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CAORC Announces Awards for the 2024 Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in Cambodia

The Council for American Overseas Research Centers has announced the 2024 awards for faculty to participate in an Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in Cambodia. Fourteen faculty members from US community colleges and minority-serving institutions have been selected to participate in Between Political and Climate Change in Southeast Asia in May 2024. This seminar, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in Cambodia, the Center for Khmer Studies, and the member center in Myanmar, the Inya Institute, funds participation in a two-week seminar that will feature lectures, meetings with media professionals, civil society and environmental organizations, and site visits, this two-week overseas faculty development seminar held in Cambodia and presented by Overseas Research Centers in Cambodia and Myanmar  will offer participants a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and experience about the two countries. It will also leave time to explore Cambodia’s history, culture, and natural habitats with visits to ancient temples and the city of Angkor, the Tonle Sap Lake, museums and sites in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh, and more.

The Overseas Faculty Development Seminars are fully-funded overseas seminars that help faculty and administrators at US community colleges and minority-serving institutions gain international experience with the aim of developing and improving international courses, curricula, and teaching materials at their home institutions. Awarded participants for these seminars receive round-trip travel, accommodations, and meals for the duration of the two-week seminar. CAORC seminars are run in partnership with participating Overseas Research Centers (ORCs) and are generously supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Additional Overseas Faculty Development Seminars are planned for January 2025 in Bangladesh, India, and Senegal, and the Summer 2025 seminars will be announced in July 2024. Learn more by visiting the OFDS page at 

The 2024 awardees are:

Azzarina Basarudin, Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Jordan Cooper, Staff/Administrator, Nursing

St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

Joseph Donica, Professor, English

Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY

Andrew Gaber, Instructor, Instructor-General Studies at CMN/Division Chair-Social Sciences and Instructor-Political Science at Connors State

College of the Muscogee Nation/Connors State College, Okmulgee/Warner, OK

Tanya Greenfeld, Associate Professor, English (ESL)

Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD

Matthew Hacholski, Adjunct Instructor, History

Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA

Ji Yong Kim, Assistant Professor, Art and Design

Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ

Liberty Peterson, Assistant Professor, Social Science

Snow College, Ephraim, UT

Colleen Pilgrim, Professor, Psychology,

Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

Philip Ross, Instructor, English

Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE

Andre Stevenson, Professor, Health and Human Studies

Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC

Margaret Taylor, Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences

Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC

Jason Torreano, Instructor, Humanities

Bloomfield College of Montclair State University, Bloomfield, NJ

Paul Whitaker, Professor, Biology

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Wausau, WI


The Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in Cambodia is carried out in partnership with the Center for Khmer Studies and the Inya Institute and is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


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