Dr. Stacey Nickson, Director of Auburn’s Center for Educational Outreach & Engagement began partnering with Culture Bump in 2012. She serves as the Product Director and University Partnership Director for Culture Bump. She created and administers the Auburn University Cultural Insight Program as a home for research, training and product development using the Culture Bump Approach. As such, she presents workshops and seminars locally, nationally and internationally to train educational leaders from varied disciplines in cross-cultural communication. As a Fulbright Specialist and president of the Alabama Fulbright Association, she continues to work with the theory in the international arena. She and Dr. Archer have collaborated on publications including “The Impact of Culture Bump and technology on creating effective diversity leadership”, “Culture Bump: An Instructional Process for Cultural Insight;” and “The Role of Culture Bump in Developing Intercultural Communication Competency and Internationalizing Psychology.”
Dr. Carol Archer is the originator of the Culture Bump theory and methodology. She’s an international trainer and coach, based in Houston, TX.
She first started working with the Culture Bump theory in October of 1978 and has since trained people in various fields, such as international business, religion, education, and medicine to use the approach in their work and lives. With a Doctorate in Education, she spent over 30 years as a teacher of cross-cultural communication and ESL with the University of Houston’s Language & Culture Center and as a professor of ESL strategies and second language acquisition theories at the University of St. Thomas.
She is the author of Living with Strangers in the U.S.A: Communicating Beyond Culture published in 1990 and the multimedia training courses the Toolkit for Culture and Communication in 2004. In addition to teaching and research, she has worked with companies like AT&T, Pecten/Shell Oil, Exxon, and the World Trade Association to train over 1,000 businessmen and women from the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the USA using the Culture Bump Approach. Additionally, Dr. Archer developed cultural orientation for refugees for the State of Texas and served as a cross-cultural consultant for the PBS series, “Images of America.” Currently, she serves as a consultant to Auburn University’s Program for Cultural Insight. She speaks Spanish and studied Arabic and French. She enjoys her extended family, gardening, and playing the piano.
Book Link: www.amazon.com/Living-strangers-USA-Communicating-Learning-ebook/dp/B00SUMOAE2
The genesis of the culture bump theory and steps occurred to Dr. Carol Mae Archer in 1978 as a response to her grappling with her difficulties living in Algeria the previous year. Thus, the eight steps of Culture Bump and its basic foundation were born. Over the past 40 years, Culture Bump has grown in understanding of that initial insight as many people have contributed and developed it.
We sit down with Dr. Carol Archer and Dr. Stacey Nickson to discuss Culture Bump, where it has been and where it is headed.
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