Steven R. Van Hook

Steven R. Van Hook, PhD

Senior Adjunct Faculty Member
By appointment

Office Hours: By appointment


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.

He currently hosts and produces The Science Circle Podcast, a global alliance of scientists, educators and students based in the Netherlands.


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)


Van Hook, S.R. (2019). The Science Circle Podcast.  Host/producer for inaugural and continuing episodes. Available online.

Van Hook, S.R. (2018, Spring). The future revisited: Can global learning still save the world? Journal of Distance Learning Administration, University of West Georgia. Available online.

Van Hook, S.R. (2012, June). Hopes and hazards of transculturalismProspects42 (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

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

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