ACU's dean of COBA spends semester abroadPosted February 08, 2010
Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of ACU's College of Business Administration, has traded in his typical semester teaching students in the Mabee Business Building for something a little more ... scenic. He has traveled across the pond to teach this semester as part of ACU's Study Abroad program in Oxford, England.
"The mission of the university is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world," says Lytle, who is also a professor of marketing. "This mission is more likely achieved when students are able to engage other cultures around the globe as part of their educational experience from ACU, which makes our Study Abroad opportunities a critical part of the ACU promise."
While in Oxford, Lytle is teaching courses on leadership and marketing principles. Students will visit London, Paris and Normandy, and also travel to Whitby in northern England.
Students will also tour the Mini Cooper plant in Oxford, the only manufacturing facility for these vehicles in the world; A.C. Nielsen, a global marketing research firm; and Oxfam International, a group of non-governmental organizations working worldwide to fight poverty and injustice.
Lytle has taught abroad previously in Switzerland and with COBA's Summer Oxford program.
"I am passionate about global education," says Lytle. "This semester I hope to enable students to pursue cross-cultural interactions with customers, businesses as well as other students."
Lytle is only one of many ACU faculty members who take their expertise abroad each semester as a part of the university's Study Abroad programs in Oxford, Latin America and Germany.