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 2014 resident director is Professor George Pati, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and International Studies and Surjit S. Patheja Chair in World Religions and Ethics. Professor Pati received his M.T.S degree from Southern Methodist University, and his PhD. Boston University. His primary research and teaching interests lie in historical study of south Asian religions, languages, and cultures, with special emphasis on Kerala, South India. His current research focuses specifically on the mediation of religion in colonial and post-colonial Kerala through texts, traditions, and theatrical performances. Additionally, his works explore the broad area of body and religion studies. More generally, he has strong interest in theoretical issues in the History of Religions. He is the co-chair of the Body and Religion group of the American Academy of Religion.
| 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