Higher Education Leadership in a Global Context

This two-week course explores higher education leadership within a global context and is designed for professionals and aspiring professionals in student affairs and higher education leadership. Participants will be challenged to think differently through a variety of shared global perspectives and have the opportunity to learn about different educational models, systems, and cultures. Co-taught by faculty and guest speakers who have experience working at multiple institutions from around the world, this course includes an experiential learning piece linked to travel within Switzerland. Participants consider Swiss culture and surrounding countries while learning about International Student Affairs' models from different campuses. Throughout the two-week course, participants engage with complex case studies, learn about leadership models from different countries and cultures, and have the opportunity to network with other professionals from around the world.

Building on the successful work done at the European Conference for Student Affairs & Services, coordinated by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and the European University College Association (EucA) hosted by Franklin in October 2019, this course provides three continuing education credits for student affairs professionals at the university and high school level.

Dates: This course has been rescheduled for Summer 2021. More details will be available once available. 

Total costs: $3000 (USD) includes tuition, certificate, room, and select meals. Participants will be responsible for their travel, additional food, souvenirs, and excursions, but will receive dedicated support and travel guidance from their host country to Switzerland.

Requirements: Participants must have a bachelor’s degree.

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About the Instructors

Colin Stewart, Ph. D. is the Associate Dean for Student Involvement at Fresno State. Having been formed at institutions that are small, large, public, private, domestic and international, explains why he is deeply committed to student success, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Stewart is also committed to research and giving back to the field. Colin is serving on the NASPA 2020 Conference planning Committee and recently co-edited a book on creativity, innovation, and leadership in higher education which is set to be released in March 2020. Dr. Stewart’s educational credentials include Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Illinois State University, a M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University, B.S. in Business from Central Washington University, and he completed the Executive Leadership Academy at the University of California, Berkeley which focused on leading in a multicultural and global environment.

Dr. Stephanie Muehlethaler is the Principal of Otonabee College at Trent University located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.  She has worked in three different countries and with over 24 different schools ranging from a large land grant institution to institutions designed in a collegiate manner to corporate residence life. Additionally, Stephanie has been involved in bringing student affairs professionals from around the world together through different conference presentations and even hosted the NASPA region 1 conference in Switzerland at Franklin University.   Dr. Muehlethaler’s education includes an Ed.D. in Higher Education leadership from the University of Calgary, an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and a BA in English and Psychology from Laurier University. Stephanie’s doctorate research focuses on the development of global citizenship identity development as a result of engaging in a co-curricular service learning experiences both in an international and domestic context.