Hobart and William Smith Colleges were among only 19 organizations selected as a host institution in the 2013 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program. HWS is the only academic institution among this year’s hosts.
“I’m very pleased that the Center for Global Education at HWS was selected to participate in the ACLS Public Fellows program,” says Associate Dean for Global Education Thomas D’Agostino. “To be among just a handful of organizations selected as hosts is a tremendous honor.”
In recent years, the Colleges have been recognized for their efforts to promote international education as one of five recipients of the 2010 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Additionally, the Colleges rank nationally in terms of the percentage of students who participate in off-campus study, and HWS’ work with digital storytelling as part of the Center for Global Education’s study abroad program was noted in an article in IIENetworker, the Institute of International Education’s magazine.
“ACLS was interested in exploring opportunities for their Public Fellows in the field of international education,” says D’Agostino. “We look forward to welcoming our Fellow this summer and to continuing our efforts to offer innovative international programming to our students.”
Once selected, the Fellow will work with CGE for the next two years as a program officer. Mentored by Professor of Sociology Jack Harris and working alongside staff and faculty, he or she will have a role in managing a portfolio of off-campus study programs and curriculum development and integration initiatives, and act as a liaison between CGE and Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Centennial Center for Leadership, and the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.
Among the other host programs named this year are Amnesty International, Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Jewish History, the Digital Public Library of America, International Student Exchange Programs and U.S. Department of State/U.S. Agency for International Development.
“ACLS is pleased to be working with another terrific crop of prestigious host organizations for the third year of the Public Fellows Program,” says Nicole Stahlmann, director of fellowship programs for ACLS. “All of our organizational partners are committed to providing this year’s fellows with rewarding, career-building experiences. The Office of Global Education at Hobart and William Smith can offer a talented and engaged humanities Ph.D. the opportunity to gain valuable administrative experience while engaging in a number of pressing issues facing higher education.”
The Center for Global Education provides students with academically challenging study abroad experiences that foster an in-depth understanding of another culture, with the aim of encouraging them to embrace the concept of global citizenship. Through the Center’s rigorous study abroad programs and innovative on-campus pre-departure and reentry programming, the Center for Global Education seeks to provide students with a transformative learning experience that inspires them to live lives of consequence.
More information on the ACLS Public Fellows Program is available online.