Dr. Mary Risner was selected as the Senior Faculty International Educator of the Year.
November 8, 2019 | Patricia Alba
The Center for Latin American Studies is proud to announce that Dr. Mary Risner, Associate Director of Outreach and Business Programs, was selected as the Senior Faculty International Educator of the Year by the UF International Center. The International Educator of the Year Awards honor the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff to the internationalization of the University of Florida and the impact of those contributions on students, international partners, and university stakeholders.
Throughout her career, Dr. Risner has worked with students, K-12 teachers, and post-secondary faculty to enhance the curriculum through global education. Some of Dr. Risner’s publications and projects include organizing innovative professional development events that provide K-16 teachers the opportunity to learn how to integrate global issues into their curriculum; co-directing business programs in Brazil and founding the Network of Business Language Educators (NOBLE) program, which connects Language for Specific Purposes faculty and professionals around the world. Most recently, Dr. Risner received the Provost’s Creative Campus Initiative award to develop a project called Collaborating Across Undersea Cables: Creating a Collaborative International Teaching Network (CITN). The project creates virtual exchange opportunities for UF faculty and is an initiative between the Center for Latin American Studies and the UF International Center.
“Risner is very passionate about promoting the interdisciplinary connections between language, culture, and area studies,” said Dr. Philip Williams, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. “She models collaboration and teamwork by regularly seeking out partners at all educational levels (including graduate students), across subject areas and beyond university campuses to globalize the curriculum and better prepare students for a rapidly changing global society”.
Join us in congratulating Dr. Mary Risner on receiving the Senior Faculty International Educator of the Year award!