In a continuation of an exchange program with Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) structured to develop the pedagogical skills of Pakistani instructors, the UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UTGI) and the South Asia Institute (SAI) hosted three visiting scholars in Fall 2015.
During their stay in Austin, FJWU faculty members Sobia Hanif, Dr. Asma Khalid, and Najam Sahar attended pedagogy training, collaborated with education mentors, and shadowed learning programs.
Sobia Hanif, a lecturer in the Department of Defense and Diplomatic Studies at FJWU, studies diplomacy, politics of the Asia-Pacific region, and human rights in international relations. She has written a book titled “China’s Rise: A Challenge to US influence in Southeast Asia” and is currently working on her doctorate from the National Defense University in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Dr. Asma Khalid is a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration at FJWU with a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Wollongong in Australia. She teaches courses in Marketing and Management and her research interests include support organizations and processes in assisting children on the streets in Pakistan.
Najam Sahar, a lecturer in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at FJWU, has been published in international open access journals on topics discussing depression among wives of Pakistani expatriate husbands, as well as the role of family in youth drug addiction.
The main structure of the program included trainers Carolyne Creel and Laura Ewing leading workshop sessions for the visiting FJWU faculty. They shared many techniques and theories about teaching and learning, with the goal of enhancing the visitors’ skills.
During their visit, the scholars sat in on classes with the trainers, discussed technique and reactions with the professors who led each class. They later reviewed how this could be applied in their home institutions amongst the group. Laura Ewing noted “that the UT professors were truly using techniques to engage their students and technology to provide greater learning and testing opportunities.” Courses attended were led by a variety of award-winning faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and covered a range of topics, including British Literature, History of the United States Congress, and Vampires in Slavic Culture.
The visitors from FJWU also sat in on meetings and discussions with members of various groups. Global Studies Coordinator Mary Rader of the South Asia Collection met with the three guests to discuss the Global Studies program within the UT Libraries. UTeach-Liberal Arts, a secondary teacher-training organization, and Director Tina Melcher and Assistant Director Carlos Eric Bowles talked with the visitors about the program and observed classes. Dr. Anne Braseby and Dr. Karron Lewis of Learning Sciences also introduced the guest scholars to their educational methods and invited them to attend seminars led through Collaborative to Advance Faculty Effectiveness (CAFÉ). Additionally, the three visitors met with faculty members on campus with similar research interests.
The US Department of State and United States Embassy in Islamabad provided grants to establish linkages between Pakistani and American universities in 2012. This visit is a continuation of a Spring 2015 exchange in which Dr. Farida Saleem, Assistant Professor in Business Administration at FJWU, visited.
UTGI instructors Carolyne Creel and Laura Ewing will join the past program participants in Pakistan during December 2015. There, they will work together to deliver a pedagogy workshop for faculty from FJWU and other local universities.