Published: Mar 22, 2015 11:30:00 AM
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Gisela Buschle-Diller, professor in Auburn University’s Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering and faculty fellow associate director at Auburn’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, has been named to the Global Teaching Academy by the Auburn University Office of International Programs.
She was one of eight inductees chosen by the academy, an on-campus organization that recognizes faculty for their exceptional teaching and dedication to international programs. Members will also be inducted into the Phi Beta Delta Honorary Society for International Scholars.
Working with the College of Engineering Office of Student Services, Buschle-Diller coordinates the research abroad program for undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering. She established a full credit exchange program with the University of Applied Sciences in Reutlingen, Germany, and maintains additional exchange opportunities for students in polymer and fiber, materials and chemical engineering with universities in Dresden, Aachen, Mannheim and Stuttgart, Germany.
In addition to a number of existing student exchange and faculty-led programs in the college, additional study abroad opportunities are being established with universities in Italy, Austria, China and Taiwan. A new sustainable technologies and practices summer course in Pamplona, Spain was introduced to all majors at Auburn this year.
Buschle-Diller’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of natural and synthetic biopolymers, enzymatic processes involving fiber and polymer applications, polymers for medical applications and hydrogels and sustainability issues. She serves as a graduate, post-doctorate and faculty mentor and also serves as secretary for the Auburn University Senate. Buschle-Diller earned a doctorate in textile chemistry and fiber science from the University of Stuttgart in Germany.