About Global Learning

The Office of Global Learning Initiatives prepares FIU’s students to be successful global citizens who develop global awareness, a global perspective and use their passion to make the world a better place.

We achieve our mission through the award winning Global Learning for Global Citizenship initiative, in which every student engages in active, team-based, interdisciplinary exploration of real-world problems.

We also support FIU’s faculty by offering workshops and fellowships that leverage their expertise while helping them hone the skills they need to develop successful global learning courses.

To date, faculty have created more than 190 global learning courses. Students choose among these courses, offered in every academic department, to meet their two-course global learning graduation requirement.

With our Global Learning Medallion program, students design their own experience – choosing from available global learning courses, globally-focused activities, study abroad programs, foreign languages and original research –  to earn this graduation honor.

Our robust offering of co-curricular activities including the Peace Corps Prep, the Tuesday Times Roundtable, and a myriad selection of student clubs including GlobeMed also help students become well-rounded global citizens.

The office also currently houses the Office of the Executive Director for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

As internationalization leader Madeleine F. Green has said about the university’s Global Learning initiative, “to date … FIU has done everything right.”

Our Team

Hilary C. Landorf, Ph.D. – Director

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Dr. Landorf is the Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives; this Office oversees FIU’s university-wide initiative, Global Learning for Global Citizenship, recognized by the Institute of International Education as winner of the 2016 Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus.  She is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Development, leader of FIU’s Master of Science degree program in International and Intercultural Education.  In 2016 she was appointed as the Executive Director of the Comparative and International Education Society, bringing the Office of the Executive Director to FIU.

Landorf’s expertise centers on visioning, developing, designing, and implementing the policies and practices of global learning efforts in higher education. Hilary holds a Ph.D. in international education from New York University, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. from Stanford University. She has written, consulted, and presented internationally on integrating global learning into higher education. Her recent publications include “Defining Global Learning at Florida International University” in the AAC&U publication Diversity and Democracy; “Global Perspectives on Global Citizenship” in Contesting and Constructing International Perspectives in Global Education (2016); and “Using Democratic Deliberation in an Internationalization Effort in Higher Education,” in  Disrupting Adult and Community Education: Teaching, Learning, and Working in the Periphery (2016).

Her forthcoming book, co-authored with Dr. Stephanie Doscher and Dr. Jaffus Hardrick, is titled Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students.

Stephanie Doscher, Ed.D. – Associate Director

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In addition to her work with the OGLI, Dr. Doscher serves as Program Evaluator for FIU’s Title VI-funded Latin American and Caribbean National Resource Center and as a Change Leader for FIU’s AshokaU Changemaker Campus Initiative. She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from FIU; the instruments she developed as part of her dissertation, “The Development of Rubrics to Measure Undergraduate Students’ Global Awareness and Global Perspective: A Validity Study,” are currently being used by educators around the world. Dr. Doscher also holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Western Washington University and a B.A. in History from Emory University.

Her work focuses primarily on organizational leadership, professional development, and integrative curricular and co-curricular design to enable global learning for all. Her current research interests include teaching and assessment strategies for global learning and the relationship between global learning, social innovation, and inclusive excellence. She has presented and published papers on these and other topics in numerous international conferences and journals. Recent publications include “Defining Global Learning at Florida International University” in AAC&U’s Diversity & Democracy; “Promoting Engagement in Curriculum Internationalization” in IEE Networker and “Education for Sustainable Human Development: Towards a Definition” in Theory and Research in Education.

Mariusz Galczynski, M.A. – Managing Director, CIES

Mariusz-Galczynski-100x150Mariusz joins the Office of Global Learning Initiatives as a Post-doctoral Fellow. Serving as Managing Director of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), he builds on his active Society involvement as student representative on the Board of Directors (2012-15), Chair of the New Scholars Committee (2011-12), and Conference Coordinator (CIES 2011 Montréal).

Earning a Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Cultural and International Studies) from McGill University in Montréal, Canada, he holds an M.A. in Humanities and B.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Formerly a secondary English Language Arts teacher, his diverse research interests and publications include comparative education in global perspective, interdisciplinary multicultural education, social justice and equity, teacher education and professionalization, and assessment literacy. At the university level, he has led courses in education and development, multicultural education, educational research methods, English Language Arts, science education, and professional ethics for teachers.

His recent scholarship includes Redefining Multicultural Education: Inclusion and the Right to Be Different (2014) with Dr. Ratna Ghosh and contributions to Crafting a Global Field: Six Decades of the Comparative and International Education Society (2016) and Qualities of Education in a Globalised World (2014). He is also a Jeopardy! champion.

Eric M. Feldman, M.S. – Program Manager

Eric-Feldman-100x150Eric connects students to co-curricular experiences including internships and roundtable discussions with a wide variety of community partners working on issues from human trafficking to global poverty.  He serves on the advisory board for CWS Miami, a refugee resettlement agency, and Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Inc. Eric is a student in FIU’s Higher Education Ph.D. program and has earned his B.S. and M.S. from FIU.

His current scholarly interests include public relations in the corporate university, social media literacy, dialogue and deliberation, and law enforcement on college and K12 campuses.  Recent publications include “The Influence of Social Media on Adult Learners’ Knowledge Construction and Democratic Participation” in New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (2015), and a chapter on deliberative democracy in  Disrupting Adult and Community Education: Teaching, Learning, and Working in the Periphery (2016). Eric has four years of collegiate teaching experience, having served as an Honors College affiliate fellow from 2012-2016. He couldn’t go on without cold brew coffee and new episodes of Shark Tank.  Eric’s CV is available here.

Connie Penczak, MPA –  Activities Assistant/Communications Coordinator, CIES

Connie-Penczak-100x150Connie assists with co-curricular programs such as Peace Corps Prep and the Global Learning Medallion, among others. She also collaborates with Global Learning clubs that focus on addressing global issues like international development.

With aspirations of addressing community development concerns herself, she hopes to successfully complete the Master’s of Public Administration program at FIU and raise awareness of human resource development that targets the quality of primary school education.

Bahia Simons-Lane, M.S. – Editorial Assistant, CIES

Bahia-Simons-Lane-100x150Bahia is a graduate assistant for the Office of Global Learning. She holds a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Education from FIU and is currently earning her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture, at Florida International University.

As a graduate assistant at FIU’s Office of Global Learning Initiatives she writes and conducts research related to FIU’s university-wide curriculum and co-curriculum internationalization initiative Global Learning for Global Citizenship. Bahia’s research interests are global learning and comparative education. Her recent scholarship includes “Honoring Merit” in Crafting a Global Field: Six Decades of the Comparative and International Education Society (2016), “Next Door to ‘Old Smokey’: Engaging in Scientific Measurement and Public Action” in Middle Level Learning (2016), and a presentation on “A Global Perspective and FIU Undergraduates: The Interpersonal Domain” at the South Florida Education Research Conference (2016).

Her interest in the field of international and comparative education developed during her experience teaching English in Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She continues to support the JET Program as president of the Florida JET Alumni Association.

Salma Hadeed, M.S. – Graduate Assistant, CIES

Salma-Hadeed-100x150Salma is currently a Doctoral student pursuing a degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management and a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management and Adult Education and Human Resource Development. Her passion revolves around resolving organizational conflict and she has also earned a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building at FIU.

Before pursuing her degrees at FIU, Salma worked in the hospitality field in the USA, St. Vincent and her native island of Trinidad and Tobago. She developed her skills as an intern and later held the positions of Guest Services Agent/ Guest Services Supervisor/ Manager on Duty (Sheraton Suites Plantation), and Purchasing Coordinator (Hilton Trinidad).

Jared Leichner, MBA – Graduate Assistant

Jared Leichner is a PhD Candidate in FIU’s Biomedical Engineering Department.  Currently, his research focus revolves around immunofluorescent staining and 3D modeling of Neurons, Astrocytes and Vasculature in the cortex of the brain with the aim of uncovering complex network connectivity patterns and their changes during disease states.  He also holds an MBA from FIU’s prestigious International MBA program as well as dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology.  When outside of the University, he enjoys creating music, developing virtual-reality applications, engaging in DIY home projects and most importantly spending time with his Wife and Shih-Tzu puppy.

Sherrie Rhodes Beeson, M.S. – Graduate Assistant

Sherrie is a graduate assistant for the Office of Global Learning Initiatives. Her passion for global learning and global citizenship brought her to FIU, where her doctoral studies in Curriculum and Instruction include a focus on International and Intercultural Education. Sherrie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Illinois State University and Master’s degree in School counseling from Dallas Baptist University.

Being part of the OGLI has allowed Sherrie to gain valuable insights into how faculty at FIU make global learning come alive for undergraduate students. It has also served to further her research into what it means to be a global citizen. She is currently conducting research on FIU’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Initiative.

Sherrie’s long-term goals are to support university-wide global learning initiatives, continue her research, and serve as a professor of prospective social studies and civics teachers. Ultimately, she hopes to expand others’ knowledge and understanding of differing perspectives on global issues and inspire active citizenship for positive community, national, and global change.