Valparaiso University's administered study abroad programs have resident directors who manage the programs on a day-to-day basis, teach two courses for the students and coordinate group excursions and cultural activities. Since 1990, VU has sent 16 different faculty members, and their families, to the Hangzhou, China program.
The fall 2012 resident director is Professor Jaishankar Raman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics. Dr. Raman received his B.A. from Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai, India, his M.A. from Fordham University and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include economic development of regions, implications of economic liberalization of emerging markets (China, India and Mexico) and international economics.
In 2009, Dr. Raman was the recipient of Valparaiso University's prestigious Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Caterpillar Award is presented annually to a committed and effective Valpo professor who displays proven excellence in engaging and empowering students, in using innovative methods of teaching and in enhancing the personal, intellectual and spiritual growth of students. He also serves as advisor to Valpo's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), which competes on a national level.
Dr. Raman's wife and two sons will be joining him in China and look forward to this experience together.
| 1993, 2001, 2007
|2000|| Stepehn Smith and Linda Lewis
|2002|| Rachel Gretencord
|2004|| Jennifer Oldstone-Moore
|2005|| Dennis Friesen-Carper
|2006|| Gregory Hume
|2008|| John Ruff
|2009|| George Heider