Spelman College on Encouraging African-American Studies to Study Abroad

Lizette Terry Study Abroad 2016 (crop)

“According to the Spelman College Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education, which oversees the Study Abroad Office, a record-breaking 277 students traveled to 18 countries during summer 2016. All total, more than 400 Spelman students traveled to 35 countries during the 2015-2016 academic year compared to 218 participants just four years ago – demonstrating sustained growth of the study abroad program and underscoring the importance of global education in students’ overall educational experience.

The photo captures Lizette Terry, C’2017, and her peers during a study abroad trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Spelman is outpacing the national average in the number of African-American students studying abroad. A 2015 “Open Doors Report” by the Institute of International Education determined African Americans comprised just 5.6 percent of U.S. college students who participated in study abroad programs during the 2013-2014 academic year. During that same period, 20 percent of Spelman’s 2,100 students studied abroad in 43 countries, and 71 percent of the class of 2015 had a global travel experience.”

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G-STEM Program Manager

G-STEM Program Manager
Spelman College

“The G-STEM PROGRAM MANAGER, Enhancing Global Research and Education in STEM at Spelman College, is a multi-year, grant-funded position. This position is designed to ensure that the G-STEM office provides an innovative and integrated approach to student learning that works collaboratively with academic units and international partners…

Description:
The G-STEM PROGRAM MANAGER, Enhancing Global Research and Education in STEM at Spelman College, is a mult-year, grant-funded position. This position is designed to ensure that the G-STEM office provides an innovative and integrated approach to student learning that works collaboratively with academic units and international partners, preparing Spelman students to participate in mentored learning/research experiences in an ever-changing global environment.The position will also oversee the daily office operations on matters including study-abroad STEM research programs, student mentoring and curriculum selection, budget, policies and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
*Advise students seeking information, admission, and registration into approved research/education study abroad programs.
*Develop and implement new research/learning collaborations between Spelman College and other international institutions.
*Establish and implement communication strategies between G-STEM and international institutions with the goal of increasing the number of new partnerships.
*Review and coordinate all activities with the Gordon-Zeto Dean for Global Education.
*Collaborate with Spelman Curriculum Committee and Department Chairs to achieve curricular integration of international opportunities.
*Collaborate with Spelman Study Abroad Office for smooth functioning of Study Abroad Approvals.
*Generate reports to the Provost Office and NSF regarding G-STEM activities, outcomes and implementation plans.
*Develop and deliver faculty and student pre-departure orientations. Collaborate with program evaluator to maintain appropriate systems for measuring student outcomes as related to G-STEM and QEP. Supervise billing, bill payment, and financial processes.
*Execute the responsibilities of a manager according to lawful and ethical standards.
*Recruit, select and develop strategies for the research/teaching mentoring team members at Spelman College.
*Oversee the arrival experience of G-STEM students, coordinate communication and delivery of services to students while abroad, and plan and coordinate reentry to campus.
*Coordinate with Study Abroad Office the health, safety, and risk management plans and act as primary emergency response point person for students abroad. Oversee immigration compliance and file management of students.
*Stay current regarding international laws and issues related to student exchange.
*Keep pace with an ever-changing global environment, and be willing to travel internationally.
*Participate in activities that connect G-STEM to the Quality Enhancement Plan, Spelman Going Global!
*Supervise administrative assistant activities.

Requirements:
Our ideal candidate profile will include:
*Master’s degree required in a STEM field; Ph.D. in a STEM field preferred. One to three (1-3) years of experience working with student travel abroad programs desired. Must have a strong interest in undergraduate education.
*Candidates with international experiences through study and/or work abroad, and a second language preferred. Working knowledge of the STEM disciplines at the undergraduate level is highly desired.
*Must be familiar with higher education in a global environment; knowledgeable of international travel; and demonstrate cultural sensitivity. Strong interpersonal skills are required with faculty, staff, students, and other constituents of the College both domestically and globally. Must possess superior organizational, problem resolution, and effective supervisory skills.
*Must possess the ability to interact effectively as either a leader or as a member of a team and work collaboratively with other departments. Must be able to listen to student and faculty (international and at Spelman) and to understand and respond productively to their requests. This position also requires one to communicate (verbal and written) effectively and professionally to facilitate the development of new international partnerships and sustainable relationships between Spelman and foreign educational institutions. *Must be able to adapt to changing assignments; multiple priorities; and to meet deadlines successfully.
*Must be able to work independently, be detail oriented, and show initiative; must possess extraordinary organizational and interpersonal skills; must have the ability to work under pressure within established deadlines and effectively handle multiple tasks.
*The ability to utilize technology to support advising and program management. Must have advanced computer software skills using the Microsoft Office Suite (Office 2007) including (Word, Excel, Power Point). Must be able to create such products as general correspondence, flyers, reports, spreadsheets, presentation, etc. Must be able to utilize email systems such as Lotus Notes/Outlook. The individual must have advanced knowledge of internet software.

Please include a cover letter with your submission.”

(Original post made to Inside Higher Education)