program design, and internationalizing teacher education. Her most recent publication, Please mind the culture gap: Intercultural development during a teacher education study abroad program, explores the use of study abroad cross-cultural field experiences within teacher education programs.Marx is codeveloper of My Cultural Awareness Profile (NAFSA, 2011). She earned her MA from New York University, MEd from Teachers College, Columbia University, and PhD from Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut in 2008.

Bill McDiarmid, EdD, serves as dean and alumni distinguished professor of education at the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill, where he has led initiatives to globalize educator preparation and research, improve learning for students from underrepresented populations, integrate technology in methods courses, and rethink the PhD and educational doctorate. He previously served as faculty at the University of Washington-Seattle, where he led the Carnegie-funded “Teachers for a New Era” project. Earlier in his career, McDiarmid served at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA), the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, he served as codirector of the National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. At UAA, he directed the Institute for Social and Economic Research. He also taught high school history in Athens, Greece, and was a Title I teacher in a remote Alaskan village. He was a visiting professor at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China, in 2007. McDiarmid earned a BA with honors in American studies from UNC and an EdD in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.

David M. Moss, PhD, is an associate professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. His faculty appointment is in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, specializing in environmental and international education. His current research interests are in the areas of cultural and international education, teacher education reform, and environmental education. Moss has authored more than 60 articles, book chapters, and reviews on such topics as international teacher education, student understandings of the nature of science, and interdisciplinary education. His publications include the books Critical Essays on Resistance in Education (Peter Lang, 2010), Interdisciplinary Education in an Age of Assessment (Routledge, 2008), Portrait of a Profession: Teachers and Teaching in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2005; 2008), and Beyond the Boundaries: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Learning and Teaching (Praeger, 2003). He earned his PhD from the University of New Hampshire and completed his undergraduate work at Alfred University.

Laura L. Stachowski, PhD, is the director of Cultural Immersion Projects at Indiana University-Bloomington, administering and supervising the Overseas Project (placements in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, and Wales), the American Indian Reservation Project (placements on the Navajo Nation), Urban Project (placements in the Chicago Public Schools), and the Overseas Practicum for Experienced Teachers. Most recently, Stachowski developed the Indiana University Global Gateway for Teachers, through which overseas school placements are secured for student teachers at several U.S. colleges and universities. Stachowski was an Overseas Project participant in 1979, served as an associate instructor in the Overseas Project, and as the assistant director of the Cultural Immersion Projects prior to becoming director in 1995. Stachowski received her PhD in curriculum studies from Indiana University in 1994. She is a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.