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Haglund Honored by Selection as Hardeman Award Recipient

Elaine Haglund photo
Photo by Victoria Sanchez

Elaine Haglund’s acceptance of the 2008 Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Award means a great deal to her, but she wants to make one thing clear. To paraphrase the late Senator Lloyd Bentsen from Texas who made a similar statement about President John Kennedy during a 1988 vice presidential debate, Haglund says, “I served with Perk Hardeman; I knew Perk Hardeman; he was a friend of mine...but I am no Perk Hardeman. 

“I developed enormous respect for Perk’s courage in taking a stand — such as on faculty rights and academic freedom — at a time on this campus when it was not comfortable to do so,” said Haglund, who midway through her career at CSULB witnessed Hardeman as a dynamic leader in the Academic Senate. “I admired his willingness to listen and to be open to others’ perspectives. He became one of my primary models for leadership through his ability to connect people, to acknowledge their contributions; to demonstrate human civility and cheerful congeniality despite differences — to take the high road. In essence, he fervently believed in shared governance. And I suspect that it is the ‘shared governance’ aspect of the Hardeman Award that, for me, has always set it aside from the others.”

Haglund learned of her selection for the award while teaching this last semester in Kazakhstan where the challenges were many. She said that news of the award lent overwhelming support and was perhaps even more meaningful because of the adjustments she was undergoing at the time in the former Soviet republic where the general mode of operation she experienced was NOT shared governance.

Haglund, who will begin her fifth year of the FERP program, was also a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 1989 and later was selected as a CSULB Legacy Lecturer. She has spent her 37 years at CSULB in the Department of Educational Psychology, Administration, and Counseling — primarily in the department’s Social and Multicultural Foundations master’s program with its emphasis in international/global education. However, as the former director of the department's Educational Psychology Clinic, she has worked in the areas of learning disabilities, counseling, and human development. Her research has focused on in social justice issues as they impact the education sector in both the domestic and international realms.

In close collaboration with the campus’ Center for International Education, she has directed the university's study abroad programs; helped establish and implement the Global Education Program in Southern California through a generous statewide grant; helped coordinate the International Student Teacher Exchange Program in England, Wales and Mexico; and has been actively involved in the all-university effort to internationalize the curriculum, including overseas study/internships and international service learning opportunities.

Haglund’s involvement in international education is evident through her two years of teaching as a senior lecturer in Nigeria under a Fulbright-Hays fellowship; a semester of teaching at Hangzhou University in the People's Republic of China; a semester on sabbatical in Quito, Ecuador, at the Universidad de San Francisco; teaching and consulting at Eastern Mediterranean University, Northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus, as well as at Hanoi National University in Vietnam; faculty development work in Kazakhstan at KIMEP University; a consultancy with Teacher Corps in Micronesia; a summer studying ESL in Mexico, as well as teaching for the U.S. schools for seven years in Germany and Japan. More recently, she participated in a Fulbright-Hays study seminar in South Africa.

When asked about facets of her career that have proved most fulfilling to her, she reflected on a couple of achievements that stand out.

“In scaling down from all that Perk managed to accomplish here and throughout the CSU — I’m told that my efforts over the past many years have made a difference in the institutional ethos of CSULB by reinforcing and, yes, pushing vigorously for the internationalization of the campus,” said Haglund. “Largely due to the leadership of Maurice Harari who in the late 1980s initiated our international efforts, the campus has changed significantly in this regard. Unbeknownst to many at CSULB, our university is known nationally for having early-on spearheaded the movement to internationalize. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve come a very long way in our journey and goal of global literacy and I believe the momentum will continue, especially through the leadership of our internationally-minded President F. King Alexander and Provost Karen Gould.”

Haglund believes the greatest satisfaction has been the personal involvement with scores and scores of CSULB faculty/staff and what they have been able to achieve in internationalizing the university.

“And although CSULB has witnessed a dramatic increase in students participating in overseas study, internships, and service, only a small percentage of our students take advantage of those opportunities,” she said. “The more significant challenge has been to reach the majority of our students through the internationalizing of the curriculum/academic programming and co-curricular activities. I plan to continue my zeal by charging the established momentum, hopefully in the tradition of Perk Hardeman’s exemplary and inspiring leadership, with the ongoing goal of increasing global literacy and international/intercultural understanding among us all.”