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AASCU's Global Engagement Initiative emerged from a five-year 7 Revolutions Initiative which was a partnership between AASCU's American Democracy Project, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, The New York Times, and 10 AASCU member institutions whose campuses designated teaching faculty to serve as Global Engagement Scholars. The Global Engagement Scholars translated CSIS' 7 Revolutions framework into curricular and co-curricular programs, strategies, and materials aimed at educating globally-competent citizens. The scholars have collaboratively developed the innovative Global Challenges national blended learning course as well as two books -- Global Challenges: Promise & Peril in the 21st-Century(and eBook available via VitalSource or iBooks) and Educating Globally Competent Citizens: A Teaching Toolkit(available from the AASCU online Bookstore). The Global Engagement Scholars regularly host institutes about the initiative and make campus visits to train other faculty in the use of their teaching materials.

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Shala Mills

Shala Mills, J.D.

National Coordinator, AASCU Global Challenges Project
Chair, Professor of Political Science (Fort Hays State University, Kansas)
600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601

Shala Mills is Chair and Professor of Political Science at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. After practicing with a large law firm in Kansas City and serving as the Affirmative Action Officer at FHSU, Mills joined the Political Science department at FHSU, serving as the pre-law advisor and teaching a wide range of courses in the department’s legal studies emphasis. Her teaching responsibilities now include courses such as orientation to the discipline, current political issues, sustainability, and food and politics. Mills has been recognized for her work with undergraduates, including the top awards for both teaching and advising at FHSU. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Kansas Humanities Council Board of Directors and is a 2012-13 Kansas Health Foundation Fellow.In 2011, through FHSU’s Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, she taught the first section of the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges curriculum to be offered to high school students, and she has co-developed with Brett Whitaker the first graduate-level course to use the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges framework.

She served as a core faculty member for FHSU’s L3:Live.Learn.Lead, a first-year learning community that incorporated the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges curriculum as well as a visit to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. where students participated in CSIS policy briefings and global crisis simulations. Mills has helped with Global Challenges workshops and institutes, is a contributor to the Global Challenges Teaching Toolkit, helped develop the Global Challenges eCourse, has presented at academic conferences regarding her experiences teaching the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges curriculum and has co-authored with Martin Shapiro an article “Educating Globally Competent Citizens: An AASCU Red Balloon Project” published in Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University. She serves as the first National Coordinator for this AASCU/ADP Red Balloon Project.

Darrell Hamlin

Darrell Hamlin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Justice Studies
Senior Fellow, Center for Civic Leadership, Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601

Darrell A. Hamlin holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. Previously on the faculty at Spring Hill College, his scholarship, teaching, and service have received awards, and he has been the recipient of grants for research and for educational development. In 2008, Hamlin founded Civic Monkey, LLC. As a writer, educator, consultant and board certified leadership coach, he has focused on civic renewal, expanded narratives of public life, and working with individuals and organizations to find their purpose in public life. His current book project is Carrying the Torch: Moving from Private Grief to Public Action, with Curt and Christie Brungardt.

Hamlin has been involved with the Global Challenges Project since 2009 as a course developer, instructor, and faculty workshop consultant. He serves as one of the Global Engagement Scholars. He is a co-contributor to the Global Challenges Teaching Toolkit and is the co-author, with Brett Whitaker, of “Surviving the Future: The Seven Revolutions Initiative as a Strategic Model for Curricular and Institutional Innovation” (Teacher Scholar, Fall 2010). Hamlin is also on the Editorial Board of the eJournal of Public Affairs.


Tina Zappile

Tina Zappile, Ph.D.

Global Scholar, AASCU Global Challenges Project
Assistant Professor of Political Science (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)
101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08215

Tina Zappile is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, New Jersey. Her teaching responsibilities include courses such as introduction to international relations, international political economy, international law and organizations, U.S. foreign policy, global development policy, and a global challenges freshman seminar. Zappile conducts research on international and regional financial institutions in trade and development and is involved in pedagogical projects on the use of simulations to enhance students’ global empathy.

She has published articles on democracy in the World Bank, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the concept of globalization, and writing in the disciplines (WID).
Zappile serves on Stockton’s Political Engagement Project (PEP) Committee in her capacity as an AASCU Global Engagement Scholar. In 2013, through Richard Stockton College’s learning living community initiative, she will teach a freshman seminar section of the Global Challenges curriculum.

Zappile recently joined the scholars group and has helped with Global Challenges workshops and institutes, contributed to the Global Challenges eCourse, and worked on the development of learning outcomes to enhance the curriculum. She will also co-present adapting the AASCU Global Challenges curriculum for the first-year experience with Ken Hill and Stephanie Foote of Kennesaw State University at the AAC&U Global Learning in College conference in November 2013.

Keisha Hoerrner

Keisha L. Hoerrner, Ph.D.

Chair, AASCU Global Engagement Scholars
Interm Dean, University College (Kennesaw State University, Georgia)
1000 Chastain Rd, MD 2401, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Keisha L. Hoerrner is the Interim Dean for University College, an academic unit at Kennesaw State University that houses both the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies and the Department of University Studies. Formerly Chair of what is now the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies from 2007 to 2012, Dr. Hoerrner is also Professor of Communication. In her role as Interim Dean, Hoerrner oversees the college’s strategic planning, fiscal management, and personnel supervision while promoting development opportunities to aid the college's faculty, staff and students. She is also co-chair of KSU’s American Democracy Project and currently serves as Chair of the AASCU Global Engagement Scholars. Hoerrner has been an AASCU Global Engagement Scholar for the past five years, and she was on the development team for KSU 1111, the first-year seminar that is based on the Global Challenges framework. Hoerrner is a 2013 recipient of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition's Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award.


Brett Whitaker

Brett Whitaker, PhD

Instructor / International Coordinator, Department of Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601

Brett Whitaker is an instructor and international coordinator in the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University. Whitaker joined the FHSU faculty in 2008 as the first Leadership Studies faculty member teaching through FHSU's international partnerships. In that role, he has overseen the development of the program into the largest cross-border Organizational Leadership degree program in China. As of 2011, Whitaker has held a half time administrative role dedicated toward managing the Chinese program, in addition to being one of the FHSU representatives to the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges Scholars' Group.

Whitaker has been involved with the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges program at FHSU since it's initiation and first course offering in 2007. He has taught both on-campus and online courses in the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges curriculum, as well as instructing high school students through the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science and Chinese students in FHSU international partnerships. Whitaker has developed and co-developed courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level utilizing the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges framework, and has also done faculty development work in assisting other faculty in utilizing this curriculum. He has co-authored several journal articles on utilizing this curriculum, and has presented more than 15 different conference presentations and workshops on this topic. Whitaker is a contributing author to both the Global Challenges Teaching Toolkit and the Global Challenges eCourse. He is currently ABD in a Ph.D. in Global Leadership program at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, IN.


Willie Redmond

Willie Redmond, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow - Office of the Provost
Professor of Economics
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza; MS 5845
Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701

Willie Redmond is a Professor of Economics at Southeast Missouri State University. His primary teaching and research areas are International Economics and Strategic Management. In addition to his home campus, he has taught courses abroad in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia. At Southeast Missouri State, Redmond currently teaches the capstone courses in the College of Business, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Redmond has received several honors for teaching; receiving Southeast Missouri State’s campus-wide Professor of the Year, along with the graduate teaching award in the College of Business, and he is a two-time winner of the undergraduate business teaching award. He is also designated as a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost and he serves as the state-wide director of the Missouri Alliance for Collaborative Education (MACE).

Redmond is the leader of Southeast Missouri State’s student-centered, “CSIS-Global Challenges” project. For the past six years he has led student groups that participate in week-long seminars at the CSIS offices in Washington, D.C. There they engage in policy briefings/discussions and also participate in interactive global policy simulations. He is the developer and lead professor of the “Interdisciplinary - Junior Seminar” course that these students take on the Southeast Missouri State campus. This course incorporates the Global Challenges material into the curriculum and currently uses the Global Challenges eBook as its primary text. Incorporated into the students’ final requirement for this course, Redmond organizes a conference where they present their research to the campus and surrounding community. Redmond has assisted with several Global Challenges workshops and institutes, he has presented on his experiences teaching the 7Revolutions/Global Challenges material at an AASCU conference and he has aided in the development of the Global Challenges eCourse.


Dennis Falk

Dennis Falk, Ph.D.

Global Engagement Scholar
Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth
220 Bohannon Hall, 1207 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812

Dennis Falk is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He has taught a course on Global Issues in a variety of formats over the past twenty-five years, including large lecture classes, honors seminars, and online offerings.  He served as a Faculty Fellow for Strategic Planning in the Chancellor’s office for two years, and currently co-chairs UMD’s Internationalization Leadership Team, which is developing a plan for comprehensive internationalization on campus.

Denny’s research interests include defining and promoting globally competent citizenship. He served as the lead AASCU Global Engagement (formerly Seven Revolutions) Scholar for six years, co-editing Educating Globally Competent Citizens: A Tool Kit and helping to lead nine workshops or institutes that use this tool kit as a foundation. Dr. Falk was a major contributor in developing the Global Challenges course.


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Matthew L. Hipps, Ph.D.

Global Engagement Scholar
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Dalton State College
650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720

Hipps attended West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buchannon, WV where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He continued his studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV where he received a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters in Political Science. He is scheduled to defend his dissertation in spring 2014.  He is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha (the Public Administration Honors Society) and a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity, Inc.  Hipps has attended numerous Global Challenges Institutes and Workshops and has delivered the Global Challenges course on his own campus.  He was one of the first Global Challenges Teaching Fellows and joined the Global Engagement Scholars team in Fall 2013.

Martin Shappiro

Martin Shapiro, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, California State University, Fresno
2576 E. San Ramon Avenue M/S ST11, Fresno, CA 93740

Dr. Martin Shapiro is an associate professor of psychology at California State University, Fresno.  He has been a member of AASCU’s Global Challenges Committee since 2007 and is an editor on both a manual for teachers and an e-book for students. He has taught a course on Global Challenges for the Smittcamp Honors College since 2008 and helped develop training for faculty members teaching in a First Year Experience Program with the theme of Global Challenges. He has presented papers at the American Democracy Project Conference on teaching Global Challenges for the past 6 years, and conducted several workshops for teachers including a two-day workshop at Fresno State in 2011. 

Kenneth Hill

Kenneth Hill, M.A.

Lecturer-Education First Year Programs (Kennesaw State University, Georgia)
1000 Chastain Rd, MD 2401, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Ken Hill joined Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2002. He has earned degrees from the University of South Alabama (1979) and The George Washington University (1993). In addition to his academic pursuits, Hill has worked in the fields of Operations Management, Training/Organization Development, Human Resource Management and as a consultant with Development Dimensions International (DDI). In the fall of 2009 he began teaching the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) 7 Revolutions concept. As an AASCU Global Engagement Scholar and honors faculty, Hill teaches and mentors students in KSU’s President’s Emerging Global Scholars (PEGS) program merging his experience and interest in global issues with his concern for student learning and development. Most recently he has guided the development of the Soliya Dialogue at KSU. Soliya is a multi-cultural communication program that facilitates student conversation between Western and Muslim countries across the Middle East.

Yohannes Woldemariam

Yohannes Woldemariam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science/Philosophy, Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive Durango, CO 81301

Yohannes is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. His research interests include Transboundary Rivers, migration/refugees, state failures, and ethnicity. He is one of the AASCU Global Engagement Scholars (GES) representing Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Colorado. He participated in the AASCU (GES) activities in Durango, Fresno; San Antonio, Washington D.C. and most recently in Denver Colorado. He taught the experimental pilot course at FLC in the fall of 2012.
Yohannes’s academic writings have been published in the anthology, Comparative Democracy and Democratization (edited by Howard J. Wiarda, Harcourt College Publications, 2002). He has co-edited an anthology on African Comparative Politics with Professor Wiarda, which was published by Routledge Press in 2005. He has published several book reviews, book chapters as well as numerous articles in social media.

He has articles published in newspapers such as the New York Times, websites & magazines and have been interviewed by the BBC and the Voice of America.   He also did a paid consulting for the BBC World Service Radio’s Newsday program.  He was in the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities Speaker Series on the Middle East and on roster to speak on Middle East water issues to public libraries in Massachusetts. Internationally, he gave a talk on The Chinese Role in the Greater Horn of Africa at the University of Kassel/Germany, among other places.

He has presented his scholarship at professional conferences:  such as the International Studies Association (ISA), most recently held in San Francisco at the April 2013 ISA 54th Annual Convention, the Cultural Studies Association, the Southwestern Political Science Association annual meeting, and the Northeastern Political Science Association Conference. He was also elected to serve as a section coordinator for the Political Science section of the Western Social Science Association during the 2009-2011 periods.
He is a member Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

He was nominated for UMass Distinguished Teaching Award in the fall of 2000.

Steven Elliott

Steven Elliott-Gower, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science/Director, Honors Program (Georgia College, CBX 029)
Milledgeville, GA 31061


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William E. Payne

Dean, School of Fine Arts
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812

William Payne is currently a Professor of Theater and the Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he has taught directing, acting, new play development, and theater liberal education courses for the last 18 years. He has been an active proponent of new approaches to liberal education and has integrated community based learning strategies in innovative ways. After serving as the Interim Dean from January 2011 until May of 2012, he was named Dean of the School of Fine Arts, where he is providing leadership in new approaches to arts education, international exchanges and collaborations, and a community-based movement to expand arts programming as economic and community development in Duluth and the northern Minnesota region.

He is a co-founder and company member of the American Blues Theater Company of Chicago, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. He has been a professional director and producer for over 30 years with a special focus on the development and premiere of new plays, Latino theater, and teaching and directing classic American drama for the early and mid-20th century. His directing credits include world premieres of Half of Plenty by Lisa Dillman (Chicago 2007), My Buddy Bill written and performed by Emmy Award winning author Rick Cleveland (Berkshire Theater Festival 2005), La Tectonica De Las Nubes (Cloud Tectonics) by Jose Rivera translated by Otto Minera at the Teatro Centro Hellenico (Mexico City 1999), and highly acclaimed productions of works by Eugene O’Neill, Sam Shepard, Thornton Wilder, and Melanie Marnich. Bill received his MFA in Directing from Northwestern University in 1990.

Two of his productions have appeared at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, most recently Lloyd’s Prayer (2004) by noted storyteller and playwright Kevin Kling. He has collaborated with celebrated playwrights, designers, and actors in the professional theater for over thirty years.

Bill Payne is a Global Engagement Scholar and began creating Global Change courses at UMD in 2007. The online course Theater and Global Change was first offered by the New York Times Knowledge Network in the spring and fall of 2011. The course utilizes dramatic texts to explore the human impact of global trends transforming the way people live and work.



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William Reckmeyer

William J. Reckmeyer, Ph.D.

Global Scholar, AASCU Global Challenges Project
Professor of Leadership & Systems (San José State University, California)
1 Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0113

Bill Reckmeyer is Professor of Leadership & Systems; IES Senior Fellow; and Director of the SJSU Salzburg Program at San José State University.  A systems scientist whose teaching, research, and practice centers on integrated approaches to hyper-complex issues, Bill has developed and taught 55+ new courses at all levels of the university since he began in 1977. Most of these courses have been in the areas of leadership, systems, global affairs, and strategic change.  Significant honors at the university include selection as the SJSU Outstanding Professor, recipient of its Austen D. Warburton Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement; and recognition as its Distinguished Faculty Mentor.  

Most of Bill’s applied work over the past 20 years has focused on leading multi-year strategic change efforts in a variety of inter-agency/organizational settings and on providing policy advice about national strategy to senior leaders in the US and Australian governments.  Major responsibilities have included service as Faculty Chair | Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar; Strategic Advisor | California Levees Roundtable; and Chief Systems Scientist | Systems of Systems Center of Excellence with the US Department of Defense.  A five-time Salzburg Global Fellow; Fulbright Scholar-Host; Kellogg National Leadership Fellow; and President | American Society for Cybernetics, he has also served as Editor-in-Chief of General Systems Yearbook and several other professional journals, as well as a Visiting Professor or Senior Fellow in seven different fields at more than a dozen leading academic institutions in the United States, Europe, and Australia.  

Dr. Reckmeyer currently serves as the Director of an innovative set of integrated online interdisciplinary courses about Global Citizenship that satisfy the requirements in 4 areas of General Education (Life Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Human Development) for first-year students at SJSU, which has been informed by the Global Challenges eCourse and uses the Global Challenges eBook as a core text in all of the courses.  

Curt Brungart

Curt Brungart, Ph.D.

Global Scholar, AASCU Global Challenges Project
Executive Director for Civic Leadership, Voss Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies (Fort Hays State University)
600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601

Dr. Brungardt is the senior member and creator of the Department of Leadership Studies and the co-founder of the Center for Civic Leadership. He specializes in political leadership, social change, and community organizing. Dr. Brungardt is an author and co-author of several books and numerous articles and has presented over 150 workshops throughout the world. However, he is best known as a social entrepreneur creating and developing programs, both inside and outside of academia, that directly impact peoples lives.

Amy Jordan

Amy Jordan, Ph.D.

Global Scholar, AASCU Global Challenges Project
Director of Special Project, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Loyola University, Chicago
5210 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Amy Joran is currently Director of Special Project, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Loyola University, Chicago.  Prior to joining Loyola, she was a professor of organizational leadership and served as the Unviersity of Arkansas-Fort Smith American Democracy Project Campus Coordinator.

Jordan was introduced to the 7Revolutions at the ADP Annual Conference in 2008. She tailored the content of the 7Revolutions to integrate leadership theory and research, first teaching it on the UAFS campus in 2010. The course is now offered each semester, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary dialogue. Jordan has worked within her community to establish partnerships of sustainability in health and human services, involving both student interns and Capstone projects in solutions-oriented efforts.

She has presented at several academic conferences, including a recent presentation on integrating social entrepreneurship in higher education curricula. Jordan is a graduate of the University of Alabama and served in the US State Department and as a member of several institutions before assuming her present position.