Formerly a television producer, newspaper features writer and columnist, radio newscaster and reporter, weekly radio talk-show host, television news anchor and an NBC affiliate news division manager. Directed a nationwide television and radio public information program in Kiev, Ukraine. Managed a Washington-based television news service, and served as bureau chief in its Moscow office during the final months of the Soviet Union in 1990-91. The American representative in Moscow for a US-Soviet newspaper joint venture between the Literaturnaya Gazeta and the Sun World Corporation.
Worked with international media and clients including CBS, BBC, Krieble Institute, New York Stock Exchange, Transcom Communications, Hill & Knowlton, Gavin Anderson & Company, The PBN Company, East-West Films, Cardean University, and About/Primedia. He has worked with social and economic reform programs including VISTA, Head Start, and the United States Agency for International Development.
PhD - Education specializing in Transcultural Learning (Walden University - 2005)
MA - Business Communications specializing in Cross-cultural Management (Jones International Univeristy - 2001)
BA - Journalism (University of Oregon - 1986)
Research interests include expanding worldwide access to learning opportunities – especially for developing nations – with research in transcultural themes and images; worldwide education access through appropriate tactics and technology; theories of learning; sociocultural influences on economic development; organization of international learning institutions; and innovations in international and domestic education.
Van Hook, S.R. (2012, June). Hopes and hazards of transculturalism. Prospects. 42 (2), 121-136. Quarterly review of comparative education by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Bureau of Education (IBE). Available online at http://wwmr.us/support/transculturalism.pdf
Van Hook, S.R. (2011, April). Modes and models for transcending cultural differences in international classrooms. A study of themes and images that resonate across cultural gulfs. Journal of Research in International Education.
Van Hook, S.R. (2011). Cross-cultural context, content, and design: Development of courses in global topics serving international students. US Department of Education Resources Information Center. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED525510) Also available online at http://wwmr.us/VanHook-Courses.pdf
Van Hook, S.R. (2011). International learning institutions: Organization, visions, and missions. US Department of Education Resources Information Center. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED525287). Also available online at http://wwmr.us/VanHook-ILI.pdf