In her fifteen years as a faculty member at Ship, Dr. Lynn Baynum estimates she’s taught at least 2,000 students in the teacher education program. Two years ago, Baynum took her experience from the classroom and applied it to a new role as interim dean for the College of Education and Human Services, and she recently was named director for the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. After teaching kindergarten, third grade, middle school, and college students, Baynum said she still doesn’t know what compelled her to pursue teaching.
It can be a challenge to sell an activity that requires additional homework, but that’s exactly what students in Ship’s BSW and MSW Research Clubs sign up to do.
In the Kingdom of Bhutan, a country in south-central Asia about the size of West Virginia and Maryland combined, access to mental health care is scarce. There is only one full-time, Bhutan-born psychiatrist in its population of just under 800,000 people.
Mental health is a well-established concept within Bhutan’s unique focus on the well-being of its citizens known as Gross National Happiness. Resources for those with mental health challenges in Bhutan have become a national priority over the past ten years, and Dr. Kurt Kraus, profes-sor of counseling, has been an integral part of the conversation.