On the eve of departure for GPP’17: 12 + 4

Once again I’m on the eve of departure for another VT Graduate School’s Global Perspectives Program (GPP) experience.  This year marks the 12th year of the Future Professoriate: Switzerland (GPP’17) program. It is hard to believe that 12 years have … Continue reading

Eve of departure: GPP’16 Year 11

Once again, I find myself on the “eve of departure” for the Preparing the Future Professoriate: Switzerland program also known as Global Perspectives Program (GPP).   This year marks the 11th trip to Switzerland with brief side trips to Italy … Continue reading

Eve of departure – Year 10

The “eve of departure” for the 2015 Global Perspectives Program is rapidly approaching.  And as I contemplate another departure, I’m struck by the fact that this is the 10th year of the program.   For me, each year brings a similar … Continue reading

On the eve of departure

On May 8th, the last of our monthly meetings of the 2012 VT Future Professoriate: Global Perspectives program was held prior to our individual departures to Switzerland.  Although our departure dates vary, the official start of our collective experience begins … Continue reading

Commencement – A beginning not an ending

As is the common practice at this time of year, universities celebrate the ending of the academic year and the graduation of undergraduate and graduate students through University and Graduate Commencement ceremonies.  At the Virginia Tech Graduate Commencement ceremonies on … Continue reading

Awakening in Riva San Vitale

My morning walk between the Villa Moderni and my apartment revealed the morning rituals of a small town in Ticino region of Switzerland – Riva San Vitale.  Although it is likely that these customs and morning activities are common in … Continue reading

Tour de Academe – Individual pathways to a shared journey

While driving to the Roanoke airport this morning to catch my flight to Dulles and then Paris, I knew that our Tour de Academe had finally begun.  But in reality, the journey actually began some months ago as the Global … Continue reading