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About Program Directors

Program Directors are passionate and dedicated supporters of international education whose commitment and expertise make KIIS study abroad programs possible. Each KIIS study abroad program is led by a Program Director from a KIIS Consortium institution.

ProgramName UniversityDiscipline 
ArgentinaSchulenberg, ShawnMarshallPolitical ScienceMarshall University
AustriaGabbard, Jordan UofLGermanUniversity of Louisville
BarcelonaMcKiernan-Gonzalez, Eileen BereaArt HistoryBerea College
BerlinMaloney, Doreen UKNew MediaUniversity of Kentucky
Costa RicaCostley, Willie
CentreSpanishCentre College
EcuadorKelly, Ryan
GreeceKing, Richard
BSUClassicsBall State University
GreeceShea, Christine
BSUClassicsBall State University
Israel & EgyptCahill, Richard
BereaHistoryBerea College
ItalyFulton, Chris
UofLArt HistoryUniversity of Louisville / Louisville
JapanHatakeyama, Yoko
MurrayJapaneseMurray State University
Merida MexicoZavala-Garrett, Itza
MoreheadSpanishMorehead State University
MoroccoBidaoui, Abdelaadim BSUArabicBall State University
MunichDawson, Rebeccah
UKGermanUniversity of Kentucky
Paris IHenneberg, SylviaMoreheadEnglishMorehead State University
Paris IIPeters, Jeff
UKFrenchUniversity of Kentucky
Paris IISauer, Jeorg UKFrenchUniversity of Kentucky
PragueSmetana, Zbynek "ZB"*
MurrayArt HistoryMurray State University
SalzburgBuzza, Scot NKUMusicNorthern Kentucky University
ScandinaviaDupont, CarolynEKUHistoryEastern Kentucky University
Slavic EuropeMandzy, Adrian MoreheadHistoryMorehead State University
Spain ILopez, Nelson
BellarmineSpanishBellarmine University
Spain IRoebuck, Regina
UofLSpanishUniversity of Louisville / Louisville
Spain IIStewart, Melissa
WKUSpanishWestern Kentucky University
Spain MayPertusa, Inma
WKUSpanish Western Kentucky University
TanzaniaMkanta, William
WKUHealth Care AdministrationWestern Kentucky University
WINTER 2017-2018
Italy WinterHagarty, Ian MarshallArtMarshall University
Italy WinterKing, Richard BSUClassicsBall State University
Italy WinterShea, Christine BSUClassicsBall State University
Maya Mexico WinterDizgun, John WKUHistoryWestern Kentucky University
Maya Mexico WinterFulton, Christopher
UofLArt HistoryUniversity of Louisville / Louisville
Paris-Munich WinterDomine, David BellarmineGermanBellarmine University
Paris-Munich WinterRich, Charlotte
EKUEnglishEastern Kentucky University
Zanzibar WinterMkanta, William WKUHealth Care AdministrationWestern Kentucky University
France SpringGolla, Rebekah
KIIS officeCommunicationWestern Kentucky University
Germany SpringWilson, Ian
CentreGermanCentre College
Spain SpringPertusa, Inma WKUSpanishWestern Kentucky University

Program Director Responsibilities

Program Directors are responsible for overseeing both the academic and logistical components of their respective study abroad programs. That includes planning classes and excursions, screening student and faculty applicants, presiding over pre-departure student and faculty orientations, making all transportation and accommodation arrangements in the host country, developing and overseeing program budgets, communicating and collaborating closely with the KIIS office, and managing program crises abroad. Programs Directors also teach one course each during their respective study abroad programs.

“I feel incredibly lucky to be able to show students the incredible culture and life in Munich each summer. There is nothing better than seeing a student grow to love the country that has shaped my life so profoundly.”

– Dr. Bess Dawson, KIIS Munich Director

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