The necessity of travel for understanding: An educator's Fulbright journey of discovery

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Dr. Michael Putman Chair and Professor

Department of Reading and Elementary Education

Wednesday, October 25th from 12 - 1PM, CHHS 207


S. Michael Putman is a professor and the department chair in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte. His research interests are focused on the development of teacher self-efficacy and intercultural competencies through field experiences and the relationship of affective variables on literacy outcomes, including those associated with online inquiry. He has published his work in various journals, including The Reading Teacher, Action in Teacher Education, and Urban Education.

Dr. Putman teaches courses in action research, classroom management, and curriculum and instruction. He has supervised over 200 action research studies and more than 100 behavioral intervention studies. Dr. Putman is also passionate about providing teacher education candidates with opportunities to develop global and intercultural competencies. He has directed study abroad programs to South Africa and Spain and guided the creation of the Applied Understandings in Global Education minor.

He completed Fulbright assignments in Jyväskylä, Finland; Stellenbosch, South Africa; and Ludwigsburg, Germany. Dr. Putman's Fulbright project focused on three primary objectives: 1) to learn about the development and delivery of clinical experiences in international settings; 2) to determine how the COVID- 19 pandemic impacted practices associated with the delivery of clinical experiences and preparation of teacher candidates; and 3) to create an international collaborative for continued learning and development of knowledge associated with clinical experiences.

Join us to gain Global Perspectives from Dr. Putman's experiences.

RSVP at by Monday, October 23, 2023.