Call for Faculty Proposals for Study Abroad
Latin America 2017
part of a College-wide initiative to encourage students to develop a broader
and more global perspective, we would like to introduce students to the rich
history and cultural diversity of Latin America. Featuring a
multidisciplinary approach, the Latin American Education Program strives to
provide an intensive experience for students, encouraging them to better
understand the diverse cultures and natural environments of Central
America. In addition, a key element that distinguishes the Latin American
Education Program is its emphasis on Community and Service Learning.
Latin America Program spends the first three weeks at SMC before traveling to
Belize and Guatemala for an additional three weeks exploring the forests of
Central America, ancient Maya ruins, living among one of the most ethnically
and culturally diversified regions of the world, and working together with
Mayan farmers and in ecological reserves. Your learning adventure will take you
to the lush river valley of central Belize, the rainforests of Belize and
Guatemala, and the second largest barrier reef in the world! You will also
enjoy excursions to archeological sites such as Tikal, Xunantunich, and the
amazing Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave! In addition, a key element that
distinguishes the Latin American Education Program is its emphasis on Community
and Service Learning and you will have the opportunity to work closely with
Mayan cacao farmers, a butterfly conservation project and the elderly community
as part of our public outreach efforts.
Monica College is seeking proposals from faculty to co-lead with Professor Alexandra
Tower and teach in our study abroad program in Latin America: Belize and
Guatemala for the Summer 2017 session. One faculty member will be
selected to co-lead the program. The program will draw upon the
faculties’ expertise and offer students a rewarding experience.
Tower will be co-leading the program. Please find her bio and course
offering for additional information:
Dr. Tower is recognized by students and faculty
for outstanding teaching, including the UCLA “Distinguished Teaching” award
while she was a graduate student. She has studied photosynthetic organisms in
the marine and terrestrial environments, in both the temperate and tropical
latitudes. Dr. Tower has distinguished herself through numerous publications,
professional presentations and long-standing research. She has extensive
experience as a tropical biologist. As a graduate student, she participated in
a Rapid Assessment Survey in Papua New Guinea for Conservation International,
and her three-year post-doctoral fellowship research was in the lowland
rainforests of Central America, based at La Selva Biological Station in Costa
Rica. Additionally, she is a certified Dive Master, with a Master’s Degree in
the Ecology of coastal Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems. Dr. Tower has taught
field courses on Coastal Ecology, Marine Ecology and Plant Ecology in remote
field sites in California, Mexico, Central America and Papua New Guinea.
Throughout her career, she has mentored many students through their
undergraduate, graduate and professional careers, including several SMC
students since her arrival at SMC.
Botany 1: General Botany 4
Units, IGETC Area 5B (Biological Sciences + Lab), Transfer: UC, CSU
Botany 1 is an introductory
course for non-science-majors that examines the world of photosynthetic
organisms from an evolutionary perspective. We will discuss the origin of
photosynthesis, and how it has shaped the evolution of life on Earth, and how
life has, in turn, shaped the evolution of photosynthetic organisms. We will
use classroom time to establish a foundation in the subject, and then emphasize
many aspects of Plant Biology by visiting pristine and secondary tropical
forest, herb and botanic gardens, and coastal and marine habitats. We will
examine how humans make use of tropical forests in the past, present and
future. This unparalleled opportunity will provide first-hand experiences for
understanding plants and their Ecology, with emphasis on tropical ecosystems.
developing proposals, keep in mind the following guidelines:
Abroad Programs are an important part of the college’s efforts to encourage
students to become global citizens. These programs are also important for
professional development, to encourage faculty to remain current with their
disciplines, and to become more aware of different cultures throughout the
world. The programs are structured around these principles:
of experience - Instead of going on a bus tour that skims the surface of
many places, students gain a deep understanding of the environment, the
people and, the culture of one area or region.
- To encourage broad participation, the costs will be kept as low as
possible, and programs will attract scholarships and other financial
- Programs will be structured to keep risk to an acceptable level.
unifying theme – To provide students with a sense of the program’s purpose
and over-arching questions
program will offer academic credit and meet the course outline of record for
each course included in the program. The proposed course must be general
education transferrable credit courses, IGETC preferred, with appeal to a broad
spectrum of students. Faculty is encouraged to select a course that is
particularly suited to being offered in a foreign setting.
weeks of the summer session academic program will take place at SMC, and three
weeks will take place abroad.
The deadline is Monday, November 7, 2016 by 9 am
All applicants will be notified of their application status by December 2016.
*Itinerary subject to change