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.