Congratulations to the 2022-23 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.
2022-23 Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad Awardees
A professor of German and cinema and digital media in the College of Letters and Science, Jaimey Fisher has a long history and commitment to the study abroad program, having taught World Cinema and the European Film Festival each summer since 2009, with the exception of 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on the Locarno and Cannes film festivals in Europe, students in Fisher’s course examine contemporary cinema by considering the role of film festivals in producing, distributing and exhibiting films around the world. This course has had a profound impact on the academic and professional pursuits of many students.
A previous student shared, “Until this day, I feel grateful and fortunate to have signed up for the program. It was a golden opportunity to peek at and learn from all sides of the industry. It provided easy access for observation and interaction to the industry and the various people behind it.”
In addition to his substantial contributions to the Summer Abroad program, Fisher has made significant and lasting contributions to the UC Education Abroad Program by serving as the faculty director for its Northern Europe Regional Center. In this role, he met with many students to oversee their academic progress and ensure their personal and professional success. Fisher has also advanced global learning on campus by participating in key committees that have shaped global learning goals and outcomes, including the revised Global Studies minor.
A continuing lecturer in the University Writing Program in the College of Letters and Science, David Masiel has taught inventive and impactful Summer Abroad courses in Scotland. In 2011, he started teaching Scottish Tales and in 2020, he redesigned the program to become In Search of Scotland, a unique four-week program that allows students to fully immerse themselves in Edinburgh. An intensive writing course, students come away with a deep understanding of Scotland and improved writing skills.
Masiel is a compassionate, adaptable and student-focused leader that brings excitement into the classroom. Notably, during the COVID pandemic, he quickly identified solutions that ensured students were safe and could continue to interact with the material in engaging ways.
Masiel is also recognized for being an understanding, effective and engaging instructor. A former student shared, “I can wholeheartedly confirm my time studying abroad has been the best trip of my life, but only because of the guidance David Masiel provided.”
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