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The Role of Civil Engineering in Internationalization Efforts at Villanova University

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Global Perspective and Experiential Learning in Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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24.1243.1 - 24.1243.18



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Andrea L. Welker Villanova University

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Andrea Welker, Ph.D., PE is a professor in the civil and environmental engineering department at Villanova University. She is the study abroad adviser for her department and a representative on the International Leadership Team. In addition to these duties, she is the chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the assessment chair for the CEE department. She is the treasurer and secretary for the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE and the academic liaison for the the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute, where she chairs the Continuing Education Committee. Dr. Welker teaches a variety of geotechnical engineering courses and her research focuses on the geotechnical aspects of stormwater control measures.

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Seri Park Villanova University

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Seri Park, Ph.D., P.T.P., is an assistant professor in the civil and environmental engineering department at Villanova University. She is serving as a member of Villanova’s International Students and Scholars as well as a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the CEE department. She is also the faculty adviser for the Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter at Villanova and a member of Villanova’s transportation subcommittee under the president’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. In addition, she is also a panel member of various research projects sponsored by the National Academies and university representative on the Transportation Research Board. Her teaching and research areas include various aspects of transportation engineering, traffic safety, and sustainable infrastructure.

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Susan B. Mackey-Kallis Villanova University

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Susan Mackey-Kallis, an associate professor in the communication department at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, currently serves as the chair of Villanova’s International Leadership Team, which is focused on developing a comprehensive and strategic approach to university-wide internationalization. She recently completed an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship at Bryn Mawr College, a program that prepares tomorrow’s leaders in university administration. Mackey-Kallis has also served as an interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Gwynned-Mercy College. At Villanova she is the former chair of the university’s Academic Policy Committee, the founder and former director of the graduate program in communication, and the founding director of the communication department’s summer study abroad in Greece program. Active in faculty governance, she has served as chair of the University Senate and as a member of the Faculty Congress and the Congress Executive Committee. She also has served on numerous college, university, and Board of Trustees’ committees, including the Middle States review, dean's search, and teaching and learning advisory committees.

Her Ph.D. is from Penn State and her research is in the areas of political communication and rhetorical criticism of film and media. At Villanova, Mackey-Kallis teaches courses in film, rhetoric, and media and culture. She is the author of two books on film, Oliver Stone’s America: Dreaming the Myth Outward (1996, Westview/Harper Collins) and The Hero and the Perennial Journey Home in American Film (2001, University of Pennsylvania Press). She also has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters on such topics as presidential administrations’ drug rhetoric, political campaign films, digital gaming, social media, and advertising. She has served on the editorial board for a number of national and regional journals, including Communication Quarterly, Communication Education, Communication Research Reports, and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

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The Role of Civil Engineering in Internationalization Efforts at One UniversityAbstractIn 2012, XXXX University joined the American Council of Education (ACE) as a member oftheir Internationalization Laboratory. The goal of joining this laboratory was to develop astrategic plan for comprehensive internationalization that will help strengthen the university’sglobal leadership and engagement. ACE describes a process to develop, implement, and monitoran internationalization plan. These steps are: 1. Prepare and select the team 2. Inventory current programs 3. Set educational outcomes 4. Develop internationalization plan, including a. Timeline b. Action items and responsible agents c. Funding 5. Implement the plan and monitor progress 6. Create a structure to continue successes 7. Assess progress and make changes based on assessmentCurrently, the university is on step four. This paper will describe the status of currentinternationalization activities at the university and within civil engineering as well how thedepartment can help the university articulate, assess, and attain their internationalization goals.Specifically, this paper will focus on numbers of international students and faculty, level ofinternationalization within courses, numbers of students participating in semester and summer-long study abroad programs, as well as participation rates in international service learningprojects. Opportunities to strengthen and expand these internationalization efforts will bediscussed by providing concrete examples. Internationalization is not a one-size-fits-all process;however, the concrete examples provided may help other universities achieve theirinternationalization goals.

Welker, A. L., & Park, S., & Mackey-Kallis, S. B. (2014, June), The Role of Civil Engineering in Internationalization Efforts at Villanova University Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23176

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