Globalizing the University: CLAS Announces Winners of International Educator of the Year Award

Globalizing the University: CLAS Announces Winners of International Educator of the Year Award

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named the following faculty International Educators of the Year for their outstanding contributions toward globalizing the university. Each will receive $1,000 and be honored during a special ceremony.

Brian Child

Department of Geography

Brian Child joined the faculty at UF as a joint hire between African Studies and the Department of Geography in 2004 after a distinguished career working in the field in various locations in South Africa on projects involving community participation in the management of wildlife parks and preserves.  His work is well-known and respected by both governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  In addition to his strong academic background (Rhodes Scholar, D.Phil., Oxford University), he brings a wealth of “on the ground” experience to graduate and undergraduate students at UF.  Last summer, Child coordinated a program supported by NSF, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Danish universities that took students to the field in Namibia and Botswana where they were paired with African professionals to work on research projects that will be published.  His active involvement in international service activities also provides unparalleled opportunities to his students. On campus Child has been instrumental in forging interdisciplinary links in the area of environmental issues in Africa with Tropical Conservation and Development, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Land Use Environmental Change Institute, as well as the IGERT grant run by the Wetlands Center.  CLAS recognizes Child for his outstanding international endeavors, as well as his ability to influence decisions at the national and international scale.

Franz Futterknecht

Department Germanic and Slavic Studies

Franz Futterknecht of was born and raised in Germany, studied German and Romance languages and received his Ph.D. at the University of Mannheim. His teaching and research have concentrated on German literature and literary theory from the Enlightenment to the 20th century. He co-founded UF’s study abroad program in Mannheim, and his continuing involvement with this program since the early 1990s has enriched the international education of dozens of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has also pioneered the development and use of new technologies, specifically the World Wide Web and digital communications media, for the teaching of German language and culture. He has been the principle force behind the creation of a new beginning/intermediate German language and culture sequence in which all course resources have been developed in and are located on the World Wide Web. In addition, he has created advanced courses in German literature and culture that combine online resources with classroom instruction. These innovative course structures are increasingly popular with students, have since been taught by different faculty and graduate teaching assistants, and are making a significant impact on the development of digital technologies for the teaching of foreign language and culture in general. He is now the principle investigator of a team that was recently awarded a $625,000 grant to create a “Model Immersive Cultural Learning Environment for Chinese (Mandarin),” in order to expand the framework he has developed to other languages and cultures. CLAS recognizes Futterknecht’s comprehensive contributions to international education, including his sustained commitment to study abroad and his innovative work with digital technologies.

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Gilmore D. Clarke

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