Dr. Israel Aguilar, Islander Professor, One of 13 in Nation Selected as a Visiting Scholar to Colombia

Published: July 08, 2016

Dr. Israel Aguilar, Islander Professor, One of 13 in Nation Selected as a Visiting Scholar to Colombia

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Israel Aguilar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was one of 13 scholars from around the world selected to serve as a Visiting Professor at the 2016 Universidad La Salle Summer Academy in Bogota, Colombia. There, he provided an interdisciplinary short-term course for students from the Lasallian community.

Aguilar was in Colombia from June 11-26 for the first session of the academy. As an international scholar joining the academy, Aguilar and scholars were taken on several excursions to better understand the history of Bogota. The purpose of these events was to expose the scholars to the social, academic, natural, cultural and political landscape so they could take back to their country of origin the message that Colombia is a great place to live, work and play. 

The summer academy created a unique academic and cultural experience. Curriculum topics included citizenship, sustainability, cross-cultural communication, governance and leadership. 

“Universidad La Salle has a unique goal of sharing international perspectives and disseminating knowledge to all for the benefit of all,” said Aguilar. “I was most honored to be a part of this exchange because I was able to share with others across the world and bring back experiences that inform my teaching and scholarship at TAMU-CC.” 

As part of the application process, Aguilar designed a syllabus for a two-week course titled, “Introduction to Leadership for Social Justice.” He also wrote an essay to demonstrate how his expertise and proposed course fit the goals for the summer academy. In addition, he was asked to rate his ability to speak, write and read English and Spanish.

According to the University’s website, the University of La Salle, is “actively involved in building a just and peaceful society through the training of professionals for their knowledge, their values, their ability to work collaboratively, their sense of social awareness, and their sense of belonging to a country immersed in a globalized world as they contribute to the search for equity, the defense of life, the building of citizenship and the commitment to the comprehensive and sustainable human development.”

Aguilar has been teaching courses at TAMU-CC for more than two years under the Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction. He currently teaches courses in the public school principal preparation program and conducts research on issues of social justice in education.