Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Thu 07 Sep - Sun 10 Sep, 2006

Ron Clifton Ron Clifton (Faculty)

Country/Region: United States of America

Stetson University

Most Recently Attended: (2005)
Salzburg Seminar American Studies Alumni Association: American Culture in the U.S. and Abroad

Biography:
Ronald Clifton is a retired counselor in the Senior Foreign Service of the United States. During twenty-five years in the diplomatic service he served in Calcutta, New Delhi, Tunis, Dublin, Brussels, London and Washington in public affairs, educational, and cultural positions. From 1997 until 2005, he was an associate vice president at Stetson University and the founding director of the Stetson University Campus and Center in Celebration, Florida. As such, he was responsible for promoting professional development of educators and the use of "best practices" and technology in the classroom. Dr. Clifton has been an adjunct professor in the American Studies Department of Stetson University since 1996, where he teaches courses related to American culture, foreign policy, and the impact of America abroad. Dr. Clifton was the founder and former director of the American Studies Center of the Salzburg Seminar, between 1994 and 1996. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, he received a B.A. in history, economics, and political science, and an M.A. in American studies from Stetson University; and an M.A., and Ph.D. in American civilization and comparative cultural studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr. Clifton served as a faculty member at ASC 28, Technology and the Integrated Classroom, in 2001, and as co-chair of ASC 32, Digital Inclusion: Confronting the Information Gap, in 2003. He has also served as faculty presenter in the first two SSASAA symposia. He is accompanied by his wife, Gwili Clifton, who was formerly a program assistant at the Salzburg Seminar.