EASTON, Mass. — Stonehill associate professor of political science, Anna Ohanyan, has earned a Fulbright Fellowship Award to Armenia, where she will spend the 2012-2013 academic year both teaching and conducting research.
Ohanyan’s goal while teaching in Armenia will be to diversify instructional technologies in higher education. She will work with the Yerevan State Linguistic University (YSLU) to introduce two new courses and will also collaborate with its new Center for Quality Assurance, which focuses on establishing tools and policies of quality control as well as developing and implementing learning assessment standards. Ohanyan plans to assist the center with professional development programs for faculty.
“I will be working with my colleagues at YSLU to develop programs for regular professional development seminars which will help establish a culture of continuous learning and discovery of innovative teaching tools that may be used by instructors in their teaching,” said Ohanyan, who was born in Armenia.
Topics for the seminars will range from course development to skills-based learning and writing infusion to prospects of student autonomy and empowerment in the learning process, she said.
One of the courses she plans to introduce while teaching at YSLU is her International Organizations course, which she has taught at Stonehill since her arrival in 2005.
“Graduates of YSLU are often recruited to work for international organizations and NGOs that are active in Armenia and for such students, a background on the workings of international organizations as well as of the economic, social and political dimensions of globalization, will be a significant compliment to their educational experience,” said Ohanyan.