Coming out of graduate school 11 years ago, her focus was on mastering what she calls the three pillars of an academic career: research, teaching and service. Since earning tenure, however, she’s been able to add a new focus, one that inspires her—travel. Sevastianova is a former international student herself, and has lived in different parts of Europe and the United States. She wanted to share that love of exploration with USI’s students and, through University’s Center for International Programs, has built a faculty led summer program at USI’s partner university in Osnabrück, Germany.
“I enjoy being around students, and getting to know them,” she says, noting the program is now in its seventh year. “Traveling to Europe together certainly affords that opportunity. My favorite part of the day is when someone drops by my office, sometimes just to chat, be it about economics, or our study abroad experiences, or anything else. It’s hard to build a personal relationship with students in the classroom, so the time spent outside the classroom is valuable, especially on trips.”