Welcome to the Broncos Abroad blog page, where you can follow the adventures of Boise State faculty and staff members who will participate in education abroad programs this summer thanks to grants from the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).
Faculty International Development Award (FIDA) recipients participate in summer 2018 language programs as students and upon their return assist with the promotion of education abroad across campus. FIDA award recipients give brown bag presentations about their experiences during International Education Week every fall. They also attend the annual study abroad fair (held in September) and meet with interested students about their experiences. Click on a name at left to follow a specific blogger.
Meet our Summer 2018 FIDA bloggers:
Session I FIDAs
Steph Cox has taught for the BSU English department since 1994. She teaches first-year writing, creative nonfiction, and foundational studies. Steph hopes this summer course in Lyon will invigorate her own writing practice, and she is grateful to the BSU Global Learning Opportunities for their generosity in supporting her adventure.
Meghan Holton is currently a Senior Enrollment Counselor in the Admissions office. She oversees the Bronco Ambassador program (volunteer student tour guides) and coordinates group campus visits. Meghan also oversees the customer service team in Admissions and recruits future Broncos from Colorado, Wyoming, and the Treasure Valley. Prior to beginning her role in Admissions in July 2017, she served as a Program Coordinator for Orientation and First Year Outreach in the New Student Programs office for about 3 years. Meghan relocated to Boise from Virginia after completing her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration at the College of William & Mary and her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development at Virginia Tech.
Session II FIDAs
Ryan Brevik received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Western Washington University and a Master of Business Administration from Boise State University. Ryan has taught laboratory courses in general chemistry, health sciences chemistry, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry for the past five years at Boise State University. Ryan works at TRIO Rising Scholars as the STEM Educational Specialist. In this role, he serves as an advisor and advocate for 180 first generation and limited income Boise State students. Ryan is excited to expose TRIO and STEM students to global opportunities and encourage them to study abroad while they pursue their educational goals. In San Sebastian, Ryan is looking forward to pintxos, surfing, and immersing himself in the Basque culture.
Monica Hubbard is an Assistant Professor in Boise State University’s School of Public Service. Dr. Hubbard comes to Boise State University from Oregon State University where she completed her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. At Boise State University Dr. Hubbard teaches courses on Environmental Politics, Water Policy and Governance, Public Policy Processes, Policy Analysis, and the Public Policy and Administration’s Capstone. Dr. Hubbard’s research interests and foci are in the fields of environmental policy; natural resource management; land use transition; and emerging water contaminants. Her M.S. research examined the fate, transport and policy implications of emerging contaminants, specifically pharmaceutical drugs. The doctoral research assessed Oregonians’ level of knowledge and risk perception concerning Oregon’s water resources. Prior to graduate school Dr. Hubbard was an energy and environmental policy analyst focusing on corporate environmental accounting, compliance, and greenhouse gas accounting. Dr. Hubbard holds a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science in Water Resources, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science.
Meet our Summer 2017 FIDA bloggers:
Summer session I
Cheryl Oestreicher, San Sebastian, Spain
Dr. Cheryl Oestreicher has an M.L.I.S. from Dominican University (College of St. Catherine) and Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature from Drew University. Her dissertation is titled “The Quest for Happiness: An Analysis of Joshua Loth Liebman’s Peace of Mind.” She came to Albertsons Library at Boise State University in 2012 as the Head of Special Collections and Archives/Assistant Professor. Before coming to Boise State, she was a project archivist at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, Georgia. There she managed the arrangement and description of the Andrew J. Young Papers, the Jean Childs Young Papers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Atlanta Branch Records, and the Center for Democratic Renewal Records.
Summer session II
Tom Hillard, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Dr. Tom J. Hillard is an Associate Professor of English at Boise State University, where he teaches courses on early American literature, environmental literary studies, Western American literature, and the literary Gothic. Dr. Hillard joined the English Department in 2007, after earning his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Literature and the Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a B.A. in English from Boise State University. His current research and scholarship focuses on the intersections between fear, writing about nature, and the literary Gothic in 19th-century American literature and culture. He is co-editor of the book Before the West Was West: Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).
Holly Mikesell works in the Office of the Provost as Project Coordinator for Academic Planning. In her role as Project Coordinator, Holly works with departments on the proposals of new programs and on the development of department strategic plans. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, Holly is working with the Center for Global Education to offer a Peace Corps Prep program to Boise State students. Through this new program, Holly is excited to expose Boise State students to global opportunities while on campus and encourage them to pursue careers and experiences overseas after graduation. As a student, Holly studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary, and in conjunction with her Master’s degree served in the Peace Corps in Corozal Town, Belize.