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UKCI Faculty China Short-Term Teaching Program

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UK Confucius Institute is pleased to announce the UK Faculty China Short-Term Teaching Program.

In order to strengthen collaborative teaching and research between UK and the Chinese universities, the UK Confucius Institute works with Shanghai University to launch the UK Faculty China Short-term Teaching Program. Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to teach in the summer in Shanghai University. Twenty UK faculty will be selected to teach in this program. Specifics are listed below:

1. Eligibility: UK faculty in various disciplines

2. Chinese University to teach at: Shanghai University

3. Teaching Responsibility:

Length: Two weeks June 16 – 27, 2014

* First Week: June 16-20: Teaching 10 lecture periods  

* Second Week: June 23-27: UK Faculty are required to participate in at least one of the following:

a) participate UK Week at SHU;

b) give a presentation on research in the field; 

c) participate in the activities provided by the department;

d) work with a SHU faculty to develop collaborative research plan; 

e) participate in the 2nd International Education Forum

Teaching hours: 10 lectures (1 credit)

Time of the year: June 16 – 27, 2014

Subjects: General Education courses for freshman and second year students including the following areas:

(1) Literature and Arts: Cultivate the humanistic and artistic quality of students by reading classic literature and by appreciation of artistic work.

(2) History and Culture: Understand the origin of human civilization and development; Think about the human phenomena and civilization to cultivate analysis skill and global perspective.

(3) Philosophy and Wisdom: Foster independent and critical thinking, reasoning ability and appropriate values.

(4) Language and Communication: Study the communication skill, expand interpersonal relationship and improve the organization skill.

(5) Citizen and Society: Cultivate citizen awareness and qualities of leaders.

(6) Market economy and strategic management: Understand the relationship between economy, management, and people's lifestyle to adapt to the modern society.

(7) Globalization and social development: Analyze the economic and social phenomenon to understand the economic and financial policy and to adapt to the diversified society.

(8) Natural evolution and life care: Understand the natural evolution and biology evolution, explore the meaning of life and care for life.

(9) Technological progress and human development: Understand the motive of human development and have the spirit of exploration.

(10) Technological innovation and scientific method: Explore the development and influence of the natural science, life science and engineering science. Study the methods of knowledge organization, analysis and discovery of the world.

Language: All courses should be taught in English

4. Compensations: Shanghai University will cover the following:

• International Round-trip tickets (economy coach class, not exceeding $2000.00).

• Two-week (including weekends) accommodation in Shanghai University Guest House: Lehu Building:

• Stipend to cover food (1000.00RMB, EXCHANGE RATE IS ABOUT 6.15RMB TO 1 DOLLAR)

• UKCI will cover the visa application fees

5. Application Process:

1) Fill out the application form

Application Form

Recommendation Form

2) Submit application along with the following:

• Resume

• Course Syllabus

3) UKCI will work with Shanghai University to determine acceptance

4) UKCI will notify candidates by April 15, 2014

5) Please submit your application packet to Zengxiang Yang at

6) Application deadline: February 15, 2014.

6. Compensation Methods:

• International round trip airfare will be reimbursed after course is completed in the end of the first week. Faculty will be organized in the 2nd week to exchange the Chinese currency into US dollars in the Chinese bank.

• Food stipend will be paid upon arrival in Shanghai University

7. Visa and Passport:

• A valid passport is needed for this trip. The passport must be valid at least 6 month at the conclusion of the trip, which means, the passport must be valid until December 2014.

• UKCI will handle the visa application for successful candidates. A visa application fee of $225.00 will apply. UKCI will pay for the visa application fee.

For questions, please contact Huajing Maske at


2013 Participating UK Faculty


College of Arts & Sciences


Rita Basuray, Visiting Lecturer

Course Title: The Science Behind What We Eat

Students will research the political, social and economic influences of food, while the Instructor will focus on human physiology, in particular, how the human body ingests, digests and uses food. In addition, the class will focus on the science of food, from cultivation to consumption and beyond. Using team based learning (TBL) principles and in-class group activities, students will research many topics linked to food, present reports and interact heavily with peers and instructors.


KATHERINE ROGERS-CARPENTER, Lecturer, Department of English

Course Title:Literary Disguises: Hidden Characters and Mistaken Identities

From Oedipus to The Ballad of Mulan to The Talented Mr. Ripley, literature is filled with imposters, misplaced and misidentified characters. As these stories show, not knowing a character’s true identity can have serious and even tragic consequences.  In Literary Disguises, we will read a variety of texts (a short story, excerpts from a novel, and a poem) which include misidentified or disguised characters to gain a better understanding of how hidden identities shape stories.  We will consider how concealing or revealing knowledge heightens tension, drama, and conflict in literary texts, as well as how this process alters the relationships between characters.


Frieda Holland Gebert, Academic Administration

Course Title:Sustaining Living Cultures

Culture in this instance refers to the values, as well as the artistic and intellectual activities of a defined group of people. Each culture reflects the human experience in a unique way, but as cultures are touched by other cultures they are all changed in the process. The transformations of cultures become part of their history as well; they are evolving, changing cultures that should be nourished while still honoring the past. UNESCO identifies five areas of cultural practice: 1) oral traditions and language, 2) Performing arts, 3) social practices and rituals, 4) knowledge and understanding of nature, 5) traditional crafts. This course will explore how evolving cultures are nourishing these practices even as they transform in the 21st century.


Mark A. Gebert, Senior Lecturer,Department of Statistics

Course Title:Statistical Decision Making: One of the Four "Pillars" of Statistical Inferential Reasoning

Along with information literacy, describing data, and the statistically informed notion of estimation including a margin of error, we may regard “the four pillars” of statistical inferential reasoning to include statistical hypothesis, or significance, testing.  Students will spend their ten class hours in a class involving a mixture of lectures and hands-on activities that will allow them to discover the concepts encompassed within statistical decision making, (depending on time) including but not limited to the structure of a test of hypotheses; significance and power; sensitivity and specificity; and the Prosecutor’s Fallacy.


Philip Harling, Professor, Department of History

CourseTitle:The Opium Wars (1839-42, 1856-60) and British Imperialism

The course will examine the causes and consequences of these Anglo-Chinese wars, offering perspectives on the conflicts from both sides.  A major focus of this short course will be to probe the intellectual justifications for empire and imperial violence offered by Britons at a time when Britain was approaching the height of its global power.  The broadest course objective will be to provide students with a sense of the complexities and contradictions of the imperialist mindset at the outset of the Unequal Treaties era, thus placing one pivotal episode of Western imperialism within a rich historical context.


Pearl James, Assistant Professor, English Department

Course Title:Short History of American Film

A broad coverage of American film from the invention of the moving picture camera to the present day. Special attention paid to transformational moments in film, such as the switch to synchronized sound.


Julia M. Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of English

Course Title:Imaginative Writing: Poetry

In this course we will explore contemporary Chinese poetry in translation. We will discuss ideas about the function, form, and nature of language. In addition to readings and discussion, students will write a series of their own poems, in English or in Chinese to be later translated. Readings in English.


Kristen P. Mark, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion,

Course Title:Women’s Health

Students will engage in 5 class sessions. Each of the six objectives listed above will be the focus of at least one class session. Hours and content are as follows:

  • Introduction to Women’s Health
  • Top Health Problems for Women
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Violence Against Women
  • Women’s Reproductive Health
  • Nutrition & Body Image
  • Health Promotion for Women


Brian McNely, Assistant Professor

Course Title:Cross-Cultural Professional Communication: Genres and Practices

This course explores some of the key norms, practices, and genres of professional communication, and considers how those norms, practices, and genres vary across cultural and organizational contexts. Students will explore these differences through: (1) a focus on professional rhetorical practice and how it generally differs from academic practice; (2) an introduction to rhetorical genres as typified responses to recurring organizational problems and needs; and (3) the confluence of (1) and (2) through applied student inquiry using some of the key genres of professional communication. Students will learn: fundamentals of North American professional communication and how such rhetorical practices differ from their own; more importantly, they will learn about and practice key genres of professional communication—from the etiquette of organizational email to the development of complex field reports.


Janet P. Stamatel, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Course Title:Social Problems in a Global World

It will teach students (1) how to examine these problems from a sociological lens, which emphasizes the importance of social structure and social institutions on human behavior; (2) how to interpret evidence documenting these problems; and (3) how to evaluate potential solutions to these problems. Over the course of 10 class hours, the following topics will be covered: Globalization and social development through a sociological lens, including the positive benefits of globalization,Global inequality and poverty,Racial, gender, and class diversity and inequality, War, civil strife, and crime,Global cities and the environment


Ernest J. Yanarella, Professor, Chair, Department of Political Science

Course Name:Bridging Modernity, Globalization, and Sustainable Development in China and the West

This ten-hour/1-credit course will offer interdisciplinary social science perspectives on the rise of modernity, economic development, and globalization from the Western sources, including Calvinism, the Enlightenment, and capitalism.  It will then explore the complex issues facing China as it seeks to make itself modern, pursue sustainable economic development, and shape globalization processes by drawing upon indigenous economic, political, and cultural traditions that will establish its own pathway as an emerging twenty-first century superpower in an era of diminishing natural resources, promising technological developments, and enormous domestic urban-rural and global environmental challenges.

Key themes addressed based upon selected case studies from the West and East will include: learning and unlearning the lessons the Western project of modernity and economic development model; exploring population strategies for reconciling Chinese urbanization imperatives and rural sustainability needs; and moderating the impact of globalization upon China’s effort to carve out and steer an alternative route to modernization and development.


College of Business and Economics


Derrick Jenniges, Instructor, Department of Economics

Course Title:Macroeconomics and Globalization

Gross domestic product, inflation, unemployment, international trade, balance of payments, globalization, public policy


Jeremy Sandford, Assistant professor, Department of economics

Course Title:Introduction to Economics

Why is something as crucial as water so cheap that it is given away, while diamonds, which have few practical uses, are expensive? Why do virtually all countries trade extensively with each other, often exchanging different types of the same good? Why do governments view some types of regulation as essential to a strong economy, while viewing others as unnecessary impediments to growth. In this course, we will examine the basic principles of microeconomics and their applications: supply and demand, operation of markets, consumer and firm behavior, market structure, and international trade.


College of Communication and Information


Thomas Weston Adams III, Instructor, Department of Communication

Course Name:Communication & Composition in Context

Communication is an audience-based phenomenon. At the heart of such an understanding of communication lies an understanding of context. A working understanding of the rhetorical situation (communicator/audience/occasion), so named by Lloyd Bitzer, will enhance a student's university experience by enabling him/her to recognize the constraints of any given situation. In this class we'll explore different occasions for communication and attempt to create effective responses to a variety of constraints. By the end of this short course in Communication & Composition in Context students will be better equipped and better prepared to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.


Troy b. Cooper, Lecturer, Department of Communication and Information Studies

Course Title:Visual Communication

•   Introduction to Visual Communication
•   Visual Communication in Everyday Life
•   Visual Rhetoric
•   The Role of the Visual in Persuasion
•   Visual Communication Throughout History
•   Technology's Role in Visual Communication


Emina Herovic, Instructor, Department of Communication and Information Studies

Course Title:Communication & Composition

Rhetoric, group, and visual communication


Kevin Real, Professor, Department of Communication

Course Title:Organizational Communication: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in a Rapidly Changing World

This course will

1) Introduce students to basic concepts in the study of organizational communication;

2) Examine approaches to the practice and study of communication within organizational settings, including classical, human relations, human resources, systems, cultural, and critical approaches;

 3) Explore cross-cultural issues related to organizational and societal change, including job security, education, opportunity, retirement, environmental pollution, organizational diversity, communication technologies, and more.


Ryan Buck, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Telecommunications

Director, Citizen Kentucky Project of the Scripps Howard First, Amendment Center, University of Kentucky

Course Title: Storytelling: Exploring China’s Art and Culture

Students will receive step-by-step lessons in research , story package planning and storytelling skills, including writing, editing, photography and design, to help them produce their final projects. Students will work with the professor to identify an interesting topic and to determine the best shape of the final project, which may be a newspaper article suitable for a Travel section, or a PowerPoint presentation for classroom use by an American schoolteacher, or some other display for public education. Students will meet for a one-hour lecture, followed by a one-hour lab, three times a week. Students also will meet individually with the professor for coaching and editing at a time to be arranged that’s convenient for both parties.


Yu Ning, Assistant Professor , School of Library and Information Science

Course Title: Search Patterns: Design for Discovery

Search engines have dramatically changed and continue to change the way people look for information, make daily decisions and understand the world. This course explores diverse topics of modern information retrieval (IR), from search relevance to personalized search, with an emphasis on design patterns and user experience. Students will understand overall system architectures for selected IR applications, learn basic search behavior and human-computer interaction principles, and be familiar with emerging search technology.

Upon the completion of this course, students are expected to be able to

  • Describe the key concepts in information retrieval and search design;
  • Analyze and compare search systems in order to select the best systems for particular tasks.
  • Explore new technologies and applications for various search interface;
  • Enhance own search skills and experience by understanding retrieval theories and search strategies


College of Design


Leonard Wujcik, Professor, Dept. of Architecture

Course Title:Elements of 3D Design

This Course is organized to introduce the study and implementation of three dimensional design in an easy to understand way so as to enlighten and inform those unfamiliar with the discipline of design. The course will be presented through lectures associated with power point presentation and “hands on” design exercises intended to give students both an understanding and an opportunity to participate in the design process.


College of Education


Anne Wehrley Bjork, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art Education

Couse Title: Studio Art-Drawing

Teaching will consist of 5 consecutive days of 2 hour sessions of instructional drawing by students. Students will take turns modeling in 10 minute clothed poses.

Each session will end with a Critique and discussions of each student’s work.

Materials: 18” x 24” Newsprint Drawing Pads, Kneading Erasers, 6B Drawing Pencils.


Lars G. Bjork, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership Studies

Course Title:Introduction to Leadership in Organizations

This introductory organizational leadership course emphasizes understanding the characteristics, responsibilities and contextual (cultural) determinants of effective

leadership. The content of the course is relevant to students who want to learn more about organizations, management and leadership in several fields of study. It will briefly review the development of Western management thinking and discuss the differences between good management and leadership and how concepts may be applied to leading corporations, schools, community/technical colleges and universities. Organizational and leadership perspectives will be examined using two frames or perspectives: Structural (bureaucratic) and Human Resource. 


Joaquín Fenollar, Lecturer, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Course Title:Stress Management

This course focuses on gaining an understanding of the different sources of stress in our changing and technological society. Students are among those who experience high levels of distress. In this course students will be able to learn, understand, and apply different reactive and proactive strategies to manage stress. Furthermore, students will gain a basic and valuable knowledge on the physiology, psychology, sociology of stress.


Laurie Henry, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction,

Course Title:Language and Communication for Success in a Global Society

The content of this course will be grounded in the 4 C’s (communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity) for college and career success in a global society. Students will learn to communicate their ideas effectively to a variety of audiences using a range of formats (e.g. written, oral, visual, and digital). Students will engage in independent and collaborative activities in order to practice and evaluate interpersonal and team dynamics in action. The six elements of the English Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and visually representing) will be woven throughout course content.


JAYSON W. RICHARDSON, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership Studies

Course Title:Technology and Teacher Leadership

Students will engage in 5 class sessions. Each of the five objectives listed above will be the focus of a two-hour class session. Sessions and content are as follows:

Focus of Session 1:

•   Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness
•   Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources
•   Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
•   Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments

Focus of Session 2:

•   Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
•   Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress
•   Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources

•   Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

Focus of Session 3:

•   Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations

•   Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation

•   Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats

•   Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning

Focus of Session 4:

•   Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources

•   Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources

•   Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information

•   Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools

Focus of Session 5:

•   Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning

•   Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others

•   Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning

Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community


College of Engineering


Yang-Tse Cheng, Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Course Title: Electrochemical Energy Storage

This course will cover thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, mechanics of materials, and electrochemical energy storage with emphasis on lithium ion batteries.

Yuan Liao, Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Course Title: Technological innovation and scientific method

This course will explore the development of natural science and engineering science, and their influence on human society. The methods of knowledge organization, analysis and discovery of the world will be studied. Students will be exposed to frontier topics such as smart grid, renewable energy, regulatory policies and economic factors.

College of Fine Arts



Deborah Borrowdale-Cox, Director of Education, Art Museum at the University of Kentucky

Course Title: Voices and Visions from Our Past

This course explores the relationship between literary works, music and major works of art from diverse times and cultures.  Students will observe and describe works and visual, literary and musical art, and respond to them using cultural and historical context as a guide.  From this model, we will expand and explore more contemporary images, music and written literature.  Students will gain an understanding of significant works of art, will practice accessing fact and opinion in responding to them and will develop oral and analytic skills.


Andrew L. Maske, Associate Professor, Department of Art History

Course Title:The Beauty of Use: Understanding and Appreciating the Functional Arts

Under the influence of Europe, The term Art has been applied primarily to items made for visual appreciation. In many other parts of the world, including Asia, however, a much wider array of objects has been including in the pantheon of works considered worthy of high aesthetic appreciation. This course will explore a variety of cultural contexts in which functional items have been embraced as essentially works of art.