University of Louisville

Spring 2011 Newsletter

College of Education and Human Development

Shaping Tomorrow: Ideas to Action

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Top Story: CEHD Grants and Philanthropy


A Turkish professor chooses the College of Education and Human Development to do research on democracy in teacher education programs.

Dr. Suzan Kavanoz, an assistant professor at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to the U.S. for one year to study democracy in practice in teacher education programs. Receiving this kind of research funding is considered a tremendous reward in her country, and she is grateful for such an opportunity. Accepting the offer meant she had to make the tough decision to come to the states with her two young children and her mother who could help care for them, but without her husband who also is a professor.

“It was very hard for us because the children and I missed their father so much. We just hoped something could be worked out so that he could also come to the U.S. to study as well.”

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