SIT Faculty and Staff
Ana Rita Díaz-Muñoz
SIT Faculty Publishes Book on Health Sector Reforms
SIT Academic Director Ana Rita Díaz-Muñoz, together with two prominent economists from the health sector, has published a book examining changes incorporated in the health systems of three countries within the last two decades. Read more.
SIT Faculty Member’s Book on Human Rights — Now in its Second Edition
Academic Director Brenda Pereyra has just published the second edition of her tremendously successful book Movimientos sociales y derechos humanos en la Argentina. First published in 2011, the book is a collaborative effort involving Pereyra, co-editor Dr. Pablo Vommaro, and other human rights experts.
Bolivia Academic Director Explores Personal History Through Film Trilogy
Ismael Saavedra, academic director of SIT Study Abroad’s Bolivia program, has directed dozens of films and documentaries. Many of his films wrap a personal history inside broader themes of political, economic, and military oppression.
Dr. Xavier Silva
SIT Ecuador Faculty Publishes Field Guide on Butterfly Ecology
Incorporating more than eight years of field research, Dr. Xavier Silva’s latest book, Ecuador’s Butterfly Ecology, seeks to promote the study of butterflies and moths as biological indicators of environmental change.
Dr. Nat Quansah
Academic Director Dr. Nat Quansah Coauthors Book on Natural Medicine
“The book was a result of our desire to share with others what we’ve learned through research and firsthand experience about the use of natural remedies, particularly medicinal plants, in meeting our healthcare needs.”
Academic and program directors are responsible for instructional content, synthesizing classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. These faculty, in close consultation with academic deans, craft a rigorous curriculum and design field and research experiences that match individual student needs and interests. Academic directors, traveling faculty, and country coordinators include tenured university professors, scientists, medical doctors, published authors, critically acclaimed artists, community activists, and others with extensive experience in higher education, study abroad, and international and local NGOs. They are experts in their fields and extremely well networked in country.
To facilitate a highly immersive and academically rich study abroad experience, each program assembles an exceptional array of program contributors to serve as lecturers, Independent Study Project (ISP) advisors, workshop leaders, and local resources. Guest lecturers and traveling faculty include leading academics at in-country universities, medical practitioners at local hospitals and clinics, political leaders, scientists conducting groundbreaking research, executive directors of NGOs and professional associations, MBAs, artists, community activists, and indigenous and tribal leaders. These individuals spend countless hours with students and provide invaluable access and opportunities to explore local issues from the perspective of the people who live there.
Students also benefit from the efforts of numerous local staff who provide vital academic, logistical, and cross-cultural support. Language instruction isprovided through SIT instructors and experienced faculty at language institutes and local universities.
Detailed faculty and staff biographies are available on each program’s website.
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