Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship


Internationalizing the Curriculum Through Faculty Development Opportunities

Wednesday, June 1
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Room: CCC, 601/603

This panel illustrates three models of faculty development, with the common goal of internationalizing the curriculum through a program of international travel, on-site seminars, and collaborative multidisciplinary work. The pros and cons of each model are discussed, as is the progress toward achieving individual and institutional objectives.

Learning Objectives:

Joan Gillespie

Vice President & Director of Off-Campus Study Programs
Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Chicago, Illinois

Joan Gillespie is Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of 14 liberal arts colleges located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado. She has served as a member of the Forum on Education Abroad Council and was the chair of the working group of the Forum’s Standards Committee that developed guidelines for undergraduate research abroad. Joan also is an instructor at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy in the graduate program in Higher Education Administration and Policy, where she teaches comparative higher education and strategic partnerships. She has authored articles and made presentations on quality standards and evaluation in international settings and the assessment of student learning and development. Prior to joining ACM, Joan served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assessment and Program Dean at IES Abroad, with responsibilities for developing and managing programs of education abroad, initiating curricular innovations, and creating and implementing program quality standards and assessment guidelines. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Northwestern University, with a specialty in Anglophone literature and postcolonial theory, and a B.A. in history from Vassar College

Brian Williams

Vice President and Director, Faculty Development and Grant Programs
Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Chicago, Illinois

Brian serves as Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs. As Vice President, he assists the President in working with the ACM Board of Directors and ACM Advisory Board of Deans to set priorities, develop strategic plans, and create innovative partnerships across the member institutions to promote faculty development and student learning in the tradition of residential liberal arts colleges. As Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, Brian manages the ACM portfolio of grant-funded faculty development initiatives, working closely with the President and Advisory Board of Deans to identify, articulate, secure funding for, and implement faculty development projects to enhance teaching and learning on the member campuses.

Prior to joining the ACM, Brian worked for nearly twenty years as an administrator and teacher in various formal and informal learning institutions. In higher education, Brian served as Vice President of Advancement at both Knox College and Antioch College, positions in which he led all aspects of their alumni relations and development efforts. Prior to his work in college administration, Brian taught on the writing faculties at Northwestern and Cornell University law schools for seven years. In addition to his experience in higher education, Brian served for seven years as Vice President of Development at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Finally, Brian began his career as an attorney while practicing with Vedder Price’s Chicago office for two years in the early nineties, after having served for one year as a Judicial Clerk to Judge Michael S. Kanne of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Elizabeth Brewer

Director, International Education
Beloit College
Beloit, Wisconsin

Elizabeth (Betsy) Brewer is Director of International Education at Beloit College, a 2011 recipient of NAFSA’s Simon Award. She has presented on international education, study abroad, and faculty development at conference sponsored by the ACE, AIEA, CIEE, the Forum on Education Abroad, and NAFSA among others. Her publications include Assessing Study Abroad: Theory, Tools, and Practice (Stylus, 2015, co-editor: Vic Savicki), Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum: Theory and Practice Across the Disciplines (Stylus, 2009, co-editor: Kiran Cunningham), and a number of book chapters. She has held positions at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston University, and the New School University. She received her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


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