“I was very intimidated but excited to go,” Evans said. “I felt treated like royalty while I was there and had a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Evans said many of his students had not participated in a group project before his class. “They loved it,” Evans said. “Although the traditional format has its value, it seems the younger generations like the freedoms to create on their own. They want to work in groups. Cell phones are normally banned from Chinese classrooms. I used them in class as translators and they loved it.”
Evans said his teaching experiences with students and staff in China has helped him to modify his educational practices in the United States. “I realized from the language barrier that I would often explain things too quickly and I fear I do this in native classrooms as well,” Evans said.
He added that professors are given highest regard in China and this helps ease any homesick feeling as they practice what they love with an audience “enthralled with the accents and desire to teach that can only come from a foreign teacher whose excitement is renewed by being in a foreign land.”
“It is easy to forget that the world is bigger than the city we live in and living life often means a little bit of travel to find adventure,” Evans said. “I found it, and found new friends that I will most likely have for life.”
Six faculty taught at Shanghai University: Charles Pike (Computer Science), Irina Voro (Music), Paul Vincelli (Food and Environment), Stanley Brunn (Geography), Brent Seales (Computer Science) and Robert Grossman (Chemistry). Three faculty taught at Tianjin Foreign Studies University: Adam Evans (Communication), Emina Herovic (Communication) and Derrick Jenniges (International Economics). Seven faculty taught at Jilin University: Robert Grossman (Chemistry), Brian McNely (Technical Writing), Dan Stone (Business), Lynne Rieske-Kinney (Entomology), Buck Ryan (Communication), Rita Basuray (Food Science) and Scott Yost (Civil Engineering). Lastly, two faculty taught at Qingdao Technical University: Carla Bevins (Communication) and Robert Bevins (Advanced English).