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“The professors are the best part of the program. They are masters of their areas of expertise, and maybe more importantly, just good people,” said Ryan Shales ‘15, a Rochester social studies teacher who began the American studies degree program in the fall of 2013. He is pursuing this to get his professional teaching certification and open the door to other opportunities. Before studying in Hungary in spring 2015, he was offered a position in the Peace Corps at a university or college in China beginning in the summer. “I have always seen the teaching of cultural understanding at younger ages as key to developing sustainable international peace.”
The program allows students a wide variety of class options with the freedom to choose courses based on your interest," says Jenna Skiba '13, a fifth-grade history teacher at the highest-performing charter school in Rochester. "The experience in Hungary was life changing. I was able to fully immerse myself in the Hungarian culture, which helped to shape my world view and has been invaluable to me as a history teacher. After my semester there, Veszprem feels like a second home. I made friendships that will last forever." -Jenna Skiba '13G, fifth grade history teacher at Rochester Prep Middle School - West Campus.
Education: B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Boston College
Teaching and Research Interests: Exploring the nature of the human being through a philosophical analysis of the concept of life. In particular, the problem of language, the role it plays in human life, and how language relates to the structure of the human being.
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