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MSU's Office of Study Abroad Research Council

The Office of Study Abroad has developed a research capacity statement that outlines how the office is prepared to assist faculty who wish to connect with existing education abroad research and scholarship. It is supported by a Research Council that serves as an advisory committee that helps set priorities and provides guidance to the office's efforts to support and highlight research on education abroad at Michigan State University. Among other things, the Council advises on the development of strategies to encourage and facilitate more institutional research on study abroad, and prioritize requests for collaboration and/or access to data and students. The group is composed of the following institutional assessment and research experts and meets once each semester.


Ann E. Austin, Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University Ann E. Austin is Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she held the inaugural Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair from 2005-2008 and will hold again from 2014-2017. Her research concerns faculty careers and professional development, teaching and learning in higher education, the academic workplace, organizational change, and doctoral education. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Past-President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998). She is the Co-PI of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), funded by the National Science Foundation, and the Co-PI of an NSF-funded ADVANCE grant to study organizational change strategies that support the success of women scholars in STEM fields. Her work is widely published, including Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative (2007) and Educating integrated professionals: Theory and practice on preparation for the professoriate (2008). In 2011, she wrote a commissioned paper for the Board on Science Education of the National Research Council entitled "Promoting Evidence-Based Change in Undergraduate Science Education." Dr. Austin's international work has taken her to many countries, including Australia, China, Egypt, Malaysia, Oman, Thailand, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
Kelly Funk, Director of Academic Assessment, Program Review, and Accreditation at Michigan State University Kelly Funk is the Director of Academic Assessment, Program Review, and Accreditation at Michigan State University. She has a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from the Ohio State University with a particular focus on the organizational structures of higher education. She serves as a consultant-evaluator for institutional accreditation reviews for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and currently serves as a Senior Mentor for the Higher Learning Commission in both the Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning and in the Academy for Student Persistence and Completion. She consults with institutions on the assessment of student learning both nationally and internationally.
Philip D. Gardner, Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University Philip D. Gardner is Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. Dr. Gardner has been with MSU for 28 years after receiving degrees from Whitman College (BA in Chemistry) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in Resource & Development Economics/Public Policy). His major areas of research include the transition from college to work, early socialization and career progression in the workplace, workforce readiness, and other areas related to college student studies. MSU's nationally recognized annual college labor market study is done under his direction each fall. He served as senior editor of the Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships. In the spring of 2009 he served as a Fulbright specialist to New Zealand on work-integrated learning.
Christopher D. Maxwell, Associate Dean for research in the College of Social Science and professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University Christopher D. Maxwell is the associate dean for research in the College of Social Science and professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU). He holds bachelor's degrees in sociology, criminal justice and psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University. Dr. Maxwell's research interests include testing for the benefits and costs of sanctions and therapeutic treatments for spouse abusers, the impacts of police and court services on victims of domestic violence, the epidemiology of violence against women by intimates, and the extent and correlates of sexual assault by and against adolescents. His current focus is assessing the extent to which intimate partner violence offenders are prosecuted and whether more prosecution and sanctions lead to less subsequently violence. He has published numerous articles in journals, including Criminology, Criminology and Public Police, Justice Quarterly, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Maxwell served as Associate Research Scientist in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, where he directed the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.
Philip Strong, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate at Michigan State University As Assistant Dean for Undergraduate, Philip Strong has a portfolio for academic affairs, student affairs, international education, and shared administrative affairs in Lyman Briggs College. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1989 from Western Michigan University, Master of Science Degree in 1993 from Kansas State University in Student Counseling and Personnel Services, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education in 2007 from Michigan State University. Dr. Strong teaches for Undergraduate Studies in the Freshman Seminar Abroad program, occasional seminar classes in Lyman Briggs College on STEM Education, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University College of Graduate Studies. His research interests have been focused on Residential Learning Communities, student transitional issues, and historical data studies on student enrollment forecasting. Presently he is interested in studying integrative and interdisciplinary learning assessments, and impact of international education on undergraduate student success.
Korine S. Wawrzynski, Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director for Undergraduate Research in the Provost's Office at Michigan State University Korine Steinke Wawrzynski is the Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director for Undergraduate Research in the Provost's Office at Michigan State University. She also serves as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Student Affairs Administration master's degree program. Dr. Wawrzynski is an active member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, where she serves as a Councilor and has co-chaired two national conferences. Her research interests include innovative learning opportunities for undergraduate students, the experiences of women leaders in higher education, and collaborative partnerships between academic and student affairs. She has earned a bachelor's degree in English from Monmouth College, a master's degree in College Student Personnel, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, both from Bowling Green State University.

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