For three weeks, July 17th to August 3rd 2018, collaboratively funded with the U. S. Department of State, PBI UMY conducted International Educational Research and Writing Workshop with a Fulbright Specialist, Dr. Karen ‘Karie’ Huchting. Dr. Huchting is an Associate Professor of Education at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, where she teaches research methods and writing courses at the Master’s and Doctoral level. She is also the Associate Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at LMU and she serves as faculty advisor on numerous dissertation committees. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Huchting has also served as an editor of a peer-reviewed academic journal. Her extensive research experiences, combined with her willingness to assist aspiring authors through publication process, could help the workshop participants sharpen their research skills.

Mere 32 participants attended the workshop, which includes intensive small class sessions. Among them, 16 participants were PBI faculty members, 8 English language education department lecturers from various universities in Yogyakarta, and the other 8 international participants from Mali, Libya, Burundi, Philippines, and Turkmenistan. This diversity helped enriching the class discussion. Among these 3 weeks workshop, non-PBI faculty members joined only the first 3 sessions. The remaining sessions, which included one on one consultation, and research presentation, were participated by only PBI faculty members.

Dr. Huchting shared her hope for the program, “The goal of the program is to assist with updating faculty research knowledge and skills. The program is also designed to support faculty development with academic writing for publication. It is my hope that by the end of this program, faculty will feel empowered to submit their work for publication in academic journals. I also hope that we can continue the partnership even after the grant, working together toward even more publications!”