International Enrichment Seminar

In collaboration with University College, the Office of International Programs offers the International Enrichment Seminar (UCOL 1200) class. The International Enrichment Seminar is a three-credit unit course designed to provide students new to UNC Charlotte with an overview of internationally-related resources and programs at the University and in the city, while exploring foundations of global perspectives and intercultural awareness.

Through various readings, guest lectures, writing assignments, on- and off-campus events, and intercultural activities, this seminar will begin to address issues of our world’s interconnectedness and provide students with the resources to further explore globally themed degree programs and education abroad opportunities. This seminar will complement a broad range of courses and is ideal for students in any major, although students invested in possibly pursuing internationally-related programs (e.g., languages, international business, global/area studies, etc.) might be most interested.

Students enrolled in the International Enrichment Seminar receive points toward the UNC Charlotte Global Certificate. Furthermore, registered students also receive priority review for assignment in the internationally focused residential communities: Global Gateways House and Witherspoon International Floor.

Faculty, staff and community members interested in being involved with the seminar should contact Dr. Joe Hoff at Student inquiries can also be addressed by Dr. Sanchez.

Sample Syllabi

Fall 2012 Sample Syllabus

Current and Past Instructors

The instructor team for the International Enrichment Seminar currently includes the following individuals. If available, you can click on the instructor’s name to view a copy of the instructor’s resume information.

Andrea Houghton

Ms. Andrea Houghton is the Program Assistant for Intercultural Outreach Programs in the Office of International Programs. Since joining UNC Charlotte in January 2013, she has coordinated five short term training programs for students from Australia, Japan, and Brazil. Most recently, Andrea facilitated a 3 week Intensive English Language certificate program for 19 Sophia University students from Tokyo, Japan. Andrea has past experiences in Outdoor Leadership where she led high adventure programing for university students both in the U.S. and abroad.

Andrea received her Ms. Ed. in Higher Education Administration / International Leadership from Old Dominion University and her B.S. in International Business from Elon University. Andrea has study abroad experience in Beijing, China and completed two internships abroad in Peru and Hong Kong.

Jeanne Malcolm

Ms. Jeanne Malcolm is a Lecturer at the English Language Training Institute at UNC Charlotte as well as an IELTS Examiner. Prior to working in an Intensive English Program, she earned a PreK-9 teaching license and has taught English as a Second Language in in New York and Massachusetts in elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, Jeanne has been an exchange student in both Sweden and Mexico and taught English as a Foreign Language in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jeanne received her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She has earned a M.Ed. in TESL from the University of Massachusetts and a M.S. in Technology in Education from Long Island University.  Jeanne is currently working towards a PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction at UNC Charlotte.

Rohany Nayan

Dr. Rohany Nayan is an adjunct faculty member at UNC Charlotte in the English Language Training Institute, College of Education, and International Programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a master’s degree in Language Education (TESL); and a bachelor’s degree in English Education (ESL) from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research focuses on minority and immigrant families and their children’s experiences in their adopted country and how the interwoven issues of culture, language and meaning-making act upon their identity and literacy development. She has been a teacher, school principal, university lecturer, and educational consultant. She was also an active fellow at the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She has received multiple scholarships and awards for her work with diverse communities. She received the Tashia Morgridge Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship and the Outstanding Woman of Color 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was invited to the White House to represent the University of Wisconsin-Madison’sparticipation in The President’s Interfaith and Community ServiceCampus Challenge 2011-2012.

Christina Sanchez

Dr. Christina Sanchez is the Associate Director for International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has worked as a full-time professional in Student/Academic Affairs for the past fourteen years. Currently, her work is focused campus-wide internationalization initiatives with an emphasis on educational outreach and assessment. She has taught various courses addressing cultural adjustment and intercultural communication and previously directed global living-learning communities.

Christina received her doctorate in Intercultural Communication at the University of New Mexico (2004); her master’s degree is in College Student Personnel Administration with an emphasis in Counseling from James Madison University (1996); and her bachelor’s of Psychology and English Literature from the College of William and Mary (1993).

Over the past few years, her work and personal interests have enabled her to travel to 28 different countries. She has lived and worked in Japan and Spain. In October 2007, Christina spent a month in Germany as a recipient of the U.S. Administrators in International Education Fulbright Program.

Stephanie Stewart

Ms. Stephanie Stewart has recently joined the Office of International Programs as a faculty member, teaching both English language classes with the English Language Training Institute and the International Enrichment Seminar.  She has worked in a variety of language and culture programs, ranging from educating newly-arrived refugee immigrants from diverse populations to teaching English for Academic Purposes to international graduate students, both domestically and abroad. Prior to her arrival at UNC Charlotte, Stephanie taught in Houston, Texas, most recently at the Language and Culture Center at the University of Houston. Though her previous teaching experience embraces topics as varied as gymnastics and Mandarin Chinese, her previous roles also include Academic Coordinator at a private language school, where she oversaw the Intensive English Program and served as an International Student Counselor to adult learners, and Resident Counselor at a group home for teenagers.

Stephanie received her M.A. in Modern Languages/TESOL from the University of London, Institute of Education, and her B.S. in Physical Education, with minors in Education, East Asian Studies, and Psychology, from Guilford College in Greensboro. Her formal overseas experience includes both studying and teaching in the cities of Beijing and London.