Chattanooga State’s Goldsmith To Teach In China

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Dr. Ken Goldsmith
Dr. Ken Goldsmith

Chattanooga State Community College professor, Dr. Kenneth Goldsmith will take a sabbatical this semester to teach at Ningbo University of Technology in China. Dr. Goldsmith who is the Professor of Legal Studies and Paralegal program director in the Business and Information Technologies Division will spend 12 weeks teaching business law in a bachelor of science of accounting program. The accounting program is a joint degree between Ningbo University of Technology and Delaware State University.


When asked why teach in China, Dr. Goldsmith responded, “It’s a unique professional development opportunity. Being a visiting scholar is the ultimate goal of any faculty member.” Dr. Goldsmith will be teaching Chinese students in English. However, he must still take into consideration the cross-cultural differences. “Overall, I expect the experience to enhance my teaching skills at Chattanooga State.”


Dr. Goldsmith, who has been on Chattanooga State’s faculty since 2008, is well versed in business practices. He has a law degree from the University of Florida and earned a Doctor of Business Administration in Leadership from the University of Phoenix.


Ningbo University of  Technology is located in Ningbo, a city of approximately seven million people, which is two and a half hours south of Shanghai. It is a port city known for seafood. The climate is hot and humid due to its subtropical location. While in China, Dr. Goldsmith received word that he had been hired by Delaware State University to deliver four-year degree level courses in accounting at Ningbo University.


Dr. Goldsmith traveled to China in May for three weeks to shadow and study Southern Adventist University’s study abroad program He was invited by the retiring Dean Don Van Orman (retired), who knew of Goldsmith’s interest in Asia and building foreign relations opportunities for faculty, staff and students.


While there in May, Dr. Goldsmith also visited Canton, Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He even had the chance to go to Zhangjiajie National Park, a United Nations World Heritage site and the number one tourist attraction for the Chinese people.


According to Dr. Goldsmith, numerous Chinese students he met expressed the desire to come to the United States to pursue graduate studies. “It only goes to show that education is truly a global resource in today’s economy,” he says.


Dr. Goldsmith hopes to build the beginning stages of a relationship with the Chinese that will lead to exchange programs for both Chattanooga State faculty and students while he is in the region. He intends to visit two university campuses in Taiwan. Armed with a letter of agreement signed by Chattanooga State President Jim Catanzaro, he will be able to cultivate a more mature and formalized relationship with the university officials who meet with him.


“We want our students to be more aware of internationalization and globalization in education and employment,” said Dr. Goldsmith.



Student Essay Contest To Focus On Citizenship

 The Tennessee Secretary of State's office is kicking off its second annual student essay contest to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. The essays will focus on citizenship with length requirements varying by grade level. Schools may submit two essays for kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through ... (click for more)

Love For Lumberton Project At Chattanooga State

Before Hurricane Irma unleashed her fury, there was Hurricane Harvey, which heavily flooded Houston and the surrounding areas – among them was Lumberton, TX, a small town near Beaumont with just under 12,000 residents. The town, virtually underwater, is hometown to Associate Professor Erica Lux, who naturally was worried about her family and friends there. The flood waters have ... (click for more)

Prosecutor Asks Jury To Find Morse Guilty In Massacre At Lookout Valley RV Park

Prosecutor Cameron Williams on Tuesday asked a Criminal Court jury to find Derek Morse guilty of three counts of first-degree murder as well as attempted first-degree murder in a massacre at a Lookout Valley RV Park on April 9, 2014. Morse, who was 19 at the time, is standing trial in the courtroom of Judge Barry Steelman. Skyler Allen, who was 22 when the shots rang out, ... (click for more)

Defense Will Not Get Federal Witness In Trial Of Truck Driver Charged In Wreck That Killed 6 People

The federal government is resisting sending a lab technician from Oklahoma to Chattanooga for next week's trial of Benjamin Brewer, who is charged in the wreck at Ooltewah that claimed six lives. Mike Little of the public defender's office said the defense should be entitled to have a live witness, but he also said he did not want the trial delayed again. A jury was selected ... (click for more)

Tired Of Property Tax Increases

Why is it every time the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County want to raise money they have to punish the homeowners?  I'm sick of the few paying for the many.   If you want to be fair, I would not complain on a 1/2 cent local sales tax raise since everyone would have to contribute their fair share.  Or how about a wheel tax which would get everyone who owns ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where’s God In This?

Over half of Florida is still trying to catch its breath and now there is another murderer, one named Maria, mauling Puerto Rico this morning on her way to the United States. On August 25 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. It killed an estimated 50 people, displaced more than a million people and damaged some 200,000 homes in a path of more than 300 miles. The bills haven’t been sent out ... (click for more)