Meet the Faculty

Daniele Fioretti


Study Abroad Program Name: Italy: Writing, Media, Culture

Program Location: Florence, Italy

Program Title: Director

Second Study Abroad Program: Italy: Visions and Contrasts

Program Location: Florence, Italy

Program Title: Director

Biography: Daniele Fioretti is a lecturer of Italian at Miami University. Since 2014, Fioretti has led study abroad programs in Florence, Italy, to help students learn more about Italy and Italian food and visual culture. Fioretti’s academic background includes Dottorato di Ricerca in Italianistica from the University of Florence, Italy, and PhD in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She applies this knowledge to teach her students about Italian culture and history.

Daniel Hall


Study Abroad Program Name: Samoa: Law and Justice

Program Location: Samoa and Hawaii

Program Title: Director

Second Study Abroad Program Name: Miami Nation: Culture, Justice, Intercultural Competence

Program Location: Oklahoma

Program Title: Co-Director

Biography: Daniel E. Hall is professor of Justice and Community Studies, Political Science, and Global and Intercultural Studies (affiliate). He teaches U.S. Constitutional Law and comparative law and justice. He is also visiting professor of law at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Before joining the academy full-time, Dr. Hall was assistant attorney general of the Federated States of Micronesia, practiced law in Kansas, was judicial law clerk to Hon. Gene Brooks, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and a bailiff to Hon. William Miller, Judge, Vanderburgh Circuit Court (Indiana). As an intern, he also worked for U.S. Congressman Frank McCloskey (Indiana) and the Brookings Institution.

John Jeep


Study Abroad Program Name: Intensive German Summer

Program Location: Heidelberg, Jena, Dessau, Berlin

Program Title: Program Director

Biography: John M. Jeep traveled to Colombia, South America while in High School. Before beginning studies at the university level, he was selected for an American Field Service study abroad year in Austria. After working for AFS for summer, participating in selection, later (in Germany) in orientation, and studying in the US, he and his wife embarked on study in Europe (Germany, Spain), earning a M.A. in German Philology at the University of Münster. Following his PhD (University of Chicago), he came to Miami University, where he has directed the Intensive German Summer Program a dozen and a half times, expanding the program from Heidelberg and Berlin to include Jena and Dessau. Students pursue an intense classroom regimen accompanied by on site visits, excursions, and encounters with local families and experts. Immersion in the German speaking environment allows for optimal language learning coupled with informed and reflective cultural competence.

Janice Kinghorn


Study Abroad Program Name: FSB South East Asia

Program Location: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore

Program Title: Faculty

Biography: Janice Kinghorn is a professor at Miami University who has led previous study abroad programs in Central America, Cuba, Europe and Southeast Asia, and this year will be living in Luxembourg. She strongly believes in the power of experiential learning because she has seen its power in the lives of her students and have benefited from it herself. On the study abroad programs she wants students to connect their academic learning with gained observations by hearing from local experts, talking with locals, and seeing relevant sites. She believes her study abroad students will test academic theories against their experience, and develop intercultural competencies through frequent reflection on their experiences, direct connections with the locals, and immersive experiences in the local culture.

Nohelia Rojas-Miesse


Study Abroad Program Name: Immersion Spanish

Program Location: Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Program Title: Director and Instructor

Second Study Abroad Program Name: Integrating Spanish and Health

Program Location: Nicaragua

Program Title: Director and Instructor

Biography: A Nicaraguan native, Nohelia Roj moved to the U.S. with her family when she was twelve. She earned her B.A in Spanish Education from the University of La Verne (California) and a Master's degree from Miami University. Since 2009, she has led a program focusing on language, cultural and healthcare in Granada, Nicaragua. Most recently she developed a new summer language and culture immersion program to Heredia, Costa Rica. Nohelia's skill at developing high impact, immersive, culturally relevant programs has been recognized both at Miami and beyond. In 2015 she received the first John E. Dolibois Faculty Award for Innovation in Global Programming. The award recognizes excellence and innovation in study abroad programming and a commitment to increasing intercultural competency among Miami University students. Then, in 2016, she received The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Globally Engagement Initiative Award which recognizes outstanding community-engaged, immersive learning experiences which focus on world languages.

James Shiveley


Study Abroad Program Name: Comparing U.S. and European Schools

Program Location: Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany

Program Title: Director

Second Study Abroad Program: Community Engagement in Mexico

Program Location: Mazatlan, Mexico

Program Title: Co-Director

Biography: Jim Shiveley is the Charles and Frances Condit Endowed Professor of Teacher Education and the Director of International Programs for the College of Education, Health and Society. He currently leads a study abroad program to Europe each summer which satisfies the Miami Plan Capstone requirement. This course provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates who are planning to enter the teaching profession to participate in lectures and discussions about American and European culture and educational systems. Students will engage in personal observations of European classrooms in Luxembourg and Austria, and interact professionally and personally with European students and educators. Aside from this program, Shiveley also assists with a Community Engagement study abroad program that goes to Mazatlan, Mexico each Winter Term.

Mark Walsh


Program Title: Associate Professor

Study Abroad Program Name: Life at Altitude in Southeast Asia

Program Location: Nepal

Second Study Abroad Program: Health and Culture in Iceland

Program Location: Iceland

Third Study Abroad Program: Health and Human Culture in Peru

Program Location: Machu Picchu

Biography: After completing his Master’s degree in the U.S., Mark moved to Cologne, Germany, to pursue his PhD at the Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln. While living in Cologne he became the contact person for American students participating in a semester abroad program and also worked translating research papers and official documents into English. During those 8 years abroad, Mark developed a deep curiosity about the similarities and differences of the people and cultures of different countries. Hitchhiking, training, and cycling through Europe and parts of Asia provided the vehicle for learning as much as he could about the people and places he explored and himself. After moving back to the United States, he wanted to share his passion for engaging in different cultures with his students. In 2007, he started leading study abroad experiences and has led over 20 trips to various locations, including Peru, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Nepal, Tibet, Qatar, Hong Kong, and Iceland.