Center for Global Study and Engagement Gets New Leader
August 22, 2013
Dickinson has appointed Michael Monahan as associate provost and
executive director of the Center for Global Study
and Engagement (CGSE). He officially began his appointment on Aug. 15.
Monahan, along with the CGSE staff and selected faculty, helps to manage the
college's more than 40 education-abroad programs, which exist in 24 countries
on six continents, as well as domestic programs off campus. He also will
provide vision and strategic leadership for international-education
Monahan's work in international-education administration
spans more than 30 years, including serving as the abroad-based academic
director with the School for International Training; as assistant director of
the office of international education and services at the University of Iowa;
and for 17 years as director of the international center at Macalester College
in St. Paul, Minn., where, among other projects, he co-coordinated faculty
seminars in South Africa, Malaysia, Turkey, the West Bank, China and the
Netherlands. Most recently, Monahan served for two years as president of BCA
Study Abroad, an independent, international educational organization that
designs, implements and evaluates study-abroad programs for U.S. university
and college students worldwide.
"Mike has wide-ranging experience in the
field of global education," said Neil Weissman, Dickinson provost and dean.
"We are impressed by his deep commitment to the liberal arts and by his
understanding of both the opportunities and challenges that global education
and study-abroad offer to students and faculty."
Monahan has published
several articles and given dozens of presentations on international-education
topics. He also has served as associate editor of two scholarly journals:
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad and
Macalester International. He holds a bachelor's degree in political
science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's
degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global
Dickinson's study-abroad programs, a cornerstone of the
student experience, have been recognized repeatedly for excellence. For seven
consecutive years, the Institute for International Education has ranked
Dickinson among the top five baccalaureate institutions for the number of
students participating in long-term, full-academic-year study-abroad programs.
Nearly 60 percent of Dickinson students study abroad during their academic
career, and nearly 25 percent of students who study abroad do so for an entire