Study Abroad seminars are amazing opportunities for students to gain new experiences, stretch themselves in ways they may have never imagined, and to learn life skills, as well as to enhance their academic pursuits. The so-called Internet-Generation of students, and students with special needs can bring new gifts and challenges to these intensive seminars. This roundtable will discuss some of the recent shifts in relation to these new intersections, and explore how faculty and staff leaders are adapting to these trends.
Rebecca Gatewood, WCU Student Volunteer
Dr. Linda Stevenson, Professor/Interim Chair of Political Science at West Chester University
Since 2002, Dr. Stevenson is a professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at WCU. Her teaching and research focus on Latin American politics, women in politics, Globalization, Immigration, and Latino politics in the U.S.
Dr. Martin Patwell, Director of Educational Development Services at West Chester University
Dr. Martin Patwell is the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at WCU. He is in his 24th year as director and has raised over $5.4 million in grant funds for services to students. He likes mountain biking and the Dead.
Dr. Claire Verden, Assistant Chair and Professor of Special Education at West Chester University
Dr. Verden has been leading study abroad groups for 10 years at West Chester University. Her work features the impacts of cultural immersion experiences both overseas and locally on undergraduate teacher preparation candidates.
Ms. Cherie Fishbaugh, Director of Autism Services and leads the Dub-C Autism Program at West Chester University
Ms. Cherie Fishbaugh areas of interest and expertise are autism, applied behavior analysis, positive behavior supports, behavior management, consultation, and development of interpersonal, independent, and professional skills for those on the autism spectrum.