Faculty Initiatives

Teaching Beyond Borders

At Moody College, our faculty members take a hands-on approach to teaching and research. In recent years, our faculty have visited more than 75 countries to conduct research, build relationships, and share expertise. Each year, faculty members lead education abroad programs to give their students life-changing experiences that lead to a life-long appreciation of their own culture and the cultures of others.

Faculty Spotlights

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Scott Stroud, Communication Studies

UT Associate Professor Scott R. Stroud co-founded the John Dewey Studies Center in Pune, India, which is dedicated to studying the thought of John Dewey, one of democracy’s most renowned philosophers. The center is the first of its kind to be established in India—the world’s largest democracy—and aims to encourage scholarly engagement with the ideas of John Dewey on topics relevant to the Indian context as far-ranging as education, democracy, communication, morality, science, and national security.

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Kate Dawson, Journalism

Last year, Journalism professor Kate Dawson led a Maymester program in London titled Community Life Documented. Students use short films to tell the stories of underrepresented communities.

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Shiv Ganesh, Communication Studies

Shiv Ganesh received a four-year grant for 4,771,696 Swedish Krona (about $500,0000) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in conjunction with the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research as part of a program on reframing environmental communication. The overarching aim of the project is to critically examine the impact of contemporary communication on the sustainability practices of market-based organizations.

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PJ Raval, Radio-Television-Film

PJ Raval is an associate professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. His feature documentary, "Call Her Ganda," world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film has won several Best Feature Documentary and Audience Awards internationally. The film is a humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé of the murder of a Filipina transgender woman.

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Octavio Kano-Galvan, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations

Octavio Kano is an assistant professor of practice in the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations. He is one of 10 UT faculty who were awarded Global Virtual Exchange Grants in summer 2020 for international classroom collaborations. The purpose of the grants is to "leverage digital technology to create cross-cultural, project- and problem-based learning experiences for UT students and their peers across the world." Octavio's virtual learning course, titled Digital Social Media Production, is in cooperation with Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico.