Steven D. Ward, M.P.A.

International Education | Lifelong Learning

About Me

Who I am and what I stand for

Steven Ward

Foreign Assistant Professor, Chosun University
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 a 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.


Things that I care about

I love coffee so much I wrote a book about it

More than just my day job; it's my passion

The personal and professional benefits of international experience are measurable.

Helping to facilitate global academic collaboration through training and editing.

Updating citizenship for the 21st century

Electronic, physical, or personal, the same principles apply

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Things that I'm good at.



My thoughts.


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 […]