David Bzdak is loving his academic journey. While he admits he misses his favorite season (autumn) and the OCC community, Bzdak is enjoying his time teaching and living in India. “It’s been a great experience so far. Students have responded positively and it’s been really nice being close to my wife’s family.”
Bzdak (pronounced BIZ-dak) is a Philosophy professor at OCC who was named a Fulbright Scholar. Fulbright is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Bzdak is teaching philosophy at Savitribai Phule Pune University in Pune, India. His wife earned her master’s degree there and most of her family still lives in Pune. “It’s been really nice being close to my wife’s family. My children are getting to know their grandparents for the first time and being spoiled rotten by all their aunts, uncles and cousins!”
In the classroom Bzdak has enjoyed teaching in a different culture. “Students have responded positively even though my methods are a bit different from what they’re used to. For example, I give lots of in-class work, and I have a greater expectation of participation from them than they’re used to.” Bzdak is also spending time being a student while he’s in India. He’s taking classes and developing an “Intro to Asian Philosophy” course which he will bring back to OCC with him.
Bzdak, his wife and three children will return to Central New York in April 2017. While he’s enjoying his time in India he knows he’ll be happy to return to campus and see familiar faces. “I’ve realized what a tight community we have at OCC and I’ve missed the interactions with the students, my colleagues and everyone at the College.”
We’ll look forward to his return to campus next April! In the meantime you can keep up with Bzdak’s daily adventures on his blog at davidbzdak.com.