Travel Courses

Travel Courses are faculty-led short-term travel or off-campus opportunities.  Students have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning while traveling and earning academic credit.  From time-to-time the Education Department will offer travel course options crafted specifically for education majors.  


Pricing and Terms


$2,300 per person

Includes one credit hour of academic credit as an elective in Education.


There is limited space on this tour, so reserve your spot by submitting a deposit of $250.




MARCH 10: DEPART USA Depart from Louisville International Airport on a flight to Newark, NJ on route to South Korea.

DAY 1 (MARCH 11): SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA Arrive in Tokyo late Sunday afternoon (local time). Transfer flight to Seoul. Arrive in Seoul late Sunday evening (local time).

DAY 2 (MARCH 12): SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA We spend the morning worshipping at a local church in Seoul. We will have a relaxing afternoon and evening spent seeing the sights and sounds of Seoul.

A Travel Course to South Korea: An International Experience in Education

Travel Course Dates: March 10-18, 2017

Led by Dr. Michael Hylen

Emphasis in the course is on strengthening students' understanding of, and interaction with, the world community. To expand students' worldview of educational practices and to increase their cultural sensitivity within the educational community.

Dr. Sharon Bixler

Assistant Professor

Sharon Bixler is as an Assistant Professor of Education. She received her BA in Mathematics and her MAEd from Georgetown College and her PhD in STEM Education from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests involve the use of technology in the P-12 classrooms specifically in the areas of mathematics and science. Sharon lives in Lexington with her husband, Dwayne, and their two youngest of four children.


BA Mathematics, Georgetown College

MAEd Education w/ Instructional Technology Endorsement, Georgetown College

PhD STEM Education, University of Kentucky

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Bixler, S. (2014). Using iPads to explore parabolas. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle
School, 20
(30), 174‐177.


Member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Miriam Stroder


Professor Stroder prepares pre-service and inservice candidates to be culturally responsive facilitators of literacy learning for ALL students.  She received her BSE in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and completed her MAE in Education with a Reading and Writing Endorsement at Western Kentucky University.  While at WKU, she earned three academic achievement awards:  The Literacy Service Award as well as the 2008 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Departmen


BSE, Early Childhood and Elementary Education dual degree

MAE, Reading and Writing Endorsement

ABD, Doctoral Candidate – Curriculum and Instruction; Literacy Education

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Stroder, M. (2008). Effects of culturally responsive teaching practices on the literacy learning of

        Latino students (Masters Thesis).  Retrieved from TopSCHOLAR:



REFEREED – National

              Powers, S. W., Cox, A., Wheeler, T., & Stroder, M. (2015).  A personal and professional application: Sharing the framework of a collaborative self-excavation project for public scholars.  Roundtable forum presentation at AERA, Washington DC, April 10, 2016. 

             Powers, S. W., Cox, A., Wheeler, T., & Stroder, M. (2015).  A collaborative self-excavation project: Advancing justice in education for all students.  Paper/symposium presentation at AERA, Chicago, IL, April 18, 2015.  

            Powers, S. W., Cox, A., Wheeler, T., & Stroder, M. (2014).  Policy and practice: A call to abandon the continuation of the legacy of educational inequities.  Paper/symposium presentation at AERA, Philadelphia, PA, April 6, 2014. 

            Powers, S. W., Cox, A., Wheeler, T., Zippay, C., & Stroder, M. (2013).  Teacher educators: Using access to promote equity in the classroom and academy. Paper/symposium presentation at AERA, San Francisco, CA, May 1, 2013.

            Powers, S. W., Cox, A., Wheeler, T., Zippay, C., & Stroder, M. (2011).  Teacher educators: Using critical race theory as a "call to context.”  Paper/symposium presentation at AERA, New Orleans, LA, April 12, 2011.

            Stroder, M. (2010).  Effects of culturally responsive teaching practices on the literacy learning of Latino students. Paper/Symposium Session presentation at AERA, Denver, CO, May 4, 2010.

            Cox, A., Powers, S. W., Wheeler, T., & Stroder, M. (2010).  Walking the walk? Examining the cultural responsiveness of six elementary teachers through their literacy practices in diverse classrooms. Paper presented at AERA, Denver, Colorado, May 4, 2010.



            Powers, S. W., Wheeler, T., Cox, A., Zippay, C., & Stroder, M. (2012).  “When silence becomes a form of betrayal: Investigation of critical race theory and equity pedagogy.” Longwood University Faculty Professional Development Seminar, Farmville, VA, January 23-24.

Current research/scholarship: 

Research Interests

Research interests include socio-cognitive and sociocultural literacy learning and teaching aspects, multicultural education and culturally responsive literacy instructional applications and implications, teacher efficacy, and qualitative research methods.

2012- present - Dissertation Research Project: “Precursors of Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy

                        to Address the Literacy Learning of Diverse Students”

2011- present - A Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN) approach to the Examination of Critical

                        Race Theory and Teacher Preparation, research project with Powers, S. W.,

                        Wheeler, T., & Cox, A.

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include instructing undergraduate and graduate education classes, educating and researching collaboratively concerning literacy, culturally responsive instructional environments and teaching methods, disciplinary knowledge acquisition, as well as the appreciation and implementation of students’ home cultural languages to build new literacy skills.


American Education Research Association (AREA) (2009 to present)

International Literacy Association (ILA) (2004 to present)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) (2010 to present)

Dr. Carmen S. Dixon

Assistant Professor of Education

Carmen Dixon comes to Asbury University from 14 years of teaching chemistry and physics in central Ohio. Her research interests include gender and science education, online education, and pre-service teacher education. She has multiple publications, conference presentations, and is the founder of Knox County (Ohio) Girls in Science Day. She has taught adjunct for Ohio University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Olivet Nazarene University. She moved to Wilmore with her dog, and is enjoying life in Kentucky taking riding lessons and playing her flute.


B.A. Ohio University 1999

M.A. Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2008

Ph.D. Ohio University, 2015

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Dixon, C.S. (2015). Building Interview Skills with Different Population Groups. The Qualitative Report. Submitted April 7, 2015.

Dixon, C.S. (2014). The three E’s of online discussion. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 15, 1-8.

Dixon, C. S., & Vosler, M .S. (2013). New Directions Journal. Book review.  Zhao, Y., (2012). World class learners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.


Dixon, C. S. (2014). Hosting Girls in Science Day. Presented at National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) STEM Research Forum, New Orleans, LA.


Dixon, C. S. (2014). Girls in Science Day. Presented at the International Women’s Day Festival, Ohio University, Athens, OH.


Dixon, C.S. (2013). Girls in Science Day 2013. Presented at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Mathematics and Science Teaching Research Symposium, Ohio University, Athens, OH.


Ohio University Women’s Center Brown Bag Lunch, Presented: “Opportunities for Women in STEM Careers starting with Middle School.”


Ohio University Teacher Education PhD Seminar, Ohio University, Presented “Writing your Dissertation,” to doctoral students.


Ohio University Teacher Education “Writing to Publish” class, Ohio University. Presented: “Writing to Publish: Tips and Tricks.”


Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Scholars (January 2015) Presented “Science Teaching: Pedagogy and Classroom Management” to Ohio Science Teachers.


2014    "Women Today and Yesterday," hosted by Lois Whealy, Athens public television station. Taped Tuesday, March 25th, 2014.

Current research/scholarship: 

Working with Drs. John Henning and Krisanna Machtmes in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University interviewing pre-service teachers about their experiences in field placement. This is a nationwide project in multiple Education colleges.  Completed 35 interviews with all research participants.  Data will be analyzed and presented at national research conferences.

"What is the Impact of a pre-service science education degree at a faith-based university compared to a secular univeristy?"  A grant based on a mixed-methods study investigating the impact of a faith-based education on a science education student. Science Education students and professors will be surveyed and interviewed at a faith-based university and a seculary university. The results will be analyzed, tracked, and patterned.

Honors chemistry students teaching fifth grade students science: How does cross-age teaching impact BOTH groups of students?


Grant recipient of over $12,000.00 in funding for various projects.

Founded “Girls in Science Day” in Knox County, Ohio. Assessed need for and founded a unique daylong program for middle school girls in Knox County to participate in science-based, hands-on activities to encourage their attitudes and interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields. Obtained support from county school district administrators and procured multiple grants from Ohio state funding agencies for the GIS program. Partnered with several local businesses and organizations to procure donations, expertise, and equipment for the GIS program. Managed resources and developed the program from conception to execution and eventual expansion to other middle schools in Ohio.

Reviewer: School Science and Mathematics Association Journal (SSMA), 2016. Reviewed articles for submission to journal.

Reviewer: National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), 2013.Reviewed proposals for presentation at national conference.

2014    Non-Dissertation research award, $1,000.00 for “Mentoring Girls in Science,” a program where Ohio University STEM education students pair up with middle school girls interested in science careers.

2014    Women’s Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH. $250.00 for traveling to LA to present research on “Girls in Science Day.”

2014    Ohio University Patton College of Education, $500.00 for traveling to LA to present research on “Girls in Science Day.”


NSTA [National Science Teacher's Association]

KSTA [Kentucky Science Teacher's Association]

SSMA [School Science and Mathematics Association]

AERA [American Educational Reserch Association]

Phi Kappa Phi

Golden Key International Honor Society

Dr. Joe Blackbourn

Professor of Special Education

Dr. Joe Blackbourn is a Professor of Special Education with over 35 years experience as an educator and administrator in both P-12 and higher education.  Before coming to Asbury he served on the faculties of Iowa State University, the University of Memphis, & the University of Mississippi.  Dr.


Ph.D.-Mississippi State University

M.S. in Education-University of Central Missouri

B.S.-Mississippi State University

Additional Graduate Study-University of Kansas

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