Faculty Cooperative Projects


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Geography faculty member Bruce Hunter imparts a course in Toluca Geography faculty member Bruce Hunter imparts a course in Toluca, January 19 - 23, 2010 / view pictures — Dr. Bruce Hunter from UNT and two faculty members from UAEM's Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Salvador Adame-Martinez and Edel Cadena-Vargas, organized a very successful short course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Toluca.

The class was well received by the 25 students from Toluca and the professors are already planning to do another one perhaps later this year. Dr. Hunter had a good meeting with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning's research group. They have an interdisciplinary agreement with the Department of Chemistry for their environmental science degree which has already had collaborations with the program at UNT.


Professor Katie Crowder conducted the second annual 2-week "Teacher Training Workshop" at UAEM Professor Katie Crowder conducted the second annual 2-week "Teacher Training Workshop" at UAEM, January 8 - 16, 2010 / view pictures — Katie Crowder, Linguistics lecturer in the Linguistics and Technical Communication department (LTC), traveled to Toluca and Atlacomulco Mexico for the second annual LTC/UAEM Winter Institute, a week of ESL Teacher training workshops. UNT's latest intern in Toluca, MA student Elizabeth Schalchlin, assisted Katie.

Their students were all English instructors, teaching a variety of levels, from children to adults. The theme for the workshops was teaching vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in an interactive manner. Crowder utilized authentic materials designing interactive lessons and incorporating the most current ESL methods. Elizabeth conducted a lively workshop on pronunciation using drama and theatre techniques.

34 ESL teachers from UAEM Language Center (CELE) participated in the 25-hour, weeklong program. Participants worked in teams to learn new teaching strategies by first engaging in games and activities and then designing their own lessons. The program culminated with student presentations, where they demonstrated the lessons and activities they would use in their own classrooms. Katie plans to continue working with these teachers via e-mail.


RTVF Department Chair Melinda Levin and NTTV Station Manager Phyllis Slocum visited UAEM for the first time RTVF Department Chair Melinda Levin and NTTV Station Manager Phyllis Slocum visited UAEM for the first time, December 9 - 11, 2009 / view pictures — Professors Levin and Slocum met with staff and faculty working at UAEM public radio station "UniRadio", toured through the facilities and discussed areas of potential collaboration.

They also met with professor Alejandro Macedo and others for an extensive meeting about collaborating with UAEM's new Internet Television (launching in February) and a sharing of cultural media with NTTV.

Levin and Slocum met with about 25 UAEM students to present about UNT's program in RTVF. A few of them will now be applying to the Center for Spanish Language Media (CSLM) Media Management Seminars, and two of their December graduates are looking at applying to RTVF's graduate program.

Finally, there was a meeting with UAEM Communications faculty and staff to explore the possibility of UNT faculty short-term teaching (one-week visits), joint research grants, and Fulbright scholars at UAEM.


Professor Jose Martinez from UNT Department of Economics teaches a class for UAEM students via videoconference Professor Jose Martinez from UNT Department of Economics teaches a class for UAEM students via videoconference, December 10, 2009 / view pictures — As an innovative mode of academic collaboration, the University of North Texas (UNT) and the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico in Toluca (UAEM) initiated joint graduate courses in Geography and Materials Sciences some years ago. Now it was the turn for professor Jose Martinez from the Economics Department to start using distributed learning technology offering a graduate class about "Mexican Internal and External (USA) Migration Dynamics" to participants at UAEM. The course was offered via videoconference transmitted from UNT Gateway Building and it was part of an ongoing project between UNT and UAEM.

Dr. Laura Elena Barrera Del Moral, Director of UAEM School of Economics and professor Alma Rosa Munoz Jumilla were present at UNT and professor Reyna Vergara and Rafael Juarez were the faculty in charge at UAEM.


UAEM Director of the School of Economics visits UNT UAEM Director of the School of Economics visits UNT, December 7-11, 2009 / view pictures — Dr. Laura Elena Barrera Del Moral, Director of UAEM School of Economics and professor Alma Rosa Munoz Jumilla visited UNT, representing the 3rd trip in consecutive months to advance on the joint project "Exploratory Survey of Microenterprises in Central Mexico with a Focus on Agglomeration Externalities and Benefits of Return Migration."

At the same time, Dr. Del Moral proposed a breakthrough exchange opportunity for UNT Economics and COBA faculty and students, by announcing the first ever undergraduate degree in "International Business" offering classes in English at UAEM. This will bring the opportunity for UNT to send many more students and faculty to take and teach summer or full-semester classes in Toluca.


Dr. Jonathan Hook speaks at UAEM Conference Dr. Jonathan Hook speaks at UAEM Conference, November 19 - 20, 2009 / view pictures — Manuel Goel traveled to UAEM with Dr. Jonathan Hook, Director of International Indigenous and American Indian Initiatives visited UAEM who participated as guest speaker at the “7th Conference for the Intercultural and Academic Strengthening of Indigenous Students and Vulnerable Groups”.

Dr. Hook gave a speech on his work with indigenous communities across the USA and also participated in a workshop titled: “Acknowledging and respecting multiculturalism among UAEM students. Preservation of Identity and indigenous language.”


UAEM Communications Department visits UNT UAEM Communications Department visits UNT, November 11, 2009/ view pictures — UAEM Director of the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Nelson Arteaga Botello, along with faculty members Lenin Martell and Alejandro Macedo visited with Mitch Land at the Mayborn Graduate Schoo of Journalism and explored the possibility of a joint Graduate Academic Certificate in Journalism as well as other faculty/student exchange options. UAEM delegation also visited the Department of RTVF and they would like UNT to be part of the Internet-TV project to be launched soon in Toluca. Other topics were radio broadcasting exchanges and interaction with UNT Center for Spanish Language Media at the Department of RTVF.


UNT Economics and Geography professors visited UAEM Economics and Accounting departments this summer, July 2009/ view pictures — This past July, a team of economists and geographers from UNT, along with support from UAEM, conducted a survey of microenterprises in Toluca, Mexico named: "Exploratory Survey of Microenterprises in Central Mexico with a Focus on Agglomeration Externalities and Benefits of Return Migration."

It has long been known that businesses of the same type perform better when clustered either near competitors, or when they locate near suppliers or customers. However, research to date has focused exclusively on large businesses. The primary goal of our analysis is to determine the degree to which clustering may improve the performance of micro enterprises. Secondary research goals include determining the degree to which the urban/rural gradient affects small business success and also the degree to which the owner's work experience in larger cities or even the US may affect the performance of their businesses.

In cooperation with faculty from UAEM, twelve economics and accounting students from the university were selected to conduct the surveys. Their performance was superb and after eight days of field work, 1272 surveys were completed in 19 different neighborhoods in and around Toluca. To date, about 90% of the survey information has been entered into a data set. We hope to have some preliminary analysis completed by the end of the semester.

The UNT team was composed of: Todd Jewell, Jose Martinez, and David Molina from Economics and Donald Lyons and a graduate student (Kristin Drauschke) from Geography. Michael McPherson (Economics) and Murray Rice (Geography) are also part of the team but did not travel to Toluca.

Faculty from UAEM who cooperated in this project: Elsa Mireya Rosales Estrada, Alma Rosa Muñoz Jumilla, and Reyna Vergara González.