Who Is the New Director of Global Education & Partnerships?

Dr. Timothy Shea, associate professor of English, has recently joined the Global Education team. Find out more about Dr. Shea and what he had to say about his new position at Global Education.

When I was training to be a teacher at Millersville University back in 1987, I never imagined my professional journey would take me to over 30 countries where I would teach at various international schools, two of them for close to a decade. I could not dream of what it would be like to hike snow-capped mountains, walk the rim of an active volcano or dive with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef. I never imagined that I would make friends from all around the world, (one being my British wife). Most importantly, I do not think I could fathom how the decision to live in faraway places with global colleagues would shape me, both personally and professionally, but it did!

Now I have the privilege of working with a terrific staff at The Office of Global Education and Partnerships whose mission it is to inspire the next generation of travelers and explorers to experience the rewards of cross-cultural learning. Some would say I have the best job in the world and I think they’re correct!

Hearing stories from students whose “lives have been changed” by a study abroad experience, reminds me how valuable this job is. I love the challenge of helping both my colleagues and my students discover the joy of international study and travel. I hope to further expand international possibilities at Millersville through the following ventures: professor-led courses abroad, expanding our population of international students, and developing greater possibilities of international internships, including student teaching.

I look forward to seeing Millersville University become a leader in global education as it embraces the ways our curriculum and programs should prepare our students for our global community. Exciting days are ahead for us and I am happy to be a facilitator of this process!

If you are interested in learning more of what is happening here with Global Education, please stop by Cumberland House where you will learn the role YOU can play in cultivating both your own dreams as well as those of the next adventurous wanderer.

Meet Christina!

The Office of Global Education and Partnerships is pleased to announce the addition of Christina Accomando as Program Coordinator.  She is eager to mentor students through the study abroad process so they can have incredible life-changing experiences. Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Christina!

Hi Christina, how are you enjoying working at Global Education so far?

I really enjoy working at the Global Education Office and I knew I would when I interviewed.  I sincerely believe in the magic of studying abroad and everything it can do for college students.  I love interacting with the students, helping them discover their goals and navigating their options.  Since I am learning a completely new field, I look forward to having a full academic cycle under my belt.  I am excited for my first group of outgoing students to return to Millersville, so I can see their amazing photos and hear their stories!

What college did you attend and what did you major in?

I attended Connecticut College, which is a small, residential, liberal arts college in New London Connecticut.  It has about 1600 undergraduates.   I was a Fine Art major and a Philosophy minor.

Florence, Italy

Have you had any study abroad or travel experience? If so, where did you go and for how long?

I was fortunate to grow up with a family who loves travel, so before I entered College I had seen a lot of the world.  I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and had the opportunity to visit Pisa, Lucca, Venice, Rome and Cinque Terre in Italy.  During my semester I also traveled to Dublin, Ireland, Brussels in Belgium and the Netherlands. My only regret was not going to Prague in the Czech Republic.  I was thinking about doing my semester abroad there.

What attracted you to apply to be a study abroad Program Coordinator at Millersville?

When I worked for the Office of Admission at Franklin & Marshall, I enjoyed speaking to prospective students about the potential opportunities they have to study abroad and the details behind those experiences.  I was attracted to the Program Coordinator position because I really enjoy mentoring and guiding college students and I believe that Study Abroad can be a life changing experience.   The Global Education position was perfect.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’ve thought about this a lot since I started working here and it would be easier if I could give you a top five list.  But, since I can only pick one, on the top of my bucket list is to see the Northern Lights.  I would like to go to Sweden, Norway or Finland, cross my fingers and hope the lights will put on a show.  I’d like to go there in the summer when the sun barely goes down, but apparently the time to go for the lights is September through March.  I guess I’ll have to go twice!

What is a typical day like at the Office of Global Education?

Because we work around an academic cycle, no two days seem to be the same.  I am learning so much about how the year progresses and what to expect around the corner.  I can say we are always busy and the day tends to be too short.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love the outdoors.  I enjoy spending time with my family on walks and at the park or on hikes in the area.  I love to garden and do projects around our house.  Otherwise, I love trying new restaurants, entertaining friends, reading, going to the movies, sporting events and concerts.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people do not know?

Fun fact:  I taught Taylor Swift horseback riding lessons when I was in College…she was about 10 years old.

 

Feel free to stop by our office and meet Christina! She would be happy to chat with you.