Salem State University is partnering with KUL (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) in Lublin, Poland to provide opportunities for faculty and student exchanges. This EU-funded program is part of a larger EU program designed to encourage development and networking activities in education. 2017 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programs. Originally designed to provide Europe with “bridges of trust” to study abroad, the program now allows Europeans to cross borders to learn new perspectives and collaborate on joint ventures.
Although the Erasmus+ program has been in place for many years among EU and other countries to benefit from the transfer of ideas and expertise, in January 2015, the Erasmus+ program was expanded to include U.S. institutions as partners to EU universities. In academic year 2016-2017, Salem State was invited by to participate. We have been invited again to participate in 2017-2018.
2016-2017 Salem State University Participants in the Erasmus+ Exchange
Professor Julie Whitlow (English) participated in the Erasmus + faculty exchange at KUL, Lublin, during the spring break week 2017. She taught courses related to approaches to English teaching in the U.S. and how those could be adapted to a Polish context. She found this to be a fantastic opportunity to meet colleagues in Europe, and to facilitate awareness of Salem State and the important exchange of ideas.
Professor Kristine Doll (Foreign Languages) participated in the Erasmus Plus Program at KUL, Lublin, in May 2017. She taught several workshops in translation studies to the graduate students. In addition to examining current practice and theory, they translated several contemporary documents ranging from expressive to informative and operative texts.
Assistant Dean Elizabeth T. Kenney (Research and Graduate Studies) participated in the staff exchange, spending a week at the KUL campus in spring 2017. There she met with faculty in each of the colleges to discuss further opportunities for collaboration and exchange.