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Current Visiting Scholars

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Laura E. Rumbley, Maxim Denim, Georgiana Mihut, Ariane de Gayardon, Kara Godwin, Fawziah Albakr, Philip G. Altbach, and Gladys Beatriz Barreyro. (Ivan Pacheco not pictured)
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Kara Godwin
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Kara A. Godwin is a visiting scholar and consultant at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) where she completed her PhD in 2013. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist who studies domestic and global higher education. Her work focuses on curriculum, learning, teaching, and internationalization. Kara is particularly excited about investigating national and institutional policies that disrupt traditional ways of thinking about higher education. Her forthcoming book, Changing Tides: The Global Rise (and US Decline) of Liberal Education, analyzes the growing global interest in liberal arts education and is based on the Global Liberal Education Inventory, a worldwide database of 200 programs. Kara is the founder and director of the new Global Liberal Education Association, an international collaboratory for sharing research, news, and critical discourse. Before CIHE, Kara was at the Northwestern University Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Kara has been a visiting scholar at Amsterdam University College, a policy analyst for the Rhode Island (US) Board of Governors, and a consultant for projects on international development, curriculum assessment, study abroad, and faculty development. She enjoys teaching about the social context and impact of higher education, student learning, comparative systems of education, intercultural competence, public policy, project management, and strategic planning. In a former life, Kara was an IT analyst and project manager in the US and UK. She completed her master of science at Northwestern University (IL, 2005) and her BA at Augustana College (IL, 1996) both in the US


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Ivan Pacheco
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Iván Pacheco is a consultant and researcher in higher education.  His main topics of interest are quality assurance, peacebuilding, and the academic profession.  He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in higher education from Boston College.  Iván’s dissertation focused on the role of higher education in armed conflict and postconflict countries, particularly in his home country of Colombia.  He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and an intern at LASPAU-Harvard. With over fifteen years of higher education experience, his past roles include Director of Quality Assurance for the Colombian Ministry of Education, acting Vice Minister of Higher Education, and board member for more than ten Colombian public universities. He represented his country at the UNESCO-OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross Border Higher Education meetings and at RIACES, the Ibero-American Network of Quality Assurance Agencies. His publications include: Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts (coeditor with Altbach, Reisberg, Yudkevich and Androushchak, 2012); Educación Culpable, Educación Redentora: Evolución Legislativa de la Educación Superior en Colombia (2004), and Nuevo Compendio de Normas sobre la Educación Superior (2001).  Iván is currently editing, together with Alberto Roa, a book on the challenges for Colombian higher education for the next decade.


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Yukiko Shimmi
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Yukiko Shimmi is an assistant professor and international education advisor at the Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. Yukiko received her Ph.D. degree in Higher Education at Boston College while she worked as a research assistant at CIHE. She earned her masters' degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota with a Fulbright scholarship. She also holds a Bachelors' of Arts in Human Relations from Keio University in Japan. Yukiko's research focuses on international visiting scholars and their experiences in the United States. She also studies the impact of study abroad experiences on students. At the University of Minnesota, she worked for International Student and Scholar Services and contributed to programing and support for international and domestic students. Previously she worked for two Japanese universities in student services and academic affairs with both domestic and international students. Yukiko's articles, "The Decline of Japanese International Students" (issue #64, Summer 2011), "Should Japanese University Shift the Academic Calendar?" (issue #70, Winter 2013), and "International Visiting Scholars: Potential Resources through Brain-circulation and Internationalization" (issue #77, Fall 2014) were published in International Higher Education.


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Marijk van der Wende
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Marijk van der Wende is a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies and its Graduate School of Education and at the Centre for International Higher Education at Boston College.
Marijk van der Wende is the Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College. She is a professor in higher education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an honorary professor at CHEPS, the University of Twente. She will be appointed as the (first) Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University in September 2015.
Marijk van der Wende is a member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe, section behavioral sciences), of the Higher Education Authority Ireland, of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, of the EU expert group on Key long term transformations in Research, Innovation and Higher Education (KT2050), and of the Board of the Rathenau Institute for Research and Debate on Science and Technology. She is also the Dutch representative to the GRE European Advisory Council and a member of various national and international editorial boards and advisory committees. In the past she held positions in prestigious organizations such as the OECD, NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher education), and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). Her study and work brought her to several places in Europe including Belgium and France. Marijk van der Wende holds BA degrees in teaching and pedagogy, and MA and PhD degrees in educational sciences, from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht respectively. Her research focuses on innovation and the impact of globalization on higher education. She has published widely on how these processes affect higher education systems and institutions, including liberal arts colleges, regarding governance, strategy, curriculum, quality assurance, and ICT integration.