Congratulations to the 2019-20 Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad Awardees
The Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad Award recognizes the dedication of instructors who design and teach Study Abroad programs and make international experience accessible to UC Davis students.
2019-20 Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad Awardees
A continuing lecturer and founding member of the University Writing Program in the College of Letters and Science, Amy Clarke developed and leads the Portal to Fantasy Study Abroad program in Oxford, England and teaches the University Writing Program's Study Abroad program in Sydney, Australia. One student award nominator recalls the experience of studying abroad with Clarke as being “the most meaningful educational experience I have ever had,” and another adds, “I would take this course every month for the rest of my life.”
Her courses are known for being rigorous yet welcoming, and even magical. She inspires academic careers and instills confidence in professional goals as she connects students to the places about which they are reading in some of the most famous books of the 20thcentury. She does so by combining the theoretical and the practical, demonstrating that even a 150-year-old text has real-world application and cultivating environments for students to open their minds to new perspectives, both at home and abroad.
A professor of Spanish in the College of Letters and Science and faculty director of the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) in Madrid, Spain, Cristina Martínez-Carazo has been teaching abroad—including Spanish Art in Burgos, Spain, and Spanish Language and Culture in Santander and Madrid, Spain—for an impressive 20 years.As one award nominator says, “she stands out as a pioneer who embodies UC Davis’ international teaching mission.” This is evident in the fact that the programs she developed two decades ago are still popular today and contribute to transformative student experiences across majors.
A steadfast advocate for global learning, Martínez-Carazo knows first-hand the impact of studying abroad having come to UC Davis from Spain for her Ph.D. She draws on this international experience to mentor students. Through UC Davis and UCEAP programs, thousands of students have benefited from her commitment to ensuring they become a part of their new environments abroad and understand their new cultural competencies upon returning to campus.
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