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VIEW FROM OUT HERE
By Bruce Gleason, PhD

Horizons Broadened
LAST YEAR I concluded a two-year term as the interim director of international education at
the University of St. Thomas (UST) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since returning to my primary role on
campus as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Music, and now as chair of the Department of Teacher Education, I've had the time to reflect on how the interim role as an international
educator administrator challenged me and changed me.
Academic Review Committee for International Education
on new and repeat study abroad courses; conferring with
the International Risk Assessment Committee on USTsponsored travel to destinations under U.S. Department
of State travel advisories; and gathering monthly with the
"International Programs Matrix," a group combining international education with International Student Services
and International Academic Advising as well as staff of the
regional ELS office-all with the combined goal of joining
efforts for campus global competency. As well, there were
meetings with Fulbright application committees, internal
international faculty grant applicants, and service learning
committees-not to mention typical budget, dean's, and
provost's meetings. Moreover, on a regular basis I worked
with vice presidents and associate vice presidents whose
titles and offices prior to my international education appointment I had never encountered-or heard of.
However, it wasn't my newfound knowledge about administrative functions that changed my view of university
work, but rather the daily rubbing of shoulders with international education staff members. While I had worked
with clerical, registrar, admissions, university relations, promotional, and human resources staff over the years, this was
the first time in my 30-some years within academia that my
schedule consisted primarily of working with and among a
professional group of staff members on a daily basis. And
the experience was eye opening.
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While my knowledge of UST global initiatives was
minimal going into the job, I had developed a respectable
personal international travel portfolio of 30 countries-
research in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe; several
concert tours through Germany, Austria, and the Czech
Republic; music history and conducting study in Switzerland; and performing in a U.S. Army Band in Berlin for
ceremonies for the reunification of Germany. As well, I had
kept up with international politics and culture in general,
so I hadn't expected much of a learning curve. However,
in reflecting on my international education experiences, it
appears that I've come through them a changed man-albeit in ways that wouldn't have occurred to me years ago.
As the international education director, my work
consisted of overseeing the directors of international
admissions and study abroad, who in turn oversee a combined staff of 10-as well as numerous undergraduate
student workers and several graduate assistants. Additionally, our adept international education office coordinator
also reported to me.
Within this capacity, I was pleased to meet many faculty members with whom I previously had had little to no
contact-individuals who have been doing wonderful work
with our international students as well as with our domestic students in study abroad arenas. I was pleased to find
many kindred spirits in the multitude of gatherings that
became part of my weekly life-making decisions with the

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2015

Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 10
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 11
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 12
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 15
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - A Little Goes a Long Way
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Forum
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Focus
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