Tami Carmichael, Ph.D.
Director/Associate Professor of Humanities & Integrated Studies
Director/Associate Professor of Humanities & Integrated Studies; Scholarly Research: Practices & Pedagogies of General Education, Learning Communities, and International Study
Taught at American College of Norway, spring 2008; Returning to teach at ACN summer 2010; Advisor of UND's International Organization; Traveled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico, and Canada.
Why do you think students should study abroad?
It is essential in today's global society that all American students gain international experiences. Studying abroad is the perfect opportunity for students to immerse themselves in other cultures, to forge invaluable personal relationships with people from other countries, and to gain an outside perspective on their own country. Additionally, studying abroad helps students become more independent and resourceful, while it also helps them develop essential interpersonal skills. Students who studies abroad strengthen and enrich themselves, their communities, and their country.
How have your international experience influenced your career/life decisions?
Traveling and working in other countries and with international people here in the U.S. brings me into contact with interesting and talented people from all over the world. Seeing the way people live in different places, talking with them and understanding their perspectives on issues that affect them daily, removes my ethnocentrism and helps me grow as an individual, while it also allows me to better understand my community's and my country's role in this global society. I am enriched personally by all of these international experiences, and I believe that they have also made me a better, more informed citizen of the U.S. and the world.