Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Paul and Vivian McCorkle - longtime benefactors of the university, - the McCorkle Fellowship Program began in 2006 as a way to enhance the university’s focus on globalism. The purpose of this program is to support selected faculty members in their efforts to develop scholarly and cultural knowledge as they add international dimensions and perspectives to the curriculum.
Each year, a different region of the world is selected and faculty members compete to participate in a trip that will enable them to learn about the destination and bring that knowledge back to the classroom. Faculty participants plan for the trip with readings and pre-travel seminars as they develop the itinerary. Upon their return, faculty members are expected to share their new international perspectives and learning in the classroom and throughout the university.
Locations selected for McCorkle Fellows have included:
Five Buena Vista University faculty members recently visited Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, as part of the McCorkle Fellowship program. During the 12-day trip, they visited various destinations and landmarks across the island's 63 square miles. Read more...