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Year of Europe – 2017 – 2018

Provost’s Grant for Faculty Engagement in Europe

Ramapo College of New Jersey launched a Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization beginning in Fall 2015. In addition to specific targets within the plan, each academic year will also have a specific region of focus  The 2017-2018 regional focus area for Ramapo College’s Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization is Europe. Travel grants were made available for full-time faculty for scholarship, teaching and learning, or service/civic engagement in and/or involving Europe.  A list of recipients appears below:

Yolanda del Amo – School of Contemporary Arts

Traveled to Berlin, Germany to continue working on Refuge, a series of large-format photographs, later to be presented as a monograph.

Vasiliki (Val) Flenga – Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies

Performed research and writing  in France on Jean Genet’s plays and manuscripts.

James Hoch – Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies

Accepted residencies in both Barcelona, Spain and Laugarvatn, Iceland to work on current writing projects.

Kristin Kenneavy – School of Social Science and Human Services

Participated in a research project in Berlin and Bamberg, Germany to learn more about German approaches to the prevention of violence against women.

Ben Neill – School of Contemporary Arts

Traveled to the Netherlands to complete a new version of a self-designed musical instrument.

Eva Ogens – School of Social Science and Human Services

Visited Poland to research how their schools compare to those in the United States.

Mihaela SerbanSchool of Social Science and Human Services

Attended and presented at a conference of the Society for Romanian Studies in Bucharest, Romania.

Hugh Sheehy – Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies

Participated as a panelist in a conference in Mainze, Gemany on “New Horizons: The American Short Story.”

Gladys Torres-Baumgarten – Anisfield School of Business

Attended a conference in Milan, Italy, as an invited panelist.  The panel was entitled: “Exploring ways in which multinational enterprises can contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals.”

Behzad Yaghmaian – School of Social Science and Human Services

Traveled to Greece to continue field research about the protection gap facing refugee children on the Greek Island of Lesbos.

Tammi Redd – Anisfield School of Business

Participated in the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society Conference in Kildare, Ireland.

Pinar Kayaalp – Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies

Travel to Dubai, UAE, to participate in an International Academic Forum on Education.


Year of Sub-Saharan Africa - 2016-2017


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