2005 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad

Kalamazoo College

People, the Environment, and Development: Landscape-Based Studies of Southeast Asian Ecosystems and Cultures

Nomination submitted by: Joseph L. Brockington, Associate Provost for International Programs

Program Overview
Kalamazoo College (KC) offers an innovative model for "landscape-based" education through its International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI). The product of collaboration between the Center for International Programs at KC and the Foundation for Experiential Education (a registered foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand), this ISDSI program provides students with hands-on field experience in the communities of the landscapes they study, through courses designed and taught in collaboration with local community members and non-governmental organizations. Thai language training supports cultural integration and collaboration with local counterparts. Those who can develop small, specialized programs should consider this "landscape-based" model to provide students with opportunities for equally deep cultural immersion, and interaction with local community members.

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

Selection Panel Members 2005

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Geoffrey Bannister
President, The Forum on Education Abroad

Esther Barazzone
President, Chatham College

Stephen Dunnett
Vice Provost for International Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

Ulrich Grothus
Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) New York

Catharine Stimpson
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University