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Maxine P. Atkinson is Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University where she has taught since completing doctoral work at Washington State University in 1980. She currently serves as a TH!NK Faculty Fellow, mentoring other instructors at NC State in how to teach critical and creative thinking and as Chair of the American Sociological Society’s Section on Teaching and Learning. She served as Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (2008-2013) and directed the university’s First Year Inquiry program from 2004-2008. She has taught NC State study abroad students in London for the past three summers.

Dr. Atkinson has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the US, and the Caribbean.  She has published extensively on effective teaching techniques including her 2015 book titled In the Trenches: Teaching and Learning Sociology.  Dr. Atkinson is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009), the highest teaching award given by the University of North Carolina system of colleges and universities.  She also won her discipline’s highest teaching honor when she received Professors Maxine Atkinson and Richard Slatta, faculty directors for the FYI in Prague programthe 2011 American Sociological Association Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award.



Richard W. Slatta is professor of history at North Carolina State University, where he has taught since completing doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He also directs the university’s First Year Inquiry program. He has taught NC State study abroad students in London for the past three summers. He and his wife of 33 years, Professor Maxine P. Atkinson, also lead teaching workshops on teaching first-year students, study abroad best practices, inquiry-guided learning, and more.

Slatta has extensive international experience. He worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in a squatter settlement outside Panama City and served two years with the Second Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas. He has traveled throughout Latin America, the US (including Hawaii), and Alberta, Canada, researching comparative frontiers.

Slatta’s ten published books include Simón Bolívar’s Quest for Glory (2003), Cowboy: The Illustrated History (2006), The Mythical West (2001), Cowboys of the Americas (1990), and Gauchos and the Vanishing Frontier (1983). His books have received awards from the American Library Association, Library Journal, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the American Cowboy Culture Association, and the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies.


Sean Addley, International Programs Coordinator, joined the Study Abroad
Office in June 2013. He is responsible for coordinating the Prague Institute programs, and is the liaison between College of Design faculty and the Study Abroad Office.  He splits his time between the Study Abroad Office and the College of Design.181621_10100501122832644_1469068_n (1)

Sean has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Geography and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration, both from Michigan State University. During his undergraduate career, Sean participated in three study abroad programs, travelling to Greece, Dominican Republic, and Dubai, UAE. After completing his year of student teaching at an international school in Dubai, Sean continued to live and work in Dubai for another two years as an elementary school teacher. His experiences living and working abroad solidified his passion for and commitment to international education.