Cultural Awareness and Competency Development in Higher Education

Cultural Awareness and Competency Development in Higher Education

Lynda Leavitt (Lindenwood University, USA), Sherrie Wisdom (Lindenwood University, USA) and Kelly Leavitt (Missouri Baptist University, USA)
Release Date: February, 2017|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 408
ISBN13: 9781522521457|ISBN10: 1522521453|EISBN13: 9781522521464|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2145-7


As the world becomes more globalized, student populations in university settings will continue to grow in diversity. To ensure students develop the cultural competence to adapt to new environments, universities and colleges must develop policies and programs to aid in the progression of cultural acceptance and understanding.

Cultural Awareness and Competency Development in Higher Education is an essential reference book on the latest literature regarding multiculturalism in colleges and universities, focusing on administration and faculty implementation of culturally-aware curriculum to support the development of students' global competence. Featuring extensive coverage on a range of topics including social constructivism, co-curricular learning, and inclusive pedagogy, this publication is ideally designed for academicians, researchers, and students seeking current research on the inclusion of culturally diverse curriculums in higher education.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Civic Responsibility
  • Co-Curricular Learning
  • Elevated Academic Effort
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Social Constructivism
  • Social Justice
  • Student-Faculty Interaction

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Lynda Leavitt is an Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education and Editor of the Journal of Educational Leadership in Action, ELA at Lindenwood University. Dr. Leavitt’s experience includes general and special education administration and elementary teaching. She received a bachelor degree in Political Science from Central Missouri State University and a bachelor degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Dr. Leavitt holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from Lindenwood University. She also earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University. Research interests include global educational issues and developing one’s global competence.
Sherrie Wisdom is an Associate Professor at Lindenwood University in Missouri, USA, and fills the role of Supervisor of Graduate Research for the School of Education. Her professional education career includes consultation on educational research with doctoral students, experience with k-12 curriculum, teaching secondary mathematics and physics, and teaching college level physics and statistics. She earned an EdD in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University, a MA in Applied Mathematics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics & Physics from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her research interests include Critical Thinking in Higher Education, NAIA to NCAA D-II Sports Transition, Global Perspective Characteristics of Lindenwood University Undergraduates, Progression and Persistence Characteristics of Lindenwood University EdD Students, and analysis with large-scale educational databases.
Kelly Leavitt is an Instructor of English at Missouri Baptist University. Ms. Leavitt teaches courses in composition, world literature, British literature, and literary theory. She also leads short-term travel study programs in Western Europe and has experience leading English language workshops for teachers in China. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Samford University and a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from University College London. Her research interests include campus internationalization, particularly at faith-based universities and within the humanities curriculum.