Monday, May 24, 2010
Dr. Omari L. Dyson, assistant professor of Education at SC State, will serve as a faculty fellow with the United Negro College Fund Special Program’s (UNCFSP) Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) this summer (2010).
Established in 1984, the UNCFSP’s Fellows Program is a rigorous three-week training that focuses attention on preparing undergraduate students for the fundamental components of international & domestic policy, foreign affairs and cultural competence. In addition, the Program provides opportunities for participants to strengthen their quantitative and analytical skills while receiving training in a foreign language. This year, 25 undergraduate students will participate in IIPP, and for the first time, five faculty members from minority serving institutions will join the cohort. Faculty Fellows will participate in joint sessions with IIPP Fellows. In separate, specialized sessions, they will discuss curriculum development and implementation with instructors, additional experts, and other guests.
Additionally, faculty will gain expertise on how to enhance or create curricula on ‘less commonly taught languages, area studies, international relations, and other internationally-relevant subjects. After their experience, it is expected that faculty members will be equipped with the necessary skills to develop programs and curriculum at their home institutions that support internationalization.
“We are very excited about Dr. Dyson’s selection to participate in the first cohort of the IIPP Faculty Fellows Program; his participation will assist our campus to accelerate its efforts toward internationalization,” said Dr. Leonard McIntyre, special assistant to the President for International Affairs. “We are very proud of his appointment and look forward to benefiting from the skills and knowledge that he will gain through this experience,” McIntyre continued.
Dyson is a native of the Bronx, NY. He attended the University of South Carolina (USC)-Columbia, and majored in psychology and minored in early childhood education. He received his doctoral degree in
curriculum and instruction department with an emphasis in curriculum studies.
“I am deeply honored to be selected as a UNCFSP Faculty Fellow; and I am confident that my experience will serve beneficial in my growth process, and provide me with indispensable skills to assist SC State in its quest to becoming a world-class institution,” Dyson said. “Overall, my goals are to assist in the internationalization of our programs and curriculum, develop our study abroad program, fuse ties with institutions domestically and internationally, and construct a program that will enhance relationships with domestic youth and those abroad,” he continued.