Center for Global Study and Engagement
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Global Study and Engagement
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, a graduate of Dickinson College, earned her Bachelor of Art’s degree in German and Anthropology. As an undergraduate she studied abroad in Cameroon, Germany, and France. She earned a 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. Her research interests lie in the study abroad gender gap, intervention in student learning abroad, and development and assessment of intercultural competencies. In addition to numerous conference presentations, she recently published an article in the Journal of International Education in Business on experiential learning theory and intervention in learning abroad. 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.
Director of International Student and Scholar Support
Sonja Paulson holds a Bachelor's degree in English from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) where she studied abroad in London and Florence. She earned her Master's degree from the University of Minnesota in Comparative International Development Education. Sonja spent three years teaching English in Slovakia between her undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Sonja joins Dickinson from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where she served as Assistant Director for the Office of Intercultural Affairs for five years. At Dickinson, Sonja serves as the PDSO for F-1 students and RO for J-1 students and scholars. She advises students in the maintenance of their visa status.
In her free time, Sonja enjoys local festivals and ethnic cuisine, treasure hunting at thrift stores and yard sales, and taking long walks with her dog. Having grown up in the Upper Midwest, she looks forward to immersing herself in Dickinson and Central Pennsylvania culture.
Program Associate for International Student and Scholar Support
Beza holds a Bachelor's degree from the 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 the 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 literary 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.
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, serves as the on-campus contact for the Dickinson in Korea and Australia programs, as well as all Summer programs. She assists with international faculty visits and on-campus coordinators for Dickinson’s education abroad initiatives.
In her free time, she volunteers as a Rape Crisis Counselor Volunteer and Advocate, spends time with her family, does yoga, bakes and roots for 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.
Leslie holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from The New School and is currently working towards her Master's in Public Policy. From her office at the front desk of the CGSE, she is the first point of contact for student, parent and faculty questions and assists CGSE staff with special projects and day-to-day office operations. She oversees the office email account and works closely with CGSE staff, the GEAC committee, student workers and various inter-campus departments to support collaboration and to ensure effective communication. In her free time, Leslie enjoys learning new things and spending time with her family and friends.