think: international CWRU Newsletter, March 13, 2015

  • Meet the New Chair of DMLL
  • Students Abroad Over Spring Break


News and Announcements 

Global Talk Series 2015

Follow-up Workshop to FBI Talk on International Travel: March 24th, 2015

2016-17 Core Fulbright Scholar Program Competition is open, offering teaching, research or a combination of teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators.

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to accommodate better the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the Fulbright program includes several innovations to the 2016-2017 program, including: Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Salary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.


Funding Opportunities


The Department of Education has announced a new award competition for Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships.  Application deadline: April 28, 2015.



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The Center for International Affairs provides leadership, expertise, and support to the Case Western Reserve University community, cultivating a dynamic international presence and inspiring a culture of global understanding and responsibility.


Department of Modern Languages and Literatures: Meet the New Chair

The Center for International Affairs welcomes Yasuhiro Shirai, the new chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, to Case Western Reserve and is happy to introduce him to the campus community.

Shirai comes to CWRU after a thoroughly international journey both academically and professionally. Born and raised in Japan, Shirai discovered an interest and love for the English language when he was around 8 years old. From that appreciation, he pursued a major in English as an undergraduate in Japan and from there traveled to California where he completed his doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics. Before joining CWRU, he held professorial positions at Daito Bunka University in Tokyo, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Pittsburgh.

With his academic focus of Second Language Acquisition, an interdisciplinary field within Applied Linguistics, Shirai hopes that his joining the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures brings modern languages—and the learning thereof—to the university community in a new and interesting way.  In addition to his administrative departmental duties, Shirai will be teaching an integrated graduate and undergraduate class in the topic of Second Language Acquisition, bringing a new dynamic to the courses offered by the department.


CWRU Students Learn, Travel and Volunteer Over Spring Break

This year, more than 150 CWRU students are currently overseas for spring break (March 9-13), traveling with one of 14 different programs in 10 different countries. CWRU students are exploring the Netherlands, France, Greece, Poland, Jordan, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Morocco, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic. Some groups are participating in credit-bearing courses, while others are contributing to service-learning opportunities organized by CWRU staff and students.
The Office of Education Abroad can help faculty who are planning short-term study abroad programs. Visit the Education Abroad website for information about study abroad programs and for faculty resources.






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