Even though our students cannot go out into the world, we are bringing the world to our students.


Due to COVID 19, students all over the world have not been able to travel abroad and may not be able to for some time. In an effort to bring the world to our students and to facilitate the internationalization effort at ATU, the Study Abroad Office has helped ATU faculty members, faculty members at partner universities, and specialists abroad come together for a variety of virtual collaborations.  These include guest lectures, collaborative webinars, interactive workshops, and cooperative curricular/co-curricular activities among students. 

We are grateful to the faculty members from every college at ATU who have committed to be part of this exciting international experience for our students. Below are the collaborations for the Spring 2021 semester: 

International Guest Lecture - Nursing 


 Judith Apio               Melissa Darnell

                Ms. Judith Apio                                             Dr. Melissa Darnell

Dr. Melissa Darnell, Department of Nursing, ATU,  and Ms. Judith Apio, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Clarke International University in Uganda, are engaging in a guest lecture exchange on the topics of medications and patient care practices with specific focus on obstetrical, pediatric, and surgical patients in the United States and Uganda.  This exciting exchange began in December of 2020, and will continue for the spring 2021 semester.


International Guest Lecture – English and World Languages


Raymond           Paola Gemme

             Dr. Raymond Siebetcheu                                     Dr. Paola Gemme   

Dr. Paola Gemme, Department of English and World Languages, ATU,  and Dr. Raymond Siebetcheu, University for Foreigners of Siena in Italy collaborated on a guest lecture exchange focused on Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL).

Dr. Gemme presented her lecture in December 2020, with the title: "The Education of Emergent Bilinguals in the US Public School System."

Dr. Siebetcheu will present his lecture, “Intercultural Communication in Education, ” in January 2021.


Guest Lecture with International Focus – History


Dr. Blanks

             Dr. David Blanks

Dr. David Blanks, Department of History, ATU, was invited to present in the Explore your World lecture series developed by the Office of International Affairs at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The Spring 2021 series is a partnership with the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón Office of International and Interuniversity Relations, Office of International Affairs at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and the Study Abroad Office at Arkansas Tech University.

Dr. Blanks will share his own experiences in Egypt during the Egyptian Revolution in a lecture titled:  The Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution (2011-2015): An Eyewitness Account

Join us on February 18, 2021 at 3:00pm:

Zoom link: meeting/register/tZwud- qrqz8jEtGaWWQK5bYtbFUagE_WKZyj


Council of foreign relations' world 101 workshop - history/iss


Yasu Onodera          Guolin Yi

      Dr. Yasushi Onodera                          Dr. Guolin Yi

This faculty education program will focus on learning ways to incorporate the Council of Foreign Relations’ World 101 comprehensive teaching resources in both curricular and co-curricular activities.

Mr. Yasushi Onodera: Associate Dean for Internation and Multicultural Student Services at ATU, will present how he used World 101 for the Global Connect program as a co-curricular activity for international education.

Dr. Guolin Yi: Professor of History in the Department of History and Political Science at ATU, will lead a discussion on how he incorporated World 101 in his World History Survey course.

Zoom link:


English Language educators' collective - English and World languages


Dr. Franco      Dr. Hsu      Dr. Gemme      Dr. Chandler

           Dr. Lynda Franco                                  Dr. ChihHsin Hsu                           Dr. Paola Gemme                      Dr. Ursula Chandler

ATU Department of English and World Languages in cooperation with the Austrian-American Educational Cooperation Association (AAECA) is presenting a TESOL workshop for K-12 English language teachers in Austria, called the English Language Educators’ Collective. ATU has collaborated with the AAECA previously on other endeavors, such as the STARS program where student teachers from ATU have the opportunity to teach English to elementary and middle school students in Austria.

The workshops will take place on the following dates: Workshops have been postponed, due to closing of schools in Austria in April (COVID-19)

Dr. Lynda Franco,  TBD,  Topic: Three Principles that Enhance English Language Learning 

Dr. ChihHsin Hsu, TBD, Topic: Intercultural Communicative Competence

Dr. Paola Gemme, Tuesday, TBD, Topic: Extensive Reading in an EFL Setting: The Why and the How

Dr. Ursula Chandler, Wednesday, TBD Topic: The Impact of Micro-aggression on Minority/Marginalized Individuals and Groups