Name: Margarita Alario
Organisation: University of Wisconsin System
Role: Associate Professor
Country: United States
I have been a University Professor for more than seventeen years. Since its inception I have been responsible for curriculum design, implementation and evaluation of multidisciplinary academic development. Likewise and in the process, I have developed an extensive record in research, teaching, program development, coordination and management in the areas of social science, public policy and environmental studies (with focus on social justice, sustainable development and environmental education outreach). My strong analytic, conceptual and quantitative skills are evident in the list of peer-review publications in multidisciplinary social and natural sciences journals; where I have been subjected to the rigorous evaluation of my peers in the application of research methods and substantive research project development. In the course of my career, I have been called to build programs in institution of higher education both nationally (USA) and internationally. In the USA I performed such duties at the State University of New York, where I was co-Principal Investigator of an innovative pedagogical approach research grant that won a National Endowment of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation Award. I also pursued similar duties at the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin, all in the USA. As a Fulbright Scholar, 1998-1999, I was an academic curriculum advisor and consultant to the Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay. During this time, I was regularly invited and consulted with the Universidad de Morón, and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Within this region, I have aided several institutions of higher education in Colombia. As a rule, I have performed these duties on volunteer basis; as it is my norm to waive my consultant fees to institutions of education and other organizations in developing nations. In 2006, I was awarded the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Research Grant Award to pursue my work at the Centre for Social Research in Berlin, Germany, where I pursued my research agenda which gave me the opportunity to further strengthen my research and international exposure. Last but not least, I have been asked to participate in several professional and scientific advisory committees to develop policy recommendations to advance education and multidisciplinary program development. In all of these activities, I have earned the praise of my colleagues for my high work standards and ethics and punctual deliverance under tight deadlines.