Wednesday, August 25, 2010
As a 2010 Erskine Fellow, Dr. Hope Corman, professor of Economics at Rider University, taught a special topics health-economics course to a post-graduate honors class this summer at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Each year, Canterbury University invites 70 distinguished, international academic visitors representing the disciplines of commerce, engineering and science to present lectures to its students during a one- to three-month period. Corman is teaching the class in Canterbury’s Economics department.
Corman, who was in New Zealand from July 6 through August 23, said she was thrilled to learn that she had been selected for the prestigious fellowship, and she thought it was a great opportunity to teach and work collaboratively in a different country. Her experience has certainly been rewarding.
“I have truly enjoyed teaching a small honors seminar in topics in health economics,” she said. “I have enjoyed the collaborative spirit of my colleagues, and it has been enriching to live and work in a different country. Of course, I have enjoyed the travel opportunities, as well.”
At Rider, Corman directs the Health Administration Program, which offers an interdisciplinary minor in one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The program is composed of a variety of faculty members and students from various disciplines, including science, social science and business students. The dynamic field of health administration requires collaborative efforts from various perspectives.
In addition to learning more about the “Kiwi spirit” of hardworking New Zealanders who do not take themselves “too seriously,” Corman said her work there has had an impact on her personally and professionally.
“The experience further ignites my desire to travel and work in different places,” she explained. “I have certainly gained a more global perspective on health and health care.”