For Faculty & Staff

We seek to support you in your international endeavors.

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International Initiatives Committee

IIC’s Mission

The International Initiatives Committee (IIC) is Towson University's primary forum to enhance awareness among the colleges, academic, students support units, and key student organizations regarding the issues, services, and needs of international students, visiting scholars and study away and abroad students and to promote internationalization at TU. The committee serves as an advocacy mechanism to increase opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in international endeavors. It promotes international partnerships and a campus-wide understanding of global issues that impact A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity and TU 2020-2030 Strategic Plan: Leadership for the Public Good Strategic Plans.

Committee Members AY 2021-2022 (Term length: 3 years)

Name Title Representation
Gashaw Abeza Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology College of Health Professions
David Bauer President, Graduate Student Association Graduate Student Association
Geannine Callaghan Director, Strategic Initiatives & Foundation Relations Office of Development
Finn Christensen Associate Professor, Economics College of Business and Economics
Mary Devadas

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Director, Competitive Fellowships & Awards

Competitive Fellowships & Awards
Nancy Dufau Assistant Vice President of Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
Colleen Ebacher Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Co-Chair, Faculty Committee on Study Abroad & Away
Kelly Elkins Associate Professor, Chemistry Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics
Greg Faller Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts & Communication College of Fine Arts & Communication
Gail Gibbs Director, International Student and Scholar Office

International Student & Scholar Office

Co-Chair, International Student Services Committee

Geoff Gordon Assistant Director, Athletics Athletics
Jose Infante Associate Director, International Recruitment and Admissions University Admissions
Lyle Nash Acting Director, English Language Center English Language Center
Molly Mee Secondary and Middle School Education College of Education
Tunde Oduntan Assistant Professor, History College of Liberal Arts
Margherita Pampinella Chair, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Maggie Reitz

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost

Interim Assistant Vice President for International Initiatives

Academic Affairs
Robert Rook

College of Liberal Arts Dean's Fellow for Study Abroad & Away

Professor, History

College of Liberal Arts
Desirée Rowe

Chair, Academic Senate

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Academic Senate
Liz Shearer

Director, Study Abroad & Away Office

Study Abroad & Away Office

Co-Chair, Facuty Committee on Study Abroad & Away

Robert Tappan

Director, International Studies

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

International Studies

International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC)

ITAC's Mission

The International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC) is Towson University’s primary forum to enhance awareness about the issues, services and needs of faculty, staff and students traveling abroad. ITAC will recommend strategies to manage risks associated with international travel and will respond to travel advisory appeals per 03-13.00 – POLICY ON TRAVEL ADVISORIES FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL. 

Name Title
Colleen Ebacher Co-Chair, Faculty Committee on Study Abroad & Away
Greg Faller Chair, International Initiatives Committee
Bruce Griffin Chief Compliance and Risk Officer 
Vernon Hurte Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee)
Alexei Kolesnikov Director of Undergraduate Research
Dawn Kuessner Business Travel Administrator
Chad Leo Director of Academic Affairs, Student Government Association
Maggie Reitz Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Interim Assistant Vice President for International Initiatives
Desirée Rowe Chair, Towson University Academic Senate
Liz Shearer* Director, Study Abroad & Away Office
Heather Sorenson Chair, Towson University Staff Senate

*Director of the International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) will serve as the back-up for the Director of Study Abroad & Away. They will also be consulted for the appeals of international students going on study abroad programs and international visiting faculty.