Global Engagement Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Global Engagement Council (GEC) shall be to nurture and promote Appalachian State University’s (Appalachian) global engagement efforts by creating a smooth transition from the Quality Enhancement Plan for Global Learning to a Comprehensive Internationalization Plan for the University. The Council will do so by (1) initiating and developing policy recommendations concerning global engagement; (2) proposing and promoting curricula changes or enhancements with global emphases; (3) supporting and promoting varied education abroad experiences for students; (4) supporting and promoting faculty global research and creative endeavors; (5) supporting and promoting varied education abroad experiences and development for staff; (6) supporting international students, educators, visiting scholars, alumni, guests and friends of the University; and (7) engaging in other activities pertinent to the global character of Appalachian.

The Office of International Education and Development shall provide the necessary staffing and support for the Council and its committees.

Composition of the Council

This Council shall consist of faculty members, staff, and students recommended by the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education and Development and formally appointed by the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.   Each member shall serve staggered periods of either two or three years from January to December.  Co-chaired by the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education and Development and one faculty member, the General Council shall meet at least once each semester with most work carried out in the committees. Chairs, together with committee members, will set the meeting schedules for their respective committees.

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Duties and Responsibilities

The Council shall be responsible for:

  • Advising the Chancellor, Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education and Development, and the Appalachian community on matters relating to establishing a coherent and consistent role befitting a major comprehensive University in teaching, research, and service in the global arena;
  • Advising the University community on the most appropriate and effective means for strengthening existing global engagement programs and activities on campus;
  • Advising the University community on the most appropriate and effective means for planning and implementing appropriate new global programs;
  • Identifying and promoting curricula and co-curricula global learning opportunities for Appalachian students;
  • Formulating strategies to support faculty’s global engagement efforts, including research and international scholarly assignments for teaching;
  • Identifying and promoting opportunities for development and international experiences for staff;
  • Identifying ways to make the student experiences on campus more global in character and to stimulate student interest in global learning;
  • Recommending broad institutional policies on global learning and other opportunities abroad;
  • Advising the University community on the ongoing development and implementation of systems for effective recruitment of international students and scholars;
  • Identifying opportunities and removing obstacles in all aspects of international education management (international student services, outreach efforts, and education abroad);
  • Recommending revised or new policies as appropriate in any area of the University to strengthen Appalachian’s global character;
  • Developing and regularly refreshing the University-wide Global Engagement Strategic Plan.

Structure of the Council

The Global Engagement Council shall consist of four standing committees and the Executive Committee.  Most of the Council’s work shall be conducted in the following standing committees:

Curricula and Co-Curricula Global Learning Committee

  • Sub-Committee on Using Technology to Connect Globally- Responsibilities and Oversight:
    • Infusion of global issues and content into the curriculum
    • Identify and use various technologies to connect classes with global partners
    • Identify faculty development opportunities focused on using technology to connect globally
  • Sub-Committee on Education Abroad- Responsibilities and Oversight:
    • Degree programs abroad (dual or joint degree programs abroad)
    • Education abroad experiences (internships, short-term and long-term study abroad, research, and service learning)
    • Integration of varied education abroad experiences into the curriculum
    • Identify learning outcomes and appropriate assessment processes to measure students’ global competencies
  • Sub-Committee on Globally Focused Courses on Campus and Co-Curricular Activities- Responsibilities and Oversight:
    • Infusion of global issues and content into the curriculum
    • Identify globally focused courses across the Appalachian campus
    • Identify and propose globally focused co-curricular activities
    • Identify learning outcomes and appropriate assessment processes to measure students’ global competencies

International Student Recruitment, Retention, and Alumni Services Committee

  • Responsibilities and Oversight:
    • International student recruitment and admissions (undergraduate and graduate)
    • International student services on campus
    • Intensive English Language Institute programs
    • International alumni activities
    • Funding for international students – identify sources and support

International Research, Creative Endeavors, and Faculty Development Committee

  • Responsibilities and Oversight:
    • International faculty exchanges
    • International research and creative activities
    • International development
    • Faculty development and support

Campus Culture and Community Engagement Committee

  • Responsibilities and Oversight:
    • Global outreach programs to K-12 schools
    • Global outreach programs to the campus community
    • Connect Appalachian’s global engagement efforts to the Boone/Watauga community

Each of the standing committees shall have a chair and a co-chair appointed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education and Development.  Standing committees shall meet at least once a month or as often as necessary to accomplish their assigned tasks. 

Executive Committee

The chairs and co-chairs of standing committees shall form the Global Engagement Executive Committee.  The Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education and Development shall serve as the chair of the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month to consider issues brought to it from the standing committees or from other constituencies of the University.  The Executive Committee shall also have the responsibility of reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of Appalachian’s global partnerships.  The Executive Council shall develop recommendations that shall be forwarded to the Global Engagement Council for final approval.  The recommendations of the Global Engagement Council shall be forwarded to the appropriate University officials and governance bodies through the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

2017 Council Members

Executive Committee

  • Co-Chair- Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, OIED
  • Co-Chair- Dr. Renee Scherlen, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ms. Phyllis Kloda, College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • Dr. Catherine Fountain, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Richard Rheingans, College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • Dr. Nicole Bennett, Director of the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics
  • Dr. Robert Sanders, Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies
  • Ms. Traci Royster, Student Affairs
  • Dr. Maria Anastasiou, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Mr. Christopher Lytle, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Mr. Adam Julian, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Ms. Mallory Sadler, OIED, Scribe

Curricula and Co-Curricula Global Learning Committee

Sub-Committee on Using Technology to Connect Globally:

  • Chair- Ms. Phyllis Kloda, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Barbara Howard, Reich College of Education, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Ray Miller, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Paul Wallace, Reich College of Education, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Jeanne Mercer-Ballard, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Garner Dewey, Quality Enhancement Plan, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Jeanne Dubino, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Elaine Gray, University College, 2017-2018
  • Mr. Tom Van Gilder, Center for Academic Excellence, 2017-2018
  • Mr. Darrell Laws, Center for Academic Excellence, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Xiaofei Tu, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Lillian Goudas, University College, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Travis Erickson, Beaver College of Health Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Dr. Renee Scherlen, College of Arts and Sciences, ex-officio member

Sub-Committee on Education Abroad:

  • Chair- Dr. Catherine Fountain, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Becki Battista, Office of Research, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Meredith Church Pipes, Walker College of Business, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Tammy Kowalczyk, Walker College of Business, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Claudia Cartaya-Marin, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Bill Peacock, Reich College of Education, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Anatoli Ignatov, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, Hayes School of Music, 2017-2018
  • Mr. Kevin Long, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Debbie Race, Enrollment Management, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Kim Overcash, Enrollment Management, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Don Presnell, University College, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Brittney Whiteside, Athletics, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Gabriele Casale, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Courtney McWhorter, Disability Services, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Sharon Jensen, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Kendal McDevitt, Enrollment Management, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Danielle Carter, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Marco Meucci, Beaver College of Health Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Mr. Christopher Lytle, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Mr. Evan Lohmann, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Mr. Mark Hagen, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Ms. Dawn Arnold, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Dr. Maria Anastasiou, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Ms. Kalin Bradley, OIED, ex-officio member

Sub-Committee on Globally Focused Courses on Campus and Co-curricular Activities:

  • Chair- Dr. Richard Rheingans, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Mark Nunes, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Billy Schumann, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Paulette Marty, College of Fina and Applied Arts, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Laurie Semmes, Hayes School of Music, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Cameron Gokee, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Kate Johnson, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Brian MacHarg, University College, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Tonya Coffey, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Dan Hsu, Walker College of Business, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Geri Purpur, Belk Library and Information Commons, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Kelly Williams, Beaver College of Health Sciences, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Maria Anastasiou, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Ms. Lindsay Pepper, OIED, ex-officio member

International Research, Creative Endeavors, Faculty

  • Chair- Dr. Nicole Bennett, Director of the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Tony Calamai, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Jeff Ramsdell, Office of Research, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Charna Howson, Office of Research, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Baker Perry, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Jeff Bortz, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Susan Doll, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Meg Barth, Beaver College of Health Sciences, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Allan Scherlen, Belk Library and Information Commons, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Emily Daughtridge, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Nina-Jo Moore, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Tracy Smith, Reich College of Education, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Deborah Phillips, Beaver College of Health Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, OIED, ex-officio member

International Student Recruitment, Retention, Alumni

  • Chair- Dr. Robert Sanders, Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Alexis Pope, Enrollment Management, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Dontrell Parson, Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Patrick Setzer, University Advancement, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Chrystal Dean, Reich College of Education, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Tom Kane, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Brady Rourke, University College, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Beverly Moser, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Chanel Frisco, University College, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Kellie Ashcraft, Beaver College of Health Sciences, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Ece Karatan, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Miss Razan Alaqil, Student
  • Mr. Adam Julian, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Ms. Karen Marshall, OIED, ex-officio member

Campus Culture and Community Engagement-

  • Chair- Ms. Traci Royster, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Danielle Carter, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Mary Smalling, Hardin Park School, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Suzi Mills, Hayes School of Music, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Beth Cramer, Belk Library and Information Commons, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Linda McCalister, Reich College of Education, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Rich Campbell, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Susan McCraken, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Terri Lockwood, Quality Enhancement Plan, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Hank Foreman, Chancellor's Office, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Alicia Vest, Student Affairs, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Heather Brandon, Reich College of Education, 2017-2019
  • Mr. Todd Corley, Business Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Anne Jordan, Friendship Family Program, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Katherine Ledford, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Veronica Lozano-Toub, Walker College of Business, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Jenny Koehn, Student Affairs, 2017-2019
  • Ms. Kyle Thompson, Beaver College of Health Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Carolyn Huffman, Beaver College of Health Sciences, 2017-2018
  • Mr. Murilo Artese, Student
  • Mr. Adam Julian, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Ms. Karen Marshall, OIED, ex-officio member
  • Ms. Lindsay Pepper, OIED, ex-officio member