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Jason A. Scorza

Professor of Philosophy & Political Science
Vice Provost for International Education

scorza@fdu.edu, 201-692-7360; Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1000 River Road, H-DH2-15, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Interests, courses taught:
Ethics and politics; ethics and political leadership; political philosophy; global citizenship; global education; civic education; distance learning.

Credentials, capsule biography:

Jason A. Scorza is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Vice Provost for International Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey (USA).  In the latter capacity he oversees international global learning programs, global partnerships, and international initiatives.

Scorza is a major contributor to Fairleigh Dickinson’s global education and distance learning initiatives and is co-recipient of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) award for Outstanding Online Course and recipient of the Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.  Under his leadership, Fairleigh Dickinson University was recognized with a 2009 Spotlight Award by NAFSA: Association of International Educators for its exceptional use of technology to promote campus internationalization.  His work in the area of distance learning has been featured in The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  

Scorza is Secretary-General of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and a member of the United Nations/IAUP Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace.  Scorza also is the main curriculum coordinator for the WISE Program on Education Leadership.  He has served as an adviser to the African Union Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology for the development of the Pan African University (PAU), a member of the Board of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), and a member of the Board of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF).  In 2007, Scorza was chosen to participate in the prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, a selective higher education leadership development program that prepares senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.  He is a member of the ACE Council of Fellows Executive Committee and the ACE Internationalization Collaborative Advisory Board.  He has served on institution review teams for the ACE Internationalization Laboratory and for the Middle States Association.

Scorza earned his Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University and is author of a book, Strong Liberalism: Habits of Mind for Democratic Citizenship (Tufts University Press, 2007), as well as articles appearing in journals including Political Theory, The Review of Politics, Theory and Research in Education, and the International Journal of Politics and Ethics.  He also has presented papers on global education and distance learning at meetings of the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), NAFSA: Associations of International Educators, the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), the American Association of Colleges and University (AACU), the American Political Science Association (APSA), and the International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning.

Publications, press mentions:

 

Books

 

The Moral Price: Freedom and Fairness in the Global Marketplace (manuscript in development)

 

Strong Liberalism: Habits of Mind for Democratic Citizenship (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England/Tufts University Press, 2007).

 

 

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

 

“Facing Up to Civic Pluralism,” Theory and Research in Education (November 2006).

 

“Do On-line Students Dream of Electric Teachers?,” The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (June 2005).

 

“Liberal Citizenship and Civic Friendship,” Political Theory (February 2004).

 

“Political Self-Reliance and Liberal Citizenship,” International Journal of Politics and Ethics (2003).

 

“The Ambivalence of Political Courage,” The Review of Politics (Fall 2001). [also featured in the Periodical Observer section of The Wilson Quarterly (Spring 2002)]

 

 

Short Articles, Book Chapters, and Reviews

 

"Can We Be Citizens of the World?" in Constructs of Home, eds. Nilufer Bharucha, Sridhar Rajeswaran, Klaus Stierstorfer (Rawat Publications, forthcoming).

 

"Two Concepts of Global Learning" in IIENetworker Magazine (Institute for International Education, Spring 2014).

 

“The Challenges of Global On-Line Education,” with Hamid Shirvani, Khalid Alkhathlan and Fernando Leon Garcia (University World News, 27 November, 2011).

 

"Civic Friendship" in The International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

 

“Civic Education” in The International Encyclopedia of Political Science, ed. George T. Kurian (Congressional Quarterly, 2010).

 

“Cosmopolitanism” in The International Encyclopedia of Political Science, ed. George T. Kurian (Congressional Quarterly, 2010).

 

“The Plasticity of Higher Education,” ACE Council of Fellows Newsletter (Spring 2010).

 

Neal Dolan, "Emerson's Liberalism," New England Quarterly, Volume 83, Issue 1 (March 2010).

 

“Maybe Heroism Isn’t Dead,” in Changing Society: Readings for the Engaged Writer, 1st Edition, eds. Jerome Schwab and Amy Love (Prentice Hall, 2009).

 

“The Inevitability and Uncertainty of Ethics," Education USA Connections, Special Issue (Institute of International Education and the US State Department, 2010).

 

“Seizing the Moment: Windows of Opportunity in Times of Transition,” ACE Council of Fellows Newsletter (Spring 2009).

 

“The ‘New’ Students: Who, What, Where, and When?” ACE Council of Fellows Newsletter (Spring 2008).

 

Bob Pepperman Taylor, “Citizenship and Democratic Doubt: The Legacy of Progressive Thought,” Perspectives on Politics (December 2005).

 

Jack Crittenden, “Democracy’s Midwife: An Education in Deliberation,” Perspectives on Politics (June 2003).

 

“Individualism,” in Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, eds. Paul A. Djupe and Laura R. Olson (Facts on File, 2003).

 

“Declaration of Independence,” in Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, eds. Paul A. Djupe and Laura R. Olson (Facts on File, 2003).

 

“Puritanism,” in Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, eds. Paul A. Djupe and Laura R. Olson (Facts on File, 2003).

 

“Civil Disobedience,” in Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, eds. Paul A. Djupe and Laura R. Olson (Facts on File, 2003).

 

“Democracy in America (Tocqueville),” in Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, eds. Paul A. Djupe and Laura R. Olson (Facts on File, 2003).

 

“New Jersey,” in Civil Rights in the United States, eds. Waldo E. Martin and Patricia Sullivan (Macmillan Publishing USA, 2000).

 

“Social Darwinism,” in Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander J. Motyl (Academic Press, 2000).

 

“Eugenics,” in Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander J. Motyl (Academic Press, 2000).

 

“Ralph Waldo Emerson,” in Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander J. Motyl (Academic Press, 2000).

 

“Walt Whitman,” in Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander J. Motyl (Academic Press, 2000).

 

“Abraham Lincoln,” in Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander J. Motyl (Academic Press, 2000).

 

“Daniel Webster,” in Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander J. Motyl (Academic Press, 2000).

 

“Henry David Thoreau,” in Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander J. Motyl (Academic Press, 2000).

 

 

Scholarly Papers

 

"Facing up to Civic Pluralism," presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting (April 2009).

 

“Liberalism and the Politics of Irreverence,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2007).

 

“Social Entrepreneurship and Undergraduate Learning: Challenges and Opportunities for Political Science,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2007).

 

“Global Citizenship: The Paradox of Competency and Power,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2004).

 

“The ‘Vicious Circle’ of Republican Political Thought: Freedom, Patriotism and Courage,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2003).

 

“The Everyday Experience of Politics: Fear, Docility, and Liberal Citizenship,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2002).

 

“Teaching Citizenship: The Liberal Dilemma,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2001). [selected for inclusion in ERIC database]

 

“Liberal Citizenship and Political Self-Reliance,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2001).

 

“Political Docility and Political Self-Reliance,” presented at the New York State Political Science Association Annual Meeting (May 2001).

 

“The Status of Courage in Liberal Political Theory,” presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Meeting (November 1999).

 

“Uncivil Friendship: Emersonian Lessons for Democratic Disagreement,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 1998).

 

“Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Vision of Modern Democratic Life,” presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Meeting (November 1995).

 

“The Vision and Vulnerability of Lionel Trilling’s Liberal Imagination,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 1995).

 

“Mark Twain’s ‘Discriminating Irreverence’ and the Decline of the American Republic,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 1994).

 

 

Presentations

 

Speaker, “Global Education and the American Dream,” TEDxTalks (September 21, 2013): http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Global-Education-and-the-Americ


Presenter, “Global Innovation at FDU,” 2nd Annual Global Symposium, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce (September 10, 2013).

Presenter, “US Election 2012: Is Democracy Broken?” Gediz University, Izmir, Turkey (October 16, 2012).


Co-Presenter, with Mitch Leventhal, “Engaging Global Citizenship through General Education and Institutional Culture,” Association of International Education Administrators (February 20, 2012).


Panelist, “Beyond Higher Education: Resources and Partnerships for SIOs in Building Inclusive Societies,” Association of International Education Administrators (February 20, 2012).


Facilitator, “Re-Conceptualizing Internationalization at the Institutional Level: Leadership Models,” American Council on Education Internationalization Collaborative Annual Meeting (February 18, 2012).


Facilitator, “Institutional Perspectives: Comprehensive Universities,” American Council on Education Internationalization Collaborative Annual Meeting (February 18, 2012).


Facilitator/Presenter, “Innovations in Digital Didactics: Bridging Cultural Divides,” World Innovation Summit on Education [WISE], Doha, Qatar (November 2, 2011)

 

Keynote Speaker, “Toward Education For All: The Ethical Way Forward,” CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum, New York, USA (September 14, 2011).

 

Presenter, "Higher Education In Civil Society: Reflections on the UN Academic Impact Program,” CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum, Geneva, Switzerland (June 29, 2011).

Panelist, "NJ Higher Education & the New GI Bill," The 55th Annual Meeting of 

The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (October 29, 2009).

 

Presenter, "Global Learning," Bronx Community College, City University of New York, Bronx, NY (March 6, 2009).

 

Plenary Speaker, with Catherine Kelley, "Global Learning and Educational Technology Synergies," American Council on Education Internationalization Collaborative Annual Meeting, Washington DC (January 30, 2009).

 

Presenter, "UN Pathways at FDU," NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region X Annual Conference, Brooklyn, NY (November 10, 2008).

 

Presenter, “Is There a Teacher in this Class?,” Sloan Consortium Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida (November 5, 2008).

 

Keynote Speaker, “The Role of Technology in Teaching and Learning,” York College of the City University of NewYork Conference on Educational Technology, New York, NY (September 18, 2008).

 

Keynote Speaker, “Do On-line Students Dream of Electric Teachers?,” NJEdge.Net Faculty Best Practices Showcase, Teaneck, NJ (March 18, 2008).

 

Presenter, “Teaching On-Line: Secrets for Satisfaction, Strategies for Success,” Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (October 31, 2007).

 

Presenter, “Two Conceptions of Global Learning,” Mercy College Faculty Convocation, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (September 9, 2007).

 

Presenter, “Interactivity and Co-Presence,” Teaching With New Technologies Institute, Fairleigh Dickinson University (May 17, 2007).

 

Presenter, “What is World Citizenship,” Educating the World Citizen Global Learning in Gifted Education Symposia,” Wichita, KA (April 13, 2007).

 

Co-Presenter, with J. Michael Adams and Angelo Carfagna, “Educating and Assessing for World Citizenship: The Role of Universities in a Global Age,” presented at the Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference, Washington DC (February 2007).

 

Presenter, “Social Entrepreneurship in the New Academy,” presented at the American Association of Colleges and Universities Network for Academic Renewal Conference – Faculty Work and the New Academy, Chicago, IL (November 9, 2006).

 

Presenter, “The Life of the Mind: Practicing the Socratic Method Online,” presented at the American Association of Colleges and Universities Learning and Technology: Implications for Liberal Education and the Disciplines, Seattle, WA (April 20, 2006).

 

Presenter, “Technological Synergy in Support of Global Learning,” WCET 17th Annual Conference, San Francisco (November 4, 2005).

 

Guest Speaker, Distance Learning Academic Advisory Board (DLAAB), NJEdge, Middlesex County College (March 4, 2005).

 

Co-Presenter, with Martin Green and Pamela Schneider, “Multiple Embedded Assessment Techniques in a New First-Year Core Course,” presented at the American Association of Higher Education Assessment Conference, Denver, CO (June 12, 2004).

 

Presenter, “Going On-Line: Redesigning ‘The Global Challenge,’” NJEdge Conference on Course Redesign, Seton Hall University (May 5, 2004).

 

Featured Speaker, “The Perils of Political Courage,” Paul H. Douglas Ethics in Government Lecture, Institute of Government & Public Affairs, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (April 19, 2004).

 

Co-Presenter, with Catherine Kelley and Pamela Schneider, “The Global Challenge: An Online Requirement to Engage Freshmen with the World,” the American Association of Colleges and Universities Network for Academic Renewal Conference, Pedagogies of Engagement: New Designs for Learning in and Across the Curriculum, Chicago, IL (April 17, 2004).

 

Co-Presenter, with Madera Edwards, “Jazz Goes (Back) to College: Investigating the American Experience,” Annual New Jersey Communication Association, New Brunswick, NJ (March 27, 2004).

 

Co-Presenter, with Cheryl McKay and Diana Cvitan, “A Global Education Website: An Introduction to Global Issues Gateway,” Discover the World: Meeting the Standards Through Global Education, Hackensack, NJ (March 12, 2004).

 

Presenter, “The Life of the Mind: Teaching Philosophy On-Line,” First Annual NJEDge.Net Technology in Education Conference, Princeton, NJ (October 31, 2003).

 

Featured Speaker/Presenter, “Welcome to the World,” NAFSA Emerging Trends in Issues in Globalization Workshops and Conference, Marywood University (October 20, 2003).

 

Featured Speaker/Presenter, “The Global Challenge,” Faculty Development Workshop, Georgian Court College (August 27, 2003).

 

Presenter, “The Global Challenge: Educating Americans for Global Citizenship,” The Tenth International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning, University of London, London (July 16, 2003).

 

Co-Presenter, with Lana Tiersky, “You Can’t Do That On-Line: Integrating Technology into the Philosophy Curriculum,” NJEDge.Net Showcase, Kean State University (March 21, 2003).


Presenter, “Collaborations: Global Education and Distance Learning at FDU,” The American Council on Education Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (February 15, 2003).

 

Panelist, “Situating FDU: The Global Challenge,” Sixth Annual Conference of the New Jersey Communication Association, Madison, NJ (April 2002).

 

 

 

 

 


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