Dr. Linda Seward
|Who is Dr. Seward?|
Iím a professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Organizational Communication at MTSU.
Thus far I've visited 19 countries including: Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Turkey.
I have taught American students in the following study abroad programs:
- 2008 MTSU summer program in Cherbourg, France
- 2007 CCSA summer program in London, England
- 2006 KIIS summer program in Rome and Florence, Italy
- Fall 1992-Spring 1993 Loyola University's Rome program
In 1995, I was awarded a Malone Fellowship by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. The fellowship included a two-week study tour of Saudi Arabia and Oman. A year later I was one of 10 professors selected from a national pool of applicants for the ASIANetwork Japan Seminar. As part of that program, I spent 2 months in Japan in 1997.
Whether I was on a formal program or just visiting a country as a tourist, I have worked to complement academic studies with real experiences in order to expand my understanding of other cultures Ė understanding that I bring to my classes. Photos throughout this website are from my various travels.
(Taken on my last day at Cherbourg, France)
What else might you want to know? I began my education at a community college in Waco, Texas. After two years, I joined the Air Force where I served in Nebraska (at SAC Headquarters Ė thatís where they took President Bush on 9-11) and then at the Pentagon. After 4 years in the service, I used the G.I. Bill to work on my Bachelorís degree at the University of North Texas. My Mastersí is from San Diego State University and my Ph.D. is from Purdue.
I began my teaching career in a small Jesuit university near
Cleveland, Ohio where I taught for 15 years. There were a lot of nice
things about teaching there but I realized that I really needed more
sunshine in my life (the normal winter has 3 months straight with NO
sun!!). So, I was lucky enough to find a job at Middle Tennessee State
University where I have taught since 2002.
Books: Two nonfiction books that I highly recommend are:
Man's Search for Meaning and The Luck Factor.
Recent books I've really enjoyed include: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a fictional book by Mary Ann Shaffer, and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.