To inspire transformational impact on international education at UNC Charlotte, Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau, associate professor of German and comparative literature, has focused on building partnerships that have impacted students, other faculty and the broader community. Currently associate chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Aliaga-Buchenau has been a UNC Charlotte faculty member since 2002. During her tenure, she has embraced international education in her teaching, service and research.
Her focus on building strategic, sustainable initiatives and partnerships stands out. During the past 16 years, her leadership has proven critical to the growth of the number of German majors from 32 to 110. Contributing to this growth has been her keen focus on expanding opportunities for students to study, work and intern abroad, with a parallel focus on growing community partnerships to support those students. In a sign of her impact, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative was named in her honor. With the support of generous community donors, the initiative provides scholarships to fund students’ study-abroad experiences related to human rights and social justice. It also brings to the campus and broader community individuals who have personally witnessed important U.S. or world human rights or social justice events from within those events. Witnesses present a free series of lectures to students, faculty, staff, and the greater Charlotte community. Read more >>