GMU Korea: Challenges And Innovations

  • Gail Hook George Mason University-Korea
  • John Crist George Mason University-Korea
  • Vias Nicolaides George Mason University-Korea
  • Alice Wrigglesworth George Mason University-Korea
  • Jason Kiffer George Mason University-Korea
  • Janette Muir George Mason University-Korea


Location: Engineering Building 2903

NOTE: This is a co-located workshop, meaning that it is open to both ITL attendees and the broader Mason community.  You do not have to be registered for the conference to attend this session.


Some of our faculty are experienced international teachers, while some of us are experienced faculty but new to the international venue. We have learned from each other about a variety of issues, such as Korean student and parent expectations, English language challenges, the use of technology in teaching long-distance research, and the wide range of student preparation coming into college. Our students include mostly Korean, but also American, European, Indian, and others. We will discuss how we provide an American college experience while accommodating Korean traditions and Korean student and parent expectations. This panel will discuss these and other issues, and then take questions from the audience. The purpose of this panel is to share the challenges and successes of teaching at GMU Korea and share information about how Mason faculty can apply to teach on the Mason Korea campus.

Author Biography

Gail Hook, George Mason University-Korea

Dr. Gail Hook has taught world history for GMU both in the classroom and online for eight years. Currently she teaches at GMU's campus in Incheon, South Korea. She holds the Ph.D. in History from University of Texas at Austin and is the author of "Cyprus Protectorate: British Imperialism Before World War I" as well as a number of articles and papers on British Imperialism and modern Mediterranean history. She also teaches classes about the Silk Roads and is interested in the historic trade connections between the Far East and the Mediterranean. Her current project is an article about the British in Malta in the 19th century.

10:30am-11:10am Mini-Workshops, Panels, & Roundtables