Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS)


Leveraging International Research and Development for Global Learning

Friday, June 2
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LACC, Room 503

This session highlights strategies for international research, teaching, and the development for global learning at three universities. International research and development engages students, scholars, and others at your institution in strategic global learning. Learn why international research partnerships lay a foundation for global learning at home and abroad.

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Katherine M. Hellmann

Academic Director, INTO WSU
Washington State University International Programs Office

Dr. Hellmann works as the Academic Director in the Office of International Programs at Washington State University on behalf of INTO WSU. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Idaho. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. She has been in the field for fifteen years as an administrator and instructor. Her research informs international student support services and international graduate students' attitudes towards literacy and student support services and retention.


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Gretchen C. Neisler

Michigan State University

Dr. Gretchen Neisler is the Director of the Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CGC), a boundary-spanning global organization located in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University with over 45 years of international development experience.
Dr. Neisler brings both depth and breadth in international development and higher education capacity building to CGC. Neisler has extensive experience in working with institutes of higher education in Michigan and abroad. Prior to her appointment at CGC, Dr. Neisler served as the Associate Provost for Strategic Planning at Albion College, where she facilitated and coordinated the development and implementation of a new college strategic plan. Her international portfolio includes work across the Middle East, East Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia building sustainable partnerships within and for academic institutions. She has led workshops with faculties from institutes of higher education and other public sector professionals on curriculum development, capacity building, leadership development, gender inclusiveness in the workplace and learning from our development failures.

With the understanding that faculty at MSU must continue the tradition of being global problem solvers, Dr. Neisler co-founded the Academy for Global Engagement, a fellowship trainng program for early to mid-career faculty who are willing to both regularly participate in global activities and view their scholarship through a global lens.

Engagement with international organizations and funding agencies is central to Dr. Neisler’s work. She currently serves as the chair of the International Agriculture Section of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU).

Dr. Neisler holds B.S. in Animal Science, an M.S. in Agriculture Extension Education and a PhD from MSU in Higher Education Administration.


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Gail R. Nonnecke

University Professor
Iowa State University

Dr. Gail Nonnecke is University Professor, Morrill Professor, and Global Professor at Iowa State University. She serves as the Faculty Coordinator of the Global Resource Systems major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Nonnecke’s research, teaching, and outreach over the past 10 years have focused on global education of undergraduate students and international development projects. She is the Associate Director for Education Programs in the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods at Iowa State University, and co-developed and led a bi-national service learning undergraduate student program in Uganda for over 10 years. Throughout her career, she has received numerous teaching awards including the USDA, Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching National Award and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Iowa Professor the Year.


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Colleen Taugher

Associate Director
Washington State University

Colleen Taugher is the Associate Director of International Research and Development in the Office of International Programs at Washington State University. She has extensive experience in managing international development projects, facilitating scientific exchanges, developing immersive international learning programs and conducting monitoring and evaluation for international projects. She is currently the PI for a large scale USDA/FAS program in Tanzania where she is managing an overseas staff, an NGO and associated technical programs. She was the director of Monitoring and Evaluation for phase I of USDA’s $20 million Afghan Agricultural Extension Program headed up by the University of California Davis. Since 2012, she has been working with WSU’s College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences to develop, implement and assess experiential learning programs overseas for WSU students with an emphasis on undergraduate research and graduate student engagement.


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