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Year of Europe – 2017 – 2018

Provost’s Grant for Faculty Engagement in Europe

The 2017-2018 regional focus area for Ramapo College’s Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization is Europe.  Travel grants are available for full-time faculty for scholarship, teaching and learning, or service/civic engagement in and/or involving Europe.  The following criteria and procedures will be applied in distributing these funds:

  1. Up to 10 grants will be awarded;
  2. Funding will be limited up to $2,500 per grant;
  3. Proposals may involve scholarship, teaching and learning, or service/civic engagement in and/or involving Europe;
  4. All travel must be completed by 30 June 2018;
  5. Proposals must be signed off on by the Director of International Education (Ben Levy) before submission and will be vetted by the dean, recommended by Deans’ Council, and funded by the Provost;
  6. Complete proposals must be submitted to the dean by noon on 29 September 2017.  Late submissions will not be reviewed;
  7. Proposals must be submitted to the dean with a completed Travel Request form and with the program agenda, a narrative on impact of activities, or a full research proposal attached. Please note to the dean that you are requesting Europe travel funding.  Applications without completed Travel Request forms will not be reviewed;
  8. An end of the year reception will be held on April 3, 2018 for grant awardees at which time awardees will report out on their funded work related to Europe. Awardees should plan to attend.

Year of Sub-Saharan Africa – 2016-2017

The college launched the Year of Sub-Saharan Africa with a celebration in September 2016.  Grants were made available to support 14 Faculty initiatives during AY16-17. Starting in January through August 2017, Ramapo professors visited the Sub Saharan Africa region to collaborate with other educators and gain knowledge of this unique culture.

The following is a list of the recipients and a brief explanation of their travel experience.


Michael Bitz – Tilahun Sineshaw – (Education)

Addis Adaba University, Ethiopia

Spent  a week in Ethiopia at the invitation of colleagues at the school of education to give workshops, attend lectures, collaborate on course development and participate in community events, to help launch  a transnational  literacy symposium focused on youth literacy,  and creativity.

Elaine Patterson and Kathy Burke – (Nursing)

West Africa

Evaluated  ongoing public health programs in Ghana; students worked with members of the University of Sierra Leone School of Nursing in West Africa.

Gladys Torres Baumgarten- (International Business)

Johannesburg, South Africa

Participated and presented at the International Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance.  Her paper was co-authored with Professor Thierry Rakotobe-Joel.

Eric Weiner – (Environmental Science)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Taught a four-day (20 contact hours) workshop on field research design for 18 graduate students and   gave a public lecture about research on forest succession and restoration ecology in the Amazon basin of South America.

John Peffer – (Art History)

Ghana in August 2017

Plans to participate in the Arts Council of the African Studies Association Triennial Conference at the University of Ghana at Legon in Accra, where he will connect with colleagues from several continents who come to share the leading edge of current research and art.

Lisa Lutter – and Ramapo Chorale – (Music Program)

Accra, Cape Coast and Kumasi, Ghana.

In collaboration with Ramapo College Sister institution, KNUST –  directed concerts in Accra,Cape Coast and Kumasi Ghana.  She traveled with students throughout the cultural tour.  KNUST invited Ramapo Chorale to rehearse and perform with their 200 choir members.

Shalom Gorewitz – (Video Art/New Media)

Ghana, Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi.

Traveled with Lisa Lutter and the Ramapo Chorale  documenting performances and giving teaching workshops.

Ira Spar – (History)

Ghana – August 2017

Will attend the Triennial Symposium on African Art to learn more about African Art and Submission of paper proposal on Comparitive Ancestor Worship in the Near East and Africa.

Rosina D’Angelo – (Italian)

Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah University/Kumasi)

Met  with language and literature faculty at the University and gave two  workshops.

Karl Johnson – (African American Studies)

Liberia in August 2017

Will visit Liberia in August to build upon the success of Ramapo’s Liberian Studies Association Conference which was held in March 2017.

Emer McGuire-Pool – (Biology)


To establish a vibrant exchange of ideas  between members of the KNUST and Ramapo College science faculties, particularly in the areas of Anatomy & Physiology.


Huiping Li(International Business)

South Africa

Met with faculty from the University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria to learn about investment in South Africa by Chinese companies.


Photos from some of the faculty participants

Videos from Ramapo Chorale