Czech Republic and Slovakia
|In 199899, CEPs oldest program
supported three Visiting Faculty Fellows each in the Czech
Republic and Slovakia, four Local Faculty Fellows in the Czech
Republic and one Local Faculty Fellow in Slovakia, where they
taught more than 1000 students. These CEP Fellows also
carried out projects for their universities, including
assisting with proposal writing, exchanges,
collaborations, translations, book donations, and help
for students preparing for conferences and study abroad.
CEPs presence has had a profound and lasting impact on the Department of Political Science and European Studies at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Visiting Lecturer Kevin Capuder and Local Faculty Fellow alumnus Dan Marek have developed several exchange initiatives with universities abroad. They began a Central European Studies Program with Michigan State University, which includes reciprocal student visits. They also devised exchanges with the University of the Hague and the University of Miami in Ohio and developed programs with Valdosta State University in Georgia, the University of Leuven in Belgium, and the Regional European Union training center. They were awarded a Jean Monnet grant for research and teaching in European Union issues.
The efforts of the CEP lecturers have been extraordinary, and the results always beneficial to us.
Since 1995, CEP Fellows in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have made important contributions to the Novicius program, an effort with the Jan Hus Education Foundation to assist junior faculty and advanced graduate students in academic careers.
The worthwhile example, set by a CEP lecturer, of encouraging students critical thinking, argument development and analysis of facts is being continued. The seeds of Novicius sowed in Presov are beginning to sprout. I have learned not only how to satisfy students curiosity....but also how to spur it.
Visiting Lecturers were also active with projects in their particular fields of interest. At Comenius University in Bratislava, the students in Visiting Faculty Fellow David Reichardts classes participated in a series of Model United Nations (MUN) simulations. Each student represented an individual state and addressed various sides of global and regional issues. Andrew Lebman coached a team of law students from West Bohemia University at the Jessup International Law Moot Court. The team took second place and Lebman was honored as best coach. Norbert Hohl, Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra, organized an Honors Seminar for students of the Faculty of Management and Economics in which Problem Based Learning Pathway (PBL) was the focus. PBL emphasizes a cooperative context for learning, developing skills in working with a group, and encouraging self directed study.