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CAORC announces awards for the 2024 Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in India

The 2023 OFDS cohort in Delhi

The Council for American Overseas Research Centers has announced the 2024 awards for faculty to participate in an Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in India. Twelve faculty members from US community colleges and minority-serving institutions have been selected to participate in Exploring Urban Sustainability through India's Cities in December 2023 through January 2024. This seminar, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in India, the American Institute of Indian Studies, funds participation in a two-week seminar that will include visits to the Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Lucknow to understand the varying economic, cultural, social, and environmental pressures confronting emerging cities as more and more Indians migrate to urban areas in search of work and opportunity.

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 the summer of 2024 in Mongolia, Cambodia, and Mexico. Learn more by visiting the OFDS page at

The 2024 awardees are:

Judith Anderson, Associate Professor, Ethnic and Race Studies

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY


Dino Bozonelos, Professor, Political Science

Victor Valley Community College, Victorville, CA


Leila Chacko, Director of Public Affairs, The India Center

University of Central Florida, Orlando FL


Helene Ducros, Faculty, History/Geography

Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA


Jessica Heppard, Biology Instructor, Natural and Physical Sciences

Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX


Zachary Kovach, Professor, Physical Sciences

Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ


Luz Martin del Campo, Doctoral Lecturer of Anthropology, Department of Behavioral Sciences Kingsborough Community College-CUNY, Brooklyn, NY


Moriah McGrath, Teaching Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Planning

Portland State University, Portland, OR


Bryan Shuler, Assistant Professor, Humanities

Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL


Patricia Szobonya, Program Director, Legal Studies

Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY


Anne-Marie Turnage, Instructor & Service- Learning Faculty Associate, History & Philosophy Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA


Lisa Widdison, Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX


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