Join us in congratulating the 2011 recipients of the professor emeritus title: professors Beatriz (Bea) Fantini, Claire Halverson, and Patrick (Pat) Moran.

Having met the criteria set forth in the SIT Graduate faculty handbook, they were conferred the rank of professor emeritus/a by the World Learning Board of Trustees earlier this year following their nomination by the SIT provost.

We invite you to share your memories and experiences working with and learning from them below.

Collectively, these faculty have devoted more than 100 years of service to the organization. They have made numerous contributions to the curriculum, intellectual capital of the institution, their academic fields, and the organization’s global impact and mission.

Bea Fantini

Bea Fantini
Professor Fantini began working with the Experiment in International Living in 1966 and has been involved in almost every aspect of the institution in the 45 years since, including most significantly, the Experiment, the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and SIT Study Abroad. She has been the director of the Language and Culture Department for more than 20 years.

Fantini has brought visibility to SIT, particularly through her work in developing teaching guides for African and Asian languages and her ability to empower teachers to be creative and trust their own abilities as teachers of their native languages. Fantini has assumed the role of advisor to the president and provides the historical view on our values and traditions. In 2004, she received the World Learning Presidential Medal. Her work has included numerous outside consultancies for the Peace Corps.

Pat Moran

Pat Moran
Professor Moran has made tremendous contributions to both the Master of Arts in Teaching program and Graduate Institute at large throughout his 34 years of service. He has created and updated curriculum, taught multiple courses in different MA in Teaching programs, and participated in reshaping the program as prompted by need and innovation. He has published widely and has presented worldwide on the topic of training teachers and cultural experiences in the classroom.

Moran’s pursuits have included Peace Corps training, global activism, and national and international presentations on teacher training and cross-cultural experience. His work has provided an enriching and dynamic classroom setting for his students. He is considered one of the cornerstones of SIT’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Claire Halverson

Claire Halverson
Professor Halverson came to SIT in 1985 and has made significant contributions to SIT’s educational mission and programs. Her accomplishments include the initiation of core courses in the SIT curriculum; helping to frame faculty/administrative participation in the governance of SIT (she served as the first chair of the Faculty Assembly); and initiating the SIT Diversity Committee in the late 1990s. Her work with the Diversity Committee to build templates for diversity goals, objectives, and methods of evaluation raised cultural understanding for the campus as a whole and earned her World Learning’s first Diversity Award.

She is well known for her work at the intersection of human and organizational development and social justice education and for her consulting in the areas of teambuilding, diversity, training of trainers, organizational assessment, and leadership management.

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