2016 STEM Presenters


Strategic Curricular Frameworks for Intercultural and Global Competence

Learn more about the Global Learning Colloquium for the STEM Fields.

Selected Presenters

Paul Carr
University of Wollongong

Paul Carr, PhD, has more than forty years experience in teaching, research, and administration in the university sector. Much of his research has concentrated on Earth Sciences but he also developed a major interest in tertiary education and student exchange. In 2006, in collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder and Dublin City University, he offered a pilot program in global learning subjects via videoconferences for small groups of undergraduate students. This led to introduction of the International Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wollongong in 2009. Carr served as the associate dean, teaching and learning in the Science Faculty of the University of Wollongong for six years and actively promoted international exchange for both students and staff. He recently retired and is now an honorary principal fellow at the University of Wollongong.

Michael GrantMichael Grant
University of Colorado Boulder

Michael Grant, PhD, is vice provost and associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education at the University of Colorado Boulder, where is also a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In addition to his teaching and administrative career, Grant has published extensively and is internationally known for his expertise in plant ecology, evolutionary biology and acid rain. He is author and principle investigator of National Science Foundation Biomath grant for undergraduate students, author and PI for two National Science Foundation-sponsored Critical Thinking Analysis Test project sub-contracts, and PI on a Teagle Foundation grant for measuring critical thinking in undergraduate students. Grant has received numerous teaching and research grants and awards and is an active speaker and consultant. He earned his PhD in botany from Duke University.

Jessie GuinnJessie Guinn
Arcadia University

Jessie Guinn, PhD, is the assistant dean of STEM in The College of Global Studies. He is responsible for coordinating, researching, developing, promoting, and recruiting for STEM academic programs. He is also the principal contact person with science academic programs, faculty and administration in colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Arcadia, Guinn served as the assistant director of the STEM Research & Education Center and the scholarship administrator of a National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship (NSF S-STEM) program at Kent State University. He is a graduate of Alcorn State University with a BS in Biology/Pre-Medicine and Kent State University, where he earned his PhD in Physiology/Biomedical Sciences studying circadian rhythms and reward pathways in the brain. He was also an IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where he researched the neural biology of associative learning in the mammalian brain.

Joseph HoffJoseph Hoff

Joseph Hoff, PhD, was most recently associate dean of international education at the University of Richmond. He has over 30 years’ experience in the international education field, previously working as director of the International Degree and Education Abroad office at Oregon State University, and assistant director of the Office of International Programs at Brown University. He served as Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA in 2010-2011. In addition to having studied abroad in Spain, he taught English on the Japan Exchange and Teaching program in Shizuoka, Japan and completed an internship in Lugano, Switzerland. Hoff has a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and has an MA in International Administration from the School for International Training and an MA and BA in Spanish from Saint Louis University.

Brent JesiakBrent K. Jesiek
Purdue University

Brent K. Jesiek, PhD, is an associate professor jointly appointed in the Schools of Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He is also an associate director of Purdue’s Office of Global Engineering Programs (GEP) and leads the Global Engineering Education Collaboratory (GEEC) research group. Jesiek draws on expertise from engineering, the humanities, and social sciences to advance understanding of geographic, disciplinary, and historical variations in engineering education and practice. He has received multiple NSF awards to investigate global competency among engineering students and professionals, and is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award to study boundary-spanning roles and competencies among early career engineers. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech and MS and PhD degrees in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech

Cathy LeslieCathy Leslie
Engineers Without Borders - USA

Cathy Leslie has served as the executive director of EWB-USA since 2004. She oversees the operations and finances of the organization and is responsible for the consistent achievement of our mission. She develops and administers the diverse programs of EWB-USA with both dedication and vision. Leslie is a licensed civil engineer in Colorado with more than 20 years of experience in the design and management of civil engineering projects. She began her work in developing countries as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, engineering sustainable solutions for water and sanitation. Over the last 20 years, she has developed and utilized her technical interests in creating solutions for engineering projects that integrate the needs of the client along with the sustainable needs of the environment. Leslie is a member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae for the Michigan Technological University, where she holds her degree in civil engineering. She received the William H. Wiley Civil Engineer Award in 2008 from the American Society of Civil Engineers for her contributions to the engineering profession.

Nikki Letawsky ShultzNikki Letawsky Shultz
University of Minnesota

Nikki Letawsky Shultz is assistant dean for student affairs and international programs in the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Minnesota. She oversees undergraduate recruitment, academic advising, career services, leadership programs, and study abroad advising and curriculum integration for CBS. Letawsky Shultz is a recipient of the National Association of Academic Advisors Outstanding Administrator Award and is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences related to advising, leadership, and learning abroad in STEM fields. She leads a freshman seminar abroad about creativity and innovation to Dublin, Ireland over spring break. She holds a BComm in Organizational Studies from the University of Alberta, an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and is doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Minnesota.

Andrew Reynolds
Independent Consultant
United States Department of State

Andrew Reynolds served for over 40 years at the U.S. Departments of Energy and State with responsibilities for science, technology, and engineering issues, forecasting, strategic planning, non-proliferation, export controls and cooperative research. He was Department of Energy representative at the U.S. Mission to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, 1983-1986; Executive Secretary, U.S./U.S.S.R. Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy Agreement, 1986-1990; Science & Technology (S&T) Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Rome, 1996-2000; and Deputy to four S&T Advisers to the Secretary of State, 2000-2011. From 2007, he led the U.S. delegation to the UN Commission on S&T for Development and served as Chairman in 2013-2014. In 2011, Reynolds was appointed Senior Advisor for Space and Advanced Technologies, concluding his federal career in the Office of International Communications and Information Policy, which facilitates Internet governance and deployment of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development. Reynolds serves on boards at Purdue University, University of Virginia, and Villanova University, Engineers without Borders-USA, and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. He advises the UN on S&T, engineering, information and communication technologies and Internet as enablers for the new Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Development Agenda, is a member of UN Network Eleven, and a Senior Fellow in Global Urban Development. Reynolds holds a BA from the University of Virginia and MS degrees from The George Washington University and the National Intelligence University.