Blog and opinion
2 February 2018 • Juul Gooren
Doing all the fun stuff
That was it Denise. All good things come to an end. Back in The Hague and back at THUAS. It is good to be back and at the same time I would have loved to spend another semester in Denver and at MSU. It will take me some time to get adjusted. Over here it is back to the familiar and old routine. I am really going to miss my freedom because of the administrative duties that were no longer on my plate while abroad as well as the smooth operation of work processes in your organization.
The US is of course famous for its bureaucracy and red tape. The mandatory training courses for new lecturers on Bullying Prevention for Higher Education, Disability Awareness Training, Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence, Roadrunners United: Interpersonal Violence Prevention Training, Unlawful Harassment Prevention for Higher Education and Unlawful Harassment Prevention for Higher Education Supplement are a clear case in point. Regardless of your liability culture I still felt more autonomy and discretion as a lecturer. It was refreshing not to deal with competencies, learning goals, curriculum committees, assessment committees, team meetings, scheduling offices, support offices and Osiris. Perhaps that was also because of my temporary status as a visiting scholar. I got to play the exotic stranger who gets to do all the fun stuff. I do think however that THUAS is overregulated as compared to MSU.
We did this as part of a signed partnership between our universities. Normally a Memorandum of Understanding is more relevant to administrators doing something on ‘internationalization’ but in this case a few lecturers on both sides kept in touch and managed to give some real substance to the intention of collaboration. MSU Denver is already visiting THUAS on an almost yearly basis as part of a study abroad trip and after our adventure both universities showed to be capable of organizing lecturer exchanges. In the near future it will be possible to arrange student exchanges so students on both sides can do some electives abroad. I know some of our students are eager to follow a few courses at MSU and the same goes for your students who would like the opportunity to study in Europe. While in Denver and thinking about my legacy I have set this in motion so starting next Fall semester you might have some our students in your classroom.
The field of safety and security requires an international scope since we live in a global village. If Trump twitters this has repercussion everywhere. To have an active partnership with you guys on the other side of The Atlantic is great since you are still setting the tone when it comes to criminal justice, defense as well as health and safety norms. Although internalization is a big thing it is actually hardly new to the SSMS program at THUAS. As you know most of my colleagues at work are foreigners so you blended in perfectly. Apart from three Dutchies they are from all parts of the world (Germany, France, UK, South-Africa, Philippines, China, India, Czech Republic, Greece, US.) The same goes for our students. Everyone I talked to really enjoyed having you and we are looking forward welcoming more Americans from MSU Denver.
I hope you are enjoying the weather up there 1 mile high. It will not surprise you it is cloudy and rainy in The Netherlands. I miss the blue sky and the sun already. Give my best to your students and colleagues. We will be in touch.
PS you don’t like ‘bitterballen’!?
Read Denises previous blog.
Juul Gooren is a visiting scholar from The Netherlands who was teaching at MSU Denver for the Fall semester. This is part of a lecturer exchange between THUAS and MSU Denver. He has a MSc in Criminology and a LLM in Criminal Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Juul writes this blog to his counterpart from Denver, Denise Mowder who currently works at THUAS. Denise answers Juul in a blog of her own.