BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Maria Anastasiou and Dr. Beverly Moser received $189,969 in funding from the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to host a diverse group of 21 Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Fellows at Appalachian in fall 2017. The grant was administered through the United States Agency for International Development’s International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).
Anastasiou is executive director of Appalachian State University’s Office of International Education and Development, and Moser is associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as director of the department’s Master of Arts in romance languages.
According to Anastasiou, the TEA Fellows completed four weeks of interactive workshops with Appalachian faculty in student-centered learning, instructional technology, teacher-leadership and teaching methodology specific to English or Science.
She said TEA Fellows also completed a two-week teaching experience with a partner teacher in a North Carolina secondary school.
The 2017 TEAs came from 18 countries: Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Lithuania, Moldova, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Armenia, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Thailand and Ukraine.
About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society. Learn more at https://international.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers courses that enhance students’ understanding of other cultures and languages as well as their own, making them prepared for lifelong learning in a multicultural world. Learn more at https://dllc.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.