2015 Presenters for Designing Project-Based Experiences for Integrative Global Learning

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Designing Project-Based Experiences for Integrative Global Learning

Learn more about the Global Learning Colloquium on Project-Based Learning. 

Selected Presenters

Jonathan IshamJonathan Isham
Middlebury College

Jonathan Isham, PhD, is the cofounder and director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College. A member of Middlebury’s faculty since 1999, Isham is a professor of economics and environmental studies. He received tenure in 2005. He coedited Social Capital and Economic Development: Well Being in Developing Countries and Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement, and has published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vermont Law Review, and Society & Natural Resources, among other peer-reviewed journals. He is a cofounder of Brighter Planet, a climate services company, along with two of his former students. Isham serves on advisory boards of several companies and nonprofits founded by Middlebury graduates, including Sparkfund and Sword & Plough. His collaborations with his students have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek, among other venues.

Scott JiustoScott Jiusto
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Scott Jiusto, PhD, is associate professor of geography in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division and director of the WPI Cape Town Project Centre. He works on sustainable community development in the United States and South Africa, with ongoing collaborative, applied research programs involving students, communities, local governmental agencies, and civic organizations, especially in South Africa’s informal settlements. Jiusto publishes regularly in leading journals on project-based, experiential learning programs and their impacts on students, communities, and partnering organizations. Shared Action Learning is the conceptual framework underpinning his work with students and others, and together they have developed a Cape Town Project Centre website that is an extensive repository of student reporting on both the process and outcomes of their projects, and a unique source of information for sustainable community development in South Africa.

steve mccauleyStephen McCauley
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Stephen McCauley, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the interdisciplinary and global studies division at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and codirector of WPI’s Melbourne Project Center. He has been experimenting with project-based learning, flipped classroom designs, and dialogic approaches to teaching for almost 10 years. At WPI, McCauley is primarily responsible for advising student teams as they complete the intensive Interactive Qualifying Project, which allows students to work with sponsoring organizations at WPI’s domestic and international project centers on issues at the intersection of technology, society and the environment. He has advised projects in Worcester and in Cape Town, South Africa, on a range of topics related to community development and empowerment, energy sustainability, and food security, among others. His research focuses on grassroots innovation, sustainable community planning, community electricity and critical policy analysis for sustainability. In addition to teaching a course that prepares students for their IQP experience, McCauley has designed and taught numerous courses in environmental studies, including a course on Sustainable Communities. He is also passionate about pursuing sustainability in practice, and he has worked on eco-city planning, permaculture design, and natural building projects in China, New York, New Mexico and Massachusetts.

Anne OgilvieAnne T. Ogilvie
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Anne T. Ogilvie, MS, is the director of global operations at WPI, where she oversees operations and risk management for the Global Projects Program (GPP). The GPP currently operates 45 centers in 28 countries where more than 700 students each year undertake faculty-led, project-based learning focused on humanities, interdisciplinary, or technical projects required for WPI graduation. Previously, Ogilvie was the international director of field management at Earthwatch Institute. She has a BS in zoology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MS in adult and organizational learning from Suffolk University. She has expertise leading program operations and safety for research and education programs on six continents. Ogilvie is a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council Academic Working Group and the NAFSA Education Abroad Knowledge Community Health and Safety Subcommittee.

Richard VazRichard Vaz
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Richard Vaz, PhD, is dean of interdisciplinary and global studies at WPI, with oversight of WPI’s interdisciplinary project requirement, the Interactive Qualifying Project, as well as the WPI Global Projects Program, a worldwide network of 40 centers where more than 800 students and faculty per year address problems for local agencies and organizations. His teaching and research interests include: global and experiential learning, sustainability and appropriate technology, and internationalizing engineering education. Vaz has been on the electrical and computer engineering faculty at WPI since 1984, and has directed student research projects in 14 locations worldwide. Previously, he held systems engineering positions at Raytheon, GenRad, and the MITRE Corporation. Vaz is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education, and from 2004 to 2010 he served as a senior science fellow of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

2015 Partners

NAFSA thanks its partner organizations, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) for their assistance with this colloquium.