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Faculty Curriculum Research

Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Montgomery College Foundation, Montgomery College faculty have received multiple opportunities to globalize their curricula and conduct research on humanities related topics. Faculty and staff participated in reading groups, worked on research projects during the summer, participated in professional development abroad and onsite to develop units or courses with an integrated and enhanced global focus using the Association of American Colleges and Universities Global Learning VALUE Rubric as a foundation.  After intensive professional development, faculty fellows created lesson and produced research that can serve as models and best practices and that can be replicated across various disciplines.

  • May 21, 2014: The Global Humanities Institute was proud to announce the publication of an important article by Professors Marcia Bronstein, Sharyn Neuwirth (faculty fellowship leaders) and Service Learning expert Professor Shelley Jones. The article, "Awakening Global Awareness in the Humanities," appears in the DIVERSITY AND DEMOCRACY series of publications on the Association of American Universities and Colleges webpages. The article details the instructional methods that take place in our faculty fellowship. The Association of American Colleges and Universities is widely considered one of the most important resources in higher education today, making available some of the best research on global studies and new directions for undergraduate education. Publication in this AAC&U journal is an endorsement of Montgomery College's and the Global Humanities Institute's work on globalizing the humanities. Kudos to Professors Bronstein, Neuwirth and Jones!! You have made us proud.

  • Spring 2015: The Spring 2015 Globalization Reading Group again chose Manfred B. Steger’s seminal work, Globalization: A Very Brief Introduction for the second time. This text is particularly appropriate for Montgomery College because of our location near the capitol and be-cause of our diverse student and employee body. Our students, even more so than other community college students, are diverse, coming from over 160 countries, the District of Columbia and surrounding counties. The Book Group offered Montgomery College employees the opportunity to perspective take and think critically and civically about our place in the world. The diversity of the group allowed for dynamic interactions and discussions along with the sharing of useful resources. The discussion leader was Cinder Cooper Barnes, Associate Professor of English, TPSS. The group met four times, three times face-to-face and once virtually. Read a full report of the Spring 2015 Common Language Reading Group (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) .

  • Fall 2014: Sixteen faculty, staff, and administrators in the GHI’s Common Language Reading Group discussed Manfred Steger’s Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP), a Cultural Studies explication of the economic, political, cultural, ecological, and ideological dimensions of globalization. Our goal was to facilitate a common understanding of globalization in its many intricacies and complexities, to give us a starting point from which to embark on future explorations. The discussion leader was Dr. Gregory Wahl, Associate Professor, Department of English and Reading, recent recipient of Professor of the Year Award and Cultural Studies expert. The group met four times, twice face-to-face and twice virtually. 

2015-2016 Individual Course and Learning Community Faculty Fellows Projects (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

2015–16 Stand Alone Course Fellows 

  • Joseph Couch, English
  • Patricia Ruppert, Philosophy
  • Margaret Harris, English
  • Jean Freedman, History and Political Science
  • Vincent Intondi, History
  • Miriam Simon, English
  • Michelle Sweeney, English
  • Karl Smith, History
  • M Bess Vincent, Sociology

2014–15 Stand Alone Course Fellows

Learning Community Fellows



El Salvador

  • Marcia Bronstein, "Historical memory projects in El Salvador"
  • Chris Cusic, “Available, desired tech resources for the classroom in ES”
  • Rupa Das, “Crimes, Institutions and Economic Development”
  • Josephina Estrada, “Liberation Theology and Archbishop Romero”
  • Evelyn Gonzalez-Mills, “The Other Face of Youth in El Salvador: Social Activism and Community Impact.”
  • Sarah Jorgensen, "Salvadoran Art"
  • Allyson Lima, "Salvadoran Women Writers"
  • Shelley Jones, "Nature in El Salvador: Conservation, Eco tourism and Connections to Place"
  • Joan Naake and Carla Naranjo, "Immigrants Hold on to El Salvador and Impact of ES Immigration on the Family"
  • Ellen Olmstead, "Latin American Literature"
  • Karl Smith, “Winning the Peace: How Salvadorans are Mending a Country Broken by Civil War”
  • Deborah Taylor, “International Women”
  • Marlon Vallejo, "Transfer and Student/Faculty Exchange Possibilities"
  • Usha Venkatesh, “English Language: Of Power, Politics and Pedagogy in ES”
  • Rita Kranidis, "House and Home in ES"
  • Sharon Fechter, “Roque Dalton”
  • Gloria Barron, "Bringing ES Travel Experience into the Classroom"
  • Carla Naranjo, “The Civil War in El Salvador”
  • Joan Naake “The Role of the Media in Political and Social Change”
  • Chris Cusik, “The Learning Environment”
  • Gloria Barron, “The Use of Storytelling to Promote Empathy and Increase Multicultural Understanding and Respect”
  • El Salvador Presentations (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)
  • El Salvador Presentations Combined (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

Spring 2018 Fellows

Fall 2018 Fellows

Spring 2019 Fellows