Moyen Honored With Global Fellowship

Thursday, October 18, 2012

20121018 Eric Moyen

By: Christian Downes  

Dr. Eric Moyen, associate professor of education at Lee, recently attended the Salzburg Global Seminar held in Salzburg, Austria Oct. 2 to Oct. 7, 2012.

Moyen was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship by the Appalachian College Association, affording him the opportunity to attend the seminar titled, "Optimizing Talent-Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide: Higher Education and Lifelong Learning."

 "I was excited and humbled to have the opportunity to represent Lee, and the Appalachian College Association at this Salzburg Global Seminar," said Moyen. "It allowed me to engage in the broader dialogue about the financial and social challenges facing many students seeking postsecondary education."

The seminar strives to magnify the effect of individuals and institutions that bring humane values to global challenges and seeks senior decision makers and younger leaders who will continue to develop and influence educational policy, locally and globally.

Moyen is one of more than 65 Salzburg Global Fellows from 25 different countries who attended this distinguished academic venture, and joins a fellowship comprising more than 21,000 individuals from 156 countries around the world.

This seminar addressed topics of life-long learning and successful transitions. The goal was to identify, develop, and refine strategies that optimize the talent of young people in a way that has the broadest benefit to individuals and their respective societies.

"In general, higher education has been very proactive about increasing access to college, but less emphasis has been placed on student-success after they have arrived on campus," continued Moyen. "In this way, I think Lee University is really a leader in higher education."

Moyen also serves as Lee's Director of First Year Programs, the primary professor of pedagogy, and the Lee liaison for a number of Teach American History grants. These grants provide professional development for K-12 school teachers in Southeast Tennessee who are seeking to improve their teaching of American history.

Other Lee faculty members who have attended Salzburg Seminars include: Drs. Gary Riggins, Karen Mundy Judkins, Stephen Swindle, Matthew Melton, and Jayson VanHook.