Cedarville Professor Completes Doctorate

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Andrew Wiseman, assistant professor of Spanish at Cedarville University, recently earned his Ph.D. from the Universidad de San José in Costa Rica. He successfully defended his dissertation, "Ugly Americans? The Cultural Adjustment Process of American Students in Spain." Wiseman chose this topic since his main area of interest and expertise is in study abroad program administration and implementation. "As an international programs administrator in Europe and Latin America, I was amazed and disheartened at the lack of interest American students had in learning about other cultures," he said. "All the research I read was telling me that American students were returning from a study abroad experience with huge linguistic and cultural gains; my personal experience was that American students are much less willing to become involved in the foreign culture, resulting in less linguistic and cultural fluency and more stereotypical ideas," he said. "My research confirmed my fears." Wiseman decided to earn his degree from a university in Costa Rica because "as a Spanish professor I wanted to study and defend completely in Spanish under the rules and regulations of a Latin American university." He said his experience will help him better prepare students when they study abroad. Also, it will help him implement and evaluate new study abroad sites for Cedarville. In addition to his doctoral degree, Wiseman holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and a M.A. from Florida State University. He also did undergraduate studies at the Universidad de Sevilla in Sevilla, Spain, and the Universidad Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. Wiseman resides in Wilberforce with his wife, Jessica. Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Offering 100 areas of study to approximately 3,000 students, the University features an award-winning campus computer network and a worldwide Christian ministries program. Visit the University Web site at www.cedarville.edu.