DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL EDUCATION
Her doctoral work at Azusa Pacific was focused on community development in Central America. Author of several papers on international study, she is also the co-editor of a well-received book on global education—Transformations at the Edge of the World, a study of “cultural immersion pedagogy” that includes essays on Westmont’s programs in Mexico and San Francisco.
During her time at Notre Dame, Cynthia has been a youth counselor and host for a graduate Bible study at the South Bend Christian Reformed Church, and served on the Immigration Working Group at the Institute for Latino Studies. Recently, she partnered with alumni physicians and local communities in Honduras to develop a Global Health Seminar. Cynthia officially begins at Westmont on September 1. yet will be here for the Faculty Retreat.
"I have long admired Westmont's academic strength and strong heritage of global education," Cynthia observes. "I feel privileged to join the committed and talented faculty for the purpose of helping students gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their faith, and their world. I look forward to building on the solid foundations of international education already present at Westmont and to exploring new and innovative ways to developing students' global perspective."
Cynthia will step into a role that has been held with great care and conscientiousness by Bill Wright. During Bill's tenure in the post, Westmont launched new programs in Istanbul and Jerusalem and laid the groundwork for a new semester in Northern Europe. He has coached and assisted so many Westmont faculty who have led off-campus programs. With so many different colleagues directing our study excursions in Europe, England and Mexico, it has been essential for them to be able to rely on Bill's experience and expertise. Global study brings a wide range of challenges—from issues of safety and security to matters of student discipline and health—and Bill has approached each challenge with discernment and wisdom, collaborating with program directors to seek appropriate remedies or alternatives. Given the extent of Westmont's participation in off-campus study, it is remarkable that the primary oversight of the programs has been handled by an Associate Provost with considerably more duties on his plate. And for that Westmont can be grateful. Thanks, Bill, for keeping our world both large and close.