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Fellowship Project: The Internationalization of Sociology Curriculum

BY JOHN STOVER, COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO

 

 

Before his EPIC project, less than 10% of John Stover’s Introduction to Sociology curriculum was internationally focused. Now, more than 40% of his syllabus incorporates international themes and studies. 
 
Stover decided to internationalize his curriculum in order to motivate his students to become more engaged in their learning. He changed the topics and readings in his courses at the College of San Mateo to reflect a more transnational global approach, and added a semester-long research project focused on transnational social problems.
 
By the end of the semester, Stover said “It was clear to me—and to them—that they [his students] had expanded their intellectual horizons to include considerations of other nationalities, global identities, and international perspectives. The EPIC program really helped me bring my students into a globalized mindset, and I'm very grateful for the support.” 

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John has been an Adjunct Professor in San Mateo Community College District since 2012, and served as both an Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) since 2008. John received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago, where his research earned the university’s very first award for excellence in graduate student research and was published in a special edition of Nova Religio (2008). John's dissertation research highlights the artistic and political intersections of documentary filmmaking and social activism. Prior to his career in academia, John worked for nine years in a diverse array of positions in both the public and private sectors, including immigration advocacy, adolescent mental health services, and non-profit fundraising. John is also well versed in the sociologies of gender and sexuality; religion and new religious movements; social movement theory (especially as related to the LGBT movement); qualitative methodologies; and film and society. John received the 2015 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award at USF in recognition of his "superb instruction and engagement of students, and dedicated work within the Department of Sociology and the College." 


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