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IN BRIEF: Chilean scholars visit Texas State to establish doctoral partnership

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
November 17, 2014

Chilean scholars MOU
Seated (left to right) María Teresa Rojas (doctoral academic
secretary, Universidad Alberto Hurtado); Gene Bourgeois
(provost, Texas State); Debbie Thorne (associate vice
president for academic affairs, Texas State). Standing
(left to right) Jovita Ross-Gordon (faculty senator, Texas
State); José Weinstein (doctoral director, Universidad Diego
Portales); Sarah Nelson (doctoral director, Texas State);
Michael O’Malley (chair, CLAS, Texas State); Alejandra
Falabella (doctoral faculty, Universidad Alberto Hurtado);
Stan Carpenter (dean, College of Education, Texas State);
Ann Brooks (doctoral director, Texas State); Soledad
Concha (doctoral faculty, Universidad Diego Portales).

Texas State University recently hosted four Chilean scholars from the education doctorate program at Universidad Alberto Hurtado-Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, to inaugurate a new doctoral-level partnership.

This collaboration focuses on enhancing a mutual Chilean-U.S. research infrastructure to support continuous educational improvement in both countries. The week-long visit involved researchers and doctoral students from Chile and Texas State. Activities included a research colloquium, strategic planning and site visits to Texas public schools in Del Valle ISD. Texas State Provost Gene Bourgeois met with the Chilean scholars and signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the institutional partnership.

Texas State partnered with the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, to develop the initiative.          

The collaboration is being led at Texas State by the Ph.D. in education program, housed in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology. Strategic priorities established during this visit include mutual exchange of faculty and doctoral students for research and study, collaborative Chilean-U.S. educational research projects and joint participation in a proposed Center for Educational Research and Policy Development in Chile.