International Education and Global Engagement

Faculty Leaders in COIL

Sarah Anderson

International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching partner: Gabriel Osuna Osuna, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico.

Global Classroom: Spanish Teaching (SPAN 425)

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies.  She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at Michigan State University.  Sarah is the advisor for the Spanish pre-credential students and teaches the methodology course for future Spanish teachers.  Curriculum development and the creation of innovative materials to engage students in and outside of the classroom, is one focus area of her research. CSU Chico recognized Anderson as the university’s 2020-21 Outstanding Teacher, and she continues to develop projects for COIL and a minor in Spanish for the Professions. 

William Dantona

International Languages Literatures and Cultures

Teaching Partners:  Anca Daniela Frumuselu, Professor of English and German Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Marni Mane, Professor of English and German Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain 

Global Classrooms: Introduction to International Engagement (INST 110W) with English as a Foreign Language Speaking & Listening, Spain

International Management (MGMT 445) and Introduction to International Engagement (INST 110W) with Analysis of English Texts, Spain 

William DantonaWilliam Dantona is a member of the International Language, literatures, and Cultures Faculty as well as the Department of Manage Faculty at California State University, Chico. He is an international educator who promotes equity, peace, and prosperity through purposeful engagement across cultures. He has served as the Director of International Development in the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, and as International Programs Director in Regional & Continuing Education overseeing the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI), Faculty-led Study Abroad and self-support international programs. Dantona’s research interests include analysis of factors influencing international and study abroad enrollment. In support of international education and the intensive English program field, Dantona has held a seat on the executive board of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (EnglishUSA) where he served as both President and Treasurer.

David Eaton

Department of Anthropology

Fall 2022 

Teaching partner: Professor José Manuel Gavilán, Department of Psychology, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia (Spain)

Global classroom: Human Cultural Diversity (ANTH 113), Medical Anthropology (ANTH 435), Applied Anthropology (ANTH 495), and History of Method and Theory in Anthropology (ANTH 496).  Introducción a la Psicología, Spain

Teaching partner: Professor Roberto Parra Dorantes, Department of Human Development, Universidad del Caribe, Cancun (Mexico) 

Global classroom: Human Cultural Diversity (ANTH 113)

Spring 2021, Spring 2022 

Teaching partner:  Professor José Manuel Gavilán, Department of Psychology, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia (Spain)

Global classroom:  Human Cultural Diversity (ANTH 113), Medical Anthropology (ANTH 435), Applied Anthropology (ANTH 495), and History of Method and Theory in Anthropology (ANTH 496).  Introducción a la Psicología, Spain

David EatonDavid Eaton is a Professor of Anthropology. He holds an MPH in International Population and Family Health from UCLA, and a PhD from the UC Berkeley/UCSF joint program in Medical Anthropology.  He has further interests in music, language, narrative, and performance, and in human ecologies, histories of life and population sciences, and urban anthropology.  His recent focus on regional planning has included comparative study of walkability, public space, and the quality of experience in cities in the US, western Europe, and southern India.  Eaton’s long-term field research has been mainly in francophone equatorial Africa (especially the two republics of Congo; also Cameroon and Rwanda), and in Kiswahili-speaking eastern Africa (Tanzania and Kenya).  His independent ethnographic studies of response to HIV and AIDS in these countries have been complemented with collaborations with non-governmental, national, and international health organizations across Africa and in the United States.  He is particularly fond of Congolese music.

Keiko Goto

Nutrition and Food Science

Teaching partner: Sebastian Navas, Gastronomy Coordinator/Professor,  Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Global Classroom: NFSC 310 Global Nutrition 

Teaching partner: Yareni Yunuen Gutiérrez Gómez, Associate Professor, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Global Classroom: NFSC 667  International Issues in Nutrition 

Keiko GotoKeiko Goto is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Keiko is originally from Japan. She was born in Gunma Prefecture, which is famous for hot springs and tough women. She holds a B.S. in food science and technology from Kyoto University and a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University.  As a nutritionist, Keiko has worked in various countries such as Guatemala, Indonesia, Jamaica, the Philippines, and Tanzania, and has developed a deep appreciation of diversity in people and food. Keiko’s current research interests include food and culture, international nutrition, mindful eating, food behaviors, and the application of community-based participatory research methods in food and nutrition. She enjoys traveling, playing piano, cello and clarinet, pairing wine with foods, and playing tennis and ping-pong.

Nan Li

Communication Studies

Teaching partner: Dr. Lari Arthur Viianto, Economics and Finance Department, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico

Global Classroom: Organizational Leadership and Decision Making (Chico State)/ Networks and Leadership (Guanajuato University)

Nan Li Nan Li is an Associate Professor in the Communication Arts and Sciences Department.  She received her PhD in communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and teaches organizational communication courses such as Small Group Communication, Leadership, and Organizational Communication Seminar. From her personal experience of having lived and worked in multiple cultures, she developed a research and teaching interest in corporate globalization, intercultural communication, and corporate public relations and social responsibility.

Fay Mitchell-Brown


Teaching Partner: Dr Silke Anna Theresa Weber, University of Sao Paul (UNESP), Brazil

Global Classroom: How do we prepare for chronic diseases?

Fay Mitchell-Brown (PhD, CNE, RN) is an Associate Professor in Nursing. Before joining CSU Chico, Dr Mitchell Brown worked in hospitals in the Middle East, Jamaica, and different areas on the east and west coast of the United States.  Dr Mitchell-Brown earned her PhD from Medical University of South Carolina with a research interest of chronic diseases in disadvantaged populations.  Dr Mitchell-Brown has worked on global projects that included faculty seminars, service learning projects with students and has developed and taught study abroad classes.  As the United States becomes more diverse, Dr Mitchell-Brown is very interested in teaching students how to provide culturally competent care to build a diverse workforce and advance the health of our local and global community.

Browning M. Neddeau

Multicultural & Gender Studies                                

Teaching partner: Dr. Gizem Arat, Lingnan University, Hong Kong 

Global Classroom: Curriculum Theory and Practice: Arts EDTE 524 B: Arts"Unraveling Stereotypes in Public Art" 

Browning M. NeddeauBrowning M. Neddeau (he/him/his) is enrolled in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor of Elementary Teacher Education and American Indian Studies. He is Chair of the National Art Education Association’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commission and holds a position on the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. He has three lines of research under the larger umbrella of student engagement: arts education, Native American culturally-appropriate representation in schools, and agricultural education. He explores issues, challenges, and misconceptions of content integrity and draws connections between the lines for interdisciplinary studies in education. His latest publications center on storytelling. In addition to publishing his work, Dr. Neddeau presents his research at international, national, state, and local conferences. Prior to becoming a tenure-track faculty member in the California State University system, Dr. Neddeau was a California public elementary school teacher and adjunct faculty member at public and private universities.

Doris Schartmueller

Political Science and Criminal Justice

Teaching partner: Tian Ma, Lecturer of Criminology, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Global Classroom: Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (POLS 439W) on the topic of Punishment, Prisons, & Society

Doris SchartmuellerDoris Schartmueller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at Northern Arizona University in 2015 and also holds two master’s degrees, one in Political Science from the University of Vienna, Austria, and one in Applied Criminology from Northern Arizona University. Her primary research interests are punishment and prison, especially long-term imprisonment, and comparative penology. In her most recent research, she has focused on examining release decisions for life-imprisoned individuals in the United States and selected European countries. Teaching is her passion, as she always enjoys facilitating conversations about punishment and other criminal-justice related topics in her classrooms.

Sara Trechter 

Department of English

Teaching partner: Anca Frumuselu, English Languages Studies, Universitat de Lleida, Catalonia (Spain)

Global classroom: Intensive Second Language Acquisition (English 471), English Pragmatics, Spain.

Sara TrechterSara Trechter is a Professor in the Department of English.  Her research focuses on the pragmatics of gender and language in Siouan languages of the Midwest of the United States. With a background in teaching English as a second language for King Saud University and the University of Kansas, she has channeled her second language acquisition expertise into language maintenance and revival for threatened indigenous languages. She has most recently worked on documentation and materials with the Nu’eta in North Dakota, a language represented within the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) tribes.  As the former interim Associate Vice President of International Education and Global Engagement at CSU Chico, she strongly believes in the power of engaged, informed interactions to develop intercultural competency.

Diana Dwyre  

Political Science and Criminal Justice 

Teaching partner: Bonnie Palifka, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Global classroom: POLS 427 - US Campaigns and Elections 

Sara TrechterDiana Dwyre is professor of political science and Coordinator of the U.S. Politics Program. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has taught American politics in the U.S. for 30 years and taught U.S. and comparative politics in Italy and Spain. She was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and served as an American Political Science Association Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. She has published widely on U.S. campaign finance, politics and money, political parties and elections, and her forthcoming book, The Fundamentals of Campaign Finance in the U.S.: Why We Have the System We Have (with Robin Kolodny), is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press.  

Matthew J. Stone  


Teaching partner: Hannu Koikkalainen, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Global classroom: MKTG 479 Sales Competitions: Strategy and Practice 

Teaching partner: Anca Daniela Frumuselu, PhD, Universitat de Lleida (Spain) 

Global classroom: RHPM 422 Leisure Services Promotion

Sara TrechterMatthew J. Stone is Associate Professor of Marketing.  Matthew joined CSU Chico faculty in 2014, and he was a 2019 Fulbright Scholar at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland.  Matthew is the senior research advisor for the World Food Travel Association, and he has an international reputation in food tourism and culinary tourism research.  At the graduate level, he has taught a course in the Master of Italian Food & Wine (MSc) program at University of Padova (Italy).  At the undergraduate level, he has taught a study abroad course in food tourism with USAC in Verona (Italy) and guest lectured in Austria (FHWien University) and Lithuania (Kauno Kolegija). Matthew's degrees are from Texas A&M University (PhD), University of Houston (MHM), and University of Illinois (BS).  He is a native of Central Illinois, and his passion is travel. 

Jesse A. Dizard


Spring 2023

Teaching partner: Professor Velásquez Garcés Duoc UC San Carlos De Apoquindo (Chile).

Global classroom: Culture and Tourism (ANTH 338)  /Heritage Preservation DUOC

Sara TrechterJesse A. Dizard (Professor of Anthropology) was a 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholar and has been a visiting faculty member of the Department of Anthropology at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Jesse has published works about modernization in Fez, Morocco and customary and traditional resources management in Alaska. Dr. Dizard has also written and directed seven ethnographic documentary films all of which have been broadcast on national PBS television and four of which were nominated for San Francisco Regional Emmy Awards. He is currently writing about the confluence of customary tribal law and national civil law in Jordan.  

Asa Simon Mittman

Art & Art History

Fall 2023

Teaching partner: Professor Sofía Nazareth Avendaño Aguirre, Social Communication, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela).

Global classroom: Middle Ages in Film (ARTH 400) / Fantastic Film Scriptwriting (UCAB)

Sara TrechterAsa Simon Mittman (Professor of Art & Art History), is author of Maps and Monsters in Medieval England (2006, now under contract for a revised second edition), co-author of Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in the Beowulf Manuscript (2013), and author and co-author of many articles on monstrosity and marginality in the Middle Ages, including pieces on race in the Middle Ages, Satan, and anti-Semitism. He edited the Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous (2012), and co-edited Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World (2019) and Demonstrare, a two-volume Monster Studies reader (2018). He also co-curated Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders at The Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum (2018). 

Angela Gapa

International Relations

Teaching partner: Dr. Lari Arthur Viianto, Economics and Finance Department, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico

Global classroom: Comparative Political Institutions (CSU-Chico)/ Geopolitics (Universidad de Guanajuato)

Angela GapaAngela Gapa is an associate professor of International Relations. She received her PhD in International Relations, an MA in International Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in National Security from Florida International University, and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and Health from NUST. Her research and teaching straddles both fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics. Her scholarly work focuses broadly on the nexus between resources and politics, and more specifically, on the sources of political and economic variation among resource rich countries. Her current research delves into the global and local geopolitics of the diamond, platinum, oil and rare earth mineral industries in Africa, the geopolitics of energy in southern Africa and the role of identity politics in international relations.

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