AIFS Partnership Programs: Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Northern California Study Abroad Consortium

Northern California Study Abroad Consortium
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Florence, Italy

Spring 2018

Faculty Bios

Santa Rosa Junior College: Terry Mulcaire

Terry Mulcaire completed a B.A. degree in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1981, a Master’s degree in English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1984, and a Ph.D. in American Literature at U.C. Berkeley in 1991.  He has won awards for his teaching at Berkeley, and at Northwestern University, in Evanston Illinois, where he taught English from 1991 to 1999.  Since 1999, he has been teaching English at Santa Rosa Junior College. 

He has traveled to Europe three times, first in 1982, on a ten-week solo journey through Ireland, England, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy, and then a second time in 1989, when he spent a week in Italy. On both trips, Florence was a highlight. Walking daily in the footsteps of Dante, Machiavelli, and other giants of world literature, and living in daily contact with the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Giotto, Donatello, Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters, was an inspiring and life-changing experience.  In 2006, he taught the London semester for SRJC., and came home with a strong conviction of the incalculable value of studying, exploring, and simply living abroad, for student and teachers alike.  He is thrilled at the opportunity to combine his love for Florence with the opportunity to teach abroad in the spring of 2018.


Los Rios Community College District: Marcia McCormick

Marcia McCormick has been teaching psychology full time at American River College since 2004. She has also taught at West Valley College and Cabrillo College in the Bay Area and West Hills College in Lemoore. She began her studies in psychology at the University of California Davis where she completed her undergraduate degree focusing in the area of biological psychology and also minoring in nutrition. She continued her education at the University of California Santa Barbara where she received her Master's Degree in psychology focusing in the area of Neuroscience and Behavior focusing on pharmacology. She has taught numerous classes in psychology over the years including abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, human sexuality, biological psychology, psychopharmacology, and more.

She previously served the Davis community as a community outreach coordinator and health educator in the area of reproductive health. She also worked as a chemist and technical support specialist for a biotechnology corporation that made drug tests and therapeutic drug monitoring tests in the Bay Area. She is a dedicated lifelong learner with a passion to learn new things and explore the world around her.

Having lived in Mexico she knows firsthand the benefits of getting to know a location, culture and language by immersing yourself into the environment. Marcia also hosted an international student for a year and knows the joys and challenges students experience when living abroad for the first time. She believes that international travel provides a deeper appreciation of diversity and that living and studying in another country is an experience that is unmatched in its ability to transform our understanding of people, cultures, and the world around us. She has seen first-hand the personal and academic growth that a study abroad program provides for students as she was the faculty lead on the Summer London Program in 2016.

Marcia enjoys photography, dance, and getting to explore new places. She has enjoyed visiting Europe and especially Florence in the past and is currently taking Italian language courses.  She is looking forward to living in Italy for the semester and being able to exercise and improve her Italian language skills. She is excited about this opportunity to introduce students to the immense learning opportunities that international education provides and for them to be able to learn about psychology in the context of Italy and the Italian culture. 


Contra Costa Community College District: Scott MacDougall

Scott MacDougall is a student and a teacher of Political Science with a life-long love of Study Abroad.  He participated in his first Study Abroad while still a student at Diablo Valley College in 1975.  That adventure in Heidelberg, Germany changed his life and led to an endless desire for the next opportunity to experience Politics in new forms and in new places.  It has taken Scott, as student and teacher, to Montreal, Quebec; Berlin, Germany; London, England; Brussels, Belgium; and now to Florence, Italy.  

Florence and Italy will offer another opportunity to explore in depth Scott's favorite subject: Exploring the influence of history, geography and culture on the conduct of politics.  He is excited to explore with students Florence's rich past as a center of renaissance philosophy and modern Italy's pivotal role in confronting Europe's immediate problems of economics and migration.

It is a privilege to be able to accompany a new generation of students as they begin their own journey of discovery.  Scott is hopeful that with 40 years of travel experience, spread across four continents and 20 plus countries, he can help them start their own life-long adventure.


San Mateo Community College District: Ingrid Schulz

Ingrid Schulz received her MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 1996.  From 1996-2005 she worked in the film industry as an editor and educator (including editing for films in Rome, Italy at Cinecitta and RAI television).  In 2005, her short book about Film Editing was published.  Since 2005, she has concentrated on teaching and filmmaking. Her teaching curriculum includes Editing, Production, Film Theory and Focus on Italian Neorealism.

A study abroad program can be a positive life-changing event.  Ingrid's experience teaching abroad includes work as an English teacher (CELTA: Cambridge English Language Teaching Association Teacher) in Berlin, Germany; Guest Professor at the Baltic Film and Media School, University of Tallinn, Estonia; and developing and teaching a Summer Documentary Workshop through San Francisco State University, in partnership with the Akademie für internationale Bildung, in Bonn, Germany.

Ingrid is excited to explore Italian Culture through the Art of Cinema with selected students, and the city of Florence offers the perfect setting.