Steven D. Ward, M.P.A.

Foreign Assistant Professor of Political Science; Chosun University

But, seriously, just call me "Steve"

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Citizenship | Education | Technology
Since 2004 I have lived and breathed international education. First, as the coordinator of the English Proficiency and Internship (EPI) program at the University of Missouri--Columbia, then as a graduate exchange scholar myself, and finally in South Korea's renowned education system in various capacities for more than ten years.

It is as the father of two dual-nationality little girls, though, that I am driven to make thinking globally and acting locally more than just a vague plattitude; I believe it is a central tenet of citizenship in the modern era, and I hope to exemplify that standard in my daily life as much as I teach it in my classes.

Further, as our relationships increasingly rely upon technological intermediaries, we have to keep our eyes open and seek to understand our relationship with technology itself. I believe it could either help humankind reach new heights, or be the end of our species. The choice is ours.

Projects and Media

I love coffee so much, I wrote the book on it (no, seriously).

My channel about using film for self-study.

The story of a remarkable former student of mine.

A lecture on the politics surrounding online privacy.

Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. I join the City of Light radio show to talk politics.

A volunteer lecture I gave about the 2016 US Presidential election aimed to help Gwangju citizens understand what happened.

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My thoughts.

How the 2016 Election Changed Marketing Forever

Have you ever gone on public record (I mean radio, TV, or newspaper) saying something you were certain about, only to be proved wrong? Some people might shrug it off. In the case of the 2016 Presidential election, though, the explanations I was hearing didn’t cut the mustard and I just couldn’t get into the […]

English News Subscriptions in Korea

Comparing Options for English News Subscriptions in Korea

I’m a news junkie. Although I have posted before about reading 100 books in a year (something I’ve only managed to do once), most of my reading is not books but articles from online media sources. Back in the day, I got my fix via Google Reader. I was addicted to it the way people today are […]

Teaching Strategies Based on The Art of Learning

Photo by Aalto University Library and Archive Commons Recently hearing Josh Waitzkin on the Tim Ferriss podcast brought back memories of reading his book, The Art of Learning, a few years back when it first came out. I remember finding the book interesting from the perspective of a person who enjoys studying a wide variety […]

LMS for international education

A Semester of Experimenting with LMS and a Flipped Classroom

I am in the midst of my fifth year in a row of teaching almost the exact same courseload. I had still been getting good student reviews, but I could feel myself getting into a rut. At the same time, I’d been hearing more and more from colleagues about learning management systems (LMS) and the […]

A Case Study in Improving Student Engagement

In 2004 I was a graduate student at the University of Missouri, and I started working with a program called English Proficiency and Internship (EPI). It involved students from Asia coming to MU for a 6-week intensive educational experience. When I started working with the program as a Graduate Assistant, the two most time-consuming jobs were: Securing […]

The Best Thing About Reading a LOT of Books

Last year was the most productive reading year of my life. Although I’ve only deliberately kept track of the books I read for the last couple years, I have no doubts that the 103 books I read are a record. I’m not really bragging here. In fact, recently becoming a voracious reader is more the […]