Saratov Russia, Saratov State University March 13-24, 2004 Dan Masters, Associate Professor, Marshall University
Discussion: During the trip to Saratov State University in March 2004, I met with faculty and Administrators of the University to provide equipment and review plans for an International Studies course co-taught between faculty at East Carolina University and Saratov State University focusing on globalization and American-Russian perceptions and responses to globalization.
During Summer Session I, 2004, ECU and SSU ran the first experimental INTL 1000 (Introduction to International Studies) Course through the Global Classroom where students and instructors from both Universities met daily for lectures and discussions.
The experiment laid the ground work for an ongoing collaboration between ECU and SSU combined with universities from other nations.
Another trip goal was to develop materials for a course on Russian Politics. I met with faculty in the Political Science department to discuss organization of topics for such a course. I am currently in the process of developing this course as part of my repertoire of courses and I have plans awaiting approval to teach the course in Fall 2005.
Another goal of the trip was to forge an student exchange agreement between ECU and SSU. This duty was left to another member of the team I traveled with. However, I was present when the documents were signed and so the agreement should be in force at this time and students from both institutions should be able to take advantage of the agreement.
Further discussions were held with regard to possible collaboration on research projects. I am unaware of any progress towards this goal. Also we engaged in talks of other areas of potential research collaboration involving the two Universities. I am not privy to the outcomes of these discussions as they involved areas beyond my expertise.
Evaluation: Based upon the goals I set for myself and Saratov State University, I would say all goals were successfully met and have grown into positive and potentially long-term teaching exchange projects.