FY 2010 Tilford Fellows/Abstracts
A multidisciplinary team of KSU faculty in Counselor Education and Student Affairs, National Association of Academic Advising (NACADA), academic advisors, teachers, and counselor will engage in outreach activities and enhance curricula to provide educational experiences that will better prepare advisors and counselors to be more effective with multicultural students. This team will research and study needs, revise curricula and teaching materials in counseling and advising programs, study retention issues, and provide support to those addressing the educational needs of diverse students. Goals are to benefit the students’ academic achievement, post secondary success, and college retention.
(2) Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The Multicultural History Source Project will have a pre-service teachers analyze the K-12 curriculum of history (world, American and Kansas history) in the state of Kansas, identify the topics of study within the curriculum, and then identify primary sources for use in studying multicultural phenomena of those topics. The work of these pre-service students will then be collected, organized, and stored on the Kansas State University Center for Social Studies Education website.
(3) Department of Special Education Counseling & Student Affairs
Developing innovative, accurate and efficient methods of multicultural online classroom assessment is a necessity for America’s colleges. The current project addresses student learning outcomes assessment and multicultural competency by (1) developing a multicultural competency portfolio and (2) enhancing multicultural online participation rubrics for assessing multicultural online communication. Both are tools that online faculty can use to improve online multicultural competency assessment.
(4) Department of Music and Communication Studies, Theatre & Dance
Communication Studies, Theatre and Dance
A study of popular and folkloric music and dance of Cuba reveals a confluence of cultures, languages, and distinct artistic styles. The authors of this proposal intend to create opportunities in multicultural, interdisciplinary studies for student of music and dance through joint rehearsals and culminating concerts. The experience will be enhanced by the presence of visiting artists who are experts in the music, dance, and cultural context of Cuba. The project invites participation by students of other disciplines such as American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and Modern Languages. Project findings will enhance the content of subsequent course offerings.
(5) Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
This project will focus on infusing multicultural competencies in the content and teaching strategies of a two-course unit “Post-Communist Societies.” First, an on-campus course – Post Communist Societies – will familiarize students with the social structure and social change in the post-communist region of Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Offered first time in spring 2010). Second, a study abroad program Post-Communist Societies Study Tour will provide hands-on multicultural and international experiences (Offered first time in summer 2010). Both courses are based in sociology; however, the course will be cross-listed with other departments. The goal of the project is to enhance students’ multicultural competencies while educating them about the dynamics of social and economic transformation in the post-communist region. Eastern Europe is an excellent ground to study how multiculturalism as a societal value was introduced in formerly closed nations, revealing a lot about the various perspectives on multiculturalism in modern societies.
(6) Salina Arts & Science and Aviation
R. Roudi Nazerina
Today baby boomers and the millennial generation are experiencing value differences present in many activities. Recognizing and embracing these differences with a focus on age diversity can add cultural worth to an academic group. Our project will research generational value differences and develop a training program that focuses on developmental intelligence, positive and creative aging, mentoring and reverse mentoring.