Fukuoka visitors explore UNO, UNMC

September 15, 2017

Image with caption: From left, Dr. Susumu Yamauchi, professor of tax law & accounting, Dr. Namiko Segawa, professor of biochemistry and epidemiology, Professor Keiko Yanagi, lecturer with the faculty of law, and Dr. Junichi Watanabe, professor of economics

From left, Dr. Susumu Yamauchi, professor of tax law & accounting, Dr. Namiko Segawa, professor of biochemistry and epidemiology, Professor Keiko Yanagi, lecturer with the faculty of law, and Dr. Junichi Watanabe, professor of economics

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) welcomed four faculty members from Fukuoka University in Fukuoka, Japan, this September for a one-week faculty development program, led by the UNO International Professional Development (IPD) program in International Programs.

The group of professors was the fourth cohort from Fukuoka University to visit UNO and engage in workshops created to enhance their teaching of courses in their discipline in English. Each of these professors has a varying amount of experience in teaching in English, but all have substantial experience in their fields.

In addition to their workshops on best practices in teaching, they took part in observations, meetings, and tours across the UNO and UNMC campuses. Participants worked with the faculty in the areas of accounting, communication, economics, law and society, mathematics and political science.

Namiko Segawa, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry, visited UNMC to meet with colleagues in the Department of Biochemistry and toured the iEXCEL Visualization Hub.

Participants concluded their program with teaching presentations on topics in their field to an audience of students from the ILUNO Intensive Language program and a variety of undergraduate disciplines. They received speech consulting and evaluation from the UNO Speech Center as a part of their program.

Sarah Osborn, Ph.D., director of international professional development and intensive language at UNO, said she appreciates the long-term partnership with Fukuoka University for faculty development workshops.

"IPD looks forward to continuing to grow and evolve the faculty development workshops we offer to Fukuoka University and other global partners, as we continue to develop new programs that meet their professional development needs," Dr. Osborn said.

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