The 2016-2017 academic year brought great changes to the Global Education Office (GEO). Additional staffing, an expanded international student orientation, and new approaches to education abroad programming contributed to the energy coming from our corner of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.
Vice Provost Jon Stauff welcomed four new members of the Global Education team. Corey Inzana, a familiar face on campus thanks to his work in residence life and his leadership of global experiences in Central America and the Caribbean, assumed a new position in international student and faculty services and supported our efforts to orient programming around the concept of international student success. Jonathan Kull, an academic advisor with career development experience, arrived just before the beginning of Fall 2016 to support academic advising for study abroad students and expand on work in helping students appreciate the value of their study abroad experience as they prepare for life after Monmouth. Samantha Falvey, a recent honors graduate of The College of New Jersey, has stepped into an office coordinator position and quickly established herself as the glue that keeps the GEO together on many days. And just last month we added Associate Vice Provost MyKellann Maloney, who directed study abroad programming at St. John’s University in New York, to oversee GEO operations and support our various international partnerships around the world.
As we prepare to welcome more international students to campus, particularly at the graduate level, we reviewed our support program for these students and made some significant changes in how we approached our work. Our international student orientation program was expanded to four days, which allowed us to enhance our introduction to American higher education culture and emphasize such issues as academic integrity and international student success. GEO also introduced a peer mentoring program for international students and conducted workshops with various offices on campus to prepare students for graduate assistant applications as well as the search for off-campus employment after graduation.
GEO also made several changes to our education abroad operations. We established student learning outcomes for study abroad, introduced an application process to support a new assessment plan, and worked with our overseas partners to deepen the global engagement of our students participating in education abroad. Associate Vice Provost Maloney will introduce a new pre-departure orientation designed to prepare our students not only for the academic challenges of study abroad, but also for the cultural exchange and personal transformation that occurs so far away from home. Our programs in London, Florence, and Sydney will provide students with new opportunities to establish their own global networks to support their career ambitions, while new programs in Buenos Aires, Heidelberg, and the School for Field Studies connect our students to new semester-long learning opportunities with embedded internship, research, and service options to support transformative learning at Monmouth
GEO will continue to evolve in the coming academic year, as we will introduce a new software package to support our education abroad programming, provide study abroad students with easier access to available courses in WebAdvisor (together with the Office of the Registrar), and new campus programming to support the Strategic Plan’s emphasis on global and cultural literacy.