Workshop on Domestic Study Away


  • Jimmie Gahagan
  • Director for Student Engagement
  • Kimberly Dressler
  • Manager of Domestic Study Away Programs for Student Engagement
  • Lisa Sisk
  • Senior Instructor
    School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Details

  • Monday,
  • January 27, 2014
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Would incorporating a travel experience somewhere else in the United States enhance students' understanding in your course? Would you like your students to have the opportunity to explore some of the rich cultural diversity of the United States? Domestic Study Away provides the opportunity to integrate student learning through study away from campus in the United States. Faculty experienced with Domestic Study Away, and staff from the Office of Student Engagement, will discuss examples from existing courses, and the process for developing a Domestic Study Away course or incorporating domestic travel into an existing course. Join us to explore how Domestic Study Away can help your students integrate their learning both within and beyond the classroom by challenging them to think beyond their immediate world and gather new experiences.

About the Facilitators

Jimmie Gahagan currently serves as the Director for Student Engagement at the University of South Carolina (USC), where he also teaches a University 101 class designed to increase first-year student success. He has presented and published widely on such topics as the sophomore-year experience, creating learning outcomes, residential learning initiatives, peer leadership, the first-year experience, and student retention. Jimmie received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of South Carolina.

Kimberly Dressler has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Kimberly has presented at many conferences on the topics of the first-year experience, living learning communities, sustainability in the co-curriculum, the sophomore-year experience, peer leadership and cross-campus partnerships. At USC, she works with The Sophomore Initiative, coordination of peer leader programs and management of all Domestic Study Away programs.

Lisa Sisk twice won the Mortar Board Honor Society's Excellence in Teaching Award for her outstanding work as Senior Instructor, Public Relations Sequence, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and has more than 30 years of public relations experience. She holds a B.A. from Lindenwood College and an M.A. from USC.


This event has been resheduled to February 20, 11:40 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.