Larisa Mistrean, Ph.D., an associate professor of finance at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Department of Investments and Banking Activity, will be a Fulbright Scholar at Anderson University during the spring semester of 2024.
Mistrean’s project is titled “Implementing Best Practices and Interactive Methods in Teaching Business at the Undergraduate and Graduate Level.” She plans to spend a week in each of the major business subject area classes to observe teaching practices with the goal of identifying teaching methods that she can integrate into her own pedagogy. Additionally, she will provide a report to the College of Business faculty that describes what she found: similarities across classes, differences, unique approaches.
Professor Mistrean earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Craiova in Romania in 1996 and speaks Romanian, Russian and English. She has experience teaching several university courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Some of the courses she has taught include Bank Management, Monetary Policy Strategies, and Banking Products and Services. While in the United States, professor Mistrean plans to co-teach courses, offer workshops, and give presentations related to the past, present and future of Moldova and the Moldovan economy.
While at Anderson, her daughter will be attending T.L. Hanna High School.
“I am so excited. I know that I will find out a lot of different professors’ teaching skills. I will be very interested in different types of learning groups, experimental activities, student centered teaching methods—different activities I can then implement in my own university,” Dr. Mistrean said. “Of course, I very much want to be involved in your cultural and normal life. I’ve never been to the U.S.A. I’m sure it will be a great time for me and my daughter. She’s 16, first year in high school and I think she is more excited than me. It’s a great opportunity.”