Dr. Linda Seward
Speech and Theatre Department
Middle Tennessee State University 37132

Study Abroad
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.

Beach view at Cherbourg

(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.

My favorite places in the U.S. include the 4 corners region (Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah) and California.  Below is a photo from Bryce Canyon in Utah.

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.

(top of one of the gates to Villa Borghese Park in Rome)