Center for Global Study and Engagement
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center
The CGSE manages the college’s more than 40 education-abroad programs, which exist in 24 countries on six continents, as well as domestic programs off campus and a robust international student & scholar program. Among Mike’s responsibilities are strategic planning and leadership for global education initiatives in collaboration with faculty, staff and senior administrators and home and abroad; study abroad program development and evaluation; international student/scholar program oversight; faculty international development initiatives; and the overall management of the Center’s programs, operations and finances. He also chairs the Global Education Advisory Committee (GEAC) and serves on other college committees such as the Academic Programs and Standards Committee (APSC), Dean’s Staff, and Planning & Budget Committee (P&B).
Mike joined Dickinson in August 2013. He had studied away himself as an AFS student in Denmark for a year, as an exchange student to the historically black Grambling State University for a semester, and at the University of Madrid for an academic year. His previous work in international education administration spans more than 30 years, including serving as academic director (based abroad) with the School for International Training (SIT) in Denmark, Spain, Ireland and Mexico; assistant director of the office of international education at The University of Iowa; and (for 17 years) as director of the international center at the Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota) Institute for Global Citizenship where, among other projects, he co-coordinated faculty seminars in a diverse range of sites, including South Africa, Malaysia, Turkey, the West Bank, China and the Netherlands. He has undertaken independent study on ethnic conflict and territorial separatism, including field visits to Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, the Basque Country, Quebec, South Africa, Palestine, and other deeply divided societies; worked one year on a refugee research and resettlement project involving Cuban Entrants in Florida; and spent a 6-month staff sabbatical exploring the origins and peregrinations of the idea of liberal arts that included visits to Venice and Timbuktu. He also has served as associate editor of two scholarly journals: Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad and Macalester International. He holds bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Director of Education Abroad
Samantha is a graduate of Dickinson College, earning her Bachelor of Art’s degree in German and Anthropology. As an undergraduate she studied abroad in Cameroon, Germany, and France. She earned an Master’s degree in International Communication from the School of International Service at American University. Samantha’s professional experience includes having served as Programs Manager at the Institute of International Education; Study Abroad Advisor at the University of Maryland; Associate Director of the Office of International Programs at Brown University; Visiting Staff Member at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen; and Assistant Director of Off-Campus Studies at Gettysburg College. As Director, Samantha manages education abroad operations, supervises select Center and oversees staff, collaborates with faculty on program development and grants, supports global initiatives on campus and provides leadership on education abroad policies.
In her free time, she enjoys eating and cooking global cuisine utilizing locally sourced agricultural products, cycling through the rolling hills of southern central Pennsylvania, anything Austrian, and traveling with her family.
Coordinator for International Student and Scholar Support
Marlee is an honors graduate of Dickinson College, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and political science. She spent her junior year at the College’s Center in Málaga, Spain, and she is fluent in Spanish. Marlee represents Dickinson and the Center at professional conferences, including the annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad, and through on-campus collaborations, such as the Diversity Team. She recently lead the opening of the Dickinson in South America program for its inaugural semester, as well as facilitating Fulbright Gateway Orientation grants and a US Department of State grant with professionals from the Near East. In addition to her prior work with education abroad, Marlee now focuses on her role with the College's efforts to enhance the international student and scholar experience. While serving as the Primary Designated School Official and Responsible Officer for the College, she manages and oversees international student and scholar services, working closely with F-1 and J-1 visas programs, the US Army War College Scholarship program, student exchange programs, Overseas Student Assistants, and visiting scholars, faculty, and short-term visitors.
In her free time, Marlee enjoys photography and is an aunt to nine nieces and nephews. While cooking is not yet her strong suit, Marlee considers herself a budding "foodie", which pairs well with her love of travel.
Program Associate for International Services, Center for Global Study and Engagement
Beza holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh in Political Science and Africana Studies and a Master’s from University of Pennsylvania in International Education Development. As an Ethiopian American, she is passionate about international relations and intercultural studies. She has presented her research on Entrepreneurial Solutions to Youth Unemployment in Ethiopia at graduate conferences at various local universities. Professionally, she taught English in China for two years and coordinated literacy programs in rural Ethiopia in 2013. She spent the majority of her life in central Pennsylvania and is enthusiastic about joining Dickinson’s staff to continue a career in international student services.
In her free time, Beza volunteers with various organizations focused on college access, participates in cultural festivals in Philadelphia, enjoys listening to French and Mandarin language podcasts and always has time to catch up on Ted Talks and Netflix Original shows.
Coordinator, Center for Global Study and Engagement
Kristine brings more than ten years of Dickinson service and experience to her role within the Center. She oversees the Center's technology and information systems, as well as its outside reporting and institutional research efforts and obligations. She is responsible for, inter alia, data management, education abroad application processes, and evaluation and assessment reports. She works closely with the offices of the registrar and financial aid. She manages center budgets and expenses. And she advises students on select education abroad options.
Coordinator/Study Abroad Advisor, Education Abroad
Moira holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and German from Providence College where she studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria. She obtained her Master’s degree from Seoul National University’s Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, South Korea with a concentration in International Cooperation. Her graduate research focused on the United States Forces Korea Troop Withdrawals and she hopes one day to obtain her Ph.D. At Dickinson, Moira works closely with students, advising on study and research abroad opportunities. She assists with international faculty visits and on-campus coordinators for Dickinson’s education abroad initiatives.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, baking and watching New England sports. Go Red Sox!
Program Associate, Education Abroad
Stephanie is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organization and Management Studies. She spent the fall semester of her junior year studying abroad in London and at Lancaster University in England. Stephanie got her start in education abroad first as a student worker and then post-graduation as Interim Assistant Director of the Center for Global Education at Gettysburg College. Stephanie hopes to continue her education by obtaining her Master’s degree one day. At Dickinson, Stephanie works with students through the study abroad advising process. She also assists with event planning and oversees the Center’s social media accounts.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys baking, interior decorating, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She also likes playing tennis and enjoys learning about health and fitness.