Academic Advisory Board
The CAPA Academic Advisory Board (AAB) provides advice and counsel on the development and maintenance of CAPA Program Centers. Academic Advisory Board members play a substantive, time and labor-demanding role on the Board and are key to ongoing quality assurance for all aspects of CAPA programs. The AAB receives periodic reports from the Curriculum Committee, which may assist the Board in responding to the needs of the CAPA Program Centers. The Academic Advisory Board is composed of faculty and administrative experts in the field of education abroad. Board members serve as individuals with no implied or explicit expectation that their institutions approve or recommend their students use CAPA Program Centers. In addition CAPA's President/CEO, Chief Academic Officer, and Vice-President of Academic Relations are staff liaisons for the Academic Advisory Board and serve as ex officio members of the AAB. The CAPA CAO asks one of the AAB members to carry out the Annual Performance Assessment (APA) for each CAPA Program Site using relevant statistics and documentation – including student evaluations and reports from key CAPA staff. Student services, academic life, and curriculum are the subjects of the review. The APA’s are shared with the full AAB membership and discussed at the annual AAB meeting held in August. A comprehensive AAB Site Review team composed of three persons, including education abroad professionals and at least one faculty member with appropriate expertise related to the programming offered, visits and assesses each CAPA Program Center at least once every five years.
Academic Advisory Board Members - 2016-2017
Melissa Hardin, Ph.D. - Chair
Assistant Dean for International Studies and Assistant Professor of Spanish (Visiting)
Dr. Melissa Hardin has co-directed the Ursinus/CAPA semester program in Madrid. She studied in Spain (summer, semester, academic year) and has 20 years teaching experience with over 10 years as study abroad coordinator and academic advisor. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College.
Director of International Programs
Giselda Beaudin has been the Director of International Programs at Rollins College since 2010 and she was Assistant Director of International Programs at Binghamton University before coming to Rollins College. She is a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps and served as a member of the NAFSA Consular Liaison Sub-committee. She led workshops at NAFSA regional and national conferences and presented at multiple NAFSA regional and state conferences, and at the Forum for Education Abroad. She recently co-taught an interdisciplinary winter intersession course at Jacobs University in Germany and has extensive prior experience working with college and high school students as an advisor, tutor, and instructor. Giselda earned her BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and her MA in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She has studied abroad in China and Quebec; has lived abroad in France and Italy; and has traveled in Australia, Europe, Central America, South America, the Middle East and Asia.
Julius E. Coles
Director of Andrew Young Centre for International Affairs
Mr. Coles is the former president of Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led organization providing aid to Africa. Previously, he served as the director of the Andrew Young Center for International Development at his alma mater, Morehouse College, and the director of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. In 1966, Mr. Coles joined the United States Agency for International Development where he worked over a 28-year career in a broad range of countries including Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal, Liberia, Swaziland, and Senegal. He retired with the rank of Career Minister in 1994. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee. He has served on the boards of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, the African Development Foundation, InterAction, Global Impact, Alliance Francaise of Washington, and the Society for International Development. Mr. Coles was given the James Madison Medal from Princeton University in 2007, the Amistad Achievement Award in 2003, and was named a Commander in the Order of the Lion by the Government of Senegal in 1994. He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and his master’s degree from Princeton University.
Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, St. Edward's University
Bill has worked in international education for the past 26 years. He spent 17 years at the University of California San Diego International Center as Director of the Opportunities Abroad Program, and 5 years as Executive Vice President of Research and Strategic Alliances at ISA: International Studies Abroad. Bill studied at the Université de Bordeaux, France for one year as an undergraduate, and joined the Peace Corps in Senegal where he and his wife served for 2 years upon graduation. Bill brought his family to Akita, Japan for one year where he taught Japanese on the JET Programme, and he managed the computer lab aboard the Semester at Sea university ship for 10 weeks. Bill earned his bachelor's degree in Management Science and French Literature from UCSD and his master's degree in Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Bill was given the gift of languages and speaks seven. He is happily married and is also the proud father of three, enjoying his family’s company on a regular basis.
Joshua S. McKeown, Ph.D.
Director of International Education and Programs
State University of New York at Oswego
Dr. Joshua S. McKeown holds both an MBA and a Ph.D. in Higher Education. He is author of The First Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development based on his dissertation research, numerous articles, and has presented internationally at NAFSA, APAIE, AMPEI and other conferences. He has worked in international education and related fields for 15 years at both SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University. He studied abroad and worked as an ESL instructor in Madrid, Spain.
Ulises Mejias, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications Studies
State University of New York at Oswego
Ulises Mejias was born in Mexico City, and has lived in the United States since 1990. He is an associate professor in the Communication Studies Department at SUNY Oswego. He did his Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Communication, Computing and Technology in Education program. Previously, he was Director of Learning Systems Design at eCornell, where he was the principal architect behind the company’s approach to online learning systems design and production, Learning Molecules.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Zach Mohs is a Program Director in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota, where he has worked since 2006. He received a bachelor's degree in Communication from Saint John's University (MN), and a master's degree in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota, with a thesis that explored the gender imbalance in education abroad participation. His current duties include managing enrollment, instructor-led programs, and center-based programs in London, Rome, and Florence.
Ming-te Pan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
State University of New York at Oswego
Ming-te Pan is an associate professor at the History Department of the State University of New York, Oswego. He received his Ph.D. degree in History from the University of California, Irvine, where he was trained as a social economic historian of the Late Imperial China (ca. 14th century to early 20th century). Since 1993, he has taught various topic related to China and Japan. Dr. published a book titled Pawnshop Industry in Modern China (1644-1949) and many journal articles related to the peasant economy in Late Imperial china. Between 2006-2009 he chaired the history department at SUNY Oswego. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Pan serves as a member of the Board of Editor for H-Asia, which is an on-line discussion group that has over 3,000 Asian specialists from more than 20 nations in the world. He is also a member on the editorial board for a journal The Chinese Historical Studies.
Simran Sahi, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Economics
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Dr. Simran Sahi has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota since 1991. She has an M.Phil. in Economics from the Punjab University in India, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sahi has been teaching undergraduate economics students for the past thirty two years; eight of them in India, and the rest in the United States. Her work focuses on teaching International Trade to economics seniors and other interested domestic and foreign students, managing the undergraduate economics curriculum, supervising 75 teaching assistants in the department (most of whom are foreign students), monitoring and improving the quality of undergraduate instruction (in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning), and on Study Abroad for University of Minnesota students. She is a staunch believer in the benefits of Study Abroad and advocates for it relentlessly!
Liesl Smith, Ph.D.
Director of Global Education, Merrimack College
Dr. Liesl Smith recently joined Merrimack College as Director of Global Education after a decade with Gordon College where she served first as Assistant Director and then Director of Administration and Management of Global Education. Liesl made the move into international education (an area of long-standing interest based in her experience teaching ESL in China and Mongolia in the early 1990s) after several years on the teaching side of academia. She has a particular interest in international programs that advance students’ understanding of the global realities of their particular disciplines. Liesl has a strong background in working with faculty to develop short-term academic seminars as well as serving on core curriculum committees for nearly a decade to assist in the integration of international education within the wider curriculum. She has published on the complicated nature of re-entry for students in the Chronicle for Higher Education. Liesl has a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Literary and Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA from Virginia Tech in English literature.
Joseph Stanley, Ph.D.
April H. Stroud
Associate Director, Education Abroad
University of Massachusetts Amherst
April worked in the Netherlands for 5 years before joining the Education Abroad staff at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has over 10 years of experience advising students on study abroad opportunities in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands and works closely with the University’s Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences to integrate study abroad options into the academic curricula. April holds an Ed.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership from UMass Amherst and has published in the Journal of Studies in International Education about factors that influence student intent to and participation in study abroad. Her current interests related to study abroad are curriculum integration, strategies to increase STEM major participation and identifying and removing barriers to study abroad.